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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