[TN-Bird] Whistlers and Terns

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:09:45 EDT

July 29 - Aug. 1
Memphis Area
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are wide spread around Memphis with TVA Lake  
in Ensley the most consistent place to find them. Three were seen over  the 
Loosahatchie Bar on the Mississippi River on Thursday, 2 on President's  
Island on Friday afternoon, anywhere from 2 to 5 over the weekend at TVA Lake, 
2  in Coro Lake slough, a pair still at the "Pits" but may have lost all 
the  water in their nest area and 9 in a wet area west of Walls Mississippi  
on Sunday.
The Mississippi is on a very slow fall (just 2 feet in 2 weeks)  and hang 
around 16 feet through this week and pushing the Least Terns  into the fields 
and sand blows along the river for nesting attempts.  The  first slivers of 
sand just now appearing on the river are attracting the hard  pressed Least 
Terns but probably too late to produce many young this late. On  Sunday, 55 
were seen along with 2 Black Terns on one bar while 25 were  still hanging 
around the ash flats at TVA Lake. Numerous  pairs had attempted to nest on 
these flats but produced only one flying  young that I could find while 
weather and predators took care of  the many small chicks. Persistent couples we
re still going through the  mating rituals on Sunday, even though any success 
at such land based sites is  very iffy. 
On Saturday, 4 Forster Terns were seen near Randolph, just below where the  
Hatchie enters the Mississippi and Sunday, 6 were fishing the wet area west 
of  Walls Mississippi. Two adult Caspian Terns were resting at TVA Lake on 
Friday  afternoon.     
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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