[TN-Bird] River Watch - Memphis

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 06:58:27 -0400 (EDT)

Nov. 5, 2010
Mississippi River,
Robco Lake, Ensley Bottoms,
Shelby Co. TN
Watching the cloud covered Mississippi from 3 locations  produced migrating 
loons in flight. A total of 11 Common Loons were seen with  the largest 
group of 4 birds flying over Loosahatchie Bar just after noon. I  looked 
closely for the Red-throated's distinct flight but NADA. Floating on  the 
were 4 pods of coots numbering around 200+ birds, 9 Ruddy, 3 Gadwall,  12 P-b 
Grebe, 6 Lesser Scaup and a single HORNED GREBE. Raptor movement was slow  
with the expected movement of Harriers after the fast moving front, 7 
Harrier, 2  Cooper's, 1 immature Bald Eagle, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 11 Turkey and 
black  Vulture. Nine Ring-billed Gulls and 2 Kingfishers completed the  
At Ensley, a nice count of 600+ Least Sandpipers (at Pits and  TVA), 
Dunlin, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a single Stilt  Sandpiper. 
High counts of Shoveler Ducks along with a few Green-winged Teal,  Mallard 
mucked through the shallows. Two calurus Red-tails from the west were  both 
light and dark morph plus 3 Kestrel and 3 immature eastern  Red-tails.
Robco Lake has growing numbers of P-b Grebe, scaup and  Ruddy Ducks plus a 
few DC Cormorants, Mallards, Gadwall and Shovelers. Two  Forster's Terns and 
9 Tree Swallows also skimmed the lake.  

Jeff R.  Wilson / TLBA
6300 Memphis-Arlington Rd.
Bartlett, TN. 38135_http://WWW.pbase.com/ol_coot/_ 
What  is this feathered thing that lifts my heart to the  heavens.

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