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- RBA

* Missouri
* Statewide
* 21 September 2006
* MOST0609.21

- Species Mentioned

Plegadis sp. (dark ibis)
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
LAUGHING GULL
Sabine’s Gull
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Kristi Mayo
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Compiled 21 September 2006

This is the Thursday, September 21, 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 Northwest. Another  
Laughing Gull has also been reported in the St. Louis area (where it  
is listed as a rare transient).

ST. LOUIS AREA

One juvenile LAUGHING GULL at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary,  
first reported on Sept. 12, was relocated by Josh Uffman on Sunday,  
Sept. 17.

Two of four SANDHILL CRANES that have been reported both at Clarence  
Cannon NWR and B.K. Leach Mem. CA (Lincoln Co.) were seen by Al and  
Lois Smith along Norton Rd. in B.K. Leach CA on Saturday, Sept. 16.

SOUTHWEST

On Thursday, Sept. 21, Larry Herbert reported one YELLOW-BELLIED  
FLYCATCHER (rare in the west) at Walter Woods CA (Newton Co.).

KANSAS CITY AREA

At Burr Oak Woods CA (Jackson Co.), one PHILADELPHIA VIREO (a rare  
migrant in the west) was reported Sunday, Sept. 17 by Jennifer Reidy.  
The bird was found with a mixed flock of migrants along the Bethany  
Falls trail.

On Monday, Sept. 18, a “pelagic” outing of 18 birders on two pontoons  
on Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) yielded up-close looks at an immature  
SABINE’S GULL. This bird was relocated by Doug Willis the following  
afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 19, from Shelter #9 of the picnic arm of  
the Crow’s Creek area of Smithville Lake. Later in the day on  
Tuesday, Randy Cartwright and Jennifer Reidy were unable to relocate  
the SABINE’S GULL but did find one AMERICAN AVOCET.

At Bean Lake (Platte Co.), Frances Cramer reported three PLEGADIS SP.  
(dark ibis) on Sunday, Sept. 17.

NORTHWEST

One adult LAUGHING GULL transitioning into winter plumage was  
reported at Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.) by Larry Lade on Tuesday,  
Sept. 19. The bird was seen from the observation tower at the end of  
the trail at Eagle Pool. On Friday, Sept. 15, Kyle Driggers reported  
17 PLEGADIS SP. (dark ibis) at the refuge.

One immature PLEGADIS SP. (dark ibis) was found by Ted Rights at  
Pershing SP (Linn Co.) Sunday, Sept. 17.

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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