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I went to Smithville today to rectify the big mistake I made there Saturday. (On Saturday, I omitted the Crow's Creek campground peninsula, reasoning that I'd seen anything in its main cove from the Picnic Area peninsula. Wrong! All the action is in that cove this year!). The Picnic Area peninsula is now closed and the "managed goose hunt" that annually turns the campground peninsulae into hunting preserves, was underway, further restricting birding there. I saw the following:
 
c. 25 Common Loons
2 PACIFIC LOONS (1 with a hint of chinstrap in the Crow's Creek cove; the other from the dam).
14 Horned Grebes  No Western Grebes.
75 Am. Pipits
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Lots of divers and dabblers, but no scoters or mergansers. No Bufflehead or Goldeneye yet. (Bufflehead should come in soon)..
2 Ospreys.
 
I walked to the NW corner of Lake Remote looking for Kristi's Winter Wren and Spotted Towhee, to no avail. I did hear a Great Horned Owl hooting there.
 
Smithville is dynamic at this time of year. Anything could be there tomorrow.
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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