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 I also went past Riverlands today and saw much the same, but the White-winged Scoter was still present in a mixed flock not far from Heron Pond.  There were a lot of ducks at Horseshoe Lake in Granite City, Illinois, but I did not see anything unusal.
David Becher
Saint Louis
 
 
> Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 11:36:25 -0800
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> Started at Riverlands today, nothing to unusual but all 3 Mergansers are present along with Ruddy Ducks, Northern shovelers, Mallards,Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, one Ring necked duck, Gadwall and some American white pelicans. Very few eagles present
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> I enjoyed my time at Columbia bottoms much more as I had close up views of about 2,000 waterfowl close to the road . Most were Mallards but also enough Pintails present that you could hear their constant "whistling" above the quacking. also present were Green-winged teal, and some beautiful American Wigeons in full breeding plumage
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> I chased afew sparrows out in the fields and saw the usual white-crowned, american tree and song sparrows. I got a quick look at what I thought was a vesper sparrow but checking my references back home this would be about a month early so that bird remains unidentified.
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> DAve Haenni , Des Peres Missouri
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