Lebanon Birding Club Picnic Photos – 19 May 2018

The John W Sellars Chapter TOS wrapped up another great season of birding with its annual Picnic in the Park on Saturday, 19 May 2018. Members gathered early that morning for some birding around the county and were rewarded for their efforts. Among others our members found Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Great Egret, Dickcissel, Loggerhead Shrike, and Grasshopper Sparrow.

Another nice surprise earlier that morning occurred when Robin and Justin Nation found three Stilt Sandpipers feeding on a nearby mudflat. Stephen Zipperer was lucky enough to arrive in time to see the three uncommon shorebirds, but the birds were gone by the time the rest of our members showed up. Still it was a fun morning of birding ending with lots of good food and great conversation.

This event wraps up our 2017-2018 season, but look for notice of at least a couple birding events over the summer. A nightjar & owl outing is possible in June, and a visit to some wildlife refuge in July, so keep an eye on your inbox and our website for announcements.  We will resume our regularly scheduled meetings, programs and field trips in August. Thanks all for another great year of birding in Wilson and surrounding counties.

Here are a few photos from the picnic.

And finally, the World’s Most Interesting Man showed up (He wasn’t drinking Dos Equis)


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Spring Picnic & Birding Expedition – Saturday, 19 May 2018

cookout artThe John W. Sellars – Lebanon Chapter of TOS is having a cookout on Saturday, 19 May 2018 at shelter #4 in Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We are also planning to shuttle, or carpool, folks to see some of Wilson County’s birding hotspots. We’ll look for grasshopper sparrow, lark sparrow, dickcissel and more. Be at the Nature Center parking lot no later than 7:30 AM to join in on the early morning birding action.

dckcisselFor the cookout, please bring whatever meat you wish to eat, and a side dish. We’ll have grills going so unless you’re bringing a pot roast, bring it raw. And if you plan on coming, please complete the online form and let us know how many will be in your party and what side dish you’re bringing. We’re hoping to avoid a dozen different kinds of potato salad and one cherry pie, so the list will be posted here on the website as it develops. The sign-up form is here:


lark sparrowThe plan is to fire up the grills at 11:00 AM or so, and we’ll eat about 11:30.

Shelter #4 is located on the right side of WPA Road near the Cedar Forest Lodge. If you are facing the Cedar Forest Lodge from the road, Shelter #4 is off to the right back in the trees. The gravel road leading to the 2-mile running trail runs right by Shelter 4.

Side dishes will be:

  • macaroni coleslaw
  • corn & black bean salad
  • vegetable platter

Desserts will be:

  • Chocolate Cherry Surprise
  • Pecan pie

Drinks will be:

  • Milo’s tea (sweetened)
  • Milo’s Tea (unsweetened)
  • water

We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning for some fun birding and the picnic. Please join us if you can, and bring a friend too.


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