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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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Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - Mallard Lake, at Big Lake WMA,  AR
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - Mallard Lake, at Big Lake WMA, AR
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - morphing out of rock
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - morphing out of rock
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - 5 a.jpg
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - 5 a.jpg
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 bill spot
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 bill spot
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 -
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - 11 a.jpg
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - 11 a.jpg
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - Mallard Lake at Big Lake WMA, AR
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - Mallard Lake at Big Lake WMA, AR
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - feeding on whirly-jiggs
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - feeding on whirly-jiggs
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - pick feeding
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - pick feeding
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - leg color
Red Phalarope - 10-4-09 - leg color
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