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Raptor survey in Barton and Vernon counties today, 50 miles
up hwy 43 starting at hwy 126, through Bushwhacker CA, west on N then
south on K through Prairie State Park and Shawnee Trail CA.
Very low numbers:

Red-tailed Hawk     12
Buteo species          2
N. Harrier                6
Am. Kestrel             4
Merlin                     1
N. SHRIKE            1

Northern Shrike was at noon at PSP, on the ridge just north of the visitors
center and due east of the picnic area entrance. Barton County.

John Hartley, Pittsburg, was my spotter.  He was about ready to get fired
due to low numbers, but, with the shrike, got promoted to "chief spotter" 
instead!

Good birding,  Larry H.  Joplin (Jasper County) MO. 

The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Listserve
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