[TN-Bird] Sightings Report, 14 May 2011,Ensley Bottoms,Memphis, Shelby County

  • From: John Walko <walko@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tn-Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Dick Preston <dickpreston@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Mjefferson100 <mjefferson100@xxxxxxxxxxx>, vbreynolds@xxxxxxx, Virginia Reynolds <treynold@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 19:15:12 -0500

Migratory Bird Count Day, I started at 9:00am and went to 2:00pm, some good 
birds some misses.  
Met Virginia Reynolds on one of the levees who was counting also, MJ, I'll let 
you decipher our totals when she gets hers to you.
After a delay some pictures will be avail at www.gallery.me.com/walko123
Maxson Wastewater Lagoons(The Pits)/Earth Complex, Shelby, US-TN
May 14, 2011 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Weather overcast and cool a cold front came through last night. A 
bit breezy coming out of the NW. Shorebirds were spotty at first but then big 
numbers were found in certain cells/lagoons of the treatment plant.
38 species
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  24     Most of the ducks are moving around from 
pond to pond in pairs or groups of three. good looks from all the birds, 
pictures taken.
Canada Goose  18
Mallard  16
Blue-winged Teal  27     Teal are still hanging around the clean water areas in 
small groups.
Northern Bobwhite  7
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sora  4     1 seen in rain runoff wetland to the south spread fields, 4 seen in 
a small wet area in one of the central cells. Pictures of all taken.
American Coot  5
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  9
Black-necked Stilt  54     Except for the one large group of 15 that were 
feeding on the near side of the big pit, most birds were spread out over the 
property all paired up many had one bird sitting on a nest.
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Solitary Sandpiper  9
Lesser Yellowlegs  23
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Least Sandpiper  147     Probably more, birds are scattered all over.
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Dunlin  2
Stilt Sandpiper  23     2 birds in pit #5 with the Blknk Stilts the rest were 
in a central cell lagoon feeding with a large mixed flock.
Long-billed Dowitcher  12     Good looks at a long distance, some in breeding 
Mourning Dove  35
Chimney Swift  2
Barn Swallow  13
Carolina Wren  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  50
Savannah Sparrow  25     These guys were all over the levees, count may be a 
low estimate.
Song Sparrow  8     In the grass of the levees.
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Dickcissel  50
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Brown-headed Cowbird  50
Baltimore Oriole  2

May 14, 2011 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Started down at Bunting corner near the outfall. Hiked the edges 
of the flooded area, deep grass and brush, then drove up to the TVA lakes.
25 species
Mallard  2
Killdeer  5
Mourning Dove  18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Barn Swallow  19
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  24
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  3     Saw one and was able to get some pictures for ID, heard 
two others singing back at this one.
Dickcissel  6
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Eastern Meadowlark  4
Common Grackle  16
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  3

Riverport Rd Ponds / Swamp, Shelby, US-TN
May 14, 2011 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Quick drive down Riverport.
9 species
Canada Goose  2
Great Egret  2
Rock Pigeon  100     Pigeons everywhere.
Eurasian Collared-Dove  6
Mourning Dove  25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  20     Good amt of swallows along with Barn 
swallows over the flooded areas.
Barn Swallow  15
Eastern Bluebird  1
Common Grackle  5

Memphis, Presidents Island, Shelby, US-TN
May 14, 2011 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Drove the perimeter of Presidents island to see what the flooding 
has done. All of the low lands are completely flooded which means more than 
3/4's of the island is under water. Deer which are still alive are packed on 
little mounds of high ground. Turkeys same as some one has put corn out for 
10 species
Wild Turkey  11     Turkeys are pushed out of normal grounds by the flooded 
Mississippi River along with the deer.
Mississippi Kite  2
Killdeer  4
Rock Pigeon  50
Eurasian Collared-Dove  20     Doves around all the rail cars carrying grain.
Mourning Dove  100     Doves around all the rail cars carrying grain.
Barn Swallow  15
Northern Mockingbird  7
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  14This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 

John "Jay" Walko
Collierville, TN

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