[TN-Bird] Nine Black-b Whistling Ducks - Ensley

May 6, 2010
Ensley Bottoms
Shelby Co. TN
Wapanocca NWR
Crittenden Co. AR
 
Sorry, I thought this post went through Friday AM but evidently it  was 
"lost in space". I have a couple of birders from California visiting  the area 
to work on their eastern lists. We had successful visits to both above  
mentioned areas. At the "Pits" were about 2,400 Wind Birds and we had great  
comparative looks with adult BAIRD'S and White-rumped side by side but we only  
got through 13 species of shorebirds before a Peregrine cleaned the decks. 
We  also got quite a few shorebirds in wet areas over in AR but a Stilt 
Sandpiper  was not in the cards for the day.
 
Other than our regular birds providing numerous eastern ticks and lifers,  
we also had nice studies of a flight of White Pelicans and Mississippi Kites 
 plus 9 close and stunning BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS flying out of the 
back  area and over toward TVA Lake. A very brief look at a silent male 
Painted  Bunting was just barely satisfactory but Friday AM at Wapanocca a 
singing male  satisfied everyone's expectations.
 
Thursday afternoon the wind kept most of the birds at Wapanocca hidden or  
attempting to just lay low but we still added a few good birds with a male  
Anhinga and a Least Bittern the best new birds.  
Good Birding  !!!

Jeff R. Wilson / TLBA
6300 Memphis-Arlington Road
Bartlett, TN  38135
http://www.pbase.com/ol_coot/
What is this feathered thing that  lifts my heart to the heavens.


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