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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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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
Western Kingbird - 6-6-04  First nest  for Mississippi
Western Kingbird - 6-6-04 First nest for Mississippi
Mottled Duck- First for TN - Oct. 4-5-6, 2003
Mottled Duck- First for TN - Oct. 4-5-6, 2003
California Gull - TN - 2-25-04
California Gull - TN - 2-25-04
Thayers Gull - TN - Feb-04
Thayers Gull - TN - Feb-04
Curlew Sandpiper--TN - female alt. pl. - June 3-4, 1996
Curlew Sandpiper--TN - female alt. pl. - June 3-4, 1996
Ruff - immature - 2nd record TN-Sept. 7 1987
Ruff - immature - 2nd record TN-Sept. 7 1987
Reeve - Ensley Bottoms
Reeve - Ensley Bottoms
White-faced Ibis - 2nd in TN, LakeCo.
White-faced Ibis - 2nd in TN, LakeCo.
Spotted Towhee - Ensley Bottoms - TN
Spotted Towhee - Ensley Bottoms - TN
Yellow-billed Loon - immature  3-6-04
Yellow-billed Loon - immature 3-6-04
Snowy Plover - Dyer Co. TN.
Snowy Plover - Dyer Co. TN.
Cave Swallow -TN-First Photo Documented - Mud island 9-30-06
Cave Swallow -TN-First Photo Documented - Mud island 9-30-06
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.
Long-billed Murrelet - ID Card.
Long-billed Murrelet - ID Card.
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