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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 10 February, 2006
* MOST0602.10

- Species Mentioned

Greater White-fronted Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Canvasback
Redhead
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
American White Pelican
GREAT EGRET
BLACK VULTURE
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
Merlin
VIRGINIA RAIL
American Coot
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
FRANKLIN’S GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
INCA DOVE
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Winter Wren
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
Hermit Thrush
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Eastern Towhee
Harris’s Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Purple Finch


Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Compiled 10 February 2006

This is the Friday, February 10, 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 **

Highlights for this report include an INCA DOVE (accidental winter  
visitor) in the southwest … a GREAT EGRET (casual winter visitor) in  
the southwest … an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (casual winter visitor) in  
the southwest … a VIRGINIA RAIL (accidental winter visitor) in the  
Columbia area … BLACK VULTURES in the St. Louis area (accidental  
outside of the extreme southern part of the state) … at least the  
third FRANKLIN’S GULL (accidental winter visitor) for Missouri this  
winter in full breeding plumage in the St. Louis area … a continuing  
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (accidental outside of the northwest) in the St.  
Louis area … a SWAINSON’S THRUSH (no previous winter records) in the  
St. Louis area … and two continuing GLAUCOUS GULLS (casual away from  
the Mississippi in winter) in the Kansas City area.

ST. LOUIS AREA

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Billyjon Boesch observed eight BLACK VULTURES  
flying to roost among TURKEY VULTURES near St. Genevieve (St.  
Genevieve Co.). They were seen around 4:20 p.m. These birds were  
first reported on Jan. 14. Directions courtesy of Jim Malone: 1) Take  
I-55 South from I-270 near the Jefferson Barracks bridge. 2) Go South  
on I-55 to Highway O (exit # 154). 3) Take Highway O South about 2  
miles to the gated community of Grey Hawk something (formerly Rocky  
Ridge). 4) Park outside of the fence on the gravel area South of the  
gate. 5) Face away from the gate and watch the vultures move over the  
ridge to roost behind you. 6) Time your arrival to be in place by  
about 3:30 p.m. Stay until near dark. 7) The birds will be moving  
over the ridge above and to either side of you. 8) Be patient. Please  
note: This is a private area, so please do not go beyond the gated  
area/security house and stay out of people's way.

At Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Co.) on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Jeff Wright  
reported one male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER present along with one male  
HOODED MERGANSER.

At August A Busch Memorial CA (St. Charles Co.), one HARRIS’S SPARROW  
continued to be seen throughout the week. The bird has been reported  
near the southern, swampy end of Lake 6. 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. The last report of this  
bird came from Brian Hartwig who photographed the bird on Friday,  
Feb. 3.

A flock of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, first reported on Jan. 22, continued  
to be seen this week at the Weldon Spring Katy Trail access (St.  
Charles Co.). On Thursday, Feb. 2, Billyjon Boesch reported 22  
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS there.

Brad Jacobs passed along a report of a SWAINSON’S THRUSH at Howell  
Island CA (St. Charles Co.) on Thursday, Feb. 2. The bird was seen  
between mile-markers 5 and 6 on the Centaur Chute Trail, to the right  
after the bride to the island.

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (St. Charles Co.), Dave Rogles  
found one FRANKLIN’S GULL in alternate plumage and 121 TRUMPETER  
SWANS on Sunday, Feb. 5. Later that evening, Jim and Charlene Malone  
observed one adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL there. On Wednesday, Feb.  
8, Connie Alwood reported one MERLIN perched on a pump wheel on the  
right side of Confluence Rd., 0.06 mile from the entrace to the Ed  
and Pat Jones SP adjacent to Riverlands. On Thursday, Feb. 9,  
Billyjon Boesch reported BUFFLEHEAD, REDHEAD, TUNDRA SWAN, TRUMPETER  
SWANS, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Riverlands.

GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES continued this week at the intersection of  
Seeberger, Church, and Dwyer roads (off Hwy B on the way to Alton  
from St. Charles City) (St. Charles Co.). On Thursday, Feb. 9,  
Billyjon Boesch found two BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS among the GREAT-TAILED  
GRACKLES there.


A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, discovered by Anne McCormack on Dec. 30,  
2005, continued to be seen on the St. Louis Community College Meramec  
campus in Kirkwood (St. Louis Co.) this week. The last report  
regarding this bird came from Dan Curran who saw the bird as it flew  
into the viburnum bush to roost at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  
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. It favors a pear tree and a planting of  
viburnum. A campus map can be obtained at: http://www.stlcc.cc.mo.us/ 
mc/map (Look for the bird’s favorite roosting bush between the  
buildings marked SC and TH on this map.)

SOUTHEAST

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Mike Doyen spotted one MERLIN over US Hwy 63  
about one mile north of Freeburg (Osage Co.).

SOUTHWEST

An INCA DOVE was reported on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Springfield  
Conservation Nature Center (Greene Co.). It was still being seen on  
Friday, Feb. 10. The bird has apparently been visiting the center’s  
feeders for about one week, and has also been seen sitting on parked  
cars near the feeders. A window near the fireplace inside the nature  
center affords a good view of the parking area that the bird  
frequents. The feeders can also be observed from the viewing room  
inside. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center near Lake  
Springfield is located at 4600 S Chrisman in southeast Springfield,  
just west of US-65 off the James River Freeway (US Hwy 60).

One GREAT EGRET, reported by Greg Swick at Lake Springfield (Greene  
Co.) on Saturday, Feb. 4, was still present on Friday, Feb. 10,  
reported Eric Schuette. Also on Friday, Eric reported one ORANGE- 
CROWNED WARBLER and two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. On Sunday, Feb. 5,  
Eric Schuette found one WILSON’S SNIPE and one EASTERN TOWHEE near  
the lake.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Dave Dunklee reported more than 150 AMERICAN  
WHITE-PELICANS had arrived on Mill Creek off the Gravois Arm of Lake  
of the Ozarks (Morgan Co.).

COLUMBIA AREA

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Steve and Dianne Kinder located one LEAST  
SANDPIPER in the southeastern part of Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.). Up  
to 16 WILSON’S SNIPE were seen by several birders in Pool 15 at Eagle  
Bluffs on Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. On Saturday, Feb. 4, Chris Corben  
reported one CANVASBACK, 15 WILSON’S SNIPE, and two LEAST SANDPIPERS.  
Two immature swans (likely TRUMPETER SWANS) were still present  
through Sunday, Feb. 5. Also on Sunday, Chris Merkord and Heather  
Clenin, found one GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (present since last  
fall), one female CANVASBACK, a pair of REDHEADS, AMERICAN COOTS, and  
two LEAST SANDPIPERS in Pool 15.

At the Columbia Wetland Unit #1 (Boone Co.), Chris Merkord and  
Heather Clenin heard one VIRGINIA RAIL calling at 3 a.m. on Sunday,  
Feb. 5.

KANSAS CITY AREA

Two immature/first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS, first reported on Jan. 16,  
were still present at the Camp Branch Marina at Smithville Lake (Clay  
Co.) on Thursday, Feb. 9. Also at Smithville Lake, Frances Cramer and  
Georgia Hathorne reported HOODED MERGANSERS

NORTHWEST

At Lake Contrary (Buchanan Co.), Larry Lade reported three KILLDEER  
present near the boat launch/swimming area on Tuesday, Jan 31.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Larry Lade found one HERMIT THRUSH at  
Bluffwoods CA (Buchanan Co.).

The five SNOW BUNTINGS first discovered on Dec. 16, 2005 at the  
Mozingo Lake (Nodaway Co.) campground area continued to be seen  
through Tuesday, Feb. 7.

TRUMPETER SWANS continued to be seen at Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.)  
this week. On Thursday, Jan. 2, Tommie Rogers reported two singing  
WINTER WRENS at the refuge. Birders reported rare winter resident/ 
visitor waterfowl at Squaw Creek this week, including over 100  
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, BUFFLEHEAD, RED- 
BREASTED MERGANSERS, and HOODED MERGANSER. He also spotted one BELTED  
KINGFISHER, and four female PURPLE FINCHES were present at the  
feeders at the Squaw Creek headquarters building.

At Rush Bottoms CA (Holt Co.), Tommie Rogers found one YELLOW-BELLIED  
SAPSUCKER near the river on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Bob Fisher, Jim Zellmer, and Ellen Zellmer found one sub-adult GOLDEN  
EAGLE near the intersection of highways 46 and 113, east of Bilby  
Ranch Lake CA (Nodaway Co.), on Saturday, Feb. 4.

On Monday, Feb. 6, Larry Lade and Steve Kinder found RED-SHOULDERED  
HAWKS perched along Mo Hwy 130 at either end of Pershing SP (Linn  
Co.). A WINTER WREN was seen under the boardwalk at Pershing SP.  
South of Pershing SP on Hwy YY (Chariton Co.), they observed a pair  
of BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS. Another RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Swan  
Lake NWR (Chariton 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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