[Bristol-Birds] Bog Watch begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Quarry Bog in Shady Valley, TN

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 19:19:31 -0400

   Don't forget Saturday's Cranberry Festival and BBC Quarry Bog Bird Watch

Birders from throughout the region will gather
Saturday (Oct 9) starting at 8:30 a.m. to 
survey the birds and keep a birding vigil for
both rare birds and everyday birders as part
of the 19th Annual Shady Valley Cranberry

Come loaf and bird with us in one of Tennessee's 
most 15 important biological areas, This event 
has been very popular with birders for many years.

The BBC Quarry Bog Watch was held annually
through October 2005.  But this year the event 
returns with great expectations for birding and 

The crossroads silo in Shady Valley, TN was
given a fresh coat of paint and the festival's
new logo was painted this week by a crew of
inmates from the Northeast Correctional 
Complex's community service program of 
the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
The people of Shady Valley are working hard
since the festival actually began tonight.

The Shady Valley Cranberry Festival has been termed "The Best Little Festival 

Rick Knight,  Jacki Hinshaw, Carolyn Coffey and Wallace Coffey will lead 
walks and host birders for other outing activities. It was tremendous fun in 
years.  The birding has been good and the fellowship fabulous. 

In October the bog produces Le Conte's Sparrow, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, 
Lincoln's Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow.  You can also search for the Virginia 
Rail which breeds there.  Quarry Bog offers a chance to see a flock of 
American Bittern, Sora, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow and 
Henslow's Sparrow.  All have been found in Quarry Bog.

Meanwhile, old apple trees planted in 1917 in the Logan Woods orchard at 3200ft.
elevation on Buck Ridge Branch, high on the mountain, have a number of trees 
gorgeous red fruit.  A few remaining golden delicious varieties are dangling 
yellow jewels since they have peaked about three weeks ago and are mostly gone. 

This is one of the sites from 
which the commercial products
of Bonson brand apple juices, 
Bonson apple ciders and such 
were harvest by H. L. Bonham, 
by his Bonham Bros. Orchards 
and Farms, headquartered at 
Chilhowie, VA.  At left is an old
orchard, packinghouse and
cannery from about 1950. The
Shady orchards ceased to 
operate about 1960.
 Bring your folding chairs, sun screens, waterproof boots, sandwiches or 
cookies or cake,
 cold drinks, hot coffee or whatever you need to fully enjoy the bog watch with 

 The reason we loaf and sit in folding chairs is to enjoy the dramatic mountain 
 scenery as well as the wonderful birders who visit together.  And don't forget 
 charming, tiny, rural parade which has been ushered through the valley along 
 main highways by the Johnson County High School Marching Band.  Bluegrass
 music, good foods and such will be available all on the Shady Valley Elementary
 School grounds.  Inside, there has long been walls of hallways and such which 
 built in the 1930's from wormy chestnut.  The American Chestnut tree is 
virtually gone
 from the forests.

Remember, the parade starts at 10 a.m. so plan your route.  Come early from 
Tennessee and come thru Damascus from Virginia.  See ya there.


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