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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 08 July, 2005
* MOST0507.08

- Species Mentioned

Common Loon
American White Pelican
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Swainson’s Hawk
VIRGINIA RAIL
SORA
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Least Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
SWAINSON’S WARBLER
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 08 July, 2005

This is the Friday, July 8, 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  
state.)

KANSAS CITY AREA:

One singing bird that sounds like a SWAINSON’S WARBLER was located by  
Doug Willis on Wednesday, June 29 at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature  
Sanctuary (Clay Co.). On Friday, July 8, Craig Hensley confirmed the  
bird’s song is identical to a SWAINSON’S WARBLER. The bird skulks low  
in the thick bush honeysuckle (behavior consistent with SWAINSON’S  
WARBLER), so there has not yet been visual confirmation of this  
bird’s identity.

SOUTHERN MISSOURI:

On Sunday, July 3, Susan Hazelwood and Vanessa Melton spotted two fly- 
over SWAINSON’S HAWKS and one MISSISSIPPI KITE at Prairie State Park  
(Barton Co.). A naturalist at the state park reported that a pair of  
NORTHERN HARRIERS are possible nesters there this summer.

On Sunday, July 3, Jean Leonatti reported two GREATER ROADRUNNERS  
along the Glade Top Trail auto route (Douglas Co.). These birds were  
not seen at the Caney Picnic area (where they have been reported in  
past years), but instead were along the stretch of road that leads  
into Brownbranch.

Over the holiday weekend, Jeff Nichols and Mary Doud enjoyed a  
singing PAINTED BUNTING on Marten Rd. in Newton Co.

At Ten Mile Pond CA (Mississippi Co.), Brian Hartwig reported one  
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO near the rear parking lot and boat ramp at Pool C  
on Thursday, July 7.

COLUMBIA AREA:

On Friday, July 1, Bill Goodge heard two VIRGINIA RAILS respond to  
played tapes at the northernmost cell of Unit 4 at the City of  
Columbia water-treatment units (Boone Co.). One SORA also responded  
to a tape in the southernmost cell of Unit 4. COMMON MOORHENS were  
vocalizing at Units 1 and 4. At least two AMERICAN COOTS were present  
in the southernmost cell of Unit 4.

One adult LEAST TERN was seen by Chadwick Rittenhouse at Eagle Bluffs  
CA (Boone Co.) on Thursday, July 7.

One SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, first reported last week near Eagle  
Bluffs CA (Boone Co.), was re-spotted by Brian Hartwig in the same  
area on Tuesday, July 5. The bird was seen on the utility wires at  
the turn onto Star School Rd. heading toward the conservation area.

ST. LOUIS AREA:

One COMMON LOON in breeding plumage was seen at Riverlands  
Environmental Demonstration Area (REDA) (St. Charles Co.) on  
Thursday, July 7, by Karen Ballard. The loon was in Ellis Bay across  
from Heron Pond. The bird could not be relocated on Friday.

WESTERN KINGBIRDS were still present at their nest on the utility  
pole in front of the Boeing Plant on Mo Hwy 94 in north St. Charles  
(St. Charles Co.) this week. Three young have been spotted in the  
nest, and as many as three adults have been reported nearby. The most  
recent report came on Friday, July 8 from Shawn Clubb, Jack Cowan,  
and Julie Randle.

After a brief lull in reports, the male PAINTED BUNTING was seen at  
the Weldon Spring access to the Katy Trail (St. Charles Co.) this  
week. Charlene Malone reported the bird was singing in the front  
corner of the sunflower field on the right side, just past the slough.

NORTHERN MISSOURI:

The flock of 34 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS previously reported at the  
Thompson River Wetlands (Livingston Co.) had apparently dwindled to a  
single bird on Wednesday, July 6, reported Steve Kinder. A singing  
BLUE GROSBEAK was still present at the corner near the entrance to  
the area.

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://mobirds.org/membership.html

Kristi Mayo
Missouri RBA compiler
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