* Missouri
* Statewide
* 07 September 2008
* MOST0809.07
- Species Mentioned
Mississippi Kite
Peregrine Falcon
Piping Plover
Black-necked Stilt
Red Knot
Red-necked Phalarope
Sabine’s Gull
Least Tern
ROYAL TERN (potential 1st state record)

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Compiled:  07 September 2008

This is the Sunday, September 7, 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 2008 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: **


Joe Eades observed a ROYAL TERN at Table Rock Lake (Taney/Stone Co's) Friday, September 5, for about 45 minutes.   This is a potential first state record and therefore needs to be documented with special care.  There are two ways in which it can achieve acceptance:  (1) Someone gets diagnostic photographs.  These do not have to be great pictures, but they must show the diagnostic features of the bird.  It may be hard to get such photos if the bird is far out on the lake, but let's hope someone gets lucky.  (2)  Two or more observers independently watch the bird, take careful field notes on the spot, and write up their documentations soon thereafter.  The meaning of "independently" is that the observers should not be talking to each other, discussing field marks, and thereby possibly convincing one another of what they are seeing.  The two (or more) documentations also need to be "independently acceptable," i.e., either one alone contains sufficient
 detail to make the record acceptable under normal circumstances (other than first state record).  The bird was last reported to have been observed from the same location on Saturday, September 6, as well as a SABINE’S GULL.  

Directions are as follows:  Take Hwy 65 south to Old Hwy 86.  Turn right on Old Hwy 86 and follow for about 4 miles and look for the sign to "Old Hwy 86 Recreational Area".  Turn right to the "Old Hwy 86 Recreational Area".  The area is closed, so park at the gate and walk in.  The bird was observed a good distance out over the lake with 10 Black Terns and 2 LEAST TERNS, from the furthest point out at the campground.  (DeLorme Atlas Page 62, H-2).


Tom Bormann and Dave Rogles found a PIPING PLOVER along Hayford Rd. (St. Charles Co.) on Saturday, August 30.  This bird was last seen on Tuesday, September 2.  On Wednesday, September 3, Joe Eades found a RED KNOT and a single LEAST TERN here.  Also on September 3, Charlene Malone reported there was at least one, possibly two PEREGRINE FALCONS keeping the shorebirds on the move.  While later the same day, Charlene observed at least 5 HUDSONIAN GODWITS.  Hayford Rd. is located on the south side of Hwy B.  Please only bird from the road and do not go on top of the levees to search for these birds. as both sides of the road is a private waterfowl hunting club’s property.  

Two other HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found at Riverlands M.B.S. (St. Charles Co.) on Wednesday, September 3, by Torrey Berger and John Solodar.  These birds were observed in Illinois territory, just barely across the Missouri/Illinois state line, in the pool on the left when heading toward the dam.  Additionally, a BLACK-NECKED STILT and another RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found here on Saturday, September 6.  Dave Rogles reported the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was still present on Sunday, September 7, as well as a PEREGRINE FALCON over the farm fields seen from the gate to the confluence rd.  

Clarence Cannon NWR (Pike Co.) continues to produce some great shorebirding for those willing to travel.  On Sunday, September 7, a single PIPING PLOVER, five BLACK-NECKED STILTS, three HUDSONIAN GODWITS, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were observed.  


On Thursday, August 7, Brad Jacobs reported three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were in a pond along the south side of CR 679 on private property adjacent Otter Slough CA (Stoddard Co.).  At least two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were still being seen here as of Saturday, August 23.  While on Wednesday, September 3, Chris Barrigar reported there to be five BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS at this location.  This private pond is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of CR 691 and CR 679, and can be viewed from CR 679 between the camping trailer and the Cypress ditch.  Please do not venture onto this property without first obtaining permission.  


On Thursday, August 28, near Riss Lake in Parkville (Platte Co.), Greg Cummins observed at least five MISSISSIPPI KITES.  While on Sunday, August 31, Greg observed at least two MISSISSIPPI KITES.

A LEAST TERN was found by Bob Fisher at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) on Thursday, September 4.

Information regarding membership in the Audubon Society of Missouri may be obtained from June Newman, Membership Chair, at 660-542-0873, Joyce Bathke, Treasurer, at 573-445-5758, or at the Audubon Society of Missouri webpage:

Joshua Uffman
MO Rare Bird Alert Compiler
St. Louis County, MO
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