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I was fortunate enough to do a day float on the Current River yesterday. Only saw one other canoe besides the two in our party. There were a few fishermen, several hikers, and several horseback riders. Many trees had already shed their leaves and there was lots of evidence of wind damage from the May storm. Generally though, it was a peaceful and soul satisfying day, as Mike so eloquently wrote and Edge emphasizes.

There was one Great Egret at our put-in at Cedar Grove's low water bridge. There was an Eastern Phoebe still calling, along with numerous Carolina Wrens and a few Carolina Chickadees as we floated along. Saw several soaring and calling Red-shouldered Hawks and three Pileated Woodpeckers. Maybe a few glimpses of Winter Wrens but water was up a bit and I moved along too rapidly to make one materialize for sure from among the roots along the bank. Most surprising to me was the number of Belted Kingfishers. After a bit I realized I should have been counting them. I think I saw 22 total in about an 8 mile float.

Good birding, Susan

Susan Hazelwood
MOBirds-L Co-Owner
Columbia, Boone County, MO
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Edge 
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  Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 4:57 PM
  Subject: Re: Birding the beatiful Ozarks on a fall day


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



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