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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 31 January, 2006
* MOST0601.31

- Species Mentioned

Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan (possible)
Hooded Merganser
Red-shouldered Hawk
FERRUGINOUS HAWK
American Coot
GLAUCOUS GULL
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Shrike
Winter Wren
Harris’s Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Western Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 31 January 2006

This is the Monday, January 31, 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 **

The northwestern part of the state was the hotspot this week.  
Highlights for this report include a FERRUGINOUS HAWK (accidental  
winter resident), a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS (rare winter residents),  
and a NORTHERN SHRIKE (rare winter resident) in the Northwest … and a  
continuing GLAUCOUS GULL (casual away from the Mississippi in winter)  
in the Kansas City area.

ST. LOUIS AREA

At August A Busch Memorial CA (St. Charles Co.), Joe Eades found one  
HARRIS’S SPARROW near Lake 6 on Sunday, Jan. 29. Directions: Go to  
the end of Lake 6 where the small stream has washed out the road  
repeatedly and where a new culvert was recently installed. There are  
three steel fence posts with hunter-orange tape on them that will  
lead you to the brushy pile where the bird was hanging out.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Nick Barber relocated approximately 10 WESTERN  
MEADOWLARKS at the Weldon Spring Katy Trail access (St. Charles Co.),  
first reported on Jan. 22.

SOUTHEAST

A juvenile female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is continuing to feed at the  
home of Clinton Roberts in Farmington (St. Francois Co.) as of  
Friday, Jan. 27. Anyone wishing to see the bird can call Bob Lewis at  
573-756-5484, or e-mail him at: [log in to unmask]

COLUMBIA AREA

Two immature swans continue to be seen at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone  
Co.), reported Edge Wade on Monday, Jan. 30. One of the swans is  
being reported as an immature TRUMPETER SWAN, while the other  
reported as a possible TUNDRA SWAN. Two un-banded adult MUTE SWANS  
are also in the area.

KANSAS CITY AREA

One of two juvenile GLAUCOUS GULLS first reported on Jan. 16 was  
still present at the Camp Branch Marina at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.)  
on Saturday, Jan. 28, reported Bob Fisher.

NORTHWEST

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Frances Cramer reported five SNOW BUNTINGS at  
the Mozingo Lake (Nodaway Co.) campground area. These are the same  
birds first located by David Easterla on Dec. 16, 2005. Since  
Thursday, a number of birders have followed up on the report, with  
the last confirmation of these birds came from Peter Kondrashov on  
Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Also, while looking for the SNOW BUNTINGS at Mozingo Lake on Sunday,  
Jan. 29, Nancy Leo, Helen Hewins, Pat St. John, Laurie Kosmiski, and  
Lisa Weeks observed an immature FERRUGINOUS HAWK feeding on a kill  
near one of the campgrounds. After observing the bird for more than  
two minutes at about 50 feet, the bird flew off with the remains of  
its kill and was not relocated.

At Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.) this week, birders reported the  
continuing 13 TRUMPETER SWANS, HOODED MERGANSERS, about 30 AMERICAN  
COOTS, a MERLIN, an immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a BELTED  
KINGFISHER, a WINTER WREN, and about 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, Kyle Driggers spotted one NORTHERN SHRIKE just  
west of the town of Skidmore on Hwy DD, about 4/10-mile west of the  
Nodaway River (Nodaway Co.). Previous reports would suggest that the  
same bird has used this exact location as a winter territory for  
several years in a row.

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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