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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 24 March, 2006
* MOST0603.18

- Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal
Golden Eagle
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Loggerhead Shrike
Harris’s Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 24 March 2006

This is the Friday, March 24, 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 **

ST. LOUIS AREA

At B.K. Leach CA (Lincoln Co.), one adult GOLDEN EAGLE, first  
discovered by Scott Schuette on Mar. 14, was relocated by Josh Uffman  
on Sunday, Mar. 19. The bird has been observed in the Kings Lake Unit  
of the conservation area (accessed off of Hwy M). While watching the  
GOLDEN EAGLE that day, a single SANDHILL CRANE dropped in to Josh’s  
field of view as it was landing. Once on the ground, the bird was  
hidden out of sight and could not be relocated, but was seen flying  
out of the area later that evening.

In rural Lincoln County on Sunday, Mar. 19, Mike Thelen heard one  
WESTERN MEADOWLARK calling near the sod farm at Keetman and Glacial  
Sand roads.

On Saturday, Mar. 18, Pat Lueders reported that GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES  
are still present at the barnyard at the intersection of Seeberger,  
Church, and Dwyer roads (off Hwy B on the way to Alton from St.  
Charles City) (St. Charles Co.). These birds have been at this  
location throughout the winter.

At Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (St. Charles Co.), Dave Rogles  
spotted one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE along Riverlands Way on Saturday, Mar. 18.

At August A Busch Memorial CA (St. Charles Co.), one HARRIS’S SPARROW  
was observed by Brett Scheffers on Sunday, Mar. 19. The bird has been  
seen near the southern, swampy end of Lake 6. This bird has been  
present at this location since at least Jan. 29.

COLUMBIA AREA / CENTRAL

A male CINNAMON TEAL at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.), first found by  
Shane Pruett on Saturday, Mar. 18, remained through most of the week.  
The latest report of this bird came on Wednesday, Mar. 22, when Edge  
Wade reported the teal was still present in the area of pools 14 and  
15. Also at Eagle Bluffs CA, one SANDHILL CRANE was spotted moving  
around pools 14, 15, and the south end of Pool 11 by birders looking  
for the CINNAMON TEAL on Sunday, Mar. 19. A PEREGRINE FALCON has also  
been seen in the area.

KANSAS CITY AREA

On Monday, Mar. 20, Doug Willis observed one MERLIN at McComas Rd.  
(Clinton Co.). This dead-end gravel road is located just north of  
Smithville Lake. From the intersection of Hwy W and Hwy J in Clay  
County, go north/west on Hwy J for approximately 5 miles. McComas Rd.  
will be on your right (south).

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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