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Missouri
Statewide
August 6, 2002
MOST06.08.02

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 6 August, 2002

Species included:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Mississippi Kite
Swainson’s Hawk
Sanderling
Long-billed Dowitcher
Painted Bunting

This is the Tuesday, August 6, 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 state.

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”.

Report bird sighting information via the internet, either on MOBIRDS or 
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Urs Geiser of Woodridge, IL, observed the male Painted Bunting as it 
sang along the Katy Trail near Weldon Spring in St. Charles Co. on the 
morning of Sunday, August 4.

Five Mississippi Kites were seen by Steve Griffaw on Sunday, following 
Dorothy Lambert’s directions (below).  Steve saw one at 1.6 miles in 
(along.the road accessed from Horton), 2 at 2 miles, and one in flight 
on each side of the bridge. He noted that even in the heat of the 
afternoon, they were active and easy to observe.

Dorothy’s directions:
 From Highway 71 in Vernon County, take the Horton exit, turn east.  At 
the "T", turn right.  Go about a half mile south. Take the first road to 
the east.  It goes up over the railroad tracks--THERE IS NO WARNING 
LIGHT ON THE TRACKS AND IT IS IN USE SO BE CAREFUL--and continue east 
for two miles.  The kites are in the dead trees on the north side of the 
road, especially the tallest one with the green vines growing up it.

Jim and Ellen Zellmer birded in the heat last weekend.  Among their 
finds:
At Bean Lake, 2 Long-billed Dowitchers still in breeding plumage, and 5 
Sanderlings, 2 of which were still in alternate plumage.  Near Horsehoe 
Lake (Buchanan Co.) they saw 2 Swainson's Hawks very high, apparently 
migrating.

Doug Willis checked that troublesome goose at Otter Slough CA, yesterday 
afternoon.  It was feeding with Canada Geese in a field of stubble.  He 
noted white at the base of the bill and legs that are more orange than 
the pink-orange bill.  Doug says this Greater White-fronted Goose has 
been present in virtually the same location for quite a while.
 
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//www.mobirds.org/

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