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If I thought heaven had the Current River running through it, I'd be  
trying harder to get in.

Thanks for sharing, Mike.  Even a vicarious trip to the Current is a  
day maker!

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Oct 19, 2009, at 10:03 AM, Mike Doyen wrote:

> Krista and I left Rolla at 7am on a cold frosty Sunday morning  
> heading for Shannon County, we arrived at Rocky Falls at 9:45 am;  
> the recent rains had swollen Rocky Creek and the falls were just  
> magnificent. From there we drove down to Leipzig Mill and birded  
> more of the Rocky Creek area including both the shut ins and the  
> old homestead and it's wide open fields surrounded by a mixed  
> forest of oak, hickory and pine. The colors were awesome.
>
> From here we traveled to Blue Springs below Owl's Bend on the  
> Current River, there is a natural area here and the scenery took  
> you breath away but the birding was so-so.
>
> We then traveled over to Alley Springs (picnic lunch), again the  
> birds were not to be seen or heard, especially sparrows which we  
> looked for as we walked along the spring branch birding the high  
> grass.
>
> We then drove to Round Springs with a stop at the Short Leaf Virgin  
> Pine Stand (Pioneer Forest) where we birded both locations before  
> driving to Pull Tight Springs and camp grounds, (National Forest).  
> As beautiful as it was there were not many birds around and believe  
> me we looked.
>
> There are few things more beautiful than the Ozarks in the fall,  
> with the bright sun overhead and the reflections of the sweet gun  
> and hickory off the aqua blue spring water on a cool autumn day.  
> There were times when I would just stand there in the forest along  
> the river and absorb the energy of the sun while listing to the far  
> away chatter of the Blue Jay. Birding, what a magnificent way to  
> spend a day.
>
> The only CACHE posting was Rocky Creek CA, all the other areas are  
> not listed and are federal properties along the Ozark Scenic  
> Riverways.
>
> Mike Doyen
> Rolla, MO
>
> Bird by bird I've come to know the earth.
> Pablo Neruda.
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