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Burroughs Audubon and Prairie Village (KS) Wild Bird Center co-sponsored a
field trip to SCNWR on Saturday, November 30. Ice is extensive, but in areas
with open water, particularly Pintail and Cattail Pools, the numbers of
Mallards, Greater White-fronted Geese and Trumpeter Swans are impressive.
Among the hundreds of Trumpeter Swans, a Tundra Swan was seen definitively.
Large flocks of Snow Geese were observed overhead, but Corey Kudrna
indicated that most were taking refuge at Big Lake. Bald Eagles numbered
over a hundred, but compared with last autumn, the number of non-eagle
raptors seems quite low. We were also fortunate enough to find the flock of
15 Sandhill Cranes in the wet prairie grasslands north of Cattail Pool.
Squaw Creek auto tour map here:
http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/MAP%2030%20X%2032%20REVISION%20Box%201-15-10.pdf

Good Birding,

Mike Stoakes
Lee's Summit
Jackson Co.

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