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David,
This "prank on outsiders" is better than they have been known to treat
at least one "insider".
Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Saturday, January 18, 2003, at 04:14 PM, David Farmer wrote:

> I refound the Northern Shrike this morning along highway DD west of
> Skidmore
> between the Nodaway River and the next gravel road.  It was very
> skitterish,
> and about the time we were able to get a decent look for more than a
> second
> or two, a local farmer stopped to see what we were doing, gave us a
> weird
> look, and informed us that it was only a sparrow and then drove off
> scaring
> away the shrike with it.  30 minutes later it finally came back to the
> wires
> along the road, and then flew to a close bush, to display itself.
>
> There were Horned Larks everywhere too, but couldn't find any Longspurs.
>
> Also, the Public Phone in Skidmore doesn't work, but the people in the
> gas
> station across the street will make change for you to use it, and then
> watch
> and laugh at you when the phone takes your money.  It must be the local
> prank on the 'outsiders.'
>
> David Farmer
> Maryville
>
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