October 24, 2002
Coverage: Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber: Edge Wade
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Compiled 24 October, 2002
Species included below:
American White Pelican
several sparrow species
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
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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
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
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/