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Our Feathered Friends - June 15

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We had Sunday dinner just after church services and my son Jason Pope was talking about trying to find some Lebanon tomatoes. He checked everywhere, but to no avail. I told him, “why didn’t you ask me?” I ate two of them for supper Sunday night, and they were great, mmmm!

Thinking back on a few of the birds that I have not seen for many years makes me wonder what has happened to them. I know that there are many farms that are being divided up for parcels and that is one of the reasons that bird habitat has shrunk. One bird that comes to mind is a Bobolink.

William Cullen Bryant phrased it as,” Robert of Lincoln is telling his name: Bob-o’-link, bob-o’link, Spink, spank, spink”. This blackish bird with a yellowish nape first made its appearance to me at the Stanford farm on Big Springs Road out in east Wilson County.

The bird was migrating through and was found in the big patches of red clover in the pasture land on the east side of the road. I got close enough to actually get some decent pictures, but only God knows where they are now.

Another bird introduced to me by the late Reverend William Senter was a Horned Lark. The only place that I have ever seen one was on a fresh plowed field. Now I always keep my eyes open hoping to spot one. They breed far to the north of us and only winter down to northern Georgia.

Somewhere back in the old days, I took a picture of Horned Larks which have disappeared from the old house. 

Also remember to keep out fresh water for our thirsty feathered friends. You know how much we need water ourselves and birds are no different.

I would love to hear from you as to what’s lurking about in your neighborhood or at your feeders. You can write to me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087, call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at

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