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Tiptonville Ferry Landing

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Site Description and Habitats

The site consists of a shaded picnic area adjacent to the main channel of the Mississippi River and provides excellent views of main stem river habitats. If the river is low, sandbars may be observed. The view of the expanse of the Mississippi River makes a visit worthwhile.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Least Terns (mostly spring and summer, can be abundant), large numbers of swallows on wires in late summer and fall. Warbling Vireo and Baltimore Oriole nest in the cottonwoods next to the parking area. Peregrine Falcon may make a fly by. Black Terns may be found in May and early June and in August. Black-necked Stilts may be found on flooded fields to the north in spring if conditions are right.

Summer: Osprey, Black Terns (can be found in early June still going north and possibly in late July going south), Least Terns.

Winter: Gulls, waterfowl, and raptors, and just about anything can float by on the Mississippi River. Sandhill Cranes have roosted on the sandbar.

Year-Round: Osprey and Bald Eagles

Rarities Seen at this Site: Cave Swallow

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Detailed directions for birding Tipton Ferry Landing
About one mile SW of Tiptonville, TN on the Mississippi River, Lake County, TN. From Tiptonville, take TN Highway 21 west and follow it about one mile to the park at the river's edge (Note: the ferry no longer operates).

After scanning the river from the ferry landing, drive north (Robinson Bayou Rd, labeled as Tiptonville Ferry Rd in Google Maps) and bird the farm fields. These areas are often pretty good birding. If the fields have not been planted yet in spring and are wet, shorebirds may be common, including both yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, etc. Black-necked Stilts attempt to nest in some years. Least terns may loaf in the fields. In VERY high water, Common Loons have been seen in the deeper parts of the fields! Drive north and explore the back roads and fields and check the sloughs on the west side of the road for waterfowl in winter and migration. In winter, Lapland Longspurs, Horned Larks, and American Pipits are sometimes abundant. Scan blackbird flocks for Rusty, Brewer’s and Yellow-headed.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking lot: 36.368827, -89.504499
Robinson Bayou Rd north of the landing: 36.44414, -89.497646

Fees and Hours
No fees are required to access these areas. The areas are accessible during daylight hours year round.

There are no restroom facilities or designated birding observation areas.

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site