* Missouri
* Statewide
* 04 Oct, 2004
* MOST0410.04

- Species Mentioned

Red-throated Loon
White-faced Ibis
Northern Goshawk
Laughing Gull
Rufous Hummingbird
Nelsonís Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler and Transcriber:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 04 Oct, 2004

This is the Monday, October 04, 2004 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 of a bird walk in Swope Park (Jackson Co.) led by Mark
McKellar were treated to good looks at a soaring NORTHERN GOSHAWK on
Saturday, October 2. The bird was last seen gaining altitude and
heading south.

An apparent RED-THROATED LOON was observed by Connie Alwood and Tom
Bormann at the Lincoln Shields area of Riverlands Environmental
Demonstration Area (REDA) (St. Charles Co.) on Saturday, October 2.
This bird could not be relocated after the initial observation.

A second-winter LAUGHING GULL was spotted by Jim Malone Sunday evening,
October 3, at REDA (St. Charles Co.). It was in the company of a single
Franklinís Gull.

On the west side of the state, WHITE-FACED IBIS have been reported in
two different locations. At Schell-Osage CA (Vernon Co.), Saturday,
October 2, Bob Fisher reported an adult White-faced Ibis in the Evelyn
Johnson Shorebird Marsh. The following day, Doug Willis and Kristi Mayo
found a juvenile dark ibis in the same area. Also on Sunday, October 3,
Tommie Rogers, Edge Wade, and Peter Kondrashov found four WHITE-FACED
IBIS at Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.).

NELSONíS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS are being sighted in several locations
across the state. Steve Kinder and Kristi Mayo relocated one Nelsonís
Sharp-tailed Sparrow at the Thompson River Wetlands (Livingston Co.) on
Saturday, October 2. That same day, Mike Brady turned up a couple
sharp-tailed sparrows during an extensive hike at Little Creve Coeur
Marsh (St. Louis Co.).

An adult male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been feeding regularly at a feeder
in St. Louis Co. The last positive report of this bird was on Sunday,
October 3. Visitors are welcome to look for the bird under some VERY
specific conditions (see details, posted by John and Nancy Solodar,
below). Please respect the wishes of the homeowners:


Viewing time allowed is 11:00 AM - dusk Monday, Oct 4 - Friday, Oct 8.
Please do not come at any other time.  The bird tends not to feed until
the feeder is in sunlight, which is about 11:00 AM.  Some of the best
times have been 4:30 - 6:00 PM.

Park on the street in front of the house. Walk down the driveway on the
right side of the house.  Look to your left at the end of the driveway
and you will see a hummingbird feeder against the kitchen window.
Although you could watch the feeder from the end of the driveway,
Janice says that the bird is very skittish and will not come to the
feeder when someone is under one of the trees in which it normally
perches.   Therefore, you are invited to observe from the porch which
is accessed by walking past the feeder to the porch door. Standing at
least 1/3 of the way into the porch will encourage the bird to come to
the feeder.

It tends to perch in a bare area in the sugar maple closest to the
feeder and visible from the porch.   I have seen it go into the amur
maple at the end of the driveway, and Janice tells me that it will also
perch on some of the slender trees to the west of the porch, near the
other hummingbird feeder where it does not normally feed.

HOMEOWNERS:  Janice and Gary Weil


DIRECTIONS:  From the Highway 40 (I-64) exit at Ballas Rd (east of the
I-270 interchange) go north one traffic light to Conway Rd.   Go west
on Conway about a mile and turn left onto Conway Wold Byway. Number 409
is the second house on the right with a mailbox posted with the number
in front.

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:

Kristi Mayo
Missouri Bird Alert compiler
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