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Although I've only been birding Smithville Lake for about three years now, I
have picked up on a pretty interesting pattern. Here are the dates for rare
loons at Smithville over the last three years:

Pacific Loon    adult   10/28/2000
Pacific Loon    juv.        10/28/2001
Pacific Loon    adult   10/26/2002

Red-throated    adult   10/27/2001
                juv.        11/25/2001

Last year, apparently, was a particularly big year for Red-throated Loons in
the region (specifically Kansas & Oklahoma), so who knows if they'll show up
again this year. But the regularity of the Pacific Loons appearing at
Smithville struck my fancy.

Kristi Mayo
Kearney, MO (Clay Co.)
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