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To enhance the directions provided in Rex Rowan's note:

Using the Alligator Lake map, the trail around the lake starts on the east side.  You will first be walking north; then the trail turns left (west).  You will walk the entire north side of the lake.  As the trail turns south, you will see a fishing pier across the water to your right.  Just past this pier is the Masked Duck location, on your left.  Look for the white hankie tied to a branch on the left, and a brown shed on the right.  I guess it's about a mile.

Dotty Robbins
High Springs 

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John Hintermister just called to tell me that he was looking at an adult female Masked Duck through his telescope. The bird was found yesterday by Pat Burns, but she wanted someone to confirm it before it was widely reported.

The bird is at Alligator Lake Recreation Area in Lake City (Columbia County), about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. 

Here's a map of Lake City. You want to get on Country Club Road, which runs north/south on the east side of Alligator Lake:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=lake+city,+fl&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.780156,67.5&ie=UTF8&ll=30.157744,-82.645855&spn=0.085048,0.131836&z=13

And here's a map of Alligator Lake, which will hopefully help you make sense of what follows:
http://myfwc.com/fishing/pdf/alligator_rev.pdf

Once you're there, here are the directions John gave me over the telephone. Enter from Country Club Road and park in the parking area near the "Educational Center." You'll be walking the Montgomery Trail, so go east past the boat ramp. Scan the far side of the lake as you go, looking for a brown barn. That's where you want to be; John tied a handkerchief to a willow on the left side of the trail there. From the vicinity of the brown barn, look east and you'll see a three-pronged W made of dead willow in the water. This morning the bird was to the right of that, about 100 yards out, to the right of the willow but left of several dead stobs in the water. John mentioned that the light was very bad in the morning hours, and felt afternoon would be a better time to look for this bird.

Good luck,

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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