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[log in to unmask] BAS Missouri Statewide October 27, 2002 MOST27.10.02 Coverage: Missouri Statewide Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade E-mail: [log in to unmask] Compiled 27 October, 2002 Species included below: PACIFIC LOON Common Loon Horned Grebe WESTERN GREBE American Bittern Snow Goose ROSS’S GOOSE Black Scoter (unconfirmed, reporter unknown) SURF SCOTER NORTHERN GOSHAWK PRAIRIE FALCON Black-bellied Plover AMERICAN AVOCET other shorebirds BREWER’S BLACKBIRD 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 2 BREWER”S BLACKBIRDS, 2 DUNLIN, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 12 STILT SANDPIPERS, 1 Least and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 50 Greater and 8 Lesser Yellowlegs. 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 Barker. 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. 2222,2222,2222Report bird sighting information via the internet, either on MOBIRDS or to [log in to unmask] 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/