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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 06 January, 2006
* MOST0601.06

- Species Mentioned

Greater White-fronted Goose
Ross’s Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Redhead
Canvasback
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-shouldered Hawk
Merlin
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
Greater Roadrunner
Rufous Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 06 January 2006

This is the Friday, January 6, 2006 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.

** 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 **

This Missouri Rare Bird Alert is highlighted by a TOWNSEND’S  
SOLITAIRE in the St. Louis area (accidental in the east) … a first- 
winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Macon City Lake (accidental away  
from the Mississippi River) … and a GLAUCOUS GULL at Smithville Lake  
(casual away from the Mississippi River). Also, a number of waterfowl  
listed as rare in the winter are lingering on open bodies of water  
due to the unusually mild weather that has persisted since well  
before Christmas.

ST. LOUIS AREA

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, discovered by Anne McCormack on Friday, Dec.  
30, 2005, continues to be seen on the St. Louis Community College  
Meramec campus in Kirkwood (St. Louis Co.). To reach The Meramec  
campus (which is bordered by Couch Ave. on the west, Big Bend on the  
south, and Geyer Rd. on the east): From the Interstate 270/44  
interchange, take Interstate 44 east and exit at Watson Rd.  The  
first stoplight is Geyer Rd. Turn left (north); this will take you by  
the entrance to Powder Valley Nature Center.  Keep going north to Big  
Bend. Turn left on Big Bend, then right on Couch. The bird has been  
seen around the quadrangle between the theater and the student  
center, as well as on the north side of the buildings near the  
parking lot.

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (St. Charles Co.), Bob Bailey  
reported one adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Monday, Jan. 2. This  
bird was also seen by Dave Rogles on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Also observed  
were eight ROSS’S GEESE and two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Teal  
Pond, and Billy Jon Boesch reported three BUFFLEHEADS and three  
REDHEADS in the area on Thursday, Jan. 5. TRUMPETER SWANS also  
continue to be seen there.

One adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL is also being seen at the My River  
Home Marina near the shrine in Portage Des Sioux (St. Charles Co.).  
The bird was reported on Wednesday, Jan. 4 by Charlene Malone, and  
was seen again on Thursday, Jan. 5 by Billy Jon Boesch.

Four ROSS’S GEESE were spotted by Nick Barber on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at  
the driving range along Creve Coeur Mill Rd. (St. Louis Co.).

At Little Creve Coeur Marsh (St. Louis Co.), Mike Brady found one  
MARSH WREN in cattails near the south end of the marsh on Tuesday,  
Jan. 3.

SOUTHEAST

A juvenile female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is continuing to feed at the  
home of Clinton Roberts in Farmington (St. Francois Co.). Anyone  
wishing to see the bird can call Bob Lewis at 573-756-5484, or e-mail  
him at: [log in to unmask]

SOUTHWEST

A GREATER ROADRUNNER has been seen off and on at the Missouri  
Department of Conservation (MDC) Regional Office in northeastern  
Springfield (Greene Co.), reported Charley Burwick. The bird has  
recently been seen at a picnic area next to some office trailers that  
are in place while construction is underway in the MDC building.  
Directions to the MDC Regional Office: Exit US Hwy 65 at Kearney St.  
and go west one block to the traffic light on Mayfair. Go north on  
Mayfair for about two blocks. The MDC Regional Office is on the  
right. Because of construction, parking availability in the office  
parking lot may be limited at certain times.

An additional southwestern Missouri GREATER ROADRUNNER was recorded  
on the Taney County CBC Sunday, Jan. 1. This bird was located on  
Purvis Lane (Taney Co.). To reach this road, go south on US Hwy 65,  
past the town of Hollister, to Fruit Farm Rd. Go east on Fruit Farm  
Rd. until it forks into Purvis Lane. Follow Purvis Lane to a sharp  
hairpin turn. The roadrunner was seen in this general area. (The  
waypoint is N36.3619.2 W93.1246.0)

COLUMBIA AREA

On Thursday, Jan. 5, a group visiting Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.),  
led by Denny Donnell, observed a number of lingering waterfowl,  
including a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, one CANVASBACK, a female  
BUFFLEHEAD, and one PIED-BILLED GREBE. An immature TRUMPETER SWAN  
continues to be seen there.

KANSAS CITY AREA

A juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL, first found on Dec. 16, continues to be  
seen at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.). On Sunday, Jan. 1, the bird was  
observed by Kristi Mayo on the ice north of the eastern W Hwy bridge  
over the lake (between Eastern and Fightmaster roads). On Tuesday,  
Jan. 3, Kyle Driggers found the bird at the Little Platte Marina. The  
gull has also been seen in the past at Camp Branch Marina, and may be  
splitting its time between these and other areas on the lake. Also at  
Smithville Lake, one immature DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT has been  
frequenting the Little Platte Marina area.

At Burr Oak Woods CA (Jackson Co.) on Sunday, Jan. 1, Jim and Ellen  
Zellmer found three LE CONTE’S SPARROWS and two MARSH WRENS on Strode  
Rd.

Also on Sunday, Jan. 1, Jim and Ellen Zellmer found one HOODED  
MERGANSER at Lake Jacomo (Jackson Co.).

On Monday, Jan. 2, one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and two BROWN THRASHERS  
were observed by Doug Willis at the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature  
Sanctuary in Liberty (Clay Co.).

NORTHWEST

At Lake Contrary (Buchanan Co.) on Thursday, Jan. 5, Larry Lade found  
two lingering (or early returning) RUDDY DUCKS. A single NORTHERN  
MOCKINGBIRD was observed at nearby Muskrat Lake.

Twelve TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be seen by a number of birders at  
Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.). Four RUDDY DUCKS, one MERLIN, one WINTER  
WREN, two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and one RUSTY BLACKBIRD (all  
listed as rare in the north during winter) were reported there on  
Tuesday, Jan. 3 by Tommie Rogers. Please note that the refuge will be  
closed for a deer hunt Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8.

NORTHEAST

One first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported by Anne  
Downing on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Macon City Lake (Macon Co.). Also at  
Macon City Lake: 22 HOODED MERGANSERS and one REDHEAD (both listed as  
rare in the winter).

Also on Sunday, Jan. 1, Anne Downing found one PIED-BILLED GREBE and  
one DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT holding out at nearby Long Branch Lake  
(Macon 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: http://mobirds.org/membership.html

Kristi Mayo
Missouri RBA compiler
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