July 6, 2003
MOST 6.07.03

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 6 July, 2003


This is the Sunday, 6 July, 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.

NOTE:  Please document sightings of both species below.  Do not assume
that others have or will document them.  Send documentation to:
William Rowe
Secretary, Missouri Bird Records Committee
9033 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63119-4004

Six FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCKS were found by Joe Eades, 29 June, in
Stoddard Co. on Rte. CC, about 3.5 miles south of the Rt. CC and Rte. HH
junction about 20 miles west of Sikeston and east of Dexter near the
town of Canalou (page 68 E-3 in the Missouri DeLorme Atlas).

Subsequent birders found seven, sometimes 4 or 5 may be seen.  The birds
are very difficult to find in the rice fields.  Wait for a disturbance
(truck or airplane) to cause the birds to raise their heads or to fly or
to walk onto a levee (the birds--NOT YOU).

DO NOT WALK or DRIVE on the farmer's levee road even if it means a
closer look or better picture.  It is extremely important to keep up the
good relations. The birds will pop up eventually.

Leslie Koller has provided the following directions:

1) Come south down I-55 to the Highway 60 intersection (exit # 66 on

2) Proceed west down Highway 60 toward Poplar Bluff to the Highway 114
Gray Ridge, MO exit (approx 10.3 miles from I-55)

3) Turn left (west)  onto 114 and go approx 1.5 miles to Stoddard County
Highway CC (towards Baker, MO)

4) Continue south down Stoddard County Hwy CC approx 3 or 4 miles to the
Stoddard County Highway HH intersection. At this intersection, zero your
trip meter again, and continue straight south down Stoddard Cnty Hwy CC
for another 3.4 to 3.5 miles.

5) You'll be looking for a little turn-out to the left, where the
pull into the fields. It will have a crushed Bud Light beer can right
dead center of the dirt road, just off the pavement.  It will have
flooded rice fields on both sides.  Scope the enitre field area, both
sides, for the FUWD.  Jim and Charlene Malone and I had them about 2 or
3 hundred yards down the little access road, then about 1-2 hundred feet
to the right.
Another note; when you turn south on to Stoddard Cnty Hwy CC, you'll
immediately see rice fields and their associated levees.  Scan down each
these until you get to the FUWD spot.

A ROSEATE SPOONBILL, first reported by Emily Steffans, 30 June, at the
Johnson Grove pond on the north side of Rte. WW (the extension of
Broadway) east of Columbia (Boone Co.) has been seen since, but missed
by many would-be observers.  The last report of a successful search was
2 July, by Lee Schiffel.

Rte. WW has no safe shoulder.  There is a private drive at the west end
of the property (bounded by a white fence).  You may pull into this
drive and park.  Please be very careful not to trespass beyond the drive.

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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