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I gave a program on mist-netting to monitor birds for refuge staff from 
several Midwestern refuges this morning (October 12) at Mingo NWR (Stoddard 
Co.). Among the birds caught in about 20 minutes of fast-paced netting in 
the grasslands along the road to Flat Banks were:

14 Swamp Sparrows
3 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Palm Warbler
1 wren (Marsh or Sedge) that got out of the net

Also heard a WESTERN MEADOWLARK--always a rarity in these parts--and saw 
hundreds of Greater White-fronted Geese flying over (and newly-arrived).

I can HIGHLY recommend the native grass planting for sparrows. It is mostly 
Indiangrass, but has enough foxtail mixed in to provide a lot of winter food.

----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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