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The Spin on Phalaropes in West Tennessee

All three species of phalarope migrate through West Tennessee. Wilson's can be quite numerous in the spring with some counts in the hundreds. I have seen only one Red-necked, a female, in the spring but they are seen almost every year going south in the fall. Red Phalarope is the rarest of the three. In 2007, I found all three species in Shelby County, 2 at the famous "pits" and a Red floating down the Mississippi River.

All three species have been seen at one time, at the Ensley pits in the southwest most corner of TN. They all appeared one morning after a rainy night in early September. On another fall day, the Red and Red-necked were found together on Island 13 in the Mississippi River and a Wilson's was seen at Ensley that afternoon.
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Wilsons Phalarope - imm. 8-21-89
Wilsons Phalarope - imm. 8-21-89
Wilsons Phalarope - immature - Ensley 9-19-02
Wilsons Phalarope - immature - Ensley 9-19-02
Red-necked Phalarope - imm. back and neck color
Red-necked Phalarope - imm. back and neck color
Red-necked Phalarope - Oct. 1989 - Big Sandy
Red-necked Phalarope - Oct. 1989 - Big Sandy
Red Phalarope - juvenile back
Red Phalarope - juvenile back
Red Phalarope -- Sept. 1991
Red Phalarope -- Sept. 1991
Red Phalarope - wing pattern
Red Phalarope - wing pattern
Red-necked Phalarope - 9-6-08 Juv. in flight
Red-necked Phalarope - 9-6-08 Juv. in flight
Wilsons Phalarope - female breeding plumage
Wilsons Phalarope - female breeding plumage
Wilsons Phalarope - 5-14-08 female
Wilsons Phalarope - 5-14-08 female
Wilsons Phalarope - 5-14-08 male
Wilsons Phalarope - 5-14-08 male
Wilsons Phalarope - imm. male and female
Wilsons Phalarope - imm. male and female
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