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 waters 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 1 black Vulture. Nine Ring-billed Gulls and 2 Kingfishers completed the counts. 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/_ (http://www.pbase.com/ol_coot/) What is this feathered thing that lifts my heart to the heavens.