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Missouri
Statewide
August 31, 2003
MOST 31.08.03

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 31 August, 2003

Species in this alert:
LEAST BITTERN
Great Egret
YELLOW RAIL
Sora
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN AVOCET
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs,
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
peeps
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
both Dowitcher sp.
Wilsonís Snipe
Common Nighthawk
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Tennessee Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Mourning Warbler
Wilsonís Warbler
Canada Warbler

This is the Saturday August 31, 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.

Common Nighthawks have been reported in large numbers across the state
as they begin their journey south.  Mississippi Kite fly-overs are being
reported, especially near St. Louis.  Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are
being seen in large numbers at feeders.

Although unlikely to be seen often in this alert, it should be noted
that ROCK DOVES are now known as ROCK PIGEONS.  This change brings
American terminology into compliance with the rest of the English
speaking world, at least for this bird.

Joe Eades and Josh Uffman began Saturday at Clarence Cannon NWR (Pike
Co.)  Highlights included: 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 WILSON'S SNIPE,
BAIRDíS SANDPIPER, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 8 Sora, 2 American Bittern,
1 Least Bittern, 1 Marsh Wren, and many Sedge Wren's heard.

At Winfield Lock and Dam they found 6 Semipalmated Plover, 12 Stilt
Sandpipers, 3 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 1 BARIDíS SANDPIPER, and 5 Dowitcher
Sp.

Charlene Malone observed 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER at the Emerald View Sod
Farm.  It was seen about a mile down Peroque Creek Road.   The bird was
gone within 1.5 hours, when 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were there.
A male CANADA Warbler was in the hedge row that runs along Pereque
Creek Road.  SEDGE WRENS were nearby.  Peroque Creek Road is on the east
side of Hwy. 79.  In St. Charles Co., go a few miles North of I-70 on
Hwy 79 turn right onto Peroque Creek Road.

David Becher reported that the Saturday WGNSS group had an AMERICAN
AVOCET at Heron Pond at Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area in
St. Charles Co at about 1:30 Saturday.  Two Caspian Terns were seen.

At Forest Park the the group found Tennessee Warbler and American
Redstart and several other birds that could not be positively identified
in quick views in poor light.  At Tower Grove Park the birds were
similar to those reported the last few days by Nick Barber, Sherry
McCowan and others.  Two Canada Warblers (male and female),
Chestnut-sided, Black and White, Redstart, Northern Parula, and Great
Crested Flycatcher.

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS remained at Sunshine Lake (Ray Co.) as
of 3:00 Friday, August 29. They were in the water, bathing and staying
cool, reported Kristi Mayo.  Also present were Spotted, Least,
Semipalmated, Western, Baird's, Stilt, and Pectoral Sandpipers;
Sanderlings; Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs; Killdeer and Semipalmated
Plovers.

On the campus of Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph (Buchanan
Co.), Jack Hilsabeck had to call for help to keep up with the birds he
found in his two mist nets Saturday.  Among the netted and banded were:
Red-eyed Vireo (5), Mourning Warbler (2), Yellow Warbler (1),
Black-and-white Warbler (2), Wilson's Warbler (6), Nashville Warbler
(1), Chestnut-sided Warbler (3), Least Flycatcher (1), Empidonax
flycatcher (6).

Thursday, August 28, Larry Lade birded Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.  At
Cattail Pool two adult SANDHILL CRANES flew over him, heading east.
They have been known to be on the refuge all summer but are not usually
seen from the road.  Nesting has NOT been recorded.  Larry reports no
shorebird habitat on the refuge observable from the auto tour loop.  As
he walked the track out to Eagle Point Observation Tower he saw five
LEAST BITTERNS and heard five more.

Steve Kinder found 5 LEAST BITTERNS in a small pool of water--about all
that's left in Swan Lake Pool at Swan Lake NWR, Chariton Co.  6 Green
Herons and 7 River Otters were in the small amount of water. John
Guthrie, manager, saw a YELLOW RAIL while mowing a levee Thursday,
August 28.

Steve counted 150 Great Egrets at Pershing State Park.

Saturday, August 30, Harold and Kathleen found Chestnut-sided and Black-
and-white Warblers on the Bear Creek Trail, near the Creasy Springs
entrance, going West.  At Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, south of
Columbia, Edge Wade watched three Canada Warblers, two Black-and-white,
one American Redstart and one Wilsonís.

Kathleen reported at least 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Evergreen
Sod Farm on US 40 in Howard Co., Saturday.  The east-west portion of the
road is open.  Turn left onto it and look to the right for the birds.

Jean Leonatti reports shorebirds continue to be present at Eagle Bluffs
CA, Boone Co.,  in Pool 2.  Friday evening there were Great and Snowy
Egrets, Wilson's Snipe, Short-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpipers, Least
and Pectoral
Sandpipers, and Yellowlegs sp.  Saturday afternoon all were still
present except the Snipe and Egrets.

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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