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Our Feathered Friends - June 27

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Each time I find myself at the well known superstore on the south side of town, there is usually someone in the bird supply aisle looking at the red hummer nectar. There have been many sermons preached by myself on using cane sugar without red food coloring to make your Hummer Juice. One package brags that the expensive box will produce sixty-something ounces of Hummingbird food. A five pound bag of sugar sells for under three dollars and will make more nectar. Remember, the formula is 1 part sugar to 4 parts hot water and there is no need for food coloring. The newest feeders there are made with the glass globe made in red. That is the secret for Hummers to find the feeders in the first place.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=358|displayname=0|float=right}

It seems like every time I turn around, someone is having a birthday. I would like to wish Karen Franklin's daughter, Anna, a belated happy birthday that was celebrated back on the 16th of June. She turned 8. Time sure flies.

Just got word from my friend, Randy Trammel, about all the Purple Martins raised in his Martin condos. So far his Martin stables have produced 50 Martins. I am waiting for next year to see if I can add the Purple Martin to one of my nesting species here in the yard.

Maud Clemmons sent me some pictures from her sister-in-law down in Texas. It was an Albino Hummingbird. Some people get lucky and enjoy something out of this world. Why can't we get this lucky here in Lebanon?

I was walking around doing my Krogering when out of the blue, my first cousin Allison Neal came up to me to say howdy. Her two daughters, Katey and Ally, were along to learn the fine art of grocery shopping from mom. As you would know it, Allison had a bird question. Her family spends quite a bit of time in their boat on the lake, as long as the weather is nice. She spotted a bird nest on a rock bluff and each time the parent bird would fly off when they got close. She took some pictures with her camera phone, but the image was too small for me to get a good look at.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=359|displayname=0|float=left}Time for 20 questions, to determine the species that was on the bluff. First, what color was the bird, and the answer was, a kind of dark grayish above, with a white belly. Second, what did the nest look like, to which Allison said it was made of mud, sticks, and that kind of green moss that you find in real shady areas. So far, so good, and then I ask her the clincher, Did you notice that it was pumping it's tail up and down. Yeah, how did you know that, she answered? When you have been birding as long as me, you notice stuff like that. It kind on made me feel bad as I didn't get to ask the other 17. The bird was an Eastern Phoebe, a member of the Flycatcher family. Mostly out in the rural part of Wilson County, they build their nest under bridges and sometimes on a gutter downspout. Great for getting rid of pesky insects around the house.

Karen Franklin and I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can e-mail Karen at, and write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087 or you can e-mail me at

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