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Our Feathered Friends - Sept. 19

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After a visit toPeking,Anthony asked if I would like to take a ride out into the country. We headed downMann Roadwhere many years ago we placed out 33 Bluebird houses around the circle. If my memory serves me right we had almost a full Bluebird trail where most of the country folks wanted to participate. As we drove around we found that many of the ones where we put them out to start with had been replaced by newer houses. It is always great to plant a seed then watch as people take it on themselves to water and nurture. That will always make me proud.

With the weather shifting from summer to the fall mode, we will be seeing more and more of our summer visitors take flight and head for their wintering grounds. Of course it will be summer there when they arrive. They will need all that time to fatten up and their plumage will start to turn to their breeding plumage and they will return to do it all over again. You might think that they would go south and breed there also, but I believe it would wear their tiny bodies out. There are still Chimney Swifts here, but in the next couple of weeks when colder weather returns, it will put a damper on the flying insects that make up their diet, so they will have no choice but to pack the bags. Thank goodness that birds are not like us. Can you imagine the Swifts making a trip of 3,000 miles toPeruand listening to the young ones chirping, "are we there yet?"{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=584|displayname=0|float=right}

With all our summer favorites going home, it is some consolation that we will soon be welcoming our winter favorites. If you were to ask Karen Franklin what she would be looking forward to returning, I can probably name at least a couple on her list. That would most likely be the White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Juncos. It wouldn't hurt my feelings if the starlings flew south for the winter and then decided to stay there instead of returning. No such luck!

I have made plans to attend the 31st annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow this coming weekend, September, 22nd and 23rd starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Mundy Memorial Park. There will be a lot of Native American crafts, food and Native dancing for the whole family to enjoy. Just maybe you might find me, but I won't be doing any dancing.

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

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