* Missouri
* Statewide
* 05 May, 2005
* MOST0505.05

- Species Mentioned

Hooded Merganser
White-faced Ibis
Black Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
Common Moorhen
American Avocet
Marbled Godwit
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-headed Blackbird

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 05 May, 2005

This is the Thursday, May 5, 2005 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. The report includes birds that are listed as rare, casual, or 
accidental on the 2003 Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds. Species 
that appear in ALL CAPS in the “Species Mentioned” section are listed 
as “casual” or “accidental”. (Note that some birds may be considered 
rare only during a particular season or in a particular part of the 

This week, Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.) continued to produce good 
shorebird habitat and the corresponding birds. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS 
continue to dine on the shorebirds in the refuge. On Wednesday, May 4, 
Larry Lade reported that 11 WHITE-FACED IBIS were present along with 
one GLOSSY IBIS that was first sighted last weekend. The GLOSSY IBIS 
was not reported on Thursday, but Tommie Rogers reported that the 
number of WHITE-FACED IBIS had grown to 20. Also at Squaw Creek on 
Thursday were 12 AMERICAN AVOCETS. Over the weekend, two MARBLED 
GODWITS were reported at Squaw Creek, but on Tuesday, May 3, Frank 
Durbian counted four MARBLED GODWITS during a shorebird survey on the 
refuge. Additionally, Larry Lade spotted one SANDERLING there on 
Wednesday, May 4.

At Bob Brown CA (Holt Co.), Larry Lade recorded one KING RAIL on 
Wednesday, May 4.

Warblers began to reach the northern part of the state this week. At 
Pershing SP (Linn Co.), Peter Kondrashov reported one PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLER. In the Kansas City area, Doug Willis found a singing male 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at the Minor Park tennis courts along Blue 
River Road, south of Red Bridge Road (Jackson Co.) on Tuesday, May 3. 
On Thursday, May 5, Kristi Mayo found one PRAIRIE WARBLER at Watkins 
Mill SP (Clay Co.). This bird was singing on the west side of the main 
road through the park, just past the boat-ramp parking lot.

MISSISSIPPI KITES returned to the state this week. One bird was spotted 
by Paul McKenzie flying over Columbia on Tuesday, May 3.

WESTERN KINGBIRDS also moved into the state this week. In Columbia, 
Jean Leonatti found one sitting on the powerlines in the southwestern 
quadrant of the intersection of Hwy 63 and Hwy 54, near the MFA silos 
in Cedar City on Wednesday, May 4. WESTERN KINGBIRDS have nested in 
this area over the past several years.

At Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.), one male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD 
continued to frequent Pool 4 on Wednesday, May 4, reported Chris 
Merkord. On Tuesday, May 3, a female HOODED MERGANSER was seen by Bill 
Goodge with eight young in tow.

In the St. Louis area, a number of the species reported in the last RBA 
were re-found on Tuesday, May 3. Connie Alwood reported that one 
MARBLED GODWIT was present at the Lincoln Shields area at Riverlands 
Environmental Demonstration Area (REDA) (St. Charles Co.) on Tuesday 
morning. The five AMERICAN AVOCETS were also relocated on Tuesday by 
Alwood and Tina Weyman in Heron Pond and, later, in Ellis Bay across 
from Heron Pond. The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen near the visitors 
center parking lot by Weyman on Tuesday, as well.

One COMMON MOORHEN was seen at Little Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Co.) 
on Wednesday, May 4. George Barker reported that the bird was observed 
from the overlook accessed from the end of Maryland Heights Expressway. 
On Thursday, May 5, Jackie Chain and the WGNSS Thursday birding group 
relocated this bird in the same location.

Also in the St. Louis area, Linda Tossing spotted one BLACK VULTURE 
among other vultures over Eagle Ridge Rd. in the World Bird Sanctuary 
(St. Louis Co.). The sanctuary is located at Hwy 44 and Lone Elk Park, 
above the Chubb Trail.

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 RBA compiler
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