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This evening on the way home after leaving Mark McKellar's Smithville Lake 
field trip, I stopped by McComas Road off J. The habitat has been changed 
greatly on both sides of the road, but about 5:15 or so, I saw a Short-eared 
Owl perched on a roadside fence post, west side. It flew, showing it's dark 
wrist marks, wavering flight. A Northern Harrier also flew over the field. 
At the end of the lane, looking south and west, suitable-looking wintering 
habitat can be seen, that is, fields of longer-growth grasses of some kind. 
It seems to be habitat enough for at least one owl.

Jo Ann Eldridge, Kearney, Clay Co.
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