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- RBA
* Missouri
* Statewide
* 09 March 2007
* MOST0703.09

- Species Mentioned
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Surf Scoter
Golden Eagle
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Thayer’s Gull 
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Saw-whet Owl
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Harris’s Sparrow
Smith’s Longspur
Western Meadowlark
Red Crossbill

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Compiled:  09 March 2007

This is the Friday, March 9, 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” and thus require documentation. (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 **


NORTHEAST

On Thursday, February 22, a single NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWL was located in Knox County.  A follow up trip by
Patrick Harrison to the same location on Friday,
February 23, produced 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS.  At
least one of the 
Saw-whet owls was still present on Saturday, March 3,
when observed by Joe Eades and Dave Rogles.  For
obtaining directions to observe these birds please
contact Patrick Harrison at [log in to unmask]

On March 3, Dave Rogles and Joe Eades observed an
adult GOLDEN EAGLE soaring about a mile west from the
turn off to Ted Shanks CA (Pike Co.).

On Tuesday, March 6, Steve Kinder reported that there
was a group of 3 and a group of 4 TRUMPETER SWANS at
Fountain Grove CA (Linn/Livingston Cos.). 
Additionally, Steve reported 8 more TRUMPETER SWANS
were present on the north side of Hwy. 36 at Pershing
SP (Linn Co.) the same day. 


NORTHWEST

Larry Lade reported the 2 TRUMPETER SWANS (1 adult and
1 immature) and 1 adult TUNDRA SWAN he first reported
at Lake Contrary (Buchanan Co.) on Monday, February 26
were still present on Monday, March 5.  

Additionally on Monday, March 5, Larry observed a
PRAIRIE FALCON near Muskrat Lake (Buchanan Co.).

On Thursday, March 8, Bob Fisher observed one immature
TRUMPETER SWAN at Lewis and Clark SP (Buchanan Co.).

Also on Thursday, March 8, Connie Thompson reported 3
SANDHILL CRANES were present at Squaw Creek NWR (Holt
Co.).  Birds were on the east levy of Pelican Pool. 
Additionally on Thursday, Connie reported TRUMPETER
SWANS were present in Pintail Pool.


KANSAS CITY AREA

On Friday, March 2, Dick Dawson reported seeing a
single RED CROSSBILL feeding at his sunflower feeder
in midtown Kansas City.  However, the bird shortly
flew and was not noted to have returned.


COLUMBIA/CENTRAL

On Thursday, March 8, Craig Litteken observed 2
SMITH’S LONGSPURS in the small three-awn grass patch
at Bradford Farms (Boone Co.).


ST. LOUIS AREA

Over the last week at Riverlands MBS (St. Charles Co.)
a few rare gulls still highlighted the sightings.  On
Saturday, March 3, Charlene and Jim Malone observed an
adult THAYER’S GULL and one first-winter GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULL.  In addition they observed a
PEREGRINE FALCON from the Lincoln Shields side at
Riverlands and a SURF SCOTER in Ellis Bay.  On Sunday,
March 4, a third-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a
first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were observed in Ellis Bay.
 
On Wednesday, March 7, Joe Eades observed a single
female type SURF SCOTER in Ellis Bay.  Additionally,
Joe observed an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an
immature GLAUCOUS GULL, but on the IL side of the
river.

Dave Rogles observed a single HARRIS’S SPARROW along
the Weldon Springs Trail (referred to as the Blue
Grosbeak Trail by local birders) at Weldon Springs CA
(St. Charles Co.) on Tuesday, March 6.  The bird was
observed a short walk down the trail in the hedge row
that cuts off to the left as you near the top of the
hill.

Also on Tuesday, March 6, Donald Hays and Jim Jackson
observed 2 SURF SCOTERS at Winfield Lock and Dam
(Lincoln Co.).  Additionally, they heard singing
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS along a dirt road downstream of
the dam.


SOUTHEAST

At the home of Wes and Claudia Mueller, Cape
Girardeau, an immature RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues
visiting their feeder since late October 2006.  Wes
has been able to keep the feeders thawed at this
point.  If interested in obtaining directions to view
this bird please call first at 573-334-4555. 

On Friday, March 2, Tim Kavan observed 18 SANDHILL
CRANES in a soybean stubble field in New Madrid
County.


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
MO Rare Bird Alert Compiler
St. Louis County, MO
[log in to unmask]
314.540.7382

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