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We took a drive up 79, pausing at Emerald View Turf Farm, Keeteman Rd Sod Farm, Winfield lock and dam, BK Leach Kings Lake tract, Bittern Basin, Prairie Slough and ending at Clarence Cannon.  No year birds, just the usual summer residents.
   
  Birds of the day were an apparent family group of 2 adult and 3 juvenile Mississippi Kites flying around together munching on dragonflies with an occasional dive bombing by Red-winged Blackbirds.  This was near the Waterfowl Headquarters in the Kings Lake tract.
   
  Plenty of Am White Pelicans and DC Cormorants at Winfield with a few Ring-billed Gulls, No terns found.  Dickcissels singing everywhere, Goldfinch, E Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings, C Grackles, one N Shoveler sharing a BK Leach pond with a Great Egret, 7 Great Egrets in another pond, a female Wood Duck at Bittern Basin, a few Bobwhites sounding off, 2 or 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers, swallows were mostly cliff with a few barn and tree, scattered Turkey Vultures and Horned Larks...the usual stuff.  No rails or bitterns heard or seen today.
   
  Water high at Winfield in river and in slough.  Fields drying up at Clarence Cannon.  No Saturday work on sod or turf farms.  Everybody heading for rivers and sloughs with their boats.  
   
  Jackie Chain
  St Louis County
   

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