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BAS Missouri Statewide October 9, 2002 MOST10.09.02 Coverage: Missouri Statewide Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade E-mail: [log in to unmask] Compiled 9 October, 2002 Some of the species recorded below: White-faced Ibis Sharp-shinned Hawk PRAIRIE FALCON Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Brown Creeper Winter Wren Hermit Thrush CONNECTICUT WARBLER Palm Warbler Clay-colored Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow Spotted Towhee Dark-eyed Junco Rose-breasted Grosbeak 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 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 to [log in to unmask] 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 them. 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 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. 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 Red-shouldered Hawks. 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. 0000,0000,DDDC 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/