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The Trimble CBC -- which includes the area around and west of  
Smithville Lake (Clay/Clinton/Platte/Buchanan counties) -- was  
conducted yesterday. Weather was obviously a bit of a deterrent. Wind  
made owling in the pre-dawn hours difficult. The sleet/snow/rain mix  
did not start until around 10:30 a.m. and by noon it had changed over  
to mostly snow. White-out conditions over the lake forced many of the  
ducks to go unidentified. The snow accumulated fast and some of the  
participants turned in mid-day -- although some intrepid birders  
stayed out until the evening hours.

I don't have everyone's numbers yet, but it looks like it was a fairly  
average count with a slightly lower species count than usual  
(somewhere around 74). Some of the highlights:

Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted Mergansers
Ruddy Duck
COMMON LOON - 5 (seen from Crow's Creek)
Pied-billed Grebes
Double-crested Cormorants
American Coots
Bonaparte's Gulls
Herring Gull
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Field Sparrows
Lincoln's Sparrows
Swamp Sparrow
Purple Finch - quite plentiful
Pine Siskins

Thanks to all who braved the weather and helped get this count in the  
books!

Merry Christmas,

Kristi Mayo
Trimble CBC Compiler
Kearney MO (Clay Co.)
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