[TN-Bird] Female Piping Plover, W. Phalarope and Sanderling - Memphis

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:12:32 EDT

July 29, 2010
North Treatment Plant,
TVA Lake and The Pits
Ensley Bottoms
Shelby Co. TN
A late afternoon trip to the North Treatment Plant, produced my first of  
the season WILSON'S PHALAROPE and amazingly it was a slightly molted  
juvenile bird. The rest were expected fare so I decided to finish off the  
at the "Pits".On the way out, I photographed a WESTERN KINGBIRD  hunting 
from a fence next to the office.
Stopping at TVA Lake to scan the DC Cormorants, I found 4 Black-bellied  
Whistling Ducks plus a female PIPINING PLOVER. The single Snowy and Great 
Egret  plus a family of Black-necked Stilts still were hanging around along 
the  Mallards and a few Least Terns. 
At the "Pits" the shorebird numbers had doubled since the last trip but the 
 Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers had declined. A pair of Semipalmated  
Plovers, plus single Lesser Yellowlegs and a Short-billed Dowitcher helped 
on  species numbers. Another SANDERLING was found and it was a different bird 
from  the earlier Sanderling and a lot more cooperative, flying in close 
enough for  photos. This bird has a gimpy left leg and is much farther along 
in molt. Wind  Bird total on the day -  14.  
There is a huge Starling / Purple Martin Roost at the South Bluff area  
Apartments off Riverside Drive. It will not be long before the area residents  
will get their fill of bird poop!
Photos of the day's catch starting at: 
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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