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I was wondering if anyone local saw the Rail reported
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Ken Allen
Temple Terrace, FL
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Calhoon <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 10:38 AM
Subject: Everglades dash/ JB Owens


>Judy Newsome, Clyde Blum, Bonnie Johnson and I made a mad dash to the
>Everglades on Sat. night and were very successful.  We got great looks at
>the YELLOW-FACED GRASSQUIT, LESSER NIGHTHAWKS, AND A BLACK RAIL at Eco
pond.
>The long trudge down Snake Bight trail was rewarded by three GREATER
>FLAMINGOS and we also found both a light and dark phase SHORT-TAILED HAWK.
>We were back in Chattanooga by 6:00AM EST on Monday!
>
>We slept for a few hours and then made a quick sweep through Bledsoe, Meigs
>and Bradely counties (TN).  We found a light-phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on
East
>Valley Rd about 2.5 miles north of its intersection with Ninemile Cross
road
>(page 40, DeLorme Atlas of TN) in Bledsoe co.  We also found a hen COMMON
>MERGANSER (with a group of Hoodies) in a small pond on the left side of
>Blythe Ferry Road about 2 miles past the turn-off to Blythe Ferry WMA in
>Meigs co. (page 25, DeLorme Atlas).  The whole flock flew off and did not
>return.
>
>J B Owens will always be a hero of mine.  I did not know him well (did get
>to spend a little quality time with him and his wife).  He did something
>that most of us wish we could, bring birds to the masses and let them see a
>glimpse of why us crazed birders and birdwatchers find them so intriguing.
>My parents in Maryville (retired non-birders, but nature lovers) have cut
>out almost every column he has written since 1995 for me to read.  They
>absolutely loved his column!  His writting and life meant alot to them and
>me and I thank God for him!
>
>Kevin Calhoon
>Chattanooga, TN
>
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