[TN-Bird] Percy Priest WMA - Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Peregrine

  • From: "Scott Somershoe" <Scott.Somershoe@xxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-birds" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2011 10:20:14 -0500

This morning I swung through a spot at Percy Priest WMA in Rutherford Co. that 
I didn't know existed until yesterday (Thanks Terry Witt).  I was using a map 
to navigate the roads to find the ponds, but I figured out where the ponds were 
without the map because a Peregrine flew across the road, low over a field, 
dropped below a small hill and shorebirds scattered.  The pond of interest is 
divided by a road and all the shorebirds were piled up on the side not attacked 
by the peregrine.  Not great habitat, but enough to support a bunch of hungry 

In the mix of peeps (all 3 species present) and pectorals, I found 3 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the higher/drier mud!  This has been quite the week 
for buff-breasted sandpipers!!  

List of waders and shorebirds from my short trip (edited from my eBird list):
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  45
Green Heron  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Killdeer  31
Semipalmated Sandpiper  8
Western Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  36
Pectoral Sandpiper  27
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  3

Great birding!
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (o)

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