[TN-Bird] Shorebirds and Raptors - TN-MS

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, missbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:14:58 EDT

March 20, 2010
Ensley Bottoms
Shelby Co. TN
DeSoto and Tunica Co, MS
At Ensley Bottoms in Shelby Co, there was little to be seen at the "Pits",  
single Pectoral and Lesser Yellowlegs, scattered Least Sandpipers and 5 
Wilson's  Snipe also two interesting Red-tailed Hawks and a traveling male 
Harrier along  with 4 Kestrels. Strings of north bound DC Cormorant and about 
American White  Pelicans swirling slowly over the MS River. A LeConte's 
Sparrow was flushed from  a small wet area where it has spent most of the 
winter. At TVA Lake, an immature  Bald Eagle got up the ducks and gulls plus my 
first of season, pair of  Black-necked Stilts. 
There were 22 Ring-billed Gulls and 3 Bonaparte's before the eagle raid. In 
 among the few hundred Greater and Lesser Scaup were 19 Shovelers, 6 
Gadwall,  single hen Ring-necked and Hooded Merganser plus our "home girl" 
Red-breasted  Merganser which is in an extreme wing molt or has an injury. 
Green-winged Teal  rule the pits with 2 Blue-winged Teal and a few Mallards and 
Gadwall in the  mix. The Bald Eagles are still feeding their small young at 
Ensley as  well as the 2 other nests inside the city limits of MEMPHIS!
At the plover fields in DeSoto and Tunica Co, MS Golden-Plovers  were again 
moving with quite a few flyovers streaming north but some putting  down to 
add to the mix of scattered Pectoral an Least Sandpipers. Over 450  
Golden-Plovers counted in one field but alas no Upland this week.
A few photos can be viewed starting at: 
Good Birding  !!!
Jeff R. Wilson / TLBA
6300 Memphis-Arlington Road
Bartlett, TN  38135
What is this feathered thing that  lifts my heart to the heavens.

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