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Report for Sat Jun 16, 2007

Hi MOBirders:

Prior to the beginning of last night's marsh bird survey session at B.K.
Leach CA (Lincoln County), I spotted a possible Whistling-Duck, sp., in the
pool immediately to the west, and a little south of, the Waterfowl HQ
building.  The bird stuck its neck up out of the vegetation, like a
periscope, and it had a scrawny neck and squared-off, flat-headed
appearance.  I was looking right into the sun, so I couldn't detect color or
much pattern; mainly just a silhouette.  Two of us tried to relocate the
bird, but it was well hidden.  One of the rangers reported a similar
experience in the Bittern Basin Unit a week ago.

BTW, conditions along our survey route were very dry and we found 0 target
birds, but had GREAT HORNED OWL, and later, COMMON NIGHTHAWKs in the town of
Elsberry.

Mike Thelen
St. Louis County, MO
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