[TN-Bird] Ensley / Mississippi River Quicky

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 20:59:53 EDT

Aug. 21, 2009
Ensley Bottoms, MS RV
Shelby Co. TN
The remaining young Black-bellied Whistler is a battler, it was found in  
company of 6 Blue-winged Teal, two adults and 4 hatching year birds. The 
young  Black-bellied is larger than the adult Blue-winged Teal and let them 
in no  uncertain terns that it ruled the wet hole, pecking and chasing when 
they got  too close while it mucked in the mud.
The weather front swept a lot of birds out but a few birds were new. A  
single heavily molted Stilt Sandpiper and a white backed Least Sandpiper were  
the two most outstanding among the Pecs, Spotted, Least, Semipalmated and  
Westerns. The Least is not "Snowflake" the Least that has returned for quite 
a  few years. This bird has an almost solid white back. The adult Baird's is 
still  present.
There was another group of 9 Blue-winged Teals that dropped in to the pits, 
 so the ducks are traveling. There were 6 Least Terns at TVA Lake but NONE 
at any  point on the MISSISSIPPI RIVER!! 
A couple of high flying migrating Cooper's were seen but Mississippi Kites  
were feeding over the Wolf River Bottoms. I counted 65 on the drive along 
the  north leg of I-40.  
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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