On October 25, 2021, Michael Todd followed a report and observed Tennessee’s fifth state record for a Limpkin.
That Limpkin was Todd’s 389th species observed in Tennessee, setting a new state record.
Todd’s record breaks the former record set by legendary Tennessee birder Jeff “the Old Coot” Wilson. Wilson had observed 388 species in Tennessee before he passed away in 2013.
However, Todd’s record may not last long as Tennessee birder Mark Greene is only a single bird behind at 388.
There are several other birders who are within a few species of Todd and Greene, but they are harder to track as their data is not posted on eBird.