* Missouri
* Statewide
* 09 February 2009
* MOST0902.09
- Species Mentioned
Golden Eagle
Thayer’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Spotted Towhee
Snow Bunting
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll

Coverage:  Missouri Statewide
Compiler:  Joshua Uffman
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Compiled:  09 February 2009

This is the Monday, February 9, 2009 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: **


Peter Kondrashov reported seeing a single SNOW BUNTING at a gravel parking lot along the northeastern corner of the Show-me lake near Memphis (Scotland Co.) on Friday, February 6.


Doug Willis found a SNOWY OWL, likely an immature male, at Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) on Monday, February 2.  The bird was observed looking west from the Sailboat Cove boat ramp.  The bird flew in from the northern part of the lake and landed on the point directly west from said boat ramp (the point with manicured fescue and the rock wall near the shoreline; part of the golf course north of the Little Platte Marina).  

The WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL continues to visit Brent Galliart’s backyard heated water feature (Buchanan Co.) as of Wednesday, February 4.  Brent invites anyone wishing to see this bird to come.  His residence is 1707 Jones Street, adjacent to Mount Mora Cemetery.  Drive up the alley behind his home and park in his driveway.  This is the best viewing spot if he is not a home.  On Tuesday, January 20, Larry Lade reported that three RED CROSSBILLS visited his yard (Buchanan Co.).  These birds were last reported seen on Friday, February 6.  Those wishing to see if the birds are still around are welcomed and do not need to call.  Larry lives at the 2 and a 1/2 story home on the corner of 29th Street & Sacramento.  The "two-barrel setup" feeders can be viewed from 29th Street, which runs just beside his home/backyard.

Ruth Simmons now has three female COMMON REDPOLLS visiting her yard’s feeders as of Monday, February 9, in Lee’s Summit (Jackson Co.).  At least two birds were present prior since Wednesday, January 14.  Those wishing to see these birds can give Ruth a call at 816-678-1217, and she will relay the directions for you.  


The GREATER ROADRUNNER that has been sporadically seen in Jefferson City (Cole Co.) since at least mid-January was observed again on Sunday, February 1, by Jean Leonatti and Anne Downing south of the junction of Route C and south Country Club Drive at the southern end of the line of cedar trees along the west side of the road.  Shortly thereafter the bird was spooked, but Anne and Jean were able to relocate it in the parking lot of the three nearby storage unit buildings.  This bird was observed again on Monday, February 9, by Jim Rathert. 

Sandy Elbert and Kathleen Anderson managed to re-find a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Whetstone Creek CA (Callaway Co.) on Saturday, January 31, previously reported by Edge Wade on Thursday, January 29.  This bird was observed both times along the main road in the open area near the turn-off to the Windy Lake parking area.


Rare gulls continue at Riverlands M.B.S. (St. Charles Co., MO and Madison Co., IL) with the following reported since Sunday, February 1; one first-cycle THAYER’S GULL, one first-cycle and one second-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, two first-cycle and one second cycle GLACUOUS GULLS and one immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.  Also at the spillway of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam , Bill Rudden reported a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Friday, January 30, which was still present on Saturday, February 7.  Near Riverlands M.B.S., David and Mary Anne Marjamaa found a female SPOTTED TOWHEE along the side of Harbor Point Road, which leads to the West Alton boat ramp, off of Hwy 94 near West Alton.  It was on the left side of the road when driving toward the river, just past Yachtview Drive on Saturday, January 31.  This bird was observed again on Sunday, February 1, on the right side of the road when driving toward the boat ramp, between Yachtview Drive and the boat
 ramp, directly across from the yellow gate in the brushy edge.


On Thursday, January 29, Brad Jacobs and Andy Forbes observed a GOLDEN EAGLE at Four Rivers CA (Vernon/ Bates Co’s) flying over the wetland overlook, just down the road from headquarters.  To reach this location take Hwy TT east off of Hwy 71, just south of Rich Hill. Then follow the signs to the headquarters down CR 1600.  Nan Johnson and JoAnn Garrett observed a, what was likely the same, GOLDEN EAGLE on Saturday, January 31.

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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