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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 15 December, 2005
* MOST0512.15

- Species Mentioned

Ross’s Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
GREAT EGRET
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Thayer’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
GRAY CATBIRD
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 15 December 2005

This is the Thursday, December 15, 2005 Missouri Rare 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. (This report includes sightings reported between 8 – 15  
December 2005.)

** NOTE: The report includes birds that are listed as rare, casual,  
or accidental on the 2003 Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds (with  
revisions in 2004 and 2005). 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.) The Missouri checklist  
can be accessed at: http://mobirds.org/MBRC/MOChecklist.asp **

NORTHWEST

Following a significant snowfall, Larry Lade found one SNOW BUNTING  
in the company of HORNED LARKS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS, all feeding  
along cleared roads south of Lake Contrary (Buchanan Co.), on  
Thursday, Dec. 8. The bird was not relocated in subsequent days.  
While attempting to relocate this bird, however, Larry Lade saw one  
MERLIN in the same area on Saturday, Dec. 10. On Monday, Dec. 12,  
Larry found one PRAIRIE FALCON perched on top of a silo just south of  
Lake Contrary.

Near Kneib CA (Buchanan Co.), on the south side of Lake Contrary,  
Larry Lade found one NORTHERN SHRIKE on a utility line on Thursday,  
Dec. 15.

On the Squaw Creek CBC (Holt Co.) Wednesday, Dec. 14, birders located  
one GRAY CATBIRD (found by Larry Rizzo and Larry Lade near Big Lake),  
one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, two PILEATED WOODPECKERS, one NORTHERN  
GOSHAWK, one FIELD SPARROW, and one EASTERN TOWHEE.

KANSAS CITY AREA

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Ellen and Jim Zellmer found four TRUMPETER  
SWANS (three adults, one immature) at the south beach area of Lake  
Jacomo (Jackson Co.).

COLUMBIA AREA

An adult female COMMON REDPOLL has been attending the feeders in the  
back yard of Paul and Becky McKenzie (2311 Grandview Dr., Columbia,  
MO 65203; phone: 573-445-3019) since Wednesday, Dec. 14. This bird  
was seen six times between 7:25 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. On  
both days, the bird was not seen after 11 a.m. If going to the  
McKenzie residence, please be sure to ring the doorbell; do not walk  
into be back yard as this could disturb the birds that people are  
inside waiting to see.

Directions: From I-70 take the Stadium Blvd. exit  (Exit #124). Go  
south on Stadium to Broadway. / Go right (west) on Broadway. / When  
Broadway goes up a big hill and turns south you will believe you're  
on the same road but the name will have changed to Scott Blvd. / Go  
south on Scott Blvd.  Chapel Hill will T onto Scott on your left.   
The next right is Gillespie Bridge Rd. / Turn right (west) onto  
Gillespie Bridge Rd. The first left is Mesa.  The second left is  
Kendallwood. Turn left onto Kendallwood. / It is a very short block  
(200 feet or so) to Grandview Circle on your left.  Turn left onto  
Grandview Cir.  The McKenzie home is the second on the right, a  
yellow house with white mailbox and a dirt pile on the driveway.

One immature TUNDRA SWAN, first reported by Harold and Kathleen  
Anderson on Friday, Dec. 2, was still present as of Tuesday, Dec. 13,  
reported Vanessa Melton, Kathleen Anderson, and Sandi Elbert.

ST. LOUIS AREA

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (formerly known as Riverlands  
EDA or REDA) (St. Charles Co.), David Rogles located one first-winter  
GLAUCOUS GULL in Ellis Bay near the observation tower on Thursday,  
Dec. 8. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Charlene Malone reported one second- 
winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and one adult THAYER’S GULL at  
Riverlands.

Swans continue to be observed in numbers at Riverlands, with the  
majority by far being TRUMPETER SWANS (as many as 124 TRUMPETER SWANS  
were reported by David Rogles on Wednesday, Dec. 6). Three TUNDRA  
SWANS were photographed by Mike Thelen on Sunday, Dec. 11.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, several groups of birders saw one LONG-TAILED  
DUCK at Riverlands. The regular PEREGRINE FALCON was perched on the  
Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River.

At Creve Couer Lake (St. Louis Co.), Charlene Malone reported one  
ROSS’S GOOSE mixed in with other geese on Sunday, Dec. 11. John  
Solodar reported two immature ROSS’S GEESE there on Monday, Dec. 12.  
And one WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was observed at Creve Couer Lake on  
Wednesday, Dec. 14 by Torrey Berger.

A single GREAT EGRET continues to hold out at the Sandy Slough at  
Winfield Dam (Lincoln Co.), reported Charlene Malone.

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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