October 14, 2002
Coverage: Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade
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Compiled 14 October, 2002
Species included below:
Greater White-fronted Goose
NELSONíS SHARP-TAILED SPARROW
Lincolnís Sparrow Swamp 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
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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 Dowitchers.
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.
2222,2222,2222Cat 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 13.
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 4 Field Sparrows, 1 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 1 HENSLOWíS
SPARROW, 1 LINCOLNíS SPARROW, about 60 White-crowned Sparrows, and
White-throated, Song, and Swamp Sparrows, and about 15 Dark-eyed
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
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//www.mobirds.org/