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Almost all of Smithville lake is frozen.  A little open water was near Camp Branch Marina.  I went to the dam at sunset and the north end had some open water that I watched for a while.  Species seen:

Great Blue Heron - 2
Redhead -2
Canvasback - 2
Common Goldeneye - 110
Mallards - 8
Common Mergansers - 28
Hooded Mergansers - 9
Pintails - 2
a few gulls
Canada Geese

I had a N. Harrier fly across the main body of the lake.

The Long-tailed Duck evidently took off when it started freezing up.  I last observed it on Feb. 23rd.

Terry L. Miller
Kearney HS
Clay Co., MO
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