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 Missouri
  Statewide
  January 22, 2003
  MOST22.01.03

  Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
  Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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  Compiled 22 January, 2003

  ROSSíS GOOSE
  SNOWY OWL
  PRAIRIE FALCON
  NORTHERN SHRIKE
  THAYERíS GULL
  LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
  GLAUCOUS GULL

  This is the Wednesday, 22 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
  organizationís quarterly journal, "The Bluebird".

  Gulls are beginning to congregate in the vicinity of the Melvin Price
  Dam.  Charlene Malone and Josh Uffman have been braving the notoriously
  arctic-like conditions at Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area
  and vicinity to check on the gathering horde.  Most sightings have been
  in Illinois, but Missouri waters/land/ice should be checked for:  at
  least 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a second winter GLAUCOUS, THAYERíS,
  perhaps a GREATER BLACK-BACKED or even ICELAND GULL.  Josh reported 3
  Greater Scaup among a flock of Lesser Scaup.

  Anne Downing continues to provide current information on the SNOWY OWL
  near Baring in Knox Co.  Most recently, it has been seen along MO 15,
  north of the junction with MO 11 and K.  This is more hilly terrain than
  the area in which it was first seen.  When not perched on a utility
  pole, it is very difficult/impossible to find.

  Across the state, in the northwest corner, David Farmer refound the
  NORTHERN SHRIKE in Nodaway Co. along Hwy. DD west of Skidmore between
  the Nodaway River and the next gravel road on the 19th.

  Also on the 19th, at Smithville Reservoir in Clay County, Kyle Driggers
  reported the area north of the Hwy. W bridge where all of the Snow Geese
  have been staying is frozen over and the large flock had moved to the
  area near the dam.  He found 5 Rossís Geese among the thousands of Snows.
  One American Black Duck was in a raft of Mallards on the North side of
  the dam.

  PRAIRIE FALCONS are being reported.  Carl Gerhardt found one flying
  upriver past Easley in southern Boone Co. near Plowboy Bend CA.

  Kristi Mayo found an adult PRAIRIE FALCON just west of Weston, in Platte
  County, on the afternoon of the 19th.  Her directions:  From the south,
  take 45/273 Hwy. north past Weston. Immediately after crossing a bridge
  over the railroad, turn left (generally south) onto a gravel road--this
  is Nowers Road. Take the first left onto Harpst Road and head south.
  You'll cross over the railroad tracks and then go through 3 doglegs; at
  the 4th dogleg the road goes east over the levee (Harpst Road) or turns
  back south (Kirk Road). Go south on Kirk Road. At the next dogleg there
  is another road running east toward the bluffs. The falcon was moving
  around south of this intersection, basically between Kirk Road and the
  river.  This is the same area where a Snowy Owl was found late in
  December 2001.

  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/

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