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Drove the gravel at Columbia Botttom noonish today.  Sifting thru the coots,
came up with shoveler, blue- & green-wing teal, gadwall, ringneck, redhead,
wood,  mallard (definitely the minority), and at least 6 pied-bill grebes. 
Watched a (very) mixed flock of blackbirds & coots foraging along one of the
levees separating two of the ponds -- the whole area was just crawling with
black feathers.  Other than that, had at least 2 harriers (one harassing a
perched red-tail hawk), one kestrel, a few shorebirds, horned larks, various
& sundry sparrows.  If the killdeer were in, they were silent.  The coots
aren't in big rafts like one sees at Riverlands, but i think there may be
more of them, scattered thru the reeds and along road edges.

Ken Thompson  ([log in to unmask])
Moline Acres (north StLouis county) MO

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