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Our Feathered Friends, Dec. 15

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Cheryl “Kitten” Bean was thankful for the offers to give her a new cat to replace her close friend that died a couple of weeks ago. Kitten has found a replacement, and I am sure that it is already spoiled as if she had it all along.

There are only a few specialized species of birds that sometimes makes our skin crawl when we think of the way they survive. I am talking about the Vultures that keep our countryside clean and disease free.

Around here we have two species, the Turkey and Black Vulture. Florida has the Crested Caracara, and California has the threatened California Condor.

Many people think about the western movies where the so called buzzards circled around some poor soul that had died on the desert. People here in Wilson County see the Vultures soaring in a huge circle and think that they are about to eat something dead. Most of the time the Vultures are flying on an updraft of warm rising air that gives them lift without wasting a lot of energy flapping their wings. Glider pilots use the same system of powerless flight.

Several years ago while camping at Tim’s Ford State Park we were walking the bicycle trail over to the end where it meets the lake. There was an old “Buzzard’s roost” there along the path. You could tell that they had been eating skunk because the smell was present in their droppings.

One of my readers, L. T. Jenkins, is a big fan of the Black Vulture and considers seeing one good luck.

Others have mixed feelings about this special bird, but disease is being controlled and the roadside is a little cleaner. God in all his wisdom knew what he was doing when He created the Vultures.

It was nice to run into Toots Willis at the Lebanon/Wilson County Library this past Saturday afternoon. Next week will be my 150th article on birds. Where has all the time gone?

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

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