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FYI for any chasers out there wanting to add to your IL list.
Please monitor the IL listserve for further information.

ALSO - note all the SNOWY OWL reports in surrounding states?
One even in ARKANSAS!

Good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mcmullen, Keith A MVS" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 9:47 AM
Subject: IBET BURROWING OWL, Pyramid State Park


> Greeting Birding Friends:
>
> I just got word that a BURROWING OWL has been seen in Pyramid State Park 
> in
> Perry County, Illinois, (approximately 10 miles SOUTH of Pinckneyville).
> Pinckneyville is about 40 minutes south of Carlyle on Illinois Route 127.
>
> I have very few details and I know that it IS waterfowl, deer, quail and
> pheasant hunting season even within the park.  In other words, this could 
> be
> a VERY difficult chase from the sounds of it.  I have NO idea when the 
> bird
> was last seen, who all has seen the bird, who all knows about the bird 
> and/or
> why no one shared the info with birders in the know.  I can understand,
> however, because with hunting and private property adjacent to park lands,
> one would not necessarily want a bunch of us birders trapsing around the
> property and having folks get shot at.
>
> The ONLY reason I'm posting this is because I've heard a rumor that 
> Southern
> Illinois has good birds but no one ever knows about them because they're 
> not
> posted to IBET!
>
> I will NOT touch that one, because that hits home with me and is and can 
> be a
> VERY sensitive subject.  I'm telling you all this RIGHT NOW, because, as I
> said before, I just found out about this bird late last evening and
> conversations with my source this morning has gained little in the way of
> details.
>
> FYI, the phone number for Pyramid State Park is (618) 357-2574.  However, 
> I
> can NOT guarantee that the folks at the park even know about this bird. 
> You
> may not get ANY additional information from the folks at the park OR you 
> may
> get much more than I know at this point which is VERY little!
>
> IF anyone has additional details on this bird, AND can and would be 
> willing
> to share this with IBET that would be great.  IF NOT, I'd really enjoy a
> reply from those in the know explaining what the situation is and why the
> information is so sensitive.  I'd like to think there is a good reason and
> I'm a reasonable enough person to understand both sides to most every 
> story.
>
> Hoping to hear more news soon and IF I'm able to provide more information 
> to
> IBET, I'll certainly do so!
>
> PLEASE don't shoot the messenger!  I really don't expect to get a bunch of
> hate mail out of this post!
>
> Good birdings!
>
> Keith McMullen
> O'Fallon, IL
> [log in to unmask]
>
>

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