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Clarence Cannon is a busy place these days!

For clarification purposes; there are surely two birds under discussion
(a Red-necked Grebe reported yesterday and a Hooded Merganser, seen
yesterday, reported today).

As for the reported grebe, the following characteristics were observed
and discussed at the time of the observation (a period of about 10
minutes) by Denise Vultee, Mariel Stephenson, Susan Hazelwood and Edge
Wade:


Body shape and manner of sitting in the water--grebe

Slight peak at the back of the head (back of head higher than forehead)

Eye--dark

Bill--two-toned yellowish; too long for Horned, too thick for Western
Grebe
--two observers thought there was white at the tip.  Could have been
really white, could have been reflection, could have been an injury.
One observer saw dark tip.
[no hook at tip was seen]

Auriculars--a light area-gray to buffy; left side showed more of a line
similar to juvenile--this was missing or too indistinct to see on the
right side

The neck--too long for Horned Grebe, not long enough for Western

Neck color--some rufous/chestnut tones on nape, and gray on front

Chin--some white or gray/white (we differed)

Flanks--gray tones contrasting with the darker back, fluffy area typical
of grebe

Wings (in flight)--Large white area of the secondaries clearly visible


Edge Wade
Columbia MO
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