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Jeff Wilson | profile | all galleries >> Mid-South Rarities tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Mid-South Rarities

I've been fortunate in finding and documenting over 30 first state records here in the Mid-south during 30 years of birding.

Now, I'm having to reorganize and rescan hundreds of slides and reworking even more digital shots, all because of a burgulary at my home that scattered and dislocated thousands of images. Going through these are bringing back a lot of memories of good times in the field here in the mid-south and I thought I'd share some of the more unusual or record sightings that I've been lucky enough to find and document over my years of birding.

I've thrown in a few unusual nestings. As I rescan old slides I'll add other shots from time to time but I may never finish this task.

The Snowy Plover, Limpkin (Hatchie sighting) and the Curlew Sandpiper were found by others but I think many birders will enjoy seeing the only photos taken of these three birds in Tennessee. All the others were stumbled across in my wanderings here in the mid-south. Hope they bring back a few memories for those of you that have shared with me some of these great birds.

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Ivory Gull - TN - Feb. 10-21, 1996
Ivory Gull - TN - Feb. 10-21, 1996
Ivory Gull - Pickwick Dam
Ivory Gull - Pickwick Dam
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -  TN - Sept. 12- 19, 1992
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - TN - Sept. 12- 19, 1992
Neotropic Cormorant - First in TN.  June-19-1993
Neotropic Cormorant - First in TN. June-19-1993
First Neoptropic Cormorant  for ARK.
First Neoptropic Cormorant for ARK.
Slaty-backed Gull - MS.  Feb - 1993
Slaty-backed Gull - MS. Feb - 1993
Little Gull - AL. in flight 12-28-03
Little Gull - AL. in flight 12-28-03
Limpkin- Hatchie Bottoms, TN.
Limpkin- Hatchie Bottoms, TN.
Red-necked Grebe - MS
Red-necked Grebe - MS
Western Kingbird - First nest in TN
Western Kingbird - First nest in TN
Western Kingbird - 1st successful nest - TN
Western Kingbird - 1st successful nest - TN
Western Kingbird - fledgling - TN
Western Kingbird - fledgling - TN
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