Update:  I was given directions to an active Great Horned Owl nest and
verified that Thursday evening.  And Charlene reports a Barred Owl at the
shorebird area so we will try for that.


Remember your radios and that it will be cold and damp and muddy.


Restrooms at the office:  Iffy.  Seems they normally close at 4:00, but if
the concession stand stays open later they will be open later.  Also, a
Busch volunteer is running an evening nature walk and that also might result
in them being open.  


If it is not raining hard at 4:00, I am going to walk the Fallen Oak trail
by the HQs.  All are welcome to join me.





From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Mike Grant
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 8:31 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Woodcock and Owl Prowl - St. Louis area


The St. Louis Audubon Society will once again have its annual Woodcock and
Owl Prowl at Busch Conservation Area, St. Charles County this Saturday,
March 13 starting at 5:00 PM at Hampton Lake.  We will probably be finished
by 7:15 PM or so.

Leaders:  Susan Gustafson and Mike Grant

Who can attend:  Anyone, even non- members.

Cost:  Nothing.

What to bring:  binoculars, warm coat in case it gets cool, flashlight for
walking around while it's dark and we're looking for Woodcock, rain gear if
rain is expected.

Directions: Take Hwy 40 (I-64) west through St. Louis County and go over the
bridge into St. Charles County.  Then, take Hwy 94 south from Hwy 40. 
About  mile down the road, turn right on Hwy D.  Go about 1  miles to the
entrance on the right.  Go about 100 yards and turn left at the T to Hampton
Meet in the parking lot.   

What to expect:  We hope to locate Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls on a
scouting trip the day before.   If we find them we will put telescopes on
them on Saturday for the group to see.   Once it gets close to darkness we
will be at one of a few locations that have male Woodcocks doing their
mating ritual of peenting and flying around in great circles.   We will
probably find some other birds along the way.  Monday evening I was able to
locate at least 8 Woodcocks at two different but close areas.  Thank you

Bathrooms: Located in an accessible portion of the nearby Administration

Dinner afterward:   Link up with some friends and have dinner in one of the
restaurants in Chesterfield Valley.

Mike Grant

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