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Nine volunteers with the Great Rivers Trumpeter Swan Watch recorded a one day record of 1022 swans this morning at Riverlands.  About 20% were cygnets and at least 30 were Tundra Swans.  One Mute Swan with only one leg was also seen.  A large number of Greater White-fronted Geese were roosting with the swans and large flocks were seen in the air.  Two adult Bald Eagle were feeding on the fringe and flushing the large number of Mallards.   The Rough-legged Hawk was perched in the trees across from the Ellis Island parking lot, and a flock of 60 Lapland Longspurs was seen near the locked gate on the Confluence Road.   The only open water was below the dam where Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Rind-necked Ducks were feeding.   Except for the narrow shipping lane, all of the river above the dam is frozen.  All of these sightings made it worthwhile to endure the frosty 14' temperature!

Pat Lueders, Webster Groves, Mo

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