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Our Feathered Friends, Jan. 5

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A couple later the late John Sellars and me again located another family of Lark Sparrows at the entrance of Highway 231 South at the junction of Cedar Forest Road on the right side of the road behind the forestry building. We took several people there so they could add the Lark Sparrow to their life list. In a couple of years, just like the other place, the weeds grew up and the habitat changed and then, no more birds.

The next year the late Mr. Fred Detlefsen, my favorite birding partner, and myself located a family of Lark Sparrows down south on Cainsville Road next to the church there on the right at the county line. I seemed that our bird club here was the only place in Tennessee to have the Sparrows on their bird count. Then just like before, the habitat changed and then, no more Sparrows.

It doesn’t take too long before areas change, either by something done by us humans or by some act of nature. I am sure that many of our readers that lived back in the time of the television series, Dallas probably didn’t pay any attention to some of the background noise provided on the soundtracks. If my memory serves me right, there was always a Lark Sparrow singing in some of the outdoor scenes.

I am bad about listening to the different birds singing on TV programs. One night on some western, there was the sound of a Great Horned Owl making his “who who who who” call. All of a sudden a commercial came on the telly, but the Owl sound continued. After a quick trip out the front door with flashlight in hand, there was a pair of the Owls talking back and forth in the large hackberry tree in the front yard.

I would like to thank Eunice Steinson for the calenders she sent me on Backyard Birds. I used to work with Eunice at Hartmann Luggage.

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

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