[TN-Bird] Wind Birds - They're Back- TN-AR-MS

  • From: OLCOOT1@xxxxxxx
  • To: missbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, ARBIRD-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 09:08:38 EDT

March 13, 2010
Shelby Co. TN
Crittenden Co. AR
DeSoto and Tunica MS
Thursday, I made a quick run through, north DeSoto Co. MS and Ensley  
Bottoms in TN and found Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, 
Least Sandpipers and Long-billed Dowitchers scattered in both locations. 
Last  week Robco Lake went from 3,000 Scaup to 200 over one night, so things 
were  moving.
Yesterday, I started in Crittenden Co, AR and at the old Benwood Lake area  
and Bob White Road located 9 Lesser Yellowlegs, 120 Pectoral and 30 Least  
Sandpipers along with many Wilson's Snipe and 45 Long-billed Dowitchers. I 
also  had a group of 50+ Golden-Plovers whistle by, my first of the season.
At Ensley, TVA Lake held a few hundred Lesser and Greater Scaup plus the  
female Red-breasted Merganser that has been around a few weeks plus Gadwall,  
Shovelers, 40 Green-winged Teal, 5 Bufflehead and a single female 
Ring-necked  Duck. In the plowed fields were 32 Golden-Plovers but at the pits 
scattered  Least Sandpipers, 3 Long-billed Dowitchers and a few Snipe and  
Pectoral Sandpipers.
I headed to Mississippi where I found the mother load, at one of the  
Golden-Plover fields that produces year after year, Plovers were everywhere as  
far as you could see, 600+ counted as best as I could; then two groups few 
over  with 200 and 300 birds. When a Harrier came across the field and the 
large group  took flight, I heard a Upland Plover calling but never saw the 
bird. This is an  early date for me at this location for the Upland but they 
appear here every  year. I traveled south to Tunica Co. and found more 
Golden-Plovers at 2 regular  locations plus two large groups of Pectoral 
100+ in each wet  field and another group that flew in tight formation 
across Buck Island  Road. Scattered Wilson's Snipe plus Lesser and Greater 
Yellowlegs and 45 more  Long-billed Dowitchers feeding in a drained fish pond 
rounded out the day. 
They're Back!! Enjoy  
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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