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Missouri
Statewide
1 November, 2003
MOST 01.11.03  9:20 p.m.

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Edge Wade
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Compiled 1 November, 2003

Species included in this alert:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Dunlin
Sandhill Crane

This is the Saturday, November 1, 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.

Participants on the Columbia Audubon Society field trip to Thomas Hill
Reservoir, Randolph and Macon Cos., had a spectacular day.  Thomas
Hillís reputation for occasionally hosting some great birds was
enhanced. One RED-NECKED GREBE associating with 3 Common Loons was
observed at 12:00 p.m. on the south side of the eastern causeway over
the lake on Rt. T (the area of the boat ramp), possibly having joined
the 3 loons reported earlier by Kim March.  The 4 birds were last seen
cruising downlake toward the primitive campground off Glider.

At 12:30 p.m. two BLACK SCOTERS were observed from the vantage point at
the end of Gaslight Place, looking back south toward the causeway.  To
reach the Gaslight Place site, from Rt. T about a half mile west of the
causeway, turn north onto Golden.  Take Golden north to Gaslight Place
on the right.  Follow it to the end.

Earlier in the day, two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at great distance from
the former Warbritten Campground further to the south on the lake.
Numerous Bonaparteís Gulls were about; several Common Loons were seen.
No other grebes were found.

Two reports of two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS found at Riverlands
Demonstration Area, St. Charles Co., David Becher, reporting on a WGNSS
field trip, and Charlene Malone relaying for Dave Rogles, indicate the
birds were seen at about 7:15 a.m. and at 8, not not when looked for at
3 p.m.  The location (in the Rogles report):  associating with scaup at
the end of the upstream lock wall.

Fellows Lake, Greene Co., was checked on by Bob and Dorothy Thurman this
morning (Nov.1).   Dorothy reports 5 winter plumaged Dunlin )one still
had some black blotches on its belly) off to the right of the
fisherman's dock on the east side of the lake. Six Semipalmated
Sandpipers were on mudflats up the creek in that area. Up the west side
of the lake they saw 4 Common Loons, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 1 HORNED
GREBE, and about 50 Gadwall and 25 Lesser Scaup.

Bob Fisher reported four goose species present at Smithville Reservoir,
Clay Co.  Common Loons were seen and an unidentified loon, apparently
more like a Pacific or Red-throated than a Common, was near the dam.

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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