July 31, 2002

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 31 July, 2002, 7:30 a.m.


Species included:

This is the 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, Missouri Bird Alert, a
statewide service of the Audubon Society of Missouri, serving the
birding community of Missouri since 1901.  The bird alert is compiled
from reports submitted by ASM members and other birders throughout the

Missouri birders receive this alert directly on MOBIRDS, the free e-mail
listservice supported by ASM.  ASM members also receive the
organization’s quarterly journal, “The Bluebird”.

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RED-NECKED STINT  (full directions to site follow):

The most recent update of sighting information is from Jo Ann Eldridge,
who, with a group of birders, saw the RED-NECKED STINT at about 7 p.m.
yesterday after watching for 2 hours.  The bird was to the east of the
viewing point at the Eggleston home.  It was so close to the vegetation
that it was viewable only through the vegetation, again in the company
of the loose-knit flock described below.

Previous sighting information:

A group of birders viewed the RED NECKED-STINT at Lake Contrary,
Buchanan Co., southwest of St. Joseph, as of 8:15 a.m. 7/30/02. The bird
appeared at about 7:45 am at the two sand spits west of the viewing
point on the Eggleston property.

Just prior to that, another group of birders had watched the bird from
30 feet on the swim beach (across the lake from the Eggleston's).

It was still being observed at 11:00  this morning,  on one of the spits
behind the Eggleston property and was seen feeding at a distance of
50-75 yards.

The RED-NECKED STINT found at Lake Contrary, Buchanan Co., by Larry
Lade  is associating with many Pectoral Sandpipers, a few Least and
Semi-palmated Sandpipers, a Spotted and a Solitary, and an occasional
Killdeer.  When feeding and preening are interrupted by jet skis,
portions of this very loose-knit flock fly, returning to the same spot
or nearby (see below).

 From I-29 heading north, exit #43 onto I-229.  Exit onto 752 and go
west.  Continue west to US 59.  Immediately after a Texaco Station at
the bottom of the hill on the right, the road splits.  Bear
straight/right onto Rt. U (742 bears left).  This road runs into the
east end of Lake Contrary.

Take Rt. U to Nelson (the street sign is bent). Go right on Nelson and
follow it North, NW about 3-4 blocks. It Ts into  36th.  Go right onto
36th--about 2 blocks.  At the end of 36th is another T. Go right at the
T to the end, where there is a blue-gray house with  the name
"Eggleston" on the mailbox. The owner, Minnie Eggleston, is quite
friendly.  Her son-in-law owns the vacant property immediately to the
east of Minnie's home. Go north on that property past a willow tree to
the edge of the water.  This is a short walk in very short, mown grass.

PLEASE:  maintain good relations with this property owner.

The swimming beach is on the other side (north side) of Lake Contrary,
accessible from Lakeside Rd.  It is roughly opposite the Eggleston home.

When you get to the water's edge on the Eggleston property, set up the
scope and look east to an area of shallow water along the south shore of
Lake Contrary, where some Pectorals, Killdeers, a Spotted Sandpiper and
a Solitary Sandpiper have been hanging out with some smaller peeps,
which include a couple of Leasts, a couple of semis and the stint.

The Red-necked Stint has also been seen west of the viewing point on the
Eggleston property on a sand spit that ends with rocks and bricks in the
lake--the second spit from the viewing point.

There were several flights of shorebirds moving from the swimming beach
to the flats (partially obscured by vegetation) to the east of the
viewing point, and also to the spits to the west.  Check all three and
be patient.   Birders on site will be on FRS Channel 11-22.

Information regarding membership in the Audubon Society of Missouri may
be obtained from Jean Graebner, treasurer, at 573-698-2855, or at the
Audubon Society of Missouri webpage:  http//

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