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- RBA
* Missouri
* Statewide
* 11 December 2008
* MOST0801.11
 
- Species Mentioned
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Merlin 
Prairie Falcon
Thayer’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (likely gone)
Eastern Phoebe
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Red Crossbill


Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Compiled:  11 January 2008
 
This is the Friday, January 11, 2008 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 August 2007
Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds.  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 **


ST. LOUIS AREA

Jane Allen reports a SPOTTED TOWHEE has been visiting
her feeders (St. Louis Co.) since early December. 
Those interested in seeing the bird may contact her
via e-mail at [log in to unmask] or contact Jackie
Chain (314-644-5998) for directions.  The bird has
also been observed on the Grants Trail walking/biking
path which runs adjacent to Jane’s neighborhood
(www.bikegrantstrail.com/sectional.htm, see section #
7).  Parking is adjacent to the Sappington House
parking lot on Sappington Rd.  Look for the bird about
halfway between Watson Road and Sappington Rd.  

CACKLING GEESE and TUNDRA SWANS continue to be seen at
Riverlands M.B.S (St. Charles Co.).  On Saturday,
January 5, Charlene Malone observed 4 to 6 TUNDRA
SWANS from the Ellis Island paring lot.  While on
Sunday, January 6, Scott Schuette and Joshua Uffman
observed at least 4 CACKLING GEESE and 5 TUNDRA SWANS
from the same location.  Additionally, at Riverlands
M.B.S. on Saturday, January 5, Charlene Malone
reported an adult THAYER’S GULL and 2 adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were hanging out on the Melvin
Price Lock and Dam (IL birds).  While on Sunday,
January 6, with the ice quickly melting one
first-cycle THAYER’S GULL and a third-cycle LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, as well as an adult, were present
in Ellis Bay.  

The hatch-year female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in south
Festus (Jefferson Co.), banded by Lanny Chambers on
December 31, has not been seen since Monday, January
7.  

Wintering blackbirds, including GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES
(rare in the east), can typically be found at one of
two St. Louis area locations: 

1)  At the intersection of Seeberger, Church, and
Dwyer roads (off Hwy B on the way to Alton from St.
Charles City) (St. Charles Co.). There is a white
farmhouse with livestock across the road from this
spot.  Typically the birds have been seen foraging in
this field among the livestock, but may also be seen
further down the road that separates the white
farmhouse from the field with the livestock. 
Great-tailed Grackles have not been reported at this
location yet this winter.  However, 3 BREWER’S
BLACKBIRDS were observed there on Sunday, January 6.

2) Wintering blackbirds can also be found at the Briar
Island Horse Stables, located at the Earth City exit
off of Mo Hwy 370 (St. Louis Co.).  From westbound Mo
Hwy 370, take the Earth City exit and go right on
Missouri Bottom Rd.  Ask permission to enter the horse
stable property.  GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were reported
at this location on Sunday, January 6, by Richard
Coles and observed again on Thursday, January 10.


KANSAS CITY/NORTHWEST

Laura Gilchrist reported seeing a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
at White Alloe Creek CA (Platte Co.) on Sunday,
January 6.

Two RED CROSSBILLS were found by Doug Willis in the
pines at the entrance to Burr Oak Woods CA (Jackson
Co.) on Monday, January 7.  Later the same day, Doug
recorded 112 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS and a single female LONG-TAILED DUCK at
Smithville Lake (Clay Co.).

Bob Forman was thrilled to have 6 RED CROSSBILLS visit
his sunflower feeders on Friday, January 4 (Clay Co.).
 However, the birds have since not returned.


SPRINGFIELD/SOUTHWEST

Marvin DeJong and Greg Swick observed 2 COMMON LOONS
at Fellow’s Lake (Greene Co.) on Sunday, January 6.

Larry Herbert reports a MERLIN, a PRAIRIE FALCON and 2
EASTERN PHOEBES were found at Prairie SP (Barton Co.)
on Saturday, January 5.
 

COLUMBIA/CENTRAL

The 2 TUNDRA SWANS, first reported by Kathleen
Anderson on Wednesday, December 19, were still present
on Friday, January 11, as well as 9 Trumpeter Swans.  


Information regarding membership in the Audubon
Society of Missouri may be obtained from Julie
Lundsted, Membership Chair, at 573-635-2976, 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]
314.387.8037 

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