There’s a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger (excellent photos by Victor to back
up the ID) doing the same things at Pickwick that the Parasitic Jaeger was
doing yesterday. This ID is very difficult for land-locked birders like
myself and I’m going to suggest that it was probably the same jaeger we had
there yesterday and Monday until photos prove otherwise.
Ruben Stoll, Pleasantville TN
On Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 10:13 PM Graham <grahamgerdeman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I haven't seen either of these things posted here, and tn-birds gets no
- Hurricane IDA brought more birders than storm-driven birds down to
Pickwick Dam in Hardin County today, but highlights included a dark morph
PARASITIC JAEGER, first found by Ruben and Victor Stoll, Rick Shipkowski,
and Andrew Lydeard yesterday (8/30) afternoon. The bird was later relocated
by me and Andrew, and again today (8/31) by several others. It was a new
state bird for me.
Outside of the lone Jaeger (and unless other reports come in) - there was
nothing of note until around 10 AM or so, when a group of more than 40
Common Terns descended, and included 2 adult SOOTY TERNS.
Otherwise, it was a good day of camaraderie and meeting new people - and
we had a reporter from the Memphis area NPR affiliate there all morning,
doing a story on this phenomenon of hurricane birding. She was
incredibly nice and interested, and I'm sure that there will be a link to
share with TN birders soon - and hopefully those in attendance will not
embarrass the rest of ya too much. ;-)
- Around midday, I jumped ship in order to get back to my home county of
Davidson with hopes of finding six SANDERLINGS found earlier this morning
by Mike Smith at Snow Bunting Peninsula, a long overdue new county bird for
me. They indeed were, and all 6 in beautiful crisp juvenile plumage. I had
only a few minutes available, but enough to really enjoy this very common
beach bird, far from any true beach.