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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The keelboat winds 11 miles through two large bends in the Mississippi. Lewis writes about mistletoe. The hunters wound two deer, and Lewis wounds a duck. They camp near present Commerce, Missouri.

From the journals...

saw a number of black & white pided ducks, shot at them with my rifle and crippled one but could not obtain it I cannot therefore discribe them so manutely as could wish    they are about the size of the wood duck,—

Meriwether Lewis

Bufflehead duck, Bucephala albeola

Small duck large white area on its head, black back, and white lower half

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