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   Harlequin Duck
Harlequin Duck
Histrionicus histrionicus


   Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) - HADU (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 9:13pm, 4 month(s) ago
    I think this is a good time to point out the significant disconnect among some members regarding what the content of CALBIRDS should consist of. For many long-time users (myself included), the group's primary function is to report rare birds - species on the CBRC review list or otherwise considered rare throughout the entire state. We appreciate some of the other types of content of course (Kimball's CBRC updates, Paul's musings), but *in this space* many readers aren't very interested in reading about common birds, blog posts or photo galleries. What kept CALBIRDS going for most of its life was news about state-level rarities.
    
    That said, as a reminder, here is part of the CALBIRDS description from the Yahoo Groups page: "CALBIRDS is for discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in California only. Suggested topics are bird sightings, identification, status and distribution, birding locations, and non-commercial announcements from birding organizations."
    
    That's right, if you are one of those birders who believe that CALBIRDS should only be for posting high-level, jaw-dropping rarities, it's an unwritten rule! Rare birds aren't even mentioned! CALBBIRDS is so rarely used in recent years that it would be easy for a newer member to not pick up on the fact that many of the CALBIRDS subscribers have a totally different idea of what this group is all about - again, it isn't written anywhere.
    
    There are a lot of rumors going around about Yahoo Groups going down the tubes, and as you are all aware, CALBIRDS seems like it has been on its death bed for some time now. If the next generation of CALBIRDS does actually get set up at some point, maybe the stated scope of the group could be narrowed and more refined. Just a thought.
    
    Steve Tucker
    San Jose
    On Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:57:46 PM PDT, Eric Goodill ericgmac@... [CALBIRDS] wrote:
    
     Given the low level of traffic on CALBIRDS, Iíd encourage more rather than less posting. Post if in doubt, but, of course, use your best judgement.
    
    Eric Goodill
    Menlo Park
    
    On Mar 12, 2018, at 7:31 PM, judisierra@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Apologies for posting the SF Bay Harlequin Duck. I'm going to follow the lead of the Trinidad birder. No more reassurances in the furture that a rarity is still here either. Guess i don't know the strict definition of rare birds to post here' BTW this is a duck that can be viewed closely not something sitting out 1/2 mile from Fort Point SF
    Judi Sierra- Oakland
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  3. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 7:57pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Given the low level of traffic on CALBIRDS, Iíd encourage more rather than less posting. Post if in doubt, but, of course, use your best judgement.
    
    Eric Goodill
    Menlo Park
    
    On Mar 12, 2018, at 7:31 PM, judisierra@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Apologies for posting the SF Bay Harlequin Duck. I'm going to follow the lead of the Trinidad birder. No more reassurances in the furture that a rarity is still here either. Guess i don't know the strict definition of rare birds to post here' BTW this is a duck that can be viewed closely not something sitting out 1/2 mile from Fort Point SF
    Judi Sierra- Oakland
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  5. RE: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 7:31pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Apologies for posting the SF Bay Harlequin Duck. I'm going to follow the lead of the Trinidad birder. No more reassurances in the furture that a rarity is still here either. Guess i don't know the strict definition of rare birds to post here' BTW this is a duck that can be viewed closely not something sitting out 1/2 mile from Fort Point SF
    Judi Sierra- Oakland
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  7. RE: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 7:09am, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    Thanks to Rob, Elias, Alan, and Jeff for their clarifications (either in the list serve or in private replies).Since I started this rant, I just wanted to emphasize that I was not at all trying to cast birders inCalifornia's great Northwest in a negative
    light -- obviously the talent up there is phenomenal, and they must deal with weather issues that we never see down here in the south. I was simply trying to understand why there was no public word about this mega-rarity, especially in light of ongoing discussions
    about the relevance of a statewide list serve.
    
    I would suggest that Calbirds is still a critical link in the communications chain about statewide rarities (a fourth state record certainly qualifies, even if yet another central coast/Bay Area Harlequin Duck or a twelfth-of-spring Hooded Oriole might not).
    Further, I would suggest that, with a bird this rare, getting word out about a "probable" (and I agree the brief eBird descriptions sound promising, and the observers are excellent) hasmany advantages and few drawbacks.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
    
    
     From: Rob Fowler [migratoriusfwlr@...]
    
    Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2018 9:15 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    
    Hi all,
    As far as I can tell there probably is a Stellerís Eider here in Humboldt County. Many parties have tried to see this bird so far and weather and ocean conditions have confounded most parties except for a party of four that reportedly saw the bird yesterday
    afternoon, despite birders looking in the morning, too.
    
    Jeff Allen first noted this possible sighting to a couple of us on Wednesday but wasnít comfortable with calling it 100%, despite having previous experience with this species in Alaska. Jeff briefly saw the bird again on Friday and thought it was probably
    the same bird and became more confident about the bird after looking at some photos online of the recent Oregon female Stellerís. I then decided to let birders know on our back channel Humboldt birders Facebook chat about this possibility yesterday morning
    but held off posting it publicly because Jeff was still not 100% on it (but overall felt pretty good about it). A couple of parties tried yesterday and only one party reportedly saw the bird in the afternoon. I think they probably did see the bird but I think
    that people might understand that we do want more locals to also see it and 100% confirm it despite the decent details that were included in the eBird report that got posted on the eBird alerts. I hope the observers donít take this as a slight in their abilities
    because it is certainly not meant to be.
    
    It is worth noting that Jeff Allen discovered last years Common Pochard, discovered a female King Eider north of Redwood Creek in 2014, and has found many other notable birds.
    
    So as it stands right now there is probably a female Stellerís Eider with scoters north of the Redwood Creek mouth here in Humboldt County but as of yet few have gotten eyes on it due to mostly to weather and ocean conditions at this location. It can be
    a tough spot to get good looks at many of the birds and today the fog rolled in for most of the day and hampered viewing for most of it.
    
    We will promptly report the sighting more widely with more details once we got this bird 100% firmed up...if we do.
    
    Some of us will be looking for this bird tomorrow before rain comes in for most of the upcoming week.
    
    Also, it is worth noting that I and others are easily reachable via the various modern methods of communication and could have been asked directly about this.
    
    Stay tuned,
    
    Rob Fowler
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    
    From: Jim Lomax
    sdrib@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Date: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 7:11 PM
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
    
    To: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
     I, along with others I talked to, determined from the deafening silence that the report was bogus.
    
    Jim
    
    On Mar 11, 2018, at 5:47 PM, Kimball Garrett
    kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Birders,
    
    
    I am assuming that since a bird representing a fourth California record, and the first record in over 26 years (which is greater than the birding lifetime of most current California birders) has not
    merited even a single posting to this statewide list serve or to the local (NWCalbirds) list serve,either (1) the sighting is well-known to be bogus and has been summarily dismissed by Humboldt birders), or (2) list serves have now officially and completely
    outlived any function in disseminating news of rare birds. Could somebody closer to the scene please enlighten the rest of us birders on the status of the reported female Steller's Eider at the mouth of Redwood Creek, Humboldt Co.on 10 March
    
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
    USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...
    
    --
    Rob Fowler
    
    McKinleyville, CA
    
    www.fowleropebirding.com
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  9. Re: Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2018 @ 4:46pm, 4 month(s) ago
    The harlequin duck in San Leandro was well seen today at 3pm.† It was on
    
    the rocks a foot off the water on the grassy islet just off the par
    
    course that starts at the Marina Park south parking lot at the end of
    
    Monarch Drive.
    
    --
    
    David Trollman
    
    27 Lakeside Dr; Corte Madera, CA 94925
    
    415 449 0491; dtrollman@...
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  11. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2018 @ 8:51am, 4 month(s) ago
    I'm thinking I might drive down tomorrow.I'm only in San Ramon.
    
    Maggie
    
    
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  13. Re: Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 6, 2018 @ 9:54am, 4 month(s) ago
    The harlequin duck was seen again yesterday, Monday, 3/6/18, by Bill Scoggins and me and other birders at the same place where it has been seen for the last few weeks. It apparently comes fairly close to shore at low tide, right there at Mulford Point (at the end of Mulford Point Drive.) I saw it heading further out into the bay on the incoming tide. It is a first year male, in the process of molting.
    
    Sorry this didnít get posted to CALBIRDS sooner.
    
    Marty Morrow
    
    San Leandro
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  15. Re: Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 5, 2018 @ 3:02pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Is the harlequin still in San Leandro† Could it be a vagrant
    
    David Trollman
    
    Marin
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  17. Re: Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 5, 2018 @ 6:53pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Thanks Rich for posting the Harlequin on this list. Lots of postings to e-bird, some on EBB none here.
    It's neen present since Feb. 25.
    
    Judi Sierra- Oakland
    
    ---In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, wrote :
    
    A male Harlequin Duck was found on Friday in the San Leandro Marina boat channel south of Pescador Point Dr. and continued into Saturday afternoon. The bird has been seen on the rocks mixed in with Willets below the Par Course in Marina Park. Also present is a female White-wing Scoter in the same channel. Photos of both are being posted on to the listserve. Rich Cimino Marin County
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  19. Harlequin Duck Alameda County LINK
    DATE: Mar 4, 2018 @ 1:44pm, 5 month(s) ago
    A male Harlequin Duck was found on Friday in the San Leandro Marina boat channel south of Pescador Point Dr. and continued into Saturday afternoon. The bird has been seen on the rocks mixed in with Willets below the Par Course in Marina Park. Also present is a female White-wing Scoter in the same channel. Photos of both are being posted on to the listserve. Rich Cimino Marin County
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  21. Sunday Jan 1st: Re: [CB] Humboldt and Del Norte road trip--long and tedious (the writing, not the trip) LINK
    DATE: Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:20pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Bruce et as l, 1. We saw 2 Tundra Swans (one was immature), at the same spot, today †(January 1st), visible i.e. close to Highway 101.
    2. The Pochard was back in the large freshwater lagoon, east of Highway 101, not at the oxbow lake west of the 101. A local gentleman found it, and called us away from the oxbow lake.† The Pochard was with a large flock of Canvasbacks and Ring-necked Ducks, and difficult to refind, even when when it was in front of us. It is slightly smaller and darker gray than the Canvasbacks.
    The Great Gray Owl showed well in the late afternoon.
    
    Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont CA 91711
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    
    On Jan 1, 2017 9:51 AM, "Bruce Mast cathrasher4@... [countybirders]" < countybirders-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    † Hey folks,
    
    It has been a county birding goal of mine for some time to get to 100 species in every county. But for the last 6 months I've been stuck at 57.98, lacking just 2 species in Del Norte to put me over the top. So the presence of some north coast rarities this last week finally motivated me to fire up the chase vehicle and make the pilgrimage.
    
    Drove up to Arcata Thursday night and arrived at Aldergrove Rd. at 6:45 am on Friday morning (12/30), just as the eastern sky was showing some light. Paced up and down the road for an hour but found no owls. A calling Californa Quail was new to my county list.
    
    On to the McKinleyville Vista overlook, where I tried to relocate the Burrowing Owl that Gary Lester reported back in November. No luck. Not a propitious start to the journey.
    
    Driving north across the Big Lagoon causeway, I made a brief and sketchy stop to confirm a couple Tundra Swans foraging in the mud to the east, plus a female Hooded Merganser on the west side.
    
    Continuing north, I finally made it to the Redwood Creek oxbow around 9:30, where the kind gentleman from Lakeport who's name I've ungraciously forgotten quickly put me on a lovely COMMON POCHARD. Views were distant but the light was good and the distinctive black and white bill pattern jumped out. In the pasture to the north, a couple Snow Geese were grazing.
    
    On to Klamath to bird the RV parks. I first stopped at the Klamath Camper Corral, mistakenly thinking I was at the Golden Bear. The mistake paid off when I followed a well-blazed trail through the undergrowth to the Klamath River under the 101 Bridge. In addition to Common Goldeneyes (#99) and a bunch of bear tracks, I was able to toot up a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL (#100).
    
    I then proceeded to the Golden Bear RV Park (actually the jet ski parking lot) but had no success locating any bluebirds. I tried again on Saturday, also without success. I also checked the other RV parks in the neighborhood that seem to offer suitable habitat but came up empty. Gone
    
    Continuing on to Crescent City, I bee-lined straight to the water treatment plant. The adult and juvenile SNOW GEESE were loafing on the rocks at the water's edge. After wandering the park for 45 minutes, I returned to the WTP to find the lovely continuing VERMILION FLYCATCHER sitting on a post at the water's edge. It then flew into the willows below the plant.
    
    After a couple uneventful stops, I ended the day at Smith River bottoms where the duck bonanza at Alexandre Dairy was particularly impressive. Further north, I spotted a FERRUGINOUS HAWK on a pole and then flying north toward the river. A couple Peregrine Falcons were also in the area. Driving back down Pala and Lower Lake Rd at dusk, I scoured the fields for any owl action but found only a male Harrier.
    
    I started Saturday morning seawatching from the 9th St. overlook on Pebble Beach Drive. Best birds were 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS swimming in formation. Further north at Pebble Beach, I added Red-necked Grebe and my DEN Sanderlings. Point Saint George was underwhelming, yielding just a handful of Black Turnstones and a Peregrine Falcon. No Surfbirds.
    
    I ended my Crescent City birding on Church Street, where I was quickly rewarded with a pair of GRAY JAYS flying from tree to tree.
    
    After short stops on Requa Rd. and Golden Bear RV, I headed south to Arcata Marsh. I arrived at Gearheart Marsh around 2:20 and was told the duck had just flown out and headed east. I shifted my attention to George Allen Marsh and was finally able to locate a lovely female-type TUFTED DUCK swimming around at the northeast end of the deep water. I then ran into local birder Chris who was able to orient me to a locally rare BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.
    
    One final stop at the Eureka Boardwalk to check the gull flock turned up nothing Glaucous-like. Made it home by 8:30 in time to drink champagne.
    
    Bruce Mast
    
    Oakland
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  23. Monterey Audubon 2016 Seawatch: PHALAROPES AND FRIGATEBIRD LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 1:41pm, 2 year(s) ago
    November 1 marked the beginning of Monterey Audubon's second annual Seabird Seawatch from Point Pinos on the outermost Monterey Peninsula. This year, under the guidance of expert counter Skye Haas, and supported by counter Mark Kudrav, we will collect year-over-year data on all migratory seabirds passing by the Point Nov 1 - Dec 15, dawn to dusk. Last year we inventoried 250,000 Pacific Loons and 50,000 Surf Scoters. What will this year bring Well in just two days we've rack ed up multiple Leach's Storm-Petrels, Harlequin Ducks, thousands upon thousands of Red Phalarope, and....a frigatebird! This second-cycle Frigatebird seen yesterday afternoon, 2 November, was initially assumed to be a Magnificent Frigatebird but closer looks point to other possibilities including Great Frigatebird. Second-cycle frigates are notoriously hard to ID. Magnificent Frigatebirds off California are rare enough, but If this is a Great Frigatebird it could be just the 4th in North America. Incredibly, another Great Frigatebird was seen off the Salinas river mouth, Monterey County, in 1979. A photo of the frigatebird is on our facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/monterey.audubon . We'll also post occasional updates from the count there, as well.
    
    Good birding,
    Blake Matheson Monterey Peninsula
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  25. Common Scoter LINK
    DATE: Feb 12, 2015 @ 5:28pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Bird spent majority of the day in the boat basin near the entrance. Still present were the fem Long-tailed duck and Harlequin duck. Also an imm male Hooded Merganser. Don Hoechlin. Costa Mesa
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  27. Re: [CALBIRDS] Del Norte Common Scoter, 5 Feb. LINK
    DATE: Feb 5, 2015 @ 5:46pm, 3 year(s) ago
    All,
    Sorry for not posting til now, but we 3 Bend-based Oregonians saw the bird well today for at least 30 minutes around 1ish. It went back and forth between the southern end of the boat basin and the open harbor to the west. It occasionally associated with a female Surf Scoter and a Ring-necked Duck in the boat basin and with a flock of Surf Scoters in the harbor area.
    There was also a Long-tailed Duck hanging out with the same Surf Scoter flock (got pix of the long-tailed and both scoter spp. together) and a Harlequin Duck with another scoter flock farther out in the harbor.
    Make sure you have some fresh (caught daily) rock cod at Hensel's fish shack, right across the street from the boat basin.
    Thanks to Rob et al for all the postings,  and good luck to the chasers this weekend!
    Stephen Shunk
    steve@...
    541-408-1753
    <Sent via Samsung Galaxy 4S, from lovely Bend, Oregon>
    On Feb 5, 2015 4:51 PM, "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr@... [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Hi all,Just wanted to, note since it hasn't been posted to any listservs today, that the COMMON SCOTER is still present in the large boat basin in Crescent City Harbor in Del Norte County. 
    
    It was called in to the Northwestern California Birdbox 707.822.LOON and also submitted to eBird.
    
    Thanks,
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
    www.fowleropebirding.com
    
    
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  29. Continuing northern California rarities LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2011 @ 4:52pm, 7 year(s) ago
    Doug Karalun and I spent four days in northern California chasing after some of
    the continuing rarities there, as well as birding for some species that are not
    regular in southern California. We were able to see all of the previously
    reported rarities, and most of our other target birds.
    
    We departed southern California on the morning of Tuesday, Dec 27, and arrived
    at Colusa NWR (Colusa Co.) about 2 PM where we found about a dozen other birders
    watching the male Falcated Duck feeding just off the first viewing platform,
    providing great looks and photo ops. We ended the day watching the large flocks
    of Tundra Swans and geese along Road Z north of Biggs-Willows Road (Hwy 162;
    Glenn Co.).
    
    On Wednesday, Dec 28, we started the morning in Chico (Butte Co.) looking for
    the Blue Jay with Al DeMartini, Bruce Deuel, et al (we were Bruce's unnamed So
    Cal boys). The Blue Jay was kind enough to make a brief appearance around 8:30
    AM before flying off. We then headed north, and after a brief discussion about
    speed limits with a representative of the Red Bluff Police Department, arrived
    at McArthur Swamp (Shasta Co.) around 11:45 AM. After about ten minutes of
    searching along the road, we spotted the Common Redpoll foraging in the thistle
    seed above the dry gully on the opposite (east) side of the channel. We were
    able to watch it for several minutes though spotting scopes before we decided to
    go around to the other side of the channel, but we were unable to refind it.
    Doug spotted it again in the willows in the channel but the bird flew off again
    before I could get there. We then drove over to Eastman Lake/Island Road, where
    we were able to relocate the American Tree Sparrow and Red-naped Sapsucker, as
    well as a single male Barrow's Goldeneye. We then returned to McArthur Swamp
    where there was an informal So Cal birders convention (with Steve and Becky
    Turley, Dick Norton, and Jim Abernathy), but we did not see the Common Redpoll
    again despite much searching.
    
    Thursday, Dec 29, we started the morning at Humboldt/Arcata Bays (Humboldt Co.)
    where we saw a number of our target birds, though none of them were rare. At
    Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, we had several Black-capped Chickadees, and
    along the north jetty from Samoa Dunes Recreation Area we easily picked up Black
    and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe,
    and Rock Sandpiper. Continuing south, we stopped at Russ Park in Ferndale where
    we hiked one of the trails and were lucky enough to encounter a small flock of
    Gray Jays moving through the forest.
    
    Our last day, Friday, Dec 30, we started at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (Napa
    Co.) where, after a short walk, we spotted a Pileated Woodpecker. We made a
    brief detour over to the south shore of Lake Hennessey, but were unable to find
    waxwings of any kind, so left relatively quickly. We then dropped down to Lake
    Merritt (Alameda Co.) where we were able to find the continuing Tufted Duck in
    the northeast corner of the lake, and at least 18 Barrow's Goldeneyes scattered
    about the rest of the lake. We then crossed the Bay Bridge for the last stop of
    our trip. We arrived at Ferry Park (SF Co.) around 12:30 PM, and were able to
    see the continuing Yellow-throated Warbler within about ten minutes (in fact, I
    found the warbler faster than I could find a parking space), and we were able to
    watch it for about fifteen minutes as it moved around in the low vegetation at
    the west end of the park.
    
    Photos of the Falcated Duck, Blue Jay, American Tree Sparrow, and
    Yellow-throated Warbler may be seen on my Flickr page using the link below.
    
    Good birding,
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
    
    
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