I also stopped at Clarence Cannon NWR yesterday.  Spent about an hour
driving around.  Unfortunately, I missed the SEOW's :( but I did see a
Rough-legged Hawk.  The passerines were some of the best I've seen this
season.  Every 1/4 mile or so I stopped the car to see what was alongside
the road or crossing it.  Nothing too unusual that I could spot, but I had
about every species you would expect on a list including lots of Meadowlarks
and a two Fox Sparrows.

Bill Duncan

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 8:14 PM, Philip Wire <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I did a southeastern Pike Co. birding loop today, with the highlight being
> 2 Short-eared Owls at Clarence Cannon NWR. Otherwise things were pretty
> slow.
> I started at a brand-new Corp of Engineers site called "Calumet Creek
> Natural Area" (no affiliation, to my knowledge, with MDC's Natural Areas
> programs) outside of Clarksville. The area has potential but for now the
> existing trails only go through some young bottomland forest that was ho-hum
> today. Trails are set to be expanded into the wooded hills but a date is not
> given. Only real highlight here was my first-of-year Yellow-bellied
> Sapsucker.
> Next was the Clarksville Lock and Dam #24. Everything north of Clarksville
> was iced over, but the open water below the dam was very slow. Only about
> 100 Ring-billed Gulls and almost no eagles. Only waterfowl seen were flying
> overhead.
> Clarence Cannon NWR produced a Short-eared Owl upon arrival, and there was
> at least one more present as well. Also about 10 Northern Harriers out and
> about there too. One of the SEOW's passed about 5-6 feet over the windshield
> while I was sitting and watching. Pretty cool!
> Phil Wire
> Bowling Green, Pike Co.
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