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The second "official" Smithville Lake Pelagic for Burroughs Audubon  
was held this evening, Monday, Sept. 18. Eighteen birders in two  
pontoons toured the arm of the lake east of the Camp Branch Bridge as  
well as the main body of the lake. The highlight was no-binoculars- 
required views of an immature SABINE'S GULL.

The said SABINE'S GULL was first spotted in flight by Doug Willis in  
the lead boat as we circled a flock of Ring-billed and Franklin's  
Gulls. The bird later circled around, flew in from behind the two  
pontoons, cruised directly overhead, then landed in the water  
straight in front of the lead boat where it proceeded to feed  
contentedly in front of an awestruck audience. Both boats were able  
to approach within a few yards of the very tame bird.

Other birds included a few Caspian and Forster's Terns, plus the  
other expected stuff such as Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, some  
awesome looks at numerous Osprey, and a good-sized flock of American  
Coots.

The Sabine's Gull seemed to be associating with the small flock of  
Franklin's Gulls. This flock was on the main body of the lake,  
closest to the Crow's Creek area.	

Kristi Mayo
Kearney MO (Clay Co.)
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