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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:
Black Scoter (unconfirmed, reporter unknown)
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
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
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
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
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)
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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