[TN-Bird] Shorebirds/ Ensley

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 07:22:41 EDT

Sept. 27, 2003
Ensley Bottoms,
Shelby Co. TN

The numbers dwindle as the temp drops and the autumn winds, coolly sweep down 
from the North. Gone are the steamy hot days, when 20 plus species of 
multitudes of ravenously, feeding shorebirds, with the back feathers raised, 
venting 
their body heat to only a slightly cooler atmosphere, can be seen.

Only 12 species could be pulled out with still only 1 Buff-breasted that took 
over an hour to find. Killdeer, a few Black-necked Stilts, 1 Greater YL still 
frequents TVA Lake, Lesser YL, 2 Solitary, 1 Spotted, Semipalmated, Western, 
Least, Stilt and Wilson's Snipe filled out the list. It has been a very poor 
year for both Buff-breasted and Baird's at the pits.

Bert Sharpe and I had the movement of raptors from TVA Lake later with two 
groups of White Pelicans (76-26) taking advantage of the North winds along with 
groups of DC Cormorants and large groups of resting ducks were lazing around 
waiting for the night flight to leave. On the Mississippi River, I had a flock 
of 27 No. Pintail streamlining it south, along with Blue-winged and 
Green-winged Teal, No. Shoveler, Ruddy Ducks, 2 Pied-billed Grebe and 
Ring-billed Gulls.

Let's see what the winds blew in today................ 

Good Birding!!!

Jeff R. Wilson
OL'COOT / TLBA
Bartlett, TN


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