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I spent an hour or so searching but was unable to refind the Cattle Egret.

I continued birding in Benton County for the next two hours, stopping at the 
Foley sewage ponds and Mayhew Lake, but finding little of interest.  Little 
Rock Lake was still partially ice-covered, but was very active with 
birdlife.  I counted a minimum of 146 Common Loons, I'm guessing nearly as 
many Horned Grebes, at least 4 Red-necked Grebes, hundreds of Bonaparte's 
Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls, lots of Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, 
several Forsters Terns and even a few American White Pelicans.  At the 
bridge on the north end of the lake I found a single Great Egret.

Herb Dingmann

-----Original Message----- 
From: Betsy Beneke
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 6:29 PM
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Subject: [mou-net] cattle egret - benton county

On the way home from work this evening, just before 5:00 p.m., I found a 
single cattle egret along Hwy. 95 at the intersection with Benton CR 6 
(Ronneby Rd NE).  It was standing in the middle of a grassy area on the 
north side of the road between Hwy. 95 and a yellow/tan farm outbuilding. 
The St. Francis River runs right along side this area as well.

Herb Dingman was out looking for the bird at about 6:00 p.m. or a little 
after and didn't see it - he was going to continue looking for it.

Betsy Beneke
St. Cloud

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