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Report from Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis County) at around 3:15 pm Sunday Nov
9.   The team of Nancy and John Solodar and Mike Grant found a single first
winter Surf Scoter among the ducks near Sailboat Cove.   Bob McFall reported
seeing two White-winged Scoters in flight and our group saw one White-winged
Scoter swimming with a large group  of ducks.

There were at least four and possibly five loons present.   All were common
loons although two of them showed some yellow on the bill.   (Sibley points
out that this can happen.)  We were fairly confident that the partially
yellowish bill loons were Commons rather than Yellow-billed based on the
facts that (a) the loons held their heads and bills level with the water and
not pointed upward (b) the bill shape was correct for Common Loon and not
for Yellow-billed and (c) the non-white parts of the bodies and necks were
definitely gray in color and not tinted brown as one would expect for
Yellow-billed.

Also seen : Canvasbacks, Ruddy Ducks, Gadwalls, Mallards, Horned Grebes,
Red-breasted Mergansers, a few Scaup and lots of Bonaparte's Gulls.


John Solodar

St. Louis, MO 63130
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"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts
can be counted."


Albert Einstein


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