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At 04:08 PM 8/9/2007 -0700, Jackie Chain wrote:
>On a day that threatened 110 degree heat indices, we found a delightful 
>day for birding with low humidity, a nice breeze, sun and clear blue 
>skies...a nice change from the murk of last week.
>
>   We checked Evergreen View Turf Farms and Keeteman Rd Sod Farm on the 
> way to Winfield.
>   Les found a life Dickcissel lingering at Keeteman, but the most 
> interesting wildlife was a single opossum chasing its talil in circles on 
> the dry dirt of a new sod field.  We didn't know if this was a symptom of 
> rabies or other dementia.  It was still there doing circles 15 minutes 
> later on our way out. Swallows were mostly Barn on this trip.

Marsupials are not susceptible to rabies. It is possible this animal had a 
head injury (such as might be inflicted by a car).

----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau

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