[TN-Bird] Major Wind Bird Movement
- From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
- To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, missbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 08:22:20 -0400 (EDT)
April 8, 2012 Friday, Kenny Nichols and Dick Baxter photographed a breeding plumaged Ruff and a Reeve at the minnow farms in Prairie Co. AR. The Reeve was relocated Saturday. On Saturday Gene Knight called and had multiple thousands of L-b Dowitchers falling in at Crowder MS plus a nice mix of birds. In Shelby Co, TN, all started out with a good number of shorebirds but just after 8:30, groups of travelers started dropping in, some staying, others resting and moving on. As usual this lasted till around 10;30 ish and the push was over but still a lot of birds left to glean through. Golden-Plovers were hard to come by all day as few fields left un-plowed. VERY high counts of Pectoral Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs were noted and over 400 Lesser Yellowlegs fell out of the sky in just one flight. Two Peregrine Falcons buzzed through, and a Cooper's Hawk slowly circled over the area causing masses of shorebirds to flail around, some streaming north others settling back in and chattering about the encounters. A total of 20 shorebird species found shifting through the mix, including phalarope, Willet, Baird's etc. Spent some time with a Birmingham birder sharing the hordes of birds, he had just come through DeSoto Co, in MS and found his lifer UPLANDS (3) in the fields where we reported them last weekend. One happy birder got good studies of bland Dunlin and Stilt Sandpipers plus big time numbers of up-close WIND BIRDS!! I had a total of 31 UPLAND SANDPIPERS on the day, two in TN and 3 groups at 3 locations (21-3-5) off of Old Highway 61 in DeSoto Co, MS. Other birds of note in TN, a Snowy Egret that has been around for over a week, 2 female Red-breasted Mergansers in Shelby Co, and a Common Moorhen in Tipton Co, still hanging around in a sliver of a slough, and my FOS Eastern Kingbird. Good Birding!!! Jeff R. Wilson / TLBA 6300 Memphis-Arlington Rd. Bartlett, TN. 38135_ http://WWW.pbase.com/ol_coot/_ (http://www.pbase.com/ol_coot/) What is this feathered thing that lifts my heart to the heavens.
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