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BAS Missouri Statewide August 6, 2002 MOST06.08.02 Coverage: Missouri Statewide Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade E-mail: [log in to unmask] 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”. 2222,2222,2222 Report bird sighting information via the internet, either on MOBIRDS or to [log in to unmask] 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.0000,0000,DDDD 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/