[TN-Bird] Roseate Spoonbill - Fayette Co. TN and MS

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 23:16:08 EDT

I had sent this yesterday but evidently it is flying around out in cyberspace 
somewhere, so I'll try again.

July 4, 2003
Fayette Co. TN
Marshall Co. MS

On the morning of the fourth, an immature Roseate Spoonbill made an 
appearance at a small lake that straddles the State line between Fayette Co. 
TN, and 
Marshall Co. MS. The bird was seen by the owners of the farm at no more than 50 
yards and was well described. This bird was seen on both sides of the fence 
that runs along the dividing line between the two states. It eventually flew 
has not reappeared since that time. 

I traveled there Saturday morning and waited in the area with the owner. This 
is an extremely large, gated operation encompassing 1500 acres and there are 
15 ponds and lakes on the property so the bird may still be in the area. I 
only visited about half of these ponds during the time I was there.

There appears to be an extensive northward movement of this species this year 
as individuals have been seen in Chattanooga earlier this spring and are also 
present in Missouri and Kansas at this time. Makes you think there are more 
spread about. Wood Storks are also moving north. On another note, the eleven 
Fulvous Whistling Ducks we had in Dyer Co. earlier have moved only about 50 or 
60 miles to the west into the rice fields around Dexter, MO.

As I was walking back up to the barns Saturday morning, I heard a "fitz-bew" 
and was able to locate 2 Willow Flycatchers hunting from another fence line 
and carrying food to young birds in a Willow thicket. There are probably not 
many records of this species in Fayette Co. and I'm fairly confident that th
is would be the first recorded nesting for the area.

The open areas and scrub on this farm supported the largest concentration of 
Blue Grosbeak that I ever remember. Singing males and pairs seem to have been 
everywhere I looked. I recorded 41 species in about 2 hours of searching on 
this property. If the spoonbill reappears we will try to set up some way 
can visit the property.

Good Birding!!!

Jeff R. Wilson
Bartlett Tenn.

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