October 14, 2002

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 14 October, 2002

Species included below:
Horned Grebe
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
White-faced Ibis
Greater White-fronted Goose
Cooperís Hawk
Common Tern
Belted Kingfisher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Savannah Sparrow
Henslowís Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincolnís Sparrow Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

This is the Monday October 14, 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 
organizationís quarterly journal, ďThe BluebirdĒ.

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Adam Nisbett got a surprise this morning (Oct. 14).  An immature GOLDEN 
EAGLE flew over his home in St. James, Maries Co.

Reports of the first Dark-eyed Juncos of the season are coming in from 
virtually every part of the state as the last Ruby-throated Hummingbirds 
are being counted, mostely in the southwest corner.  SCISSOR-TAILED 
FLYCATCHERS are still being noted in Greene Co.  Dave Catlin saw two 
east of Springfield, toward Rogersville, on the 12th, Dean Rising saw 
one in Springfield on the 12th, and Charley Burwick spotted 3 between 
Springfield and Strafford.  Susan Hazelwood saw one south of Nixa in 
Christian Co. on the 12th.

At Lake Springfield (Greene Co.) Sunday, Blake Mathys found 3 
Ring-billed Gulls, Green-winged Teal and 3 Ruddy Ducks, 1 White-throated 
Sparrow, a Solitary and a Pectoral Sandpiper, and 3 probable Long-billed 

Among the 38 species seen by the GOAS field trip participants to South 
Creek in Springfield (Greene Co.) Saturday, were 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 
Bewickís Wrens, 2 Tennessee and 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 5 Ruby-crowned 
Kinglets, 2 Hermit Thrushes, 6 Gray Catbirds, 4 Eastern Towhees, 5 
Chipping Sparrows, 3 Lincolnís 1 Swamp, 10 Song, 1 Field, 10 
White-throated and 3 White Crowned Sparrows, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 
and 2 Indigo Buntings, reports Kay Johnson.

Cat Foster reports the first FOX SPARROW of the season in Polk Co.  At 2 
p.m., October 14, Cat observed a large raptor/vulture migration along MO 

The Swan Lake Big Sit, sponsored by the Grand River Audubon Society, 
held Oct. 13, produced 64 species for sitters Steve Kinder, Myrna 
Carlton, Terry McNeeley and Doris Fitchett.  Among them were 2 
WHITE-FACED IBIS, 2 Snowy Egrets, a small flock of WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 
an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, a Merlin, 50 Franklinís Gulls (fewer than 
overhead Saturday), 10 Bonaparteís Gulls, 1 NELSONíS SHARP-TAILED 
SPARROW, and 6 CATTLE EGRETS that took advantage of the short grass area 
around the count circle to gorge on grasshoppers for 3 hours.

The most recent report from Smithville Reservoir in Clay Co. comes from 
Kristi Mayo.  On sunday she noted hundreds of Pied-billed Grebes, at 
least 12 Horned Grebes, 25 American White Pelicans, 50 Double Crested 
Cormorants, 3 lingering Great Blue Herons, 5 Turkey Vultures, a mixed 
flock of 1,000 to 2,000 dabblers, 15 Ringed-necked Ducks, 5,000 American 
Coots, 5,00-10,000 Franklinís Gulls, 5 American Pipits, 1 Savanah and 2 
Song Sparrows.

At Riverlands Demonstration Area, St. Charles Co., Saturday, Charlene 
Malone reported 7 Franklinís Gulls, 3 Common Terns, 2 or 3 Forsterís 
Terns, 9 or more Bonaparteís Gulls.  Dave Rogles saw a LAUGHING GULL.

On the St. Louis University campus, Sunday, Nick Barberís finds included 
LINCOLNíS SPARROW, about 60 White-crowned Sparrows, and White-throated, 
Song, and Swamp Sparrows, and about 15 Dark-eyed Juncos.

The Columbia Audubon Field Trip to Overton Bottoms (the Big Muddy 
National Fish and Wildlife Refuge) in Cooper Co. Saturday, October 12, 
was a bit late to catch the full push of the Lincolnís Sparrows that 
migrate through the bottoms.  Searchers found at least 20 LINCOLNíS 
SPARROWS, more than 25 Swamp Sparrows, 10 or more Song Sparrows, 10 
White-throated Sparrows, a lone Field Sparrow, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 2 
Chimney Swifts, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets and 2 Northern Harriers.  At 
least 20 migrating Blue Jays were seen.

At Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone Co., on the 14th, there were 4 American 
Kestrels, 2 Cooperís Hawks, 1 female Northern Harrier, 6 lingering 
Double-crested Cormorants, a couple of American Wigeon, a few Gadwall, 
still small numbers of American Coots, Great Blue Herons and Pied-billed 
Grebes, one male Belted Kingfisher and one Lesser Yellowlegs.

Information regarding membership in the Audubon Society of Missouri may 
be obtained from Bonnie Heidy, Membership Chair, at 573-442-2191, Joyce 
Bathke, Treasurer, at 573-445-5758, or at the Audubon Society of 
Missouri webpage:  http//

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