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- RBA
  * Missouri
  * Statewide
  * 11 January 2007
  * MOST0701.11
   
  - Species Mentioned
  Ross’s Goose
  Trumpeter Swan
  Tundra Swan
  Green-winged Teal
  Redhead
  Greater Scaup
  SURF SCOTER
  Long-tailed Duck
  Bufflehead
  Hooded Merganser
  Red-breasted Merganser
  Ruddy Duck
  Common Loon
  Pied-billed Grebe
  American White Pelican
  GREAT EGRET
  Merlin
  Peregrine Falcon
  PRAIRIE FALCON
  American Coot
  Wilson’s Snipe
  Glaucous Gull
  Great Black-backed Gull
  Barn Owl
  RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
  Winter Wren
  HERMIT THRUSH
  Brown Thrasher
  American Pipit
  Pine Warbler
  Eastern Towhee
  Fox Sparrow
  Harris’s Sparrow
  Rusty Blackbird
  Brewer’s Blackbird
  Great-tailed Grackle
    
  Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
  Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
  E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
  Compiled:  11 January 2007
   
  This is the Thursday, January 11, 2007 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 **
   
  As the mild weather persists, many species north of their normal winter range continue to be reported.
   
   
  ST. LOUIS AREA
   
  At Riverlands MBS (St. Charles Co.) Charlene Malone counted over 170 swans on Friday, January 5.   The two adult TUNDRA SWANS, first reported on December 16, have not been reported since Wednesday, January 10, but are likely still present for those willing to look through the numerous TRUMPETER SWANS.  On Wednesday, January 10, Joe Eades observed a first cycle GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL in the Ellis Bay gull roost.  The SURF SCOTER that has been present for the last couple of weeks was last reported by Charlene Malone on Thursday, January 11, when she observed it swimming along the rip-rap jetty on the upriver side of the dam in Ellis Bay.  Additionally, the immature GLAUCOUS GULL that has also been present at Riverlands for the last few weeks was observed by the WGNSS Thursday birding group on Thursday, January 11.  Although the bird was observed on the IL side, this gull could show up on the MO side at any time.  Finally, seasonal rarities over the last week at Riverlands
 include BUFFLEHEADS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS.
   
  On Saturday, January 6, at Columbia Bottom CA (St. Louis Co.) Mike Thelan had close range looks at a single PEREGRINE FALCON.  Additionally, near the confluence overlook Mike observed an EASTERN TOWHEE.  On Sunday, January 7, Brad Jacobs and Bill Rowe observed 4 species of falcons which included a single MERLIN, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and a perched PRAIRIE FALCON.  To reach the area the PRAIRIE FALCON was observed at take a right on the gravel road that is about ¼ of a mile from the main entrance to Columbia Bottom CA and follow this gravel road to the barn.  
   
  In St. Charles County on January 6 Shawn Clubb observed GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at the Seeburger and Church Roads intersection.  These birds have become regular winter residents at this location the past few winters.
   
  Along the Fallen Oak Nature Trail at Busch CA (St. Charles Co.) on January 6, Tom Bormann and Dave Rogles observed a single PINE WARBLER. 
   
  At Creve Coeur Lake (St. Louis Co.) Mark Paradise observed a single ROSS’S GOOSE near the soccer fields on the Creve Coeur Mill Road side on January 6.
   
   
  SOUTHEAST
   
  At the home of Wes and Claudia Mueller, Cape Girardeau, an immature RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting their feeders since at least November 18.  If interested in obtaining directions to view this bird please call first at 573-334-4555. 
   
  On Wednesday, January 10, Judy Bergman observed the following at Otter Slough CA (Stoddard and Butler Co’s.); a GREAT EGRET (across from the cypress lake before the visitor’s center), AMERICAN PIPITS, and a BROWN THRASHER (at the visitor’s center).
   
  SOUTHWEST
   
  Larry Herbert reported the following highlights from the Prairie SP CBC (Barton Co.) conducted on Wednesday, January 3; 7 TRUMPETER SWAN, 1 MERLIN, 1 PRAIRIE FALCON, 1 BARN OWL, 1 BROWN THRASHER, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, and 24 BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS.
   
  At Carterville Cemetery (Jasper Co.) on Friday, January 5, Larry Herbert was surprised when he found a single PINE WARBLER.
   
   
  COLUMBIA/CENTRAL
   
  On Saturday, January 6, Jean Leonatti found a HARRIS’S SPARROW in “the brush pile” at Bradford Farms (Boone Co.).
   
  Bill Goodge reported observing a single REDHEAD and 6 AMERICAN COOTS on Thursday, January 11, at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.).  On the same day, Jonathan Pons reported observing 6-8 WILSON’S SNIPE in Pool 15.
   
   
  KANSAS CITY AREA
   
  On Sunday, January 7, Linda Williams observed 4 COMMON LOONS at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.).  On Monday, January 8, Bob Fisher observed the following seasonal rarities at Smithville Lake; 8-10 HOODED MERGANSERS, a single REDHEAD, AMERICAN COOTS, and PIED-BILLED GREBES.  Larry Lade found a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on the lake on Tuesday, January 9.
   
   
  NORTHWEST
   
  At Mozingo Lake (Nodaway Co.) Peter Kondrashov found a female LONG-TAILED DUCK in basic plumage on Saturday, January 6.  The bird was observed in a small raft of Scaup, which included at least 1 GREATER SCAUP.  Peter reported the LONG-TAILED DUCK was still present on January 7 with the same group of Scaup with the addition of a single REDHEAD.  However, on Tuesday, January 9, Larry Lade was not able to locate the LONG-TAILED DUCK, but did observe a couple of GREATER SCAUP, one RUDDY DUCK, and about 150 AMERICAN COOTS.
   
  On Tuesday, January 9, along the old railroad tracks west of the NWMSU campus (Nodaway Co.) Peter Kondrashov observed 2 FOX SPARROWS.
   
  While walking the interpretive trail at Bluff Woods CA (Buchanan Co.) on Monday, January 8, Larry Lade observed a WINTER WREN and a HERMIT THRUSH.  
   
  At Squaw Creek NWR (Holt Co.) Tommie Rogers reports that TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS are both present.  Larry Lade observed both species on Thursday, January 11.  Additionally, Tommie noted the following seasonal rarities; GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSERS.  Larry added WINTER WREN to the seasonal rarity list on January 11. 
   
   
  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
   
  Joshua Uffman
  Missouri RBA Compiler
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  314.540.7382


            Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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