[TN-Bird] The "Pits", President's Island and MS RV

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 07:41:22 EDT

August 12, 2009
High Noon Run
The Mississippi River is falling about a foot a day and sandbars are  
reappearing. A Caspian Tern and a single molted Black Tern were loafing on the  
upper Loosahatchie Bar. This upper bar always had some exposed open sand and 
the  Least Terns congregated there on this last rise.
A feisty Caspian at TVA Lake was dive bombing and harassing anything  
animate, Least Terns, Black-necked Stilts and even a single Snowy Egret. I've  
never seen a Caspian do this before?
The little rain on Tuesday was enough to just moisten some of the flats and 
 they will dry quickly. With no standing water all the long-legged birds  
went elsewhere. The numbers of Least slightly increased while Semipalmated  
Sandpipers and Westerns took a dive. Only 4 Semi-plovers were seen but the  
Pectoral Sandpiper numbers have soared. I needed more time to sit and scan 
for  something special.
Mom and Dad, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were still leading their feeding 
 5 young through the weeds and keeping a close watch on the guy with the 
beard.  The youngsters are getting big and have lost their distinctive stripes 
and  taking on contour feathers. The resident American Coot has been 
standing in the  exact spot on my last three trips; he has got his little perch 
his pool and  is sticking to it. Need water!!
On President's Island, 1 adult Western Kingbird was seen near the causeway  
and a young bird was feeding on its own on the west end. Some Eastern 
Kingbirds  are still feeding young.  
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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