[TN-Bird] Jabiru in Mississippi!

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  • Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 11:00:36 -0500

Thought this would be of interest to many listers across the State! A Jabiru 
has been found a couple of hours south of Memphis in Mississippi. The following 
text was taken off of the MS list, which is the only place that I have seen 
this so far. Hopefully updates will be posted soon.
What a bird!
Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN


"This afternoon (Tuesday, 28 August 2007) Seymour Johnson of Indianola,
MS sent Dr. Rick Wright (Editor, Winging It and Department Editor,
Birding) credible photographs of a Jabiru from Sunflower County, MS.
Last Friday (24 August) Seymour received a call from the landowners
about what they had identified as a Jabiru on their catfish ponds.
Saturday, 25 August, Seymour drove to the ponds, identified it and took
digital photos.  Today, at Seymour's request I drove to the location for
corroboration but was unable to find the bird.  From descriptions
provided by the locals who have seen the bird, it is an adult (zoom in
on the attached photo).  While at the ponds today, I spoke with three
different workers who have seen it, and all emphasized how much bigger
it is than the Wood Storks it is hanging out with.  It is also possible
the bird was first seen on an adjacent catfish complex to the east.  A
worker on that farm told me he and a co-worker saw it two weeks ago and
last week it was been feeding on a pond of theirs that had experienced a
fish kill.

Seymour photographed the stork on Meyer's Farm in south Sunflower
County.  Lester and Myra Myers are the owners and have agreed to allow
anyone interested, to drive around and look for the bird.  This is a
very busy working farm with feeders and aerators working day and night,
thus be mindful and unobtrusive.  Everyone I talked to was very excited
about the discovery and welcomed visitors.  Local contacts are Lester
and Myra Myers the owners, and Earla Dillion, and Ray McCllelan who feed
the fish.  If you need help while there, Earla and Ray will each likely
be driving a tractor pulling a wagon for feeding the fish.  I don't have
any telephone contacts for the Myers or them.

Note: The version of this message does not have any attachments.
Directions to the farm:  Open the attached Mississippi Dept. of
Transportation Sunflower County .PDF.  Scroll to the very bottom of the
map. Follow 49W due south of Inverness to Caile.  Continue south on 49W
to East Paxton Road.  Turn east on East Paxton Road and follow this
until the blacktop road veers left.  At this point do not go left (Mr.
and Mrs. Myers home) but turn right.  Go through the stop sign on the
right.  This immediately puts you onto the catfish complex.  From here
you can drive around and look for the Wood Storks.  The Jabiru should be
with any group of Wood Storks.  All of the expected waders are present
and some in great numbers.  Turkey and Black Vultures are present in
good numbers as well as an Osprey.  Storks do a lot of soaring so be
sure to look up at any aggregation of soaring birds.  Shorebirds are
well represented.  A few waterfowl are present too.  The shorebirds will
be found on drawn down and shallow ponds south of here and on similar
ponds east of these ponds.  If you are unable to open the Sunflower
County road map, here is another set of directions:
MS: Sunflower County, from Indianola, come south on HWY 49W through
Inverness and south through Caile.  East Paxton Road is well marked on
the east side of the highway.  Follow the above directions to get to
Myers Farm.  From the south come north via HWY 49W through Belzoni and
then through Isola.  Just after you enter Sunflower County from
Humphreys County look for East Paxton Road on the right and follows the
above directions to the farm.  The DeLoreme Mississippi Atlas and
Gazetteer shows East Paxton Road as Paxton Rd.
This will be the first record of Jabiru for Mississippi.  See Rick
Wright's post at http://www.birdaz.com/blog";

Philip J. Barbour
United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Office: (662) 455-1199
Ext. 3, or direct at ext. 116
Mobile: (662) 392-5725
Email: philip.barbour AT ms.usda.gov

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