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I took a spin around Smithville. I did not see the lighter Glaucous at the 
Little Platte Marina, but the darker one was loafing with other gulls on the 
sandspit off the Camp Branch Marina.

Male Goldeneye were doing their head bobbing courtship display just off the 
dam.

I made a second attempt to get Short-eared Owls at McComas Rd., again 
without success. The first time I went, it was a clear day. I arrived at 
dusk and saw nothing. Today was very overcast. I arrived at about 4:35 p.m. 
and left at 5:20 p.m. 7-8 N. Harriers were flying around and roosting on the 
gtround, but no SEOW.

What gives? Am I doing something wrong, or are the reports of 7-9 SEOWs 
there really of N. Harriers? If there are 7-9 Short-eared Owls there, at 
least a few of them should have been up and about in the late afternoon of a 
day as dark as this one. If there are that many harriers there, there must 
be plenty of food for Short-eared Owls.


Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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