Saturday afternoon a Merlin was sitting on the mud at the entrance to the confluence across from the hunting club before the road makes a sharp left turn.  There was a small strip of open water between Ellis Bay and the river so most of the hundreds of gulls were below the lock & dam feeding.  Swans were scattered throughout the fields around Cora Island and Red School Rds.  We also saw one Short-eared Owl at Columbia Bottom between the paved road and the visitor's center.   There were many harriers feeding both at the Confluence SP and CBCA.
Pat Lueders, Webster Groves, MO
The Audubon Society of Missouri's Wild Bird Discussion Forum
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