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Just an FYI, there's always the possibility (likelihood?) this bird 
represents a 2nd individual.  While in Elkhart, KS for the last several 
days, we (Sebastian Patti and Max Thompson) had 4 different individuals over 
4 days.  Two (2) were initially observed together at the Elkhart sewage 
ponds, then left.  The next day, a single bird was present then disappeared. 
Two days later, a different (slightly different collar) individual appeared.

Although one might assume an individual Sabine's persists for long periods 
of time, it's clear that this species is on the move throughout the Midwest, 
and north winds will move them along.

Chris Hobbs
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Shawnee, KS

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kristi Mayo" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 8:02 AM
Subject: Re: Smithville Lake, 9/24 -- Sabine's Gull ... actually, YES


> Bob, and anyone else searching for the Smithville Sabine's:
>
> I almost hate to say this, but the bird's still there. I observed the 
> juvenile Sabine's Gull from Crow's Creek, north campground area,  around 
> 5:30 Sunday evening. The bird was hanging out on the fringes  (out of the 
> way of boat traffic) with a small group of Franklin's  Gulls at the mouth 
> of the cove that lies between Crow's Creek  campground and Crow's Creek 
> picnic arm.
>
> I got good looks through my scope at about 100 yards by parking at  one of 
> the northernmost Crow's Creek camping lots and walking to the  nearby 
> paved trail, then followed the trail north/west along the  shoreline 
> toward the cove. This is also a good spot to get closer  looks at the 
> thousands of Franklin's Gulls. One might also be able to  find a vantage 
> point from one of the campground roads if a window  mount is necessary.
>
> Each time I have observed the bird (with the exception of the Sept.  11 
> bird, which I suspect may have been a different individual) it has  been 
> closest to the Crow's Creek shoreline. This is also where Doug  Willis 
> found it from land earlier last week.
>
> Hope your luck turns, Bob!
>
> Kristi
>
> On Sep 24, 2006, at 9:04 PM, Robert Fisher wrote:
>
>> I spent three hours at Smithville Lake this afternoon looking for  the 
>> Sabine's Gull, which has been reported off and on there for  about two 
>> weeks. I looked at the lake from all angles. I watched  Franklin's Gulls 
>> flushed by motor boats, sailboats and jet skis  again and again. It is 
>> hard to believe that I did not see every one  of the hundreds of gulls on 
>> Smithville Lake fly at least once. I am  sure that I will dream of 
>> Franklin's Gulls flying across my field  of view all night long tonight.
>>
>> I have now been to Smithville Lake five times looking for the  Sabine's 
>> Gull without success.
>>
>> This is deja vu all over again. Last spring, there were Cinnamon  Teal 
>> everywhere, including both sides and the middle of Missouri. I  tried 
>> again and again at Squaw Creek, where several were being  reported at a 
>> time, and I am sure I am the only birder who went  there who does not 
>> have one on his COMAL list. This fall, it's the  same with Sabine's 
>> Gulls. They're showing up in Iowa, in Illinois,  in Oklahoma and on both 
>> sides of Missouri, plus one in the middle  at Thomas Hill. Everyone but 
>> me must have seen one by now.
>>
>> I may be the only Missourian who misses both Cinnamon Teal and  Sabine's 
>> Gull this year.
>>
>> This COMAL stuff is really pretty silly. But then, so are golf and 
>> solitaire.
>>
>> At least the Ospreys are making it big time at Smithville Lake. I  saw 
>> three large fish caught by what I am sure were three different  birds. 
>> Two got away with their prey. A fourth Osprey robbed the  third of his 
>> catch.
>>
>> Six Caspian Terns were hanging out on a rock next to the Crow's  Creek 
>> Campground.
>>
>> Bob Fisher
>> Independence, Missouri
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