* Missouri
* Statewide
* 13 May, 2005
* MOST0505.13

- Species Mentioned

Peregrine Falcon
Common Moorhen
American Avocet
Red-necked Phalarope
Yellow-throated Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Painted Bunting

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 13 May, 2005

This is the Friday, May 13, 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  

A LAZULI BUNTING has returned to the home of Evonne and Wilbur Wright  
in extreme southern Atchison County. The bird was seen entering the  
yard Sunday morning, May 8, before 8 a.m. Several people have  
reported this bird during the week, with the latest report coming  
from Tim Barksdale, who saw the LAZULI BUNTING at 6:28 p.m. on  
Thursday, May 12.

For several years, the Wrights have hosted a LAZULI BUNTING for a few  
days in early May, but one was not seen last year. In the past, the  
bird has stayed for 5 or 6 days.

To get to the Wright home (coming from the south):

 From Craig, MO off I-29, take 59 highway north for 4 mi. Turn west  
(left) on Rd 105, (Sharps Grove U.M. Church sign) and go 1 mile. Go  
south (left)1/2 mi. on Candle Rd and make a right turn. Go 1/2 mile,  
turn right and go 1 mile to Boulder.  At the 'T' intersection turn  
right and go 1/4 mile on Onyx to the home of Evonne and Wilbur  
Wright.  The American flag will be flying on the hill between the  
driveways.  Turn in the second driveway and park.  If they are not  
home, go quietly to the patio at the southwest corner of the house  
(the feeder area is on the west). If they are home they will probably  
invite you to come into the sun porch to view the feeders.

In nearby Holt County, Doug Willis reported one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE  
on Wednesday, May 11 in the flooded fields at the northwest corner of  
the intersection of I-29 and MO 118 (Mound City exit).

One AMERICAN AVOCET was reported by Ryan Douglas and Phil Wire at  
Swan Lake NWR (Chariton Co.) on Monday, May 9.

In the Kansas City area, some unusual warblers made appearances in  
various venues. On Thursday, May 12, one CONNECTICUT WARBLER was  
located by Mick McHugh in Kansas City (Jackson Co.) at 66th and  
Wyoming (between Ward Parkway and State Line Rd). The bird was  
singing near the south end of a heavily overgrown area on the creek.  
A number of birders tried to relocate this bird a couple hours later  
with no success.

Also in Kansas City, one PRAIRIE WARBLER was spotted by Laurie  
Kosmiski and a number of other birders on Sunday, May 8 in the  
parking lot of the Minor Park Tennis Court. This area is near Holmes  
and Red Bridge Rd. (Jackson Co.)

At Watkins Mill SP (Clay Co.) this week, Steve Dillinger reported one  
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER on Saturday, May 7 singing south of the  
picnic shelter; and a HOODED WARBLER on Tuesday, May 10 singing east  
of the solar-powered toilet. Both birds were in the area marked  
“Watkins Mill Picnic Shelter Area”. Also at Watkins Mill, Terry  
Miller and his college zoology class watched on Friday, May 6, as one  
PEREGRINE FALCON took a shorebird from the muddy shoreline of the lake.

Kyle Driggers covered Cooley Lake CA (Clay Co.) this week and was  
rewarded with a number of good finds. On Thursday, May 12, Kyle  
located one GLOSSY IBIS in the far north pool, easily seen from the  
viewing platform. Also on Thursday, Kyle heard one COMMON MOORHEN  
vocalizing from the marsh. On Tuesday, May 10, six SANDERLINGS were  
present at Cooley Lake.

More COMMON MOORHENS were spotted at the Columbia Wetland Unit #1,  
near the Katy Trail SP McBaine access (Boone Co.), on Monday, May 9.  
Jean Leonatti reported that the birds were seen in the fourth cell  
over from the Katy Trail.

In the St. Louis area, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was spotted by Wally  
George on Thursday, May 12 at the Shaw Nature Preserve (Franklin  
Co.). This bird was just behind the Trail House, about 25 feet down  
in the Wildflower Trail.

A male PAINTED BUNTING has returned apparently to spend another  
summer at the Katy Trail SP Weldon Spring access (St. Charles Co.).  
Charlene Malone reported this bird was present at about 8:30 a.m. on  
Thursday, May 12. Directions (from St. Louis county): Take Hwy 40/64  
west over the Daniel Boone Bridge/MO River to the intersection of Hwy  
94 & Hwy 40/64. Turn left and follow Hwy 94 south about 1.2 miles to  
the stoplight at the intersection of Hwy 94 & "D". Continue south on  
Hwy 94 about 3.9 miles to the Weldon Springs Public Access area on  
the left side of the road. PLEASE NOTE: After the St. Charles Water  
Works area (fenced in area with blue signs) start looking in the next  
"S curve" for a road sign for bicycles and 0.1 miles sign warning you  
of this area. It will come up on you quickly and traffic can be heavy  
with lots of FAST moving dump trucks and other vehicles. Turn left  
here and go down this gravel road to the parking lot for the Katy  
Trail State Park. The bird was hanging out in the vegetation around  
the slough, but came to two of it's "usual perches" on the small  
crooked tree on the left side of the causeway and then to a MDC  
little brown roof-topped sign. He then ventured to the road to pick  
up grit.

In the south, another report of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS: On  
Wednesday, May 11, David Blevins watched as six BLACK-BELLIED  
WHISTLING-DUCKS flew in to land at Close Park in Springfield (Greene  
Co.). Shortly thereafter they were flushed once and then a second  
time by a runner and they finally flew to the east. They did not  
return while he was watching.

PAINTED BUNTINGS returned in force to the southwestern part of the  
state this week. Nancy Rochovansky watched one female PAINTED BUNTING  
at her feeders in Shell Knob (Barry Co.) on Monday, May 9. On Sunday,  
May 8, Lisa Berger heard three PAINTED BUNTINGS singing at the  
Willard Conco plant (Greene Co.).

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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