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Went to Thousand Hills State Park today (12/1) to check the pine grove where Long-eared Owls 
have been seen by others in past years. Did not see any today... I did have a few Golden-crowned 
Kinglets, some chickadees and some titmice, and a few Red-Bellied Woodpeckers.  I also had a 
good candidate for a Northern Goshawk, but the look I got was not good enough to say for sure. I 
could not check the lake for waterfowl because the gates to the road were closed (I presume 
because the roads were pretty slick).

Afterwards I went to a field on Highway P outside of Kirksville to look for Short-eared Owls.  I had 
one off in the distance about 20 minutes before sunset, and waited around for a while hoping for 
a better look. Right as I was about to head home, one flew about thirty feet in front of me.  Neat 
birds.

Phil Wire
Kirksville, Adair County
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