[TN-Bird] Black-bellied Whistler Surprise

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:54:13 EDT

August 26, 2009
Ensley Bottoms-TVA Lake
Shelby Co. TN
Nothing these birds do surprises me anymore. Today, I had an hour to spare  
and at TVA Lake, I located 2 adult Black-bellied Whistlers. Then I decided 
to  try for the youngster that I had not seen for a while at the pits. I 
caught a  brief glimpse of the bird where it has been staying but then in 
another area  BANG, there is an adult with 4 half grown young. The difference 
size between  the single and the 4 is too much for them to be from the same 
hatch.  As I had mentioned when the single showed up, it looked too large to 
be the  remnants of the original brood of 5. After not seeing any adults or 
siblings for  over a week, I just thought I was wrong. The 4 youngsters I 
saw today with the  single adult are about the right size to be the first 
group found weeks  ago.
At TVA Lake, there were the regular group of molting Mallards, 2 very young 
 Least Terns plus 4 adults feeding them. There were a dozen DC Cormorants, 
a  single Black Tern and the only Pectoral Sandpiper seen today.
At the "Pits", there are a ton of Least Sandpipers with fewer numbers than  
this weekend of Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers. Also present were  
Killdeer, Black-necked Stilts, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary, 4 Spotted, 2  
Semipalmated Plovers and a single molting female RUDDY TURNSTONE.  
Good Birding  !!!

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

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