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Patrick's copy sounds fine to me. It's simple, yet eloquent and to the
point.
Jack Cowan
South St. Louis
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick Harrison" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: Skidmore Northern Shrike


> Egads...
>
> In our unsuccessful bid to locate the Northern Shrike several weeks ago,
> we noted the "locals" didn't seem too happy with our stopping on the
> road either...
>
> It is interesting how different areas of the state have different
> opinions of "interlopers..."
>
> By contrast, the locals in Northeast Missouri have actually opened their
> gates to allow traffic ONTO their pastures to provide a better view of
> the Snowy Owl.
>
> Jean mentioned that a small article / add saying thank you to the local
> in the local newspapers would be a good idea...
>
> I am pursuing this. Something along the lines of, "Birders from Missouri
> and surrounding states would like to say Thank You to the local
> landowners who have opened their heart, minds and gates to the birders
> seeking the Snowy Owl."
>
> Input on the wording would be appreciated!
>
> Patrick
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> David Farmer
> Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 4:15 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Skidmore Northern Shrike
>
>
> I refound the Northern Shrike this morning along highway DD west of
> Skidmore between the Nodaway River and the next gravel road.  It was
> very skitterish, and about the time we were able to get a decent look
> for more than a second or two, a local farmer stopped to see what we
> were doing, gave us a weird look, and informed us that it was only a
> sparrow and then drove off scaring away the shrike with it.  30 minutes
> later it finally came back to the wires along the road, and then flew to
> a close bush, to display itself.
>
> There were Horned Larks everywhere too, but couldn't find any Longspurs.
>
> Also, the Public Phone in Skidmore doesn't work, but the people in the
> gas station across the street will make change for you to use it, and
> then watch and laugh at you when the phone takes your money.  It must be
> the local prank on the 'outsiders.'
>
> David Farmer
> Maryville
>
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