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Nobody was worried about my whereabouts this Monday morning
so I went to breakfast...

Oronogo Bottoms is a privately owned 64 acre site three miles north of
Joplin, between Webb City and Oronogo, Jasper County.
The cat-tail marsh is laced with lead and zinc from the mining days.  In
wet years the place gets literally flushed out fairly well.  In 93', for
example,
I had American Bittern in May and several May and June records for
Least Bittern.

Oronogo Bottoms, Aug. 2, 2004.  0700-0830

Green Heron  5,  Canada Goose  3,  Wood Duck  17,  Northern Bobwhite  4,

Killdeer  1,  Mourning Dove  5,  Yellow-billed Cuckoo  8,  Chimney Swift
10,

Ruby-th. Hummingbird  2,  hummingbird sp.  2,  Belted Kingfisher  1,

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1,  Downy Woodpecker  1,  Eastern Kingbird  3,

White-eyed Vireo  1,  Blue Jay  2,  American Crow  7,  Purple Martin  4,

Carolina Chickadee  4,  Tufted Titmouse  2,  Carolina Wren  1,

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10,  Eastern Bluebird  4,  American Robin  1,

Northern Mockingbird  1,  European Starling   10,  Common Yellowthroat  6,

Summer Tanager  1,  Field Sparrow  1,  Northern Cardinal  8,  Blue Grosbeak
1,

Indigo Bunting  8,  Red-winged Blackbird  50,  Common Grackle  200,

Brown-headed Cowbird  5,  American Goldfinch  5.    About 35 species.

(No Marsh Wrens yet.  Played a tape but the cicadas were very loud).

Good breakfast, I mean, good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin MO.

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