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A Diorama, What's That???
Red-bellied Woodpecker
A Diorama, What's That???

Well, what a sweltering week we had, I didn't know that I could sweat so much, just by walking outside. We've seen hotter, but that is usually reserved for August. It kind of makes it easier to can tomatoes when they come off the vine half cooked.

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Screech Owl Heaven
Baby Screech Owl with Mama
Screech Owl Heaven

There was so much that happened last week that I didn't have room to tell it all. First of all, I want to thank God that Diana Bright was not electrocuted when she grabbed the electric outlet to unplug the crockpots. A surge of electricity went through her body, but the circuit breaker kicked off.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Not Really
Eastern Screech Owl
Rain, Rain, Go Away, Not Really

We were really looking forward to the 4th of July holiday, campfires, hamburgers, hotdogs and rain. Oh boy did we get the latter. It came in bucket fulls. Driving back to Lebanon in a torrential downpour, we could see that the fireworks were going on as planned.

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Till Death Do We Eat
Black Vulture
Till Death Do We Eat

We had another good rain for our gardens, but it has caused the grass to grow almost faster than my lawnmower can cut it. I don't know where all of the birds have come from, but they can empty four feeders in a matter of two days. It is starting to get expensive.

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It's Bearly Possible
Fall Creek Falls
It's Bearly Possible

I was very happy that we received a nice rain this past week, compliments of tropical storm Bill. When we live this far inland from the oceans, the storms do lose some of their velocity, but thank God for the precious rain. It was getting close for me to drag out the fabled hosepipe to quench the thirst of my small garden.

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Past or Future ?
Eurasian Collared Doves
Past or Future ?

I am hoping that the weather will cooperate with me this past weekend. It seems that I will be having to write this in the future tense. Our state park system allows us to do online reservations for the various campgrounds.

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The Old Days
Eastern Wood Peewee
The Old Days

Looking out my back kitchen window, I find a miracle of technology wandering the large hay field behind my home. When I was just sitting in my highchair, yes, I can remember that, there was a mowing machine pulled by two mules that would cut the straw left behind by another mule powered device that cut the tops off of the wheat.

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Liquid Gold
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Liquid Gold

I am sitting in front of my computer writing my article and listening to the rain patter against my window. With all of my garden finally planted, it is still such a job staying ahead of the abundance of weeds that the rain has also helped.

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Visitor to the land down under
Visitor to the land down under

Well, I enjoyed another great weekend with decent weather and very nice temperatures. Before too long, the mornings will be tolerable and from midday on way too hot. This week Anthony Gray and I did not get out to do a little birding. I hope to get back on track next week with my best Bubba.

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Switched at birth
Switched at birth

It was so good to have a little spell of rain this past weekend. It seems that the rain that falls is so much better for our gardens than what comes out of our hosepipes. People from other areas have trouble understanding the concept of a hosepipe. I have always called it that.

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Green Thumb Liz
Blackpoll Warbler
Green Thumb Liz

Another beautiful weekend was available to any of us who were willing to get out and enjoy it. For me this has been a great opportunity to get down on my knees and do a little work in my garden.

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Great Time at Cedars
Park Ranger Brian Glover with a Red-Shouldered Hawk
Great Time at Cedars

Oh my poor tired feet. I feel like I have walked a hundred miles in the past two days, but I really know better. It was so very good to see old friends and make some new ones at the 38th Annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival.

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Woodpecker Heaven
Our Happy Little Group Of Birders
Woodpecker Heaven

We are standing on the threshold of May, and all I can think about is getting things planted in my vegetable garden. Just the thoughts of having home grown tomatoes at my disposal gets my mouth to watering.

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Birding at Cedars
Male Indigo Bunting
Birding at Cedars

If April showers bring May flowers, what did the Mayflower bring? The Pilgrims, of course. All of this rain here lately really have the yard mowers busy, and me included.

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Spring Migration Has Begun
Prairie Warbler
Spring Migration Has Begun

What a beautiful weekend we had, birds singing, flowers starting to bloom. Kind of makes you want to get outside and get a little dirt underneath your fingernails. I have a climbing rose to plant, right where it might hide my Direct TV satellite receiver. Those things can almost be an eyesore. They might even make a good wok to cook on, if you can get them clean enough.

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Where Are The Birds?
Photo by Teresa Botts
Where Are The Birds?

What a great Easter this year with my family and especially my grandchildren. It was not the same after losing my mother back on March the 10th, but we did manage to fix a very good meal, with plenty eggs to hide for the little ones.

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Spring is for the Birds
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spring is for the Birds

The sun is shinning bright this morning, but there is still a chill in the air that lasted all day long. Next Sunday is Easter, a day most celebrated, really for the wrong reasons. As a child, I couldn't wait to find the eggs that had been hidden by the Easter bunny

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Back to Cedars
American Woodcock
Back to Cedars

Thank the good Lord, Spring is finally here, with sunshine and warm temperatures. I am almost ready to do some serious camping, out to cedar forest.

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This Weather is For the Ducks
Canvasback Duck
This Weather is For the Ducks

This has been a very hard week for me and my brother and all of our children. My Mother passed away on the 10th of March. The funeral was not a sad situation, as many friends kept us in their thoughts and prayers.

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Down by the River Side
White-breasted Nuthatch
Down by the River Side

There is always someone who thinks about predictions about the weather. Up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people have taken it upon themselves to turn to a large rodent to let them know when spring arrives.

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On The Road Again 2
Chloe\'s Female Cardinal
On The Road Again 2

It sure was nice to finally be able to get back into my regular routine of Saturday bird watching. After our Peking fix, Anthony Gray and I thought it would be a good idea to check out the old blown-out bridge on Cedar Creek at North Dickerson Chapel Road.

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Roads Slicker Than Owl Grease
White-throated Sparrow
Roads Slicker Than Owl Grease

I am not sure of what went wrong, but I am having to write my bird story all over again. My new computer must have a mind all to itself. The weatherman was right on for this past weeks snow and ice storm.

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Burrrrrr It's Cold!
Male Goldfinch in Winter Garb, By Liz Franklin
Burrrrrr It's Cold!

What a rollercoaster ride with the weather this weekend. Saturday started out with decent temperatures, wearing only a lite jacket. After leaving our, Lebanon Senior Citizen Center Valentine Dance, I almost froze walking the short distance to our car.

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Hurry Up Spring!
Large Tom Turkey in the Treetops
Hurry Up Spring!

Another beautiful Saturday was had by all who wanted to get out and enjoy it. Driving by the Don Fox park, I could see that it was very crowded, with many folks walking in the sunshine almost elbow to elbow.

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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
The Red-tailed Hawk is Ready for Release
Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

This past Saturday was bright and sunny, but the temperatures kind of stayed on the chilly side. It seems like every week that I give my opinion about the weather, good or bad. That does seem to have some kind of bearing on seeing birds.

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