As I was on my way home yesterday from work, I drove by Dexter City Lake and noticed black footballs on the water - warranting a closer look.
Glassing the city lake showed 9 very dark, rich looking Ivory-billed Waterfowl (A.K.A. Am. Coots). The stiff North winds were at work as I spent additional time walking around the lake in search of other migrants.
Chip notes revealed two Black-throated Green Warblers and at least two Eastern Phoebes chasing one another for prime flycatching perches.
As if a climax to my visit to the lake, a flock of about 300+ White Pelican laxily floated Southward high above on the North winds. Quite the sight!
I will try to get out to Otter Slough and/or Mingo this weekend, but I have family coming in for visit. Will post anything worthy.
Good Birding!

Chris Barrigar
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Stoddard County

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