21 May 2016
The John W Sellars – Lebanon Chapter of TOS gathered at Cedars of Lebanon
State Park on Saturday, 21 May 2016 for some early morning birding and a
cookout. We had a great turnout and the weather was perfect!
Shortly after 7:30 AM, Stephen Zipperer led some of our members to one of
the birding hotspots in Rutherford County for scissor-tailed flycatcher,
loggerhead shrike, and dicksissel. After getting close-ups of each of these
birds, they raced back to Wilson County where they saw lark sparrows and
grasshopper sparrows. Meanwhile, back at the park other members birded
among the ash, hickories, junipers and oaks. Highlights included the
Acadian flycatcher, redheaded woodpecker, summer tanager, yellow breasted
chat, common yellow throat, indigo bunting, white-eyed vireo and
yellow-throated vireo. A Swainson's thrush and wood thrush were also heard.
About 11:00 AM, everyone came back to shelter #5 and a feast ensued.
Members brought side dishes, desserts, burgers, brats, and hotdogs. Jack
Zipperer brought his grill and did most of the cooking, and Greg did most
of the eating. In all, 23 members and family gathered for a wonderful day
in the park. Good birding, good food, and good friends.
John W Sellars - Lebanon Chapter
Tennessee Ornithological Society
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