April 2, 2003

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 02 April, 2003

Some species included below:
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Peregrine Falcon
Greater Prairie-chicken
Sandhill Crane
American Golden-Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Bairdís Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Franklinís Gull
Bonaparteís Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Bewickís Wren
Winter Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Sprague's Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincolnís Sparrow
Harrisís Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Great-tailed Grackle

This is the Wednesday, April 2,  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.

This alert is organized by geographical sections.

At the Crouch Nature Sancturay, Farmington, on Sunday Doug Willis found
30 White Throated-Sparrows, 3 Fox Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, 1 Swamp
Sparrow, -1 LINCOLN'S Sparrow, 4 Eastern Towhees, 1 Brown Thrasher and1
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

Tom and Lynda Mills birded Washington State Park in Washington Co. on
March 30.  They found Louisiana Waterthrush, about 4 Brown Creepers, and
a flock of 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers in a feeding frenzy.

The next day (31 March). Lynda got her first BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER of
the year while working on the Mark Twain National Forest (Potosi

Yesterday (1 April) here at their home in Hllsboro (Jefferson Co.), they
heard BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and witnessed the return of a pair of
Bewick's Wren.

In Rolla, along Carter Creek on April 2, Mike Doyen found a singing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Also present were Field Sparrows,

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been seen in the southwest, no date or
site in the report.

Cat Foster may have seen the stateís first 2003 NASHVILLE WARBLER today,
April 2, in Branson (Taney Co.)

Steve Dilks, following up on the Mountain Bluebird report, spent many
hours at Taborville Prairie CA on March 26.  He did not find the
Mountain Bluebird,  but did have two sightings of Sprague's Pipit.

On the 29th, Lisa Berger checked Fellows Lake, Springfield, Aldrich CA,
near Stockton, then west to Lockwood.  Fellows still had large numbers
of Lesser Scaup and Coots, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were

At Aldrich CA (Stockton Lake) she reports horebird habitat is
improving.  She saw two Franklin's Gulls there.

Casual water in fields near Lockwood had attracted about 30 American
Golden-Plovers, a half dozen Pectoral Sandpipers, and four Semi-palmated

Charlie and Bonnie Nobe birded Lake Springfield on the 29th, finding 12
Blue-Winged teal, 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
Later that day 16 Bonaparte's Gulls flew in.

At Aldrich, at CedarRidge Campground in Dade Co., they had a whopping 75
COMMON LOONS-- some calling.  Also found were 6 Red-breasted Mergansers
and one American Woodcock.

Dean Rising went down to Drury-Mincy CA (Bee Creek) in Taney Co. on
Sunday and first observed a Brown Creeper, and then just above it a
Black-and-white Warbler. Two Louisiana Waterthrushes, Golden-crowned and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets were present, followed by sightings of

At Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, today, Sherry McCowan watched the
bubbler area.  Among her observations were BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, both kinglet species, Brown Creeper, Carolina
Wren, at least 3 Brown Thrashers, several Field Sparrows and Dark-eyed
Juncos, and 2 Fox Sparrows.

At her workplace, she watched two Peregrine Falcons soaring and diving
overhead (Euclid and Barnes Hospital Plaza).

This morning (Wed, 4/2/03) on SLU's campus in St. Louis, Nick Barber
reported 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 each
Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Brown Creepers (seen on the
1st), 1 Northern Parula, and 4 Field Sparrows.

At Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area, St. Charles Co., the
WGNSS wall on the 29th found about 25-30 American Golden-Plovers across
from the office and a few Pectoral Sandpipers on Heron Pond.

Creve Coeur Lake produced a few Bonaparte's Gulls, reports David Becher.

John Solodar bucked heavy winds on the first to bird REDA.  At Heron
Pond he identified a Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 American Golden-Plovers and a
He reported the normal wet spots along Dwiggins Rd an Saale Rd were
almost all dry. He had a good close look at 1 American Golden-Plover in
1st wet area south of Hwy 94.

At Marais Temp Clair CA he found 9 Greater Yellowlegs.   Park in the lot
on the west side of the Area (along Hwy 94).   Walk in about 200 yds on
the gravel road to the T intersection.   Look ahead and to the left.
Lots of ducks in there also.

Although this report is close to April Fools, it is not a Pat and Mike
joke (although 3 Mikes and 3 Pats were present).  Several good birds
were observed Sunday at Castlewood SP.  At least 12 WINTER WRENS were
Birds along the creek trail included: 2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-GRAY
KINGFISHERSgoing in and out of bank side nest cavity, and NORTHERN

In his report for April 1 at Castlewood, Mike Brady noted that a couple
of clear nights and warm days have brought an influx of numbers  and new

At Rockwood Reservation, St. Louis Co. on April 1, Charlene Malone found
one singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER - half way between gate and cons.
trailer, and  2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH behind the construction trailer,
and one NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.  Along the main road were 5 more

At Little Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County today Josh Uffmanís finds
included 1 BARN SWALLOW, 1 VESPER SPARROW  along the trail at the edge
of the cornfield , and 1 Field Sparrow was seen singing in this same area
opposite the cornfield.

On March 30, Deb Priest reported them as very abundant at Long Branch
SP, Macon Co., and making good use of nesting boxes there.

On Sunday, March 30, Josh Uffman went to B.K. Leach CA.  In the slough
along Hwy M just before turning into the Area, he found 8 Rusty
2 Greater Yellowlegs (standing on ice) and a few ducks.  At Clarence
Cannon NWR, in addition to the SANDHILL CRANE, he found Greater and
Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers and Wilsonís Snipe.  At Prairie
Slough CA was 1 Brown Thrasher.

Coming behind Josh at Clarence Cannon, Steve Griffaw spotted WHITE-FACED
IBIS on the same road as the Sandhill feeding along the first levy on
the right (left if heading back).  Patrick Harrison noted it was near
the previously reported location, but about 200 yards from the road in
Cell 10 or 11.

Bob Fisher started at Lake Contrary on the afternoon of the 29th and
went home via Horseshoe Lake, Bean Lake and Smithville Lake.  Species
included large numbers of American White Pelicans and at nearly each
site small numbers of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and Pectoral and
Least Sandpipers.  At Horseshoe Lake (Buchanan Co.) he found 3 or 4
Bairdís Sandpipers.  At Smithville Reservoir he saw 1 COMMON LOON in
breeding plumage hanging around the outlet structure.  Bob found only
one Tree Swallow.

Sunday, 30 March, on South Prairie Lee Lake area (including Legacy Lake),
Lee's Summit (Jackson Co.), Pete and JoAnn Moroz observed a pair of
Cooperís Hawks, Ross' Goose, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Mockingbird, 2
Brown Thrashers, Savannah Sparrow, 4 Field Sparrows, 3 Harris' Sparrows,
and White-crowned Sparrows.

Also on Sunday, at Lake Jacomo Pete and JoAnn found 3 Horned Grebes in
different stages of molting, 25 Double-crested Cormorants and 2 Belted

Kristi Mayo, like many in the northern half of the state, are daily
seeking the species reported by folks in the warmer half.  At Watkins
Mill SP (Clay Co.) on Saturday she found a Winter Wren.  This morning,
April 2, she found Eastern Towhees out in force, and a Louisiana
Waterthrush patrolling the dry creekbed, chipping and singing.   She saw
her first Barn Swallow of the year on 164th Street (between Watkins Mill
and the Jesse James home).

April 1, Steve Kinder and Larry Lade birded Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.)
and some of the east side of Nodaway Valley CA.  They observed 17
species of waterfowl at Squaw Creek:  Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Canada
Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal,
Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler,
Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck and
Hooded Merganser.  Great-tailed Grackes were present.

Shorebirds seen were:  American Golden-Plover, Killdeer, Greater
Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper,

Most of the species of waterfowl listed above were also at Nodaway
Valley.  Vesper, Savannah and Song Sparrows were observed at Nodaway
Valley, as well.

In Mound City they saw their first Northern Rough-winged Swallows of the

Checking Lake Contrary on the first, they spotted a group of about 30
very nervous shorebirds.  They scanned the sky and located a Peregrine
Falcon looking for supper.  Also seen at Lake Contrary was a lone Purple

Also on the first, Brandon Routh watched a Peregrine Falcon near 12th
and Faron in St Joseph flying above the buildings downtown.

Jeff Nichols and Mary Doud, visiting from Iowa, continued birding after
the Grand Pass portion of the CAS field trip on the 29th. On Highway 122
on the way to Van Meter SP, they found one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE on a
powerline. At the park, numerous EASTERN TOWHEES, FOX SPARROWS, FIELD
SPARROWS, and one AMERICAN WOODCOCK. At Knob Noster SP on March 30, were
two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHS, one along the lake by the savannah and
another singing along the creek near Buteo Trail. At Battle of Lexington
SHS, one PURPLE MARTIN was flying above a "Martin" house (all of the
occupants appeared to be House Sparrows).

Chris Snook is taking advantage of some free time.  April 1 he birded
Stephens Lake Park in east Columbia twice.  A stroll around the park
initially produced 2 Pectoral Sandpipers on the exposed mud between the
swimming-area piers in the early afternoon. A repeat stroll in late
afternoon produced 4 Pectoral Sandpipers and 1 Least Sandpiper just west
of the earlier
sighting. At the northeast corner of the dam a Brown Thrasher was seen
making its way north up the small stream, whilst a pair of Northern
Mockingbirds had a territorial dispute. Eastern Phoebe and Bluebirds were
present.  Killdeer were having noisy disputes and harassing the

The CAS field trip to the Hi Lonesome Prairie CA in Benton Co. fulfilled
many wishes of good looks at 13 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS.

The extended trip wound through Grand Pass CA, Saline Co.  There 13
American Golden-Plovers and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were the highlights.  One
Greater White-fronted Goose and a small flock of Snow Geese (with one
Rossís) were present.  One Ring-necked Pheasant was heard.

At Rock Bridge Memorial SP, Boone Co. in recent days several observers
(Jean Leonatti, Bonnie Heidy, Susan Hazelwood, Joyce and Mike Bathke,
Edge Wade) have reported Louisiana Waterthrush, Winter Wren and both
kinglets.  Today, April 2, a major push of Golden-crowned Kinglets was
observed in the park.  A Hermit Thrush was seen yesterday by Edge Wade.

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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