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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 05 September 2006
* MOST0609.05

- Species Mentioned

White-faced Ibis
Common Moorhen
Sandhill Crane
Piping Plover
American Avocet
Sanderling
LAUGHING GULL
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 05 September 2006

This is the Tuesday, September 5, 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 highlight of this report is a LAUGHING GULL (listed as a casual  
transient away from the Mississippi River) in the Kansas City area.

ST. LOUIS AREA

Four SANDHILL CRANES were located at Clarence Cannon NWR (Lincoln  
Co.) by the refuge manager on Aug. 30. They were relocated by a  
number of birders over the weekend, with the latest report coming on  
Monday, Sept. 4.

SOUTHEAST

On Sunday, Sept. 3, Leslie Koller found a remarkably tame but  
uninjured SANDHILL CRANE in his neighbor’s backyard in Sikeston  
(Scott Co.). It was relocated by Judy Bergmann on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  
The homeowner reports that the bird has been present for six weeks.  
Anyone wishing to see the bird can call the homeowner, Darrell  
Gosset, for updates at: 573-472-2668. The bird is on private property  
and should be viewed from the country road only. Directions: Come to  
exit 69 of I-55. Go west towards Sikeston/Miner.  At the 4-way stop,  
Highway H, turn north (right).  Follow H until just before it crosses  
back over I-55, and turn left on an unmarked outer road.  Continue  
about a mile or so to the Sikeston Drag Strip. Just before the  
Dragstrip, turn west (left) on to Scott County Road 448.  The house  
is about 1/2 mile down on the left.  There is a very large field of  
14-18 inch grass on the right, and a field of cows near a house on  
the left.  The bird has been seen on both sides.

SOUTHWEST

On Sunday, Sept. 3, Lisa Berger reported one PIPING PLOVER, one  
AMERICAN AVOCET, and two SANDERLINGS at Schell-Osage CA (Vernon Co.).  
The PIPING PLOVER was relocated at the north side of Schell Lake by  
Kyle Driggers on Monday, Sept. 4.

KANSAS CITY AREA

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Doug Willis found one juvenile LAUGHING GULL at  
Smithville Lake (Clay Co.). The bird was subsequently observed and  
photographed by several birders Tuesday evening sitting on the boat- 
slip roofs at Camp Branch Marina.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, one male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was  
observed by Doug Willis at Weston Bend SP (Platte Co.), near the 0.75- 
mile marker on the paved trail through the park. Earlier, on Monday,  
Sept. 4, Dave Williams found one female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER  
at the 0.5-mile marker of the paved trail at Weston Bend SP.

NORTHWEST

At Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.) on Saturday, Sept. 2, Bob Fisher  
detected two COMMON MOORHENS. Two WHITE-FACED IBIS, first reported on  
Aug. 24, were also present on Saturday.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, Bob Fisher found one SANDERLING at Lake  
Contrary (Buchanan 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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