May 12 and 13th, 2020,
Victor and I couldn’t make it out to Lake County on Monday the 11th, the
day that Daniel Redwine found the two Whimbrels at Robinson Bayou, and we
finally got rained out at work on the 12th at about the same time as they
refound one of the Whimbrels back at Robinson. But by the time we made it
out there it had long gone. We must have checked half a dozen times over
the next day and a half without any luck. However, there was a nice flock
of shorebirds there to keep us busy.
Black-necked Stilt 32
Black-bellied Plover 2 (atleast)
Semipalmated Plover 150
Pectoral Sandpiper 400
White-rumped Sandpiper 70
Semipalmated Sandpiper 120
Least Sandpiper 140
Stilt Sandpiper 32
Short-billed Dowitcher 38
Long-billed Dowitcher 2
RUDDY TURNSTONE 1 (we only saw one, Glen Criswell reported a flock of 9
birds when we weren’t there)
Wilson’s Phalarope 3
Great Yellowlegs 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 150
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Spotted Sandpiper 8
The shorebirds were very nervous and kept moving around a lot on both
day, there was at least one Peregrine Falcon around, making counting
There were still very small numbers of waterfowl around.
BLACK SWAN, pair back on Tiptonville WTP ponds again. (possibly thinking
about staying and nesting?)
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, half a dozen at Robinson
GADWALL, drake at Robinson
LESSER SCAUP, drake at Lone Cypress Slough
RUDDY DUCK, 3 at Reelfoot
HOODED MERGANSER, hen at Robinson
Also plenty of terns passing through.
CASPIAN TERN, 3 at Robinson, 1 at Reelfoot
LEAST TERN, 14 at Robinson
BLACK TERN, 7 at Robinson, 12 at Reelfoot
FORSTER’S TERN, 14 at Robinson, 20+ at Reelfoot.
COMMON TERN, 5 at Reelfoot
We had a basic plumaged unidentified tern Common/Arctic at Reelfoot that
we spent a lot of time on trying for better looks and photos but never got
close enough to do anything. It had a small, rounded head, small black bill
and long tail. Maybe we’ll be able to get out there with a boat sometime
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 1 at the boardwalk behind Reelfoot State Park
LEAST FLYCATCHER, decent numbers in all good habitat.
ALDER FLYCATCHER, 1 along the levee at Robinson, another at Fritz Landing
WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 3 or 4 scattered along the levee.
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 1 near the Ash-throated spot along Hickory Ridge
SWAINSON’S HAWK, one passing over Robinson mid-afternoon on the 13th,
meandering North but who knows whether it left? I halfway expect to see one
there next time I go out there. We do know there were at least three
different birds seen in Northwest Tennessee this Spring.
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, female at Robinson Bayou on the evening of the
Ruben Stoll, Centerville Tennessee