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Black-necked Stilt Nestings at Memphis

In Memphis, TN at Ensley Bottoms, I found the first young Black-necked Stilts on July 4, 1982 at the waste water treatment lagoons. Since that time their numbers have grown, having as many as 60 nest a year. The year 2004, has been exceptional. These birds arrive in March and by late June or early July, we have lanky young already in bicolored plumage and some nests still under construction. The following photos are of one nest I have been following this year. The eggs started hatching on June 26, 2004.

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BNS - Pair at nest 6-12-04
BNS - Pair at nest 6-12-04
BNS on nest
BNS on nest
BNS - 6-26-04  Nest building
BNS - 6-26-04 Nest building
BNS - Eggs - 6-5-04 Ensley
BNS - Eggs - 6-5-04 Ensley
BNS -6-26-04  Female on nest
BNS -6-26-04 Female on nest
BNS - 6-26-04 - Checking eggs
BNS - 6-26-04 - Checking eggs
BNS - 6-26-04 - First hatch
BNS - 6-26-04 - First hatch
BNS -6-26-04  Checking youngster - Ensley
BNS -6-26-04 Checking youngster - Ensley
BNS - 6-26-04 - Dad on nest
BNS - 6-26-04 - Dad on nest
BNS - 6-26-04 - First stroll
BNS - 6-26-04 - First stroll
BNS - 6-26-04 - 2nd hatching
BNS - 6-26-04 - 2nd hatching
BNS - 6-26-04 - 2nd hatchling
BNS - 6-26-04 - 2nd hatchling
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