Episode SIX - Birding at baylor

On this episode, we tell the remarkable story of how freshman Luke Thompson '24 became one of the top birding experts in our region and established Baylor's campus as the premiere location for birding in the state. First we speak with Susan Wilson (wife of headmaster Scott Wilson '76), an avid birder herself who took Luke under her proverbial wing when he was just a shy sixth grader with an interest in birds. Then we speak with Kevin Calhoun, curator of forests at the Tennessee Aquarium and one of the leading bird experts in the state about his friendship with Luke and what makes Baylor such a unique location for birding. Finally, we head out on campus with Luke himself in an attempt to discover how this unassuming young man has almost single-handedly made Baylor the center of the birding world in Tennessee.

All photos by Luke Thompson '24

Rusty Blackbird

Gambel's Quail

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Common Nighthawk

Common Loon

Cerulean Warbler

Rivoli's Hummingbird

Long-tailed Duck