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- RBA
* Missouri
* Statewide
* 15 March 2007
* MOST0703.15

- Species Mentioned
Trumpeter Swan
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Glaucous Gull
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Harris’s Sparrow
Smith’s Longspur
Red Crossbill

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Compiled:  15 March 2007

This is the Thursday, March 15, 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 **


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.).  A follow up trip on
Saturday, March 10, allowed many to get great views of
as many as 15 SMITH’S LONGSPURS.  However, the birds
were observed in the plowed field directly north
(behind) the line of trucks with attached trailers. 
This area is immediately after you pass the metal
buildings.  The birds were observed in the areas of
“whitish grasses” in this field.  Jonathan Pons
reported the longspurs to be present at this same
location on Sunday, March 11.

On Friday, March 9, Edge Wade observed 4 SANDHILL
CRANES flying over the south end of Eagle Bluffs CA
(Boone Co.).  On Saturday, March 10, Dave Rogles and
Tom Borman observed an adult GOLDEN EAGLE.  The bird
was first observed perched in a tree near the gate at
the far end of pools 11/12.  Then the bird flew west
over the river.

A trip to Grand Pass CA (Saline Co.) on Sunday, March
12, by Jean Leonatti and others produced a flyover of
13 calling SANDHILL CRANES.


NORTHEAST

On Sunday, March 11, Steve Kinder reported a group of
12 TRUMPETER SWANS present in the north pool at
Pershing SP (Linn Co.). 


KANSAS CITY AREA

On Friday, March 2, and Monday, March 12, Dick Dawson
observed a single RED CROSSBILL feeding at his
sunflower feeder in midtown Kansas City.  


ST. LOUIS AREA

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.  The last report of this bird was on Friday,
March 9, when observed by Steven Ewer.

A first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL and a juvenile TRUMPETER
SWAN was still present in Ellis Bay at Riverlands MBS
(St. Charles Co.) on Saturday, March 10.  

On Monday, March 12, Sherry McCowan reported a single
TRUMPETER SWAN was present in Jefferson Lake at Forest
Park (St. Louis City).


NORTHWEST

On Monday, March 12, Tommie Rogers reported that
TRUMPETER SWANS are still present and that SANDHILL
CRANES could be heard calling at Squaw Creek NWR (Holt
Co.).


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. 

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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