January 18, 2003

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 18 January, 2003


This is the Saturday, 18 January 2003 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”.

Anne Downing continues to provide solid, current information on the
SNOWY OWL near Baring in Knox Co.  As of Wednesday, 1:30 PM the owl was
again on a utility pole north of the junctions hiways 15, 11 and K on
the east side of 15, about 1 1/2 mile past the junction--the 18th
utility pole from the junction.

Charlene Malone reports Joe Eades found BLACK VULTURES (about 8) among
150 Turkey Vultures at Rocky Ridge Ranch (a gated community), off of Hwy
"0" in St. Genevieve County. Take I-55 South to exit 154, go right (SW)
on Hwy O, ~3-4 miles to Rocky Ridge Ranch (DeLorme has best map - p49)
Park in gravel parking lot just left of the gate that goes into the
community where you will have a view of the vultures coming in from the
River to roost near this "town". The vultures start coming to roost
about 3 PM but the glut of birds start showing up after 3:30 PM.

Friday, January 17, Charlene found a LONG-TAILED DUCK (formerly
Oldsquaw) just downstream from the Clark Bridge at Riverlands EDA (the
SMEW/Barrow's Goldeneye spot). It was relatively close to the road and
hanging out with the goldeneye.  The bird looks similar to the labeled
male in Peterson's Western Birds and National Geographic,  except it did
not have much of a tail at all.
As of 9:45 Saturday morning the LONG-TAILED DUCK had not been relocated,
but visibility was very poor.

There are good numbers of waterfowl in the River at the Clark Bridge and
farther upstream, near Harbor Point at Lincoln Shields CA, and at the
end of Ellis Island.

Ellis Bay is almost completely frozen over, with some pockets open here
there and toward the Dam.
She also found a first winter THAYER'S GULL near the Dam in Ellis Bay
(MO bird). Did NOT find the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull previously
reported from the wall on the Illinois side.

Friday, January 17, Steve Kinder checked a pine grove at Grand Trace CA,
northwest of Bethany in Harrison County while cross-country skiiing
there.  He found 2 LONG -EARED OWLS in the pine grove at the camping
area off Hwy F. It is located NW of Bethany.
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be obtained from Bonnie Heidy, Membership Chair, at 573-442-2191, Joyce
Bathke, Treasurer, at 573-445-5758, or at the Audubon Society of
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