After viewing the Black-throated Sparrow at the Rush residence at  
first light today (thanks to the hospitality of the Rush family and to  
Jack for keeping everyone informed)... I headed over to a very frozen  
Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.). It only took about an hour to do the loop,  
as there wasn't much avian diversity to distract me from my driving.


9 SNOW BUNTINGS feeding with Song Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows  
on the back side of the wildlife loop, just south of Snow Goose Pool.

47 Trumpeter Swans, the only waterfowl that I saw, keeping a little  
area of water open on the back side of Eagle Pool; there may have been  
more around the corner out of my line of view. A Bald Eagle was doing  
the "death watch" on the ice near the Trumpeter Swans. This can look  
fairly grim when the eagles are keeping watch over ducks and geese;  
but when you consider that the eagle is practically half the size of  
the swans, it actually looked kind of silly standing there.

Also found mixed flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs along  
the road into Bob Brown CA.

Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) is 99% frozen. They're letting water out at  
the dam at a pretty good clip, and Ring-billed & Herring Gulls were  
taking advantage of the fishing opportunity. Looks like the Trimble  
CBC (rescheduled from last weekend's snow storm for January 3) will  
have a fairly meager waterfowl count.

Kristi Mayo
Kearney MO (Clay Co.)
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