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Along with these highlights of Billyjon at Otter Slough....my wife and I 
also had  thousands of snow geese, pintail(hundreds), mallard (several 
hundreds), shoveler(hundreds), coots(bajillions), green-winged teal (2 
dozen), bald eagle (1 youngish...didn't have the all-white head yet), 
red-tailed hawks in every tree;  song, white-crowned, and white-throated 
sparrows, downy woodpeckers, great blue herons, kestrels on every other 
power pole, and something I didn't expect to see....a Great Egret.  Couldn't 
count the egret tho, it was dead.  Laying on top of the ice of one of the 
frozen pools.  Couldn't tell from our angle gunshot? eagle (do they attack 
egrets?) or (most likely) just gave up and froze to death....

Also two mammals we didn't get a great look at.  2 small brown otters? 
minks? weasels?  playing together on the side of the road.  One dissappeared 
into the water and another down a large, long hole at the waters edge, 
before we could get great looks...

Leslie Keith Koller
Sikeston, Scott Co, Missouri


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wilburn Boesch" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:57 AM
Subject: OTTER SLOUGH & MINGO


> Had a big day birding for this early in February...nothing for the year 
> new but had quite a few....had a total of 93 species...started out early 
> at 6:30 am with AMERICAN WOODCOCK....BARRED OWL and GREAT HORNED 
> OWL....other highlites of the trip were as follows
>
>  2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS
>  3000+ GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
>  1 ROSS GOOSE
>  2 BROWN THRASHER
>  1 EASTERN PHOEBE

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