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Old May 9, 2016, 9:01 PM   #1
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Continuing to try to catch up on photos since my last "visit" here in February…here are a few bird shots from early in the springtime.

Early spring is Bluebird season here in Northeast Tennessee. We have Bluebirds here year-round. But early spring is a great time to watch them, because they are so busy with the start of nesting season. Here's a male, blue against the "bluebird sky."
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...And another male among the old Jimsonweed seeds.
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And here's a female bluebird in a sunny, early spring meadow still golden with last year's seed stalks.
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Early spring brings Turkey strutting season. These Toms are showing off for the hens, but it looks like the hens are ignoring them!
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Early spring is also a time to bid farewell to some of our winter bird residents. Here's a Hermit Thrush about to head north, and a White Throated Sparrow also about ready for the northern migration.
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Pied Billed Grebes are year-round residents in Northeast Tennessee, but we see more in winter than in summer. This one was unusually tame, and let us get close enough for a few snapshots before diving.
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And here are two more common year-round birds of our region. American Robins are one of the many birds who enjoy snacking on Poison Ivy berries. And Mockingbirds (our Tennessee State Bird) are also berry eaters. (Can you see the one lone remaining berry on this wild rose, near his tail?)
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Hope you enjoyed a few "early bird" snapshots, and that you'll share your comments & critique.

PS - I have LOTS of more recent, "later in the spring" photos to post, when time permits
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Interesting thread, Mole. I didn't know any Thrush or Sparrow would leave Tennessee for the north. If I were a bird I would stay in the area until winter, then maybe head south for a while. I did see Turkeys the first week of May, as well as Canadian Geese. The geese were not at all shy, and approached me as if looking for something to eat. I will never admit giving one a small piece of powdered doughnut, because it's against the law to feed wildlife.
As usual, your wildlife photos and text are very informative. Thank you.
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Robert - Indeed migration patterns are fascinating and complex! Glad you enjoyed the photos (and I did not hear you say anything about a doughnut...).
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