October 9, 2002
Coverage: Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade
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Compiled 9 October, 2002
Some of the species recorded below:
This is the Wednesday, October 9, 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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Ruby-crowned Hummingbirds are becoming scarce. Missouri birders are
reporting few at feeders. Evelyn Ford in southern Ozark Co. still has
3 vying for the good stuff.
On Tuesday evening, October 8, 2002, in her Kirkwood yard with a
bubbler, Margy Terpstra watched two Black-throated Green Warbers
bathe, then was rewarded with a female CONNECTICUT WARBLER joining
At Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, Sherry McCowan reports that another
birder saw a BROWN CREEPER on the 7th. Sherry found a WINTER WREN
and her first HERMIT THRUSH of the season, and an Ovenbird.
On the 8th, Sherry found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in Forest Park on the
north side of the hill at the intersection of Wells and Jefferson.
Also in the area were both kinglet species, Black-throated Green,
PALM, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Disappointment in not finding Greater Prairie-Chickens or Sprague’s
Pipits in the vicinity of Taberville Prairie was mitigated when WD and
Vera Leip watched a PRAIRIE FALCON buzz a flock of European Starlings.
At Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co., Monday, October 7, a SPOTTED TOWHEE
and a BROWN CREEPER were seen by Tommie Rogers. Other birds sen
included DARK-EYED JUNCO, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 4
Orange-crowned Warblers, 4 Nashville Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided
Warbler and 30 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also present were 50
Great-tailed Grackles, 4 WHITE-FACED IBIS, and seven species of ducks.
At Close Park in Springfield, Greene Co., Dorothy Thurman found 2
Chimney Swifts, 1 Black-throated Green, 1 Nashville and 1
Orange-crowned Warbler, 12 Lincoln’s Sparrows and 3 immature
In Polk Co. on the 8th, Cathie Foster reported 1 Nashville and 12
Yellow-rumped Warblers, 4 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 12 White-throated
Sparrows, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Sharp-shinned and 3
The first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of the fall was seen by Larry
Herbert in the Walter Woods south of Joplin, Newton Co., on the 7th.
At the Dr. F.R. Crouch Nature Sanctuary, Farmington (St. Francois Co.)
Tuesday, October 8, Doug Willis watched 1 DARK-EYED JUNCO.
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/