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JUST because I am posting this does not mean I advocate doing this......so 
NO moral issues/ABA rules comments. I am just the messenger (!) and a VERY 
cranky, menopausal woman, (luckily with no firearms..yet.)

The RUFF was re-found by Bill Rudden and Pat Lueders at Horseshoe Lake this 
AM (she called about 10 minutes ago.)
They climbed over the gate I referred to in the below msg (galvanized steel 
gate with all the "Keep Out" signs. Some refer this as to the "boatramp" on 
the 203 side. In the past allegedly there has been "no problems" with 
crossing over this gate.......?????)
This is located approx. where Bend Road and the black gravel road to the 
Fisherman Pond intersect.
It was on the left side as one looks out onto the mudflats.

Please note; Storm warnings and watches again.
AND our electric is flickering now.......AUGH!

Charlene Malone

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: Has anyone seen the Ruff today? (7/20)


> If you all have not noticed, it is a State of Emergency for the St. Louis 
> Area and surrounding counties because of the storm and resulting damage it 
> caused.
> Some are still dealing with power outages and just trying to stay cool in 
> the heat.
> Some were lucky to get a motel room within a 70 mile radius or stay with 
> relatives.
> Some were VERY lucky but only had to deal with "internets" problems.
>
> ANYWAY........
> Heard through the grapevine that is was not seen at this "Fisherman's 
> Pond" (yes, it's birder speak) on Thursday by a couple of birders. I do 
> not know if they looked at the private section of Horseshoe Lake 
> (different name for this section??) where the lake has dried up to 
> mudflats (go back to Bend Road and look where the galvanized Steel gate is 
> with all the "Keep Out/No trespassing" signs ). Think the bird was also 
> seen there as well by IL birders.
> Even though there is VERY few viewpoints along Bend Road of these mudflats 
> (private property) worth trying and going to the RR Tracks to look from 
> the viewpoint also.
> Can't find it at one spot, look at others near-by.
> PLEASE don't go out on the tracks to look. This is a well used track.
>
> RE: Other Shorebird habitat on the MO side.
> Sandy Slough is in very good condition but the road was closed yesterday 
> (maybe clearing out fallen tress?)
> Hopefully it will be open for the weekend.
> Didn't see anything different from the causeway. .
>
> RE: Other Shorebird habitat on the IL side.
> Two Rivers CA also has shorebird habitat.
>
> Good birding,,,,,,,and STAY COOL.
> Charlene Malone
> St. Louis co.
>
> 

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