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I met Joe Eades at Otter Slough Conservation Area around 3:30 PM after I received word from Timothy Barksdale the Joe had a storm petrel on the lake in front of the headquarters.  So I left the banks of the mighty Mississippi and headed west.  I was the second person to arrive to the location.  Joe was there with his scope all set up,  I introduced myself (after scoping the water of course) and then returned to my vehicle to begin taking field notes about the bird.  Sun was peaking out from the clouds from time to time allowing for some opportunities to catch a peak of any features the bird would present for us.   After about 20 minutes the bird got up off of the water and flew approximately 60-70 yards.  I caught some glimpse of the underside of the bird, but the most outstanding feature I noticed was its short shallow wing beats (like a nighthawk, but not as deep).  Then it did it again about another 30 minutes later when a boat full of fisherman motored to one of the wing dikes out in the lake.  This time I was able to get Iphone video of the bird.  I played the video in slow motion and observed a nearly all black bird from beak to tail with the exception of a white rump area.  the feet were obviously shorter than the tail, and the tail was very slightly notched.  this would eliminate the Wilson's and Leach's from possible ID errors.  There were 12 other birders in all that showed up this evening (including a few from across the river in IL). I know there are several who wished they could've made the trip down today, but couldn't and are enroute tonight.  Hopefully they're in luck tomorrow morning.
Here is my checklist from today with one photo.
I know there are some better photos of the bird out there and I hope they share those with the list serve.
MO Bird #300 for me for MO is a dandy (not counting the Black Swan from last week).
https://ebird.org/checklist/S72922633

P.S. it was good to see some other birders from around the state and had the time to say HI and keep our distance from each other

Tim Kavan
East Prairie, MO
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The bird continues about 150 yds out. Seeing it fly, it appears to be Band-rumped. A few people got flight shots. It appears to be healthy. A lot of head movement, some swimming, even appeared to drink a few times.

KL

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> Joe Eades has found a dark Storm-Petrel (likely Band-Rumped) at Otter Slough CA (Stoddard County).  It’s sitting in middle of the largest lake, and Joe is waiting for it to fly to get a definitive ID.
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> Too cool!
> Joshua Uffman
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MBS Fall Meeting’s description, basic agenda, and info for some of the field trips is up on the Missouri Birding Society website at https://mobirds.org/ASM/NextMeeting.aspx.