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Matt,
Both winter-plumaged Red and Red-necked Phalarope could be described as
having a large black mark on the eye.  More specific information would
be needed to separate them.  Bill shape and back color are particularly
helpful.
Edge Wade
Missouri Bird Alert compiler
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On Monday, November 10, 2003, at 04:49 PM, Andrews, Matthew E wrote:

> I headed over to stockton lake to check for anything unusual on
> saturday.
> I found one RED-NECKED GREBE associating with five horned grebes in the
> open water on the northeast shore of the southeast branch of the lake
> right after you go over the bridge on 245.   parked in the parking lot
> on the left and headed down to the water and it was on the far shore.
>
> I then headed down further southeast to the aldrich boat launch, I hike
> a ways out onto some large flats and went to investigate a gull roost,
> I noticed a small sandpiper like bird running around near the gulls and
> my first thought was phalarope, so i went closer and closer the bird
> let me get extremely close, so i started to look at it and it began to
> look like a sanderling, however as i got closer it waded out and
> started swimming, i though this was real weird cause I have never seen
> any shorebird swim other than a phalarope, so i looked again and
> noticed it had a large black mark on its eye area like a phalarope.
> Make of it what you will, I have never seen a shorebird especially a
> sanderling swim before and the eye patch was real weird so if someone
> could shed some light on this issue it would be greatly appreciated.  I
> wish someone could go out there and try to relocate the bird to see
> what they think cause i wont be able to get out for awhile, classes are
> starting to !
>  get real hard. thanks
>
> Matt Andrews
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