[TN-Bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Mystery

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:40:40 EDT

Aug. 15-16, 2009
Ensley Bottoms-TVA Lake
Shelby Co. TN
On Saturday, Sarah Lehnen and I found 6 adult Black-bellied Whistling  
Ducks, 2 at the "Pits" and 4 on TVA Lake. We also found a single immature bird  
that was alone at the pits, the 2 adults were seen in the same wet area but  
never associated with the youngster. On Sunday, a single adult was seen in 
the  same wet area but again no interaction between the two and on both 
occasions the  adults just flew to other areas.
This immature bird appeared older than the birds in the brood of 5 that I  
saw on Tuesday in this area but it could be one of the brood, they do grow 
fast.  I just could not believe that the parents and the other 4 young just 
disappeared  but stranger things have happened. I got a couple of photos of 
the loner. 
At least there are a few adults still around if only this youngster can  
hang in there until it can fly. It did look kind of forlorn and lonely 
Saturday  and Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed and we may get some much needed 
rain in  the next few days............ 
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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