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Elizabethton Bird Club

Hey, Birders!

Don't forget to come to Roy and Robin Knispel's open house Sunday to wish Eric and Kathy Noblet a fond good bye as they get ready to leave for Ohio! The Noblets have been club members for several years and, as much as everyone hates to see them leave, we wish them the best in Ohio.

Details:

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
2-5 p.m.
900 Forest Ave, Johnson City, 37601
Phone 423-202-7802

Kathy says they have too much stuff to move already, so no presents, please!

Roy and Robin
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Buchanan & Russell Counties Va.

Chimney Swifts in Richlands
After learning at the BCBC meeting from Linda and Roger Mayhorn that a large number of migrating Chimney Swifts are seen at Grundy High School each year in mid September, I decided to investigate the possibility of Richlands High School may have the same type of migration. Checking on Thursday through Saturday at 7: 30-8:00 PM, I counted the following estimated numbers of Swifts: 500 (Thursday), 1500 (Friday) and 2500 (Saturday). Friday night’s (9/15/17) football game bright lights brought four Common Nighthawks into the “tornado” like swirl of Swifts over the chimney.
I texted my wife on Friday night: “You need to see this. The sky is full of birds. Awesome!”.
Saturday night I decided to make a more accurate count of the birds. With the help of a bystander (Mr. Keen), we counted the swifts as they entered the chimney. The count was at the least conservative in a 30 minute period. Each night the entering of the chimney came to a sudden halt.
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Jane Thornhill posted in Buchanan/Russell Co. Bird Club — with Thomas Laverne Hunter. ...

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Only 24 Broadwings showed up in the miles of starkly blue sky at Birch Knob on Saturday, September 23, but the feeder flocks of migrants, the incredible views from the tower, and the jovial company made for a great day.
Ed got some beautiful photos of the landscape.
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Only 24 Broadwings showed up in the miles of starkly blue sky at Birch Knob on Saturday, September 23, but the feeder flocks of migrants, the incredible views from the tower, and the jovial company made for a great day. Ed got some beautiful photos of the landscape.

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The Annual Banquet is always a good time, with surprises in the gift exchange, award presentations, an exciting speaker and good food an fellowship. Still time to say you are coming to the banquet October 1 at 4 p.m. at the Elk Garden Parsonage. Gift exchange should not exceed $10 in cost. I know we will all enjoy. ...

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This American Redstart and Wood Thrush were 2 of the 35 species I found in my yard yesterday. I also had 3 new fall birds, a Nashville Warbler, a Gray-cheeked Thrush and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. ...

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Bristol Bird Club

We had 17 people at our banquet. Food was excellent and Richard Kretz did a great presentation ...

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I had a Yellowthroat Warbler on my porch and back yard today . Made me happy to see ...

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Our August program, Birds of Costa Rica, presented by Dave Worley. ...

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Cooper's Hawk (Abingdon, VA) ...

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Dave Worley shared Elizabethton Bird Club's post to the group: Bristol Bird Club. ...

The Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of Tennessee Ornithological Society has lost a long-time club member. Reece Donald Jamerson, age 83, of Johnson City, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Community Living Center. Reece was born in Yancey County, North Carolina to the late W.C. and Nellie Silvers Jamerson. He was a graduate of Ball Creek High School and East Tennessee State University. He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He moved to Jonesborough in 1955 and started a 42-year career in education. He was principal at Asbury Elementary School, Johnson City, and later Gray Elementary and Boones Creek Elementary Schools. Educating children was his passion, and he had an impact on the lives of thousands of children in this community and beyond. In his retirement, Reece was an avid birder and belonged to the Herndon Bird Club of Elizabethton. He also loved traveling, and took every opportunity to see the country and experience new places with his wife Ruth, the love of his life. His favorite pastime was spending time with his beloved family. Reece was an active member of Midway Baptist Church for 54 years. He was a Sunday School teacher and deacon for most of those years, and loved serving anyone in the church. In addition to his parents, Reece was preceded in death by three sisters, Faye Boone, Pearl Reavis, and Juanita Reavis; and four brothers, Hugh, Van, Columbus, and Carl Jamerson. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ruth Norris Jamerson, Johnson City; one daughter, Sarah Holtz and husband Michael, Knoxville; two sons, Mark Jamerson and wife Melinda, Minneapolis, MN, Russell Jamerson, and wife Holly, Johnson City; three granddaughters, Mallie, Macy, and Leah Jamerson; mother of granddaughter, Leah, Cheri Jamerson, Jonesborough; sister, Edna Marshall and husband, Charles, Johnson City. He is remembered by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral service for Mr. Jamerson will be conducted at 6:00 P.M. Friday, August 4, 2017 at Midway Baptist Church with Rev. William Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. in the sanctuary of the church. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 8:30 A.M. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Midway Baptist Church, Ray Adler, and Eddie Mobley. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 7:50 A.M., to travel in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN, for their loving care and support of Reece and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International, P.O Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net . Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City is serving the Jamerson family. (423) 928-6111

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