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Birding in Nashville Tennessee

I guess I should add “birding” to my ever-growing list of hobbies.

There’s no shortage of wildlife in Nashville. We have wild turkeys, fox, bobcats, snakes, deer by the dozens, and – apparently- lots and lots of birds.

bird watching It’s hard to miss the fairly common cardinal or blue jay hopping around the front lawn or perched in a nearby tree.

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So, for Christmas, we got this fancy new bird feeder.

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Apparently the birds around here really like it….

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Yes, we’ll take a 5-top.

Accompanying the bird feeder was special bird seed. It promised to attract 20x more colorful birds. We thought that was an amusing statistic. Other than the non-colorful bird discrimination, of course.

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Man, those birds ARE colorful! Maybe that bird seed does have magical properties…

Nashville Mountain Retreat

American goldfinch

Even the non-colorful ones are colorful…  (That’s a female- i.e. “non-colorful”- cardinal. But she’s got some flare, no? Love the flaming mohawk and wing tips!)

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I never thought we’d turn in to full-fledged ornithologists. Every morning, we had new subject matter to photograph – then we’d start Google searching to identify unknown birds.

Nashville Mountain Retreat

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Sosuke enjoys the birds as well. I’ve never seen him climb a tree before. He just gets that excited…

cat hunter

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White-breasted nut hatch

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He obviously likes nuts

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Another colorful female cardinal- she’s a stout-healthy lass!

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blue birds

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Downy woodpecker

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One of my “non-colorful” favorites.

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So, I really just wanted a chance to showcase Alan’s new penchant – and talent- for bird photography. I also wanted to dispel any myth that the polar vortex, single digit weather we’ve been having scares off all of the wildlife. On the contrary, these colorful critters have been out with a vengeance. If you feed them, they will come, apparently.

Do you bird?

 

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5 Responses to Birding in Nashville Tennessee

  1. jillabon February 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM #

    Those female cardinals are rad! What great photos.

    • Lindsay February 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

      Thanks, Jill! Alan took most of them. I shot some of the bluebirds 🙂

  2. Steph February 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM #

    Beautiful photos! I don’t know why but bird watching reminds me of Beetlejuice.

    • Lindsay February 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM #

      Does it remind you of the dad on Bettlejuice? That’s too funny!

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