[TN-Bird] Major Wind Bird Movement

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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