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MoBirders,
 
After having read Patrick Harrison's personal summary to the ASM/BAS field trip to Smithville Lake, there really is not much left to say.  However, along with what Patrick had reported, there were also Red-breasted Mergansers to the north of the Jerry Litton Center.  Due to the lack of birds present on the lake, it was decided to move the trip to Lake Jacomo, Jackson County due to the reporting of two White-winged Scoters which for most turned out to be a life bird.
 
Upon arriving at the south boat dock area at Lake Jacomo, we in fact did locate the two White-winged Scoters along with a female Common Merganser.
 
After lunch, those who were able to return to Lake Jacomo, went to the Parks & Recreation Office parking lot where we did not locate anything of note.  Afterwards, we went to the area behind Shelter #2.  There we were able to locate a first-winter plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE.  This bird was a life bird for 9 of the 14 people who returned to the lake.  All were able to get great views of this first-winter bird from this location and also from the north boat dock (looking back up the channel toward the dam).  After this, we went to the Burroughs Library where we had the usual feeder species. 
 
All in all, the day was very productive, not only with a few good birds but with good company and fellowship.  We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the 35 dedicated birders who came out to join our field trip.  Hope that all had a good day, and for those who had life birds, Congratulations!  Hope to see everyone again soon.
 
Have a safe and happy holiday.  Let's look forward to 2003 with more good outings like today.
 
Jim and Ellen Zellmer
Field Trip Coordinators
Burroughs Audubon Society
Blue Springs, MO
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