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The Long-tailed Duck was still present on the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.  It was staying near the far northwest corner of the Coon Rapids Dam Park property.  Best way to get there is to park at Mississippi Blvd. and Uplander St. and take the trail south to the river.  The bird stayed close to the northern shore and northwest of where the walking trail meets the river.

Viewing can be difficult from this point unless the ducks swim away from the shore and towards the middle of the river.  There is an informal trail that follows the river to the northwest, but you need to cross a steep ravine to get to it, and the trail is very wooded with not the best viewing opportunities.  I was able to see the duck both from this informal trail and the paved hiking trail.

Cole Foster 		 	   		  
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