Kirby Goslee just called me.  He went to check the snowy owl near Fortesque, 
Mo that was found last Wed. on the squaw creek xmas count.  He says there is 
now 3 snowy owls in the same general area.  The first is north of Fortsque 
still by the cemetery and there are two more within the next mile.  They are 
all quite a distance from the Road.

Jack Hilsabeck

From: "Keith Brink" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2011 12:06 AM
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Subject: Smithville Snowys x 4

> My wife gave me a great Christmas present today.
> 12 Gadwall, 11 + Canada Geese, 10 + Common Mergansers, 9 + Common
> Goldeneye, 8 common Grackles, a bunch of European Starlings, 6 + swimming
> Mallards, 1 lonely Kestral, 4 Snowy owls, 3 Silly Coots, 2 Hooded 
> Mergansers
> and a single Immature Bald Eagle. :)
> 4 Snowys is my personal best.  Couldn't get #5, but not for lack of 
> trying.
> 1 on the Dam, 1 across the inlet from Little Platte Marina, 1 on the end 
> of
> Crows Creek Campground on the end of the jetty and 1 on the end of the
> Penisula at Grows Creek Shelter #9 in the grass. Could see all four of 
> them at
> the same time from the same location, just on the North end of the Dam.
> Then driving to Jefferson City tonight around 10 pm we were going by the
> Holiday Inn Express in Columbia when I mentioned to my wife that people 
> had
> seen a Snowy there.  She immediately looked over and exclaimed that she
> saw something big and white flying into the a tree on the front of the 
> Inn.  So
> we circled back around, but were unable to locate it.  She may only be a
> birder by marriage, but she has pretty good instincts, so I think she saw 
> it
> flying in the lighted trees in the front of Holiday Inn.
> Merry Christmas and Good Birding,
> Keith Brink
> Liberty, MO
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