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     Had a lunchtime appointment Friday in Carbondale. Afterward, drove over
to Mingo NWR, starting my walk around the boardwalk about 4 p.m. Cool,
cloudy and windy and mostly pretty quiet. Best birds were:
KENTUCKY WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
SCARLET TANAGER
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
WHITE-EYED VIREO
WARBLING VIREO
INDIGO BUNTING
CAROLINA WREN
GRAY CATBIRD
GREEN HERON
SNOWY EGRET
PILEATED WOODPECKER
FISH CROW
BARRED OWL (calling)
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
     Re other wildlife observations: only herps seen were two water
moccasins seen swimming in the swamp at the observation tower reached by
bridge and boardwalk from the main boardwalk. Also lying near the boardwalk
were the remains of an armadillo that obviously had been preyed on at some
point, maybe post-mortem.
     On the way home about 7 p.m., saw a GREAT HORNED OWL sitting on a
telephone pole at the entrance to the town of Advance, Mo.
     Dinner at the Great Wall Chinese buffet in Cape Girardeau, a good one,
enlivened by a young woman sitting behind me loudly recounting to her
friends her adventures during the previous three days in the Cape Girardeau
City Jail. Good birding to all!

Steve Whitworth, Glen Carbon, Madison County, IL





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