December 22, 2002

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 22 December, 2002


This is the Sunday, December 22, 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”.

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The CLARK’S NUTCRACKER found by Rich Kostecke is putting on a great show
for birders in the pines at Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles
County.  It is feeding on pine cones, staying primarily in the tops of
trees, but occasionally descending in pines and in the deciduous trees
toward the road.  People with good ears can hear it cracking cones;
others may see it drop a cone to the ground, or catch a glimpse as it
changes trees.  It frequently comes into good open view and sits while
eating.  It may respond or ignore a tape of nutcracker calls.  It
occasionally vocalizes.

Busch CA is on Rt. D, off MO 94 in St. Charles Co.  The intersection of
US 40/61 and MO 94 is under construction.  If you come from the west,
take I-70 to Wentzville (construction here, too) and exit onto US 40/61.

Follow US 40/61 (basically south and east).  At Rt. K there is a
partially completed overpass extending over US 40/61 from the right
side.  The exit onto MO 94 is the next exit.  It is marked only by a
MODOT mobile “light bulb” sign that says “Hwy 94 next exit”.  The exit
is immediately after this sign.

 From any direction, once on MO 94:
Take 94 to the south to Rt. D.  Turn right onto Rt. D.  It is marked
with brown MDC sign for Busch CA (if you pass a large high school on MO
94, you have just missed the turn onto D.

Follow D to the road to the headquarters.  Follow the not-too-great
marked route for Auto Route A.  The symbol is a car.  The Pine Trail is
at Auto Route Stop 4.  If you lose the route, keep making right turns
and watch for pines and (hopefully) parked cars.

The Knox Co. SNOWY OWL continues to be cooperative.  At 10:10 AM it was
on the ground about 1/4 mi. west of HIghway 15 (at Baring) and in the
harvested bean field north of highway 11. The locals say they have not
seen the bird west of the creek, south of the railroad or east of
highway 15, so that is evidently its area.  The farmers are feeding
millet and sileage to cattle in the area and the bird is probably
feeding on the mice and voles attracted to that.

In Springfield, David Ringer reports the MERLIN first observed by David
Blevins is still at the St. John’s Hospital parking lot.  It's been
observed perching in some topped trees in the parking area south of
Cherokee, directly south of the emergency room entrance.

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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