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October 27, 2002

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 27 October, 2002

Species included below:
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
American Bittern
Snow Goose
Black Scoter (unconfirmed, reporter unknown)
Black-bellied Plover
other shorebirds

This is the Sunday, October 27, 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.

Reports from Smithville Reservoir, Clay Co.,  have been frequent the 
last few days.  Among finds are an AMERICAN AVOCET in a mixed flock of 
Bonaparte’s, Franklin’s and Ring-billed Gulls seen by Fred Young.  Fred 
also reported four flocks of Eastern Bluebirds exceeding 50 birds each, 
and Snow Geese.

An adult PACIFIC LOON was seen by Kristi Mayo from the Crow’s Creek 
area, best viewed from Shelter 4, Friday.  She also noted Horned Grebes, 
Snow Geese (40 flyovers), a Loggerhead Shrike and 25 Tree Swallows.

Saturday, Kristi reported a Winter Wren near the northwest corner of 
Lake Remote, from the path closest to the pond.  Kristi’s directions:
For those who aren't familiar with this spot, the area is the Lake 
Remote Nature Area and Trails, located on the north side of the spillway 
below the dam at Smithville Lake. There is a huge white sign near the 
entrance to the trails that says "Trails open to the public" that is 
easily seen from the road over the dam.  The pond in the center of the 
area is Lake Remote.

Saturday, Mike Stoakes and others found 3 WESTERN GREBES among the Ruddy 
Ducks seen from the Crow’s Creek arm.  From the north end of the dam, 
they found the adult PACIFIC LOON and only one or two Common Loons.  Joe 
Alburty found a flock of 50-75 AMERICAN PIPITS.  When the birders moved 
to the east side of the Crow’s Creek arm they re-found the PACIFIC LOON 
and 8-10 Common Loons.  Two Osprey were in the area.

The Western Grebes and Pacific Loon were not seen Sunday morning.

At Lake Contrary, Buchanan Co., the PACIFIC LOON reported earlier was 
seen again by Larry Lade and Jack Hilsabeck Saturday morning, but not 
relocated Sunday.  Five Common Loons and 1 Horned Grebe were also 
present, as were Snow and Ross’s Geese and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.  At both 
Contrary and Horseshoe Lake they found AMERICAN PIPITS.

At Horseshoe Lake, shorebirds included 25 Least Sandpipers, 1 Greater 
Yellowlegs and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

At Big Lake State Park, Holt Co., Friday, Tommie Rogers’ finds included 
SANDPIPERS, 1 Least and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 50 Greater and 8 Lesser 

Tommie saw an AMERICAN BITTERN over Squaw Creek NWR>

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at the soccer field at the YMCA in Florissant, 
and another was at Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area in a tree 
at the corner of Red School and Wise Roads Saturday, seen by George 

Two SURF SCOTERS and a possible BLACK SCOTER were at Riverlands 
Saturday.  Mike Brady found 1, possibly 2 immature HARRIS’S SPARROWS in 
tall grass at the front of the REDA office building.  Dave Rogles found 
2 blue phase Snow Geese and 2 VESPER SPARROWS.

A PRAIRIE FALCON was found by Dave Rogles over the cornfields at the 
back of the Seeger Driving Range (off Creve Coeur Mill Road) adjacent to 
Little Creve Coeur Lake/Marsh, St. Charles Co, this (Sunday) afternoon.

Apparently there was a report of a Eurasian Wigeon at Little Creve Coeur 
Lake, St. Charles Co.  Mike Brady was unable to locate on Sunday.

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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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