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North To Bledsoe
Belted King Fisher With Dinner
North To Bledsoe

We seem to have caught a slight break this weekend with the weather. Saturday morning was a whole lot less in the humidity department. Of course the rains returned Sunday and we are back to where we were before, sticky.

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Birdwatcher in Training
Green Heron
Birdwatcher in Training

Well, the weather is still a bit on the warm side, but the storms seem to be going some where else. Now we are needing some rain. My Texas sunflowers are really starting to bloom and seem to be showing off their "Tennessee Orange."

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Old Mr. Noshoulders
Prairie Warbler
Old Mr. Noshoulders

Another hot week like the week before and the week before that. I am hoping for some decent weather in a couple of weeks so I can have a yard sale. It is easy to accumulate a bunch of stuff that you really don't need. Time to clean house.

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To The Lake And Back
Chipping Sparrow
To The Lake And Back

Time is slowly counting down to a vacation of a life time where just maybe, I can stick my toes in the sand. But before I go, there are many things that need to be done here at home. My flower garden looks very good, but there is plenty weeds that needs to be pulled.

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Cicadas, Are They Back?
Great Blue Heron
Cicadas, Are They Back?

This hot and humid weather makes me look forward to fall, with it's milder temperatures where one might just be able to open a window for some fresh air. The rain this week has been avoiding my little yard and it is getting time to drag out the "hosepipe", well that is what most of us southerners call it.

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Turkey Trot
Kentucky Warbler
Turkey Trot

We had another carbon copy week just like the last one with heat, then thunderstorms in the afternoon. I am sure the lawn mowing people are almost working overtime to catch up.

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Raincrows On The Rise
Black-billed Cuckoo or Raincrow
Raincrows On The Rise

I am not sure how many storms have happened this past week, but everywhere I look, I see tree damage. When I went to Publix this past Thursday, there were blue skies with a few big clouds up above. After about ten minutes inside, when we were ready to leave, it was raining cats and dogs.

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Heading To Rome
Killdeer Acting Like It Is Injured
Heading To Rome

I am not sure how the weather will go for next week as I am writing my story a week early. This weekend we will be staying at one of the cabins at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. I plan on just taking it easy and maybe a trip over to the swimming pool to cool off. Please, no Shamu jokes

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Different Birds of a Feather
Grasshopper Sprarrow
Different Birds of a Feather

It's been so hot here lately, the best thing going in my backyard is my bird bath. These high nineties in the heat index has the birds lined up for a dip in the mini pool. Make sure to place out fresh water for your feathered friends.

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Return To Yesteryear
Common Yellowthroat
Return To Yesteryear

I believe Summer has arrived a few days earlier than my calendar said it would. Flowers are looking great and I finally planted me three hills of watermelons. It may be late, but I did the same thing last year and still got to enjoy the sweet treat, though a little later in the year.

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Where Did Spring Go?
Indigo Bunting
Where Did Spring Go?

Someone left the heater on this past Saturday. Where did all of the comfortable temps go to. We do need rain for our plants. I am having to drag out the hosepipe to give my flowers a cool refreshing drink. This is also a good time to make sure our feathered friends have fresh water.

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A Real Frog Strangler
Black-crowned Night Heron
A Real Frog Strangler

Diana Bright and I headed west to visit her first great grandson in Savanah Tennessee last Friday. There is no direct route in that direction and it seemed to take all day. On the way back, it came a frog strangler, heavy rain for the ones not fluent in deep southern.

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Long Tine Coming #400
Chestnun Sided Warbler
Long Tine Coming #400

It's hard to believe that I have reached a slight milestone in my bird articles. This one is number 400 and I certainly hope to make it for several more years, good Lord willing. It's not easy coming up with things to write about each week

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Out Coles Ferry Pike
Eastern Wood Peewee
Out Coles Ferry Pike

I'm not sure what the weather is up to any more. One day it is cool and the next day hot. While we were in the Smokey Mountains, a cool front came through and especially up in the higher elevations it was felt the most. At Dollywood, when we would get under some theater to enjoy a show we would get almost chilled.

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Our Feathered Friends
Our Feathered Friends
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Hello Dolly
Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak and Female Cardinal
Hello Dolly

I must write this story a little earlier than usual because I will be spending my Birthday, the 15th of May up in Pigeon Forge. The motel is already booked and perhaps Dolly Parton is expecting me to be there.

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Hunting Hawks
Barn Swallow
Hunting Hawks

This last cold snap was Blackberry winter, perhaps the last. Everywhere I've been, I have seen more blackberry plants in bloom. Just maybe, we'll have a bumper crop of the sweet black fruit off the plant.

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39 Years and Counting
Blackburnian Warbler Male
39 Years and Counting

Even with the spotty rain showers, my 39th year leading bird walks and Owl Prowls turned out to be a lot of fun for myself and others who braved the weather.

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Finally Spring
Pileated Woodpecker in Flight Photo by Al Kocher
Finally Spring

Thank God for this wonderful weather that we are about to receive. I am so happy to be able to turn off my heater and maybe open a window or two for some much needed fresh air.

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Has Spring Sprung?
Osprey Catching A Fish
Has Spring Sprung?

I believe this past cool spell might just have been, Locust winter. If we are lucky, we might have seen the last of the frost. I am ready to get a little dirt underneath my fingernails by planting my flower garden.

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