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 flycatchers, loggerhead shrikes, 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, 24 members and family gathered for a wonderful day in the park. Good birding, good food, and good friends.
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