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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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Ferruginous Hawk - MS - 1-1-05 plus TN
Ferruginous Hawk - MS - 1-1-05 plus TN
Inca Dove - TN 1st - 5-22-05
Inca Dove - TN 1st - 5-22-05
Ash-throated Flycatcher - Ensley Bottoms -Dec. 2002
Ash-throated Flycatcher - Ensley Bottoms -Dec. 2002
SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 8-30-05 Pickwick  Lake --
SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 8-30-05 Pickwick Lake --
WW Dove - 1st TN record
WW Dove - 1st TN record
WW Dove - and DU flag
WW Dove - and DU flag
Lazuli Bunting - Ensley Bottoms - 1st and 2nd TN State Record
Lazuli Bunting - Ensley Bottoms - 1st and 2nd TN State Record
Lazuli Bunting - Ensley Bottoms - 2nd TN State Record
Lazuli Bunting - Ensley Bottoms - 2nd TN State Record
Swainsons Hawk - 4-25-09 Ensley - imm. light morph
Swainsons Hawk - 4-25-09 Ensley - imm. light morph
Ferruginous Hawk - 11-10-2012 - immature - distented crop - Bogota WMA. Dyer Co. TN
Ferruginous Hawk - 11-10-2012 - immature - distented crop - Bogota WMA. Dyer Co. TN
Chestnut-collared Longspur - 11-14-2012 - female - Ensley Bottoms -
Chestnut-collared Longspur - 11-14-2012 - female - Ensley Bottoms -
Barrows Goldeneye - 12-26-09 Big Sandy Reach.
Barrows Goldeneye - 12-26-09 Big Sandy Reach.
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