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Our Feathered Friends: 100th Article

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By  Ray PopeThe Wilson Post

My oldest granddaughter Rachel Pope went with me to the Tennessee Titans’ game against the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday week. The Titans were big winners in overtime thanks to a field goal. We noticed a Mourning Dove that would circle the field after every Titans score. In reality, I figured that he would be at rest until the explosions were set off to launch the red flares that signaled a home team score, then he would take off or maybe he was a real Titans fan. Sometime, I would almost jump out of my seat too. We rode the Music City Star to Nashville and back. We saw three Red-tailed Hawks on the trip and one poor dog that would not yield to the many tons of steel on wheels. The conductor told me that dogs are frequently caught between the rails. This article marks my 100th article in The Wilson Post and I'm trying to think of something special to write about. If I could convert more of our younger generation to appreciate some of God's creatures, that would be a milestone in itself that I could be proud of.  Right now, I'm trying to teach Wanda Walker's granddaughter how to care for our feathered friends. Tasha Marek,15, well close enough to it came for a visit on Monday. She was amazed at the Carolina Chickadees and the Tufted Titmouse where they fed right next to the kitchen window and didn't show any fear of us on the other side. Tasha helped me clean and refill all the feeders as the small birds were waiting for us to move out of the way to enjoy some fresh dinner. To me that is what it’s all about. While shopping at Kroger’s I ran into an old school friend and his wife that were trying to finish up their shopping list before Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Abe) Reeves stopped to talk about the many birds that come to their place out in the county. Their favorite bird is the American Goldfinch that thrives out in the rural setting. I get a few here in town, but the most can be found out in the country. It’s always nice to run into one of my readers. I was eating at my favorite, Peking Restaurant on Sunday's buffet when a nice lady came up and asked if I was Ray Pope. I asked how did you know and she replied that she knows my eating habits by reading Our Feathered Friends as I'm always mentioning Peking. Fair enough! Carol and her husband Howard Williams are great bird lovers, and feed the birds at their west Lebanon home close to Bartons Creek. Like me, they only have Dark-eyed Juncos when there is a snow on the ground. I can't say that anymore since last week, there was a female Junco under my feeders enjoying herself with the food that I scatter underneath just for the ground feeding birds. During a pilgrimage to Cracker Barrel, I ran into my aunt and uncle who had just finished their meal and was leaving. Charles and Sharon Gann are also readers and were telling me about some of their birds at their home. I didn't even know that they were bird lovers! I received an e-mail from Gail Morris telling me that she has spotted a Lazuli Bunting down the road from her residence. This is one special bird that I must confirm her sighting, since the bird only lives in the western United States and is seldom seen east of the 100th meridian. That doesn't mean that it can't be here as birds are always getting blown off course by strong storms. The Lazuli Bunting would be a great find and you could expect several hundred birders all converging in the country trying to locate it for their life list. I would love to hear from you as to what’s lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can reach me C/O The Wilson Post or call me at 547-7371 or e-mail me at raysfeatheredfriends@yahoo.com  

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