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Went out this afternoon to get the truck dirty and pretty well accomplished
that mission.  (Might as well get your money's worth at the car wash.)  The
best news is that the eagles appear to be building a new nest fairly close
to last year's location--remember the nest was blown down in a storm just
before the young would have fledged.  The nest seems to be pretty close to
completion and there were two adults close to it.

The signs were down at SO so we went into the refuge itself.  It is still
pretty well iced over so there weren't many birds around but we did see a
couple of Red-shouldered Hawks and about a dozen Ring-necked Ducks in one of
the few places where there was a little open water.  Also got a few Gadwalls
and Mallards as well as quite a few Swamp and White-Crowned Sparrows, one
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, four eagles that were not close to the nest and
the ubiquitous Canada Geese.  Did not see any snows at all today.

Came home through Horton Bottoms but didn't see much.  A lot of the country
roads are still covered with snow and are VERY messy.  Be careful if you are
out there!

Dorothoy Lambert




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