on 12/21/02 5:12 PM, Joshua Uffman at [log in to unmask] wrote:


NOT trying to clog the list...................my last post was a little sloppy.

Mobirders.............Looks as if Missouri had a great birding day today, at least according to the list serve.  Knowing that if I went to chase down the Snowy Owl I would not find it.........I went to Columbia instead.  On my way there, at Mile Marker 160 on the north side of hwy 70, I saw 1-Short Eared Owl sitting in tree next to road.

saw the "River of Birds" flying across Hwy63 near AC at 6:55 AM.............That is simply Amazing!
Bradford Farms: 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 4-5 Western Meadowlarks amongst the Easterns.....Did not find any Longspurs.............did have a coyote taking a nap about a 100 yards off the road.........not a bird, but probably the best looks I have ever had that animal.  For those who count birds at Bradford or South UMC farms...............What is the average count of Westerns to Easterns? Just curious?

Onto South UMC Farms.............the Cattle Facility off of Roosevelt Rd. I found numerous blackbirds, starlings and rock doves eating the grain.........Highlights there:

(1) Brewers Blackbird.....male

(100-150) Great Tailed Grackles

(1) Turkey Vulture.................did not know if this was kind of late or not, will research.

Also..................is it just, me or did I notice "windows" on the sides of the cows at the research farm?  What are those things?

Thank You to all who gave me directions...................Now, time to go find that Nutcracker in the morning!

Josh Uffman

St. Louis Co.

I understand that the circular plates on the sides of the cows are  portals that allow easy access to stomach contents by researchers. So Josh, It's not just you and you're not hallucinating-- nor is it some bizarre side effect from the nearby nuclear power plant. Good luck with the nutccracker.

Jim
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