* Missouri
* Statewide
* 21 September 2008
* MOST0809.21
- Species Mentioned
American Avocet
ROYAL TERN (possible)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Compiled:  21 September 2008

This is the Sunday, September 21, 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: **


Pete Moxon and Jeff Smith observed two ROSEATE SPOONBILLS along Island Road, about a quarter of a mile south of Upper Chute Rd, on Sunday, September 7, at Grand Tower Island (Perry Co.).  These birds are likely two of the four spoonbills found prior near Ware, IL.  On Thursday, September 11, Mary McCarthy and Rhonda Rothrock were on Island Road at Gran Tower Island and observed four ROSEATE SPOONBILLS flying in from the west, next landing and feeding at the east end of the southern most wetland along Island Road (just prior to the chute of water surrounding Grand Tower Island).  The last report of these birds was from Irma Holmes and Jerry Ingles, who found one ROSEATE SPOONBILL on Cemetary Road; east of IL Route 3 and across from Chute Road, on Tuesday, September 16.  


Following the remnants of Hurricane Ike passing through Missouri Bill Reeves found and described a possible juvenile ROYAL TERN, including the vocalizations, on Sunday, September 14, at Wappapello Lake (Wayne Co.).  The bird was observed with three to four Caspian Terns as well as two to three Forser’s Terns from the Eagle Point overlook on the southeast side of Wappapello Dam on Hwy T.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was one of the highlights of the GOAS fall fieldtrip to Busiek State Forest (Greene Co.) on Saturday September 13.


Michal-John Voss reported seeing a LEAST TERN at Riverlands M.B.S. (St. Charles Co.) on Sunday, September 14.  

A single AMERICAN AVOCET was found by James Hickner at Clarence Cannon NWR (Pike Co.) on Saturday, September 20.


Doug Willis found an immature SABINE’S GULL at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) on Saturday, September 13.  This bird was still present on Sunday, September 14, when observed from the dam by Bob Fisher.  Additionally, Bob found and described a possible CALIFORNIA GULL at Smithville Lake’s Little Platte Marina on September 14.
Larry Lade reported banding a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Missouri Western State University (Buchanan Co.) on Tuesday, September 16.  


On Monday, September 15, Walter Wehtje observed a group of fifteen SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS along power lines on Hwy 5 about a mile north of the junction with Hwy 50 and just north of the Cooper/Morgan Co. line.  

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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