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Old, familiar birds fading away

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Leader photo by GLYNN HARRIS Mississippi kites, such as this one photographed recently at Lincoln Parish park, are setting up housekeeping in north Louisiana. The kites build nests of twigs and lay two eggs.

When I was growing up out on the rural route, our yard was alive with the chirps and twitter of dozens of varieties of birds this time of year. In addition to the usual parade of mockingbirds, blue birds, cardinals, blue jays et al, reveille was sounded most mornings by the plaintive call of a bobwhite quail, a bird that is becoming increasingly rare today.

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