* Missouri
* Statewide
* 03 June, 2005
* MOST0506.03

- Species Mentioned

Long-tailed Duck
White-faced Ibis
Mississippi Kite
Common Moorhen
American Avocet
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Least Tern
Greater Roadrunner
Western Kingbird
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Bachman’s Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Painted Bunting

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 03 June, 2005

This is the Friday, June 3, 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  

During the last two “official” weeks of spring migration, numbers of  
rare-bird reports have slowed to a trickle. This report covers the  
period from May 20 through June 3.


On Friday, May 20, Evonne Wright reported that there were a total of  
two male LAZULI BUNTINGS present at her home (Atchison Co.). These  
birds, first reported on May 8, apparently departed on or around May 23.

A flock of 12 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen by Kristi Mayo and Chris  
Brown on Saturday, May 21, in a flooded field northwest of the I-29  
Mound City Hwy 118 exit (Holt Co.).

On Sunday, May 29, Tommie Rogers spotted one MISSISSIPPI KITE soaring  
overhead near Mound City (Holt Co.).

One rather late male LONG-TAILED DUCK was discovered by Larry Lade in  
the lake near the Rosecrans Airport (Buchanan Co.) on Saturday, May 28.

Careful monitoring of the relatively new Thompson River Wetlands near  
Chillicothe (Livingston Co.) has produced some good finds. On Friday,  
May 20, Steve Kinder reported one AMERICAN AVOCET at this location.  
On Wednesday, May 25, Doris Fitchett found one COMMON MOORHEN at the  
wetlands. This bird continued to be seen through Sunday, May 29. On  
Thursday, May 26, four RUDDY TURNSTONES were reported by Doris Fitchett.

Nearby, at a private wetland north of US Hwy 36 near Medicine Creek  
(Livingston Co.), Steve Kinder found one LEAST TERN on Saturday, May  
28. The bird was not relocated in subsequent days.

At Swan Lake NWR (Chariton Co.) on Saturday, May 28, Steve Kinder saw  

On Wednesday, May 25, Chris Brown came upon one PEREGRINE FALCON  
soaring overhead south of Plattsburg (Clinton Co.).


On Monday, May 30, Kristi Mayo saw four MISSISSIPPI KITES flying over  
Settle’s Ford CA (Cass Co.).


With a number of birders regularly checking the area, Eagle Bluffs CA  
(Boone Co.) produced some good finds over the last couple of weeks.  
On Tuesday, May 24, Jean Leonatti found one HUDSONIAN GODWIT in Pool  
4 of Eagle Bluffs. One RUDDY TURNSTONE was found on Friday, May 27 by  
Harold and Kathleen Anderson. This bird was still present on  
Saturday, May 28, reported Paul McKenzie. On Sunday, May 29, ten  
WHIMBRELS stopped by Eagle Bluffs long enough to be seen by Heather  
Clenin before they apparently flew out of the area. Finally, on  
Wednesday, June 1, Mike Warnock spotted one MISSISSIPPI KITE soaring  
over Pool 15 at Eagle Bluffs CA.

In the nearby Columbia Water-treatment Wetland Unit #1 (Boone Co.),  
Harold and Kathleen Anderson found one COMMON MOORHEN in the third  
pool going east from the Katy Trail on Saturday, May 28.

On Saturday, May 21, Chris Corben added a new bird to his yard list  
when one MISSISSIPPI KITE flew over his home near Paris and College  
roads in Columbia (Boone Co.).

Brad Jacobs reported on Sunday, May 29 that one WESTERN KINGBIRD was  
present at the south entrance to the Columbia Fair Grounds (Boone Co.).


A number of rare birds were reported from Riverlands Environmental  
Demonstration Area (REDA) (St. Charles Co.) during the waning days of  
shorebird migration. On Friday, May 20, Charlene Malone and Dave  
Rogles briefly spotted two HUDSONIAN GODWITS stopping over at REDA.  
Also on Friday, Dave Rogles found one male RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in  
Heron Pond at REDA. This bird was seen by many other observers  
through Wednesday, May 25. On Tuesday, May 24, Josh Uffman got a look  
at one WHIMBREL at REDA shortly before it disappeared upriver. And on  
Sunday, May 29, Dave Rogles reported one LEAST TERN in Ellis Bay at  

CONNECTICUT WARBLERS made appearances (or at least vocalized) in two  
different St. Louis-area locations. On Saturday, May 21, Mike Brady  
heard one singing enthusiastically along the Bluff Trail at  
Castlewood SP (St. Louis Co.). This bird was relocated on May 22 by  
Rad Widmer. A second CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported by Bill Rowe at  
Emmenegger Park (St. Louis Co.) on Sunday, May 29.

On Saturday, May 21, Joe Eades and Josh Uffman found two COMMON  
MOORHENS at Little Creve Coeur Marsh (St. Louis Co.).

The one male PAINTED BUNTING was still on territory at the Weldon  
Spring access to the Katy Trail (St. Charles Co.) through the end of  
the month. The last report of this bird came from Gail Ahumada on  
Monday, May 30. In this same area, Gail also found one CLAY-COLORED  

At B.K. Leach CA (Lincoln Co.), Scott Schuette reported one NELSON’S  
SHARP-TAILED SPARROW on Wednesday, May 25 and again on Sunday, May 29.


Paul McKenzie passed along some interesting observations from Taney  
County in southern Missouri. On Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24,  
he spent time at the Ozark Underground Laboratory, private property  
that includes a large restored glade. At the glade, McKenzie found  
BACHMAN’S SPARROW, five PAINTED BUNTINGS, and had a look at one  
GREATER ROADRUNNER. For more information on birding this area, call  
the landowners, Tom and Cathy Aley at 417-785-4289.

Near the Greer Crossing Recreation Area (Oregon Co.), a group of  
birders from Springfield, Kansas City, and St. Louis searched for and  
found at least one SWAINSON’S WARBLER on territory on Saturday, May  
21. At the nearby Falling Spring area, Lisa Berger, Charley Burwick,  
and others found one female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

On Friday, May 20, Mark Mittleman reported 20 LEAST TERNS at Ten Mile  
Pond CA (Mississippi 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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