It is not unusual for one to see a variety of birds on the Cumberland Plateau of southeast Tennessee, location of Jasper Highlands. John Thornton, developer of Jasper Highlands, recently spotted a pair of Golden Eagles while walking in Jasper Highlands and if one is traveling along the roadways and trails, it is not unusual to see a variety of Passiformes (all perching birds…the ‘songbirds’) and Raptors (Hawks, Eagles, and similar..). Back in February the Cumberland Plateau received an uncharacteristic snowfall along with some unseasonably low temperatures. Taking a ‘let’s enjoy it while it is here’ attitude when I saw the snow, and I must admit, feeling a bit sorry for the birds, I walked into the garage for my container of sunflower seeds. I then pitched the seeds onto my back deck, on top of the snow. I walked into the back yard and filled the feeders and added a couple of suet cakes. Let’s take a look at the feathered entertainers who came to call (and one of the furry variety).
All it takes is bird feeders of your choice, sunflower seeds, and a few suet cakes! Total cost less than $100….for hours of entertainment of the natural kind.
- Northern Cardinal – can’t mistake the black facial markings, crest, yellow bill, and bright red plumage. An American classic.
- Red-Bellied Woodpecker….this one spent a lot of time on the suet cakes.
- Pileated Woodpecker – Tennessee’s largest woodpecker by far. Can’t mistake the crested head and striking appearance. Their call can be heard for long distances.
- Eastern Towhee – note the male has a striking black cape bordered by white. In the female, the cape is brown.
See more feathered friends in the gallery below…
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