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Forgot to mention that a few of the Cackling Geese at Riverlands had a thin
white
neck-ring separating the neck and breast.
Could this possibly be the "minima" race of Canada Geese..??
These birds were very small.

Know this race breeds in western Alaska and winters in California and N.
Mexico so the likelihood is slim.
Will have to go to Sibley's site or other sites on the internets to read
more.
No notes taken at the time (only a few minutes until complete sunset) so
further observations need to be made.

BTW.....
LOTS of waterfowl at Creve Coeur Lake (BDR while out running errands)
A few dabblers but mostly divers:
GREATER SCAUP, Lesser Scaup, Canvasbacks, Goldeneyes, Hooded & Common Mergs.
NO SCOTERS.
One weird little duck that may be a cross between a Bufflehead and a
Goldeneye.
Had a lot of white on side of head but was different shaped. It was only
observed from across the lake.
Could not re-find it when I got closer views.

Also had 2 BONAPARTE's GULLS (little late for the STL area)
Maybe a "darker mantled" adult gull, but could not confirm ID since it was
from across the lake and it started raining by then.

Good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

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