Fall can be a challenging time for identifying some of Tennessee's bird species. Many have molted from those brilliant breeding colors into more muted tones and the young haven't fully molted into their full colors. Its also a time of 'lapover'...that time of year when neotropical migrants are still around and our winter visitors are arriving. Watch for a good variety of species when you're out and about.
Additionally with the arrival of fall we contemplate cleaning out our gardens and getting them ready for spring. But let's remember to leave the seed pods and seed heads for the sparrows and other seed eating birds. It is a good nature resource.
Also remember that any 'hollow' stemmed plants like salvia need to remain until the last of the frost has past in the spring or water will get into the hollow stems and freeze the root killing the plants. So be sure to check that out as well.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you encounter a sick bird please report it to the link below. If you encounter an injured bird please contact your nearest rehabber. Please continue weekly maintenaince on your seed feeders. Anytime birds artificially gather together to feed there is always the chance of transmission of disease so cleanliness is essential. If you encounter sick or dead birds here's the link to TWRA at: Sick Birds
That same site should also have the most up-to-date information on bird flu and help guide you to doing what's best for our feathered friends.
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Welcome The Newest Additions To The Eastern Golden Eagle Research Project
Two new Golden Eagles have been trapped in Tennessee. One on Bear Hollow WMA named Bear Hollow and another trapped on Prentice Cooper WMA.
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CRITTER OF THE MONTH
The Song Sparrow is a relative newcomer to Tn. It started nesting in the east part of the state in the late 1800's and remain common there but has spread throughout Tennessee.
Migration is underway and it's a good time to get out and watch for departing neotropical species and arrival of winter visitors here in Tennessee while the weather is still good.
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