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>David, bravo!
>
>The Rare Bird List is out only a couple of hours and you are already
>reporting a rare species.  EXACTLY what I hoped for.
>
>Many people want to see these birds whatever the circumstances.  I saw the
>White-cheeked Pintail that was later killed by hunters at Merritt
>Island.  I loved seeing it.  Countability counts, but seeing the bird
>counts more, at least to me.  Thanks for this report and the directions!
>
>Barbara Passmore
>Valdosta GA
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>At 09:24 PM 7/22/00 -0400, you wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>
>>Today at 1500 I observed two White-cheeked pintails in the "Dan Click
>>Wildlife Refuge."  For the uninitiated, that is the settling ponds west
>>of Viera in Brevard County.  To reach the ponds, exit I-95 at Wickham Rd.
>>(#73) and go west.  Ignore the Private Property No Trespassing
>>Sign.  This is a county road.  The property on either side is private,
>>however, so resist the urge to frolic in the sod fields.  As you are
>>approaching the water treatment plant, the pavement ends and you will see
>>a gate on your right leading across the canal.  Go across the canal and
>>make a left.  You will see an open gate on the right.  Go through and you
>>will be at the settling ponds.  There are two cells.  The birds are apt
>>to be in either of them.  It is best to drive all the way to the north
>>end and around to the west side.  If you drive through the middle, you
>>may flush the birds.  Watch the flying Mottled ducks for a slightly
>>smaller bird with a light colored tail.  The birds have been seen
>>together and seperate, with Mottled ducks or without.  They may hide in
>>the thick grass in the north cell or forage in the adjacent sod fields
>>with the Mottled ducks.  They were observed by several observers from
>>1630 to ca. 1830 this evening.  I am not going to speculate on the origin
>>of these birds.
>>
>>David Simpson
>>Sebastian,FL
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