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Thursday 3-16-06, 4:30 - 5p, Meramec Community College

I stopped by Meramec CC to see if the Townsends solitare was still around.  
I went to the bush where I have seen it in the past, the wind was blowing 
pretty hard but that little alley was pretty well protected except for 
occassional gusts.  Nobody jumped out at me, but checking the bush from ~50 
feet with binocs I found him hunkered down about half way up, but wait?  
His eye ring was not as obvious?  Maybe he had his eyes closed, or was 
squinting.  I got a little closer and he looked right at me.  Maybe they 
molt their eye ring?  Better check my book.  What is that funny noise he 
was making.  I got a little closer and he got up and flew off.  Bummer!  It 
was a mockingbird.  Tricky little bugger.

I wandered around and only found a bunch of robins on the soccer field.  So 
no solitare today, anyway.

Dan Curran / St. Louis County / [log in to unmask]

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