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Edge, if you and Bill don't mind repeating that "spectacle on ice," I'd come 
to Columbia and film it.
Bob Lewis   [log in to unmask]
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From: "Edge" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:32 PM
Subject: Brrrrding in January


> Ahh, the joys of winter birding.
>
> I joined Bill Clark and Denny Donnell this morning for Bill's weekly 
> CACHE trip.
>
> 8 degrees.  Ice-covered roads in conservation areas. As Jean did for  the 
> Bradford survey, I wore clothes purchased long ago for a northern 
> Minnesota trip and worn on only "special" occasions since.
>
> And I'm very glad that I did.  The adventures today included one ford  in 
> Prairie Home CA.  The water was about 6 inches deep--piece of  cake.  But 
> the slab of ice over it was about 1.5-2 inches--not a  piece of cake for a 
> front-wheel drive sedan.  The car dug in, doing  fine until we reached the 
> middle.  At that point the power wheels  were sitting on the slab ice, 
> spinning merrily in the sparkling light  of a January morning.
>
> This now becomes an endorsement for SNO-SEAL (applied to leather  boots) 
> and crinkly, plastic lined mittens.  Wearing same, I was able  to remove 
> slabs of ice that the car broke off as Bill reversed,  surged forward, 
> reversed while I tossed ice slabs aside, surged  forward, broke more ice 
> slabs, and reversed to renew the cycle.  In  relatively short order we had 
> removed enough ice to give traction on  the creek gravel for enough 
> distance to complete the crossing.
>
> Great fun!
>
> We visited 5 conservation sites today.  Among the birds seen were an 
> adult Bald Eagle cruising low, a great look at a male Rough-legged  Hawk, 
> some Northern Harriers apparently "taking inventory" as they  worked over 
> areas, but made no attempt to go after other birds.
>
> We had good numbers of American Tree Sparrows and juncos.  Fox  Sparrows 
> were at two locations; other sparrows made appearances.
>
> Full reports on CACHE later.
>
> Bodacious birding,
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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