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Missouri Statewide October 24, 2002 MOST24.10.02 Coverage: Missouri Statewide Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade E-mail: [log in to unmask] Compiled 24 October, 2002 Species included below: Common Loon Horned Grebe American White Pelican American Bittern White-faced Ibis Surf Scoter Peregrine Falcon Dunlin SPRAGUE’S PIPIT SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER several sparrow species PURPLE FINCH This is the Thursday, October 24, 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”. 2222,2222,2222 Report bird sighting information via the internet, either on MOBIRDS or to [log in to unmask] In reports from Iowa, a lone juvenile Sabine’s Gull is at Clear Lake in northern Iowa, due north of Des Moines. Patrick Harrison reports the firs Purple Finch of the season at his feeders in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., Wednesday, October 23. At Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co., Wednesday, Tommie Rogers observed hundreds of sparrows, including American Tree, Harris’s, Fox, White-crowned and White-throated, and Lincoln’s. There were 8 species of ducks, 2 White-faced Ibis, 24 Greater Yellowlegs and 10 Wilson’s Snipe. Smithville Reservoir, Clay Co., Tuesday evening boasted 22 Common Loons in a single group near the dam, reports Kristi Mayo. We have no further reports of the SURF SCOTERS found by Mike Stoakes on Thursday, October 17 at Lake Jacomo, Jackson Co., nor of the Common Loon seen there Friday (both from the North Marina). At Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area, St. Charles Co., David Rogles found 3 Horned Grebes among a raft of Ruddy Ducks on Sunday, October 20. American Wigeon and Ring-necked Ducks were also present. No subsequent reports have been received of the brightly basic plumaged DUNLIN Dave saw still at Ellis Bay as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19, on the same spit the Red Knot favored last month. Charlene Malone relayed a report of 6 SURF SCOTERS in the Mississippi River near Portage De Sioux (St. Charles Co.), Sunday or Monday. The new area of the Chillicothe wetlands (Livingston Co.) is showing great promise. Sunday, October 20, Steve Kinder was surprised by a SPRAGUE’S PIPIT there to add to recent finds of Clay-colored, Fox and Harris Sparrows and Hermit Thrush. Steve reports good numbers of several sparrow species around the outskirts of Chillicothe in recent days. Monday at Swan Lake NWR, Chariton Co., Steve found many sparrows, three plegadis ibis (all juveniles), a Krider’s or albinistic/leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon, 3 immature Bald Eagles and 300 American White Pelicans. In St. Francois Co., Doug Willis noted several species of sparrows, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a flock of 200 Cedar Waxwings Saturday. Schell-Osage CA Sunday proved to be good birding for Dorothy Lambert Sunday. One AMERICAN BITTERN was a surprise. 15 Great Egrets, 33 American White Pelicans, 3 Horned Grebes, 1 White-faced Ibis, a raft of 250 American Coots, and a raft of about 1,000 ducks (half of them Ruddy Ducks) graced the water area. In the vicinity were lots of Field Sparrows and 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet. A lingering SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was feeding over a newly plowed field. 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/