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Mexican Sheartail,©Sophie Webb

27 Feb Re: CAS AND BAS FIELD TRIP TO KC CANCELLED ["Turner, Lori" ]
26 Feb Hoary Redpoll [Christine Kline ]
26 Feb Hoary redpoll Thurs update Adair Co. [Frankie Cuculich ]
26 Feb SATURDAY GULL WORKSHOP STILL ON [William Rowe ]
25 Feb Squaw Creek NWR on PBS [Lanny Chambers ]
26 Feb No Sighting: Across the Himalaya they come! [Deepa Mohan ]
25 Feb ILLINOIS birds: MP Dam/RMBS [Charlene Malone ]
24 Feb Accipiter courtship [Rob Bierregaard ]
24 Feb Trumpeter Swans, Saline Valley CA, Miller Co., 2/23 [Chris Barrigar ]
23 Feb Swans and stuff, North Central Mo. [Dianne & Steve Kinder ]
24 Feb Accipiter courtship? ["Bailey, Tom" ]
23 Feb Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz ["Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" ]
23 Feb CAS AND BAS FIELD TRIP TO KC ["Turner, Lori" ]
23 Feb ILLINOIS: Carlyle Lake - darker backed HERG [Charlene Malone ]
23 Feb Riverlands [leslie ]
22 Feb Riverlands -- Thayer's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls & Western Meadowlarks [Michael Thelen ]
22 Feb RMBS/Melvin Price Lock and Dam - 22 Feb 2015 [Joshua Uffman ]
22 Feb Yellow Rumped Warbler Jefferson County [Shelly Colatskie ]
22 Feb BUSCH CA [Debbie Trowbridge ]
22 Feb Eagle Bluffs field trip report [Greg Leonard ]
21 Feb Long-tailed Duck at Riverlands [Cornelius Alwood ]
21 Feb Great Lakes freezing, sea ducks on the move [Charlene Malone ]
21 Feb No sighting- article on legislation [Mary Nemecek ]
21 Feb Sat morning Hoary redpoll Adiar Co. [Frankie Cuculich ]
21 Feb Re: Hoary redpoll update. [Brad Jacobs ]
20 Feb Hoary redpoll update. [Frankie Cuculich ]
20 Feb Come on down to EBCA [Susan Hazelwood ]
20 Feb Re: Hip, Hip, Hoary!! [Jack Hilsabeck ]
20 Feb Inca Dove - Upate Holden, MO ["Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" ]
19 Feb Burroughs field trip cancelled [Christine Kline ]
20 Feb Riverlands and Columbia Bottoms [therese haenni ]
19 Feb Nesting Activity [Timothy Jones ]
19 Feb Eagle Bluffs - Thursday [Kathleen Anderson ]
19 Feb GULL WORKSHOP POSTPONED ONE WEEK [William Rowe ]
18 Feb Redpoll update!! [Frankie Cuculich ]
18 Feb Eagle Bluffs [laura pintel ]
18 Feb volunteer bird guide Corpus Christi TX [David Ulmer ]
18 Feb Red Bellied WP Video [Jack Revare ]
17 Feb GULL WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP [William Rowe ]
17 Feb Hip, Hip, Hoary!! [Frankie Cuculich ]
17 Feb ILLINOIS: Carlyle Lake report [Charlene Malone ]
17 Feb CAS FIELD TRIP 2-21-15 ["Turner, Lori" ]
16 Feb Inca Dove report from Dan Cowell [Larry Olpin ]
16 Feb Hoary Redpoll Adair Co. Feb 15th [Al and Lois Smith ]
16 Feb Re: Hoary redpoll Adair Co. photos [Tony Elliott ]
15 Feb Cucolich's Redpoll - Continues - 15 February [Joshua Uffman ]
15 Feb Hoary redpoll Adair Co. photos [Peter Kondrashov ]
15 Feb Cancellation: CAS Field Trip tomorrow (Mon) [Karen Wosilait ]
15 Feb Bradford Farm (Boone Co.) ["Douglas, Ryan" ]
15 Feb Re: MOBIRDS-L Digest - 13 Feb 2015 to 14 Feb 2015 (#2015-36) [Timothy Barksdale ]
14 Feb Hoary Redpoll Adair Co [Frankie Cuculich ]
14 Feb Ok redpoll experts!! [Frankie Cuculich ]
14 Feb leucistic Purple Finch ["Luscier, Jason" ]
13 Feb Re: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild! [James Hickner ]
13 Feb Re: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild! [Brad Jacobs ]
13 Feb Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild! [Andrew Reago ]
12 Feb Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th [Kevin Wehner ]
12 Feb Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th [Kathleen Anderson ]
12 Feb Purple Finches [therese haenni ]
11 Feb American Robins [Tom Halfen ]
11 Feb Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th [Deepa Mohan ]
11 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th ["Hazelwood, Susan" ]
10 Feb TVs=Turkey Vultures [Mariel Stephenson ]
10 Feb Northern Shrike Niawathe Prairie [Greg Swick ]
10 Feb TVs [Mariel Stephenson ]
10 Feb Spotted Towhee Pertle Springs in Warrensburg [Larry Olpin ]
10 Feb 2 CAS Field Trips (Saturday & Monday) ["Turner, Lori" ]
9 Feb Lesser-black backed gull [Frankie Cuculich ]
9 Feb EBCA Bald Eagles [Tom Halfen ]
9 Feb Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon plumage variation), Lincoln County, MO, February 9, 2015 [Patrick Harrison ]
9 Feb Re: CBCA, 8 Feb, afternoon [Brad Jacobs ]
8 Feb American White Pelicans at EBCA [Lorinda Cruikshank ]
8 Feb Re: SLAS trip report, Saturday, 2/7: Baldwin Lake/Peabody Coal, IL (long) [Susan Eaton ]
8 Feb Great Horned Owl on nest: Chesterfield ["D. Pierce" ]
8 Feb St. Louis area gulls [Charlene Malone ]
7 Feb Joplin birds [Lawrence Herbert ]

Subject: Re: CAS AND BAS FIELD TRIP TO KC CANCELLED
From: "Turner, Lori" <Lturner AT BOONEELECTRIC.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:03:45 +0000
The field trip scheduled for Saturday February 28th to KC is cancelled due to 
the weather forecast saying that area will start getting snow in the early 
afternoon. I will keep you posted if we re-schedule this trip. 


Lori Turner
Columbia Audubon Society
Field Trip Coordinator
loricastrips AT gmail.com

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Turner, Lori 

Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 12:57 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: CAS AND BAS FIELD TRIP TO KC

Saturday, February 28th Joint Field Trip With Burroughs Audubon Society Greater 
Kansas City 

Destination: Burroughs Audubon Nature Center in Fleming Park, Blue Springs, MO 

Departure Point: Wendy's parking lot. 2116 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203 
(By the Columbia Mall) 

Leader: Sherry Leonardo
Contact Info: Lori Turner loricastrips AT gmail.com 

CAS group will leave Wendy's parking lot at 6:45 a.m. and drive to The 
Burroughs Audubon Nature Center where we'll meet at the library around 8:30 am. 
Burroughs will provide hot beverages to enjoy while watching feeders from the 
comfortable viewing room. Blue Springs Lake will be our next destination to 
look for waterfowl and check the wetlands for winter residents. We'll then 
break for lunch at Corner Caf; it's nearby with good food at reasonable 
prices. Following lunch we'll head over to Burr Oak Woods CA, where we'll check 
their feeders and walk some of the Missouri Tree Trail. If time allows, we'll 
finish at Lake Remembrance CA. This will give us a nice variety of habitats 
with minimal driving. Burroughs will keep their ears and eyes open for any 
unusual sightings that may change this exact itinerary. 

We'll start back to Columbia around 3 p.m. Please RSVP to Lori Turner by 
February 25th so we can all sit together for lunch. 

The Burroughs Audubon Nature Center has an extensive nature library, gift shop 
and Wi-Fi access. For more information visit: http://burroughs.org/library.html 


ALSO- We are watching the weather forecast and if it looks like bad driving 
conditions the trip will either be postponed or cancelled. There are several 
places to check cancellations: 


https://www.facebook.com/groups/columbia.audubon/

http://columbia-audubon.org/

http://www.mobirds.org/

Lori Turner
Operations Dispatcher
Boone Electric Cooperative
1413 Rangeline St.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 449-4181


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Subject: Hoary Redpoll
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:21:23 -0600
I am going to make the trip tomorrow to see the Hoary Redpoll and I was
wondering if anyone would like to meet me there or go with me?  I'll be
honest.  I'm a little concerned about being able to tell the difference and
I'd like someone to go with me.  Let me know if there's an interest.
Thanks!

Christine Kline

birdsecretary AT comcast.net

Pleasant Hill, MO ~ Cass County

 

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Home/Office: (816) 540-3515

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Vice President, Burroughs Audubon

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Subject: Hoary redpoll Thurs update Adair Co.
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:06:14 -0600
Just saw the Hoary Redpoll today at 3:00. Looks like all of the Commons are 
here as well. 

(660)-342-5782

Frankie Cuculich
Brashear, Mo.
Adair Co

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Subject: SATURDAY GULL WORKSHOP STILL ON
From: William Rowe <rowemb45 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:38:38 -0600
To everyone involved in the SLAS/GOAS gull workshop that was postponed from
last week:

The weather for Saturday 2/28 looks OK at this point, and we will be
running the workshop as planned. Starting time is 8:00 at the Great Rivers
Museum next to the Mel Price Dam, across the bridge from Missouri into
Alton, IL, and then two miles east.

As described in the original post, you can expect the presentation on gulls
to take about two hours, with a break. It will be followed by outdoor study
of gulls there at the dam and then ad hoc trips to see more gulls and other
birds, perhaps before lunch and certainly after. As noted before, lunch
will not be organized by us; you may visit local restaurants or bring your
own. You are encouraged to bring your field guides with you and ask
questions at every opportunity.

If you need to cancel your registration, even as late as Friday p.m.,
please contact Mike Grant at mikecurlew AT att.net.  Also get in touch with
Mike if you want to see whether a space has opened up.

At the moment the prediction is for temperatures in the general range of
15-35 F during the day, and no precipitation. There are indeed gulls in the
area, including a few of the scarcer ones, and we hope that the ducks,
geese, and swans over near Ellis Island in Riverlands will continue to keep
their one good patch of water open.

See you there!

Bill Rowe
St. Louis
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Subject: Squaw Creek NWR on PBS
From: Lanny Chambers <lanny AT HUMMINGBIRDS.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:27:49 -0600
The final episode of PBS's Earth: A New Wild featured jaw-dropping images of 
migrating Snow Geese and other birds at our own Squaw Creek NWR. The segment is 
near the end of the hour-long show. The program presents Missouri as a positive 
example of how humans can make a huge difference for wildlife, by sharing just 
a tiny percentage of water with them. Of course, we know our state has a 
special relationship with nature, but it's always nice to get national 
recognition from the likes of Sanjayan. 


The episode (”Water") should be available for online viewing soon at the PBS 
website. Or check your local listing for the repeat schedule. 


BTW, the 2015 hummingbirds-dot-net migration map is open for business. I 
welcome your participation. 


Lanny Chambers
Fenton
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Subject: No Sighting: Across the Himalaya they come!
From: Deepa Mohan <mohandeepa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:26:23 +0530
A friend of mine used my image of a tagged Bar-headed Goose in her
article in a local newspaper:


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/doing-what-genghis-could-not/article6934193.ece 


Here's my write up about these "wild geese that fly with the moon on
their wings"


http://deponti.livejournal.com/1118846.html

I beg the pardon of the admin of this listserv .I've seen several
semi-domesticated birds of this species in St.Louis....so I thought of
inflicting this on you all.

I hope you are all enjoying the snow and the cold...my part of the
country is already into early summer, and I am looking forward to my
next visit to St.Louis by the 3rd week of April. I've been enjoying
the Snowy Owl and the Inca Dove and others.....and the fact that Bald
Eagles are flying around Forest Park, too!

Truly, the birds remind us that we are united on one planet....not
divided in many countries!

Cheers, Deepa.

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Subject: ILLINOIS birds: MP Dam/RMBS
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:25 -0600
Connie Alwood Called:

MP Dam/RMBS, Madison co., ILLINOIS
one GLAUCOUS GULL
one ICELAND GULL

LT Duck MIA

Forgot to ask about W. Meadowlarks or Rough-legged.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.



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Subject: Accipiter courtship
From: Rob Bierregaard <rbierreg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:55:58 -0500
This is classic Accipiter courtship display. You didn’t mention the flared 
undertail coverts. They will often flare them out so much they cover the rump 
so they almost look like a harrier. 


Rob Bierregaard


> 
> 
> Date:    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:34:01 +0000
> From:    "Bailey, Tom" 
> Subject: Accipiter courtship?
> 
> Last Saturday morning, while jogging around Kirkwood, I saw a large Accipiter 
flying at fairly high altitude, in a circular pattern, with exaggerated, nearly 
180 degree wingbeats on unbent wings, with an occasional glide. The bird was at 
least the size of a crow, if not larger. I assume it was a Cooper's, but given 
the size I would think it was a female. Does this sound like courtship 
behaviour, and do females do this on their own? There was no other bird in 
sight. 

> 
> Tom Bailey
> St. Louis County
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Subject: Trumpeter Swans, Saline Valley CA, Miller Co., 2/23
From: Chris Barrigar <1chrisbarrigar AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:29:25 -0700
Frigid Greetings!
The spring fed pool off Rock Hole Road (located East of Eldon off Hwy M) is 
partially open due in part by the water temps from the spring and the current 
as the water continues to flow into the pool. I have been watching some 
Trumpeter Swans since December as they seem to be using this area most days. 
What started as a family unit of 2 adults and 3 juveniles have fluctuated from 
the original 5 birds up to as many as yesterday's 18 Trumpeter Swans. 

Also using the open water was a lone drake Mallard and drake Northern Pintail.
So if you go out looking for waterfowl and find that most the small ponds and 
lakes are frozen over, you might try to target a spring-fed pond/lake in your 
area (if available). 

Good birding!

Chris Barrigar
 
Cole Co.
Russellville, MO
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Subject: Swans and stuff, North Central Mo.
From: Dianne & Steve Kinder <000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:08:35 -0800
I did some looking around in Linn and Chariton County areas today. All the 
wetland pools in the Zell tracts at Pershing SP were frozen over so no 
waterbirds there today. Had a Winter Wren next to the creek and couple dozen 
Swamp Sparrows,but not much else. On down to Swan Lake which was almost all 
frozen over and snow covered. Found 35 Trumpeter Swans and low number of Ducks 
and Geese in small patches of open water. Interesting watching a Yellow-rumped 
Warbler flitting around down on the ice in the Bulrush. I decided to drive 
through Fountain Grove CA on the way back. Glad I did as they had some water 
moving in pool west of the hdqtrs. and larger openings. Nice variety of 
waterfowl, including Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-neck, and several first-of-year 
Wood Duck, plus Snow, Canada, Gr. White-fronted geese, and 118 Swans, with 
couple of Tundras. This is my high count for The "Grove" and highest total for 
the area. 


Later,
Steve Kinder
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Subject: Accipiter courtship?
From: "Bailey, Tom" <TBAILEY AT DOM.WUSTL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:34:01 +0000
Last Saturday morning, while jogging around Kirkwood, I saw a large Accipiter 
flying at fairly high altitude, in a circular pattern, with exaggerated, nearly 
180 degree wingbeats on unbent wings, with an occasional glide. The bird was at 
least the size of a crow, if not larger. I assume it was a Cooper's, but given 
the size I would think it was a female. Does this sound like courtship 
behaviour, and do females do this on their own? There was no other bird in 
sight. 


Tom Bailey
St. Louis County

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Subject: Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: "Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" <dan AT ANIMALWONDERS.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:56:59 -0600
Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped 
feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as "just 
another blackbird," Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable 
notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any 
other once-common landbird. In 2014, the International Rusty Blackbird Working 
Group, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Vermont 
Center for Ecostudies, eBird, and many other state, federal, and local 
partners, launched a three-year Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz that 
challenged birders to scour the landscape for Rusty Blackbirds during this 
species' northward migration. Between 1 March and 15 June, 4750 birders 
submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty Blackbird observations to eBird, a 
hugely successful first season that has allowed us to start looking at 
potential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, habitat use, and potential 
migratory pathways. 




We hope you'll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitz this spring! It's 
easy- bird as you normally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 15 June) 
and submit your data to eBird using the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration 
Blitz" observation type. To help you figure out when Rusties might be passing 
through your area, each region is assigned a set of target dates found here: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ We're 
collecting Blitz data from anywhere within our target states and provinces, but 
this year, we'd also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest identified from 
2014 data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird habitat use and 
migratory timing. Check out our map of Areas of Interest for 2015 at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 





To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort, please visit our 
Migration Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/), 
or check out our Blitz Facebook page 
(https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz). 





We hope you'll join us to Blitz for Blackbirds this spring!

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Subject: CAS AND BAS FIELD TRIP TO KC
From: "Turner, Lori" <Lturner AT BOONEELECTRIC.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:56:40 +0000
Saturday, February 28th Joint Field Trip With Burroughs Audubon Society Greater 
Kansas City 

Destination: Burroughs Audubon Nature Center in Fleming Park, Blue Springs, MO 

Departure Point: Wendy's parking lot. 2116 Bernadette Dr. Columbia, MO 65203 
(By the Columbia Mall) 

Leader: Sherry Leonardo
Contact Info: Lori Turner loricastrips AT gmail.com 

CAS group will leave Wendy's parking lot at 6:45 a.m. and drive to The 
Burroughs Audubon Nature Center where we'll meet at the library around 8:30 am. 
Burroughs will provide hot beverages to enjoy while watching feeders from the 
comfortable viewing room. Blue Springs Lake will be our next destination to 
look for waterfowl and check the wetlands for winter residents. We'll then 
break for lunch at Corner Caf; it's nearby with good food at reasonable 
prices. Following lunch we'll head over to Burr Oak Woods CA, where we'll check 
their feeders and walk some of the Missouri Tree Trail. If time allows, we'll 
finish at Lake Remembrance CA. This will give us a nice variety of habitats 
with minimal driving. Burroughs will keep their ears and eyes open for any 
unusual sightings that may change this exact itinerary. 

We'll start back to Columbia around 3 p.m. Please RSVP to Lori Turner by 
February 25th so we can all sit together for lunch. 

The Burroughs Audubon Nature Center has an extensive nature library, gift shop 
and Wi-Fi access. For more information visit: http://burroughs.org/library.html 


ALSO- We are watching the weather forecast and if it looks like bad driving 
conditions the trip will either be postponed or cancelled. There are several 
places to check cancellations: 


https://www.facebook.com/groups/columbia.audubon/

http://columbia-audubon.org/

http://www.mobirds.org/

Lori Turner
Operations Dispatcher
Boone Electric Cooperative
1413 Rangeline St.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 449-4181


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Subject: ILLINOIS: Carlyle Lake - darker backed HERG
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:16:29 -0600
ILLINOIS birds:
Dan Kassebaum's Carlyle Lake report from this last weekend
which includes a darker backed HERRING GULL (photo of
tucked in adult) and an adult GLAUCOUS GULL.

http://www.htc.net/~kdan/report.htm 

ILLINOIS birds at RMBS, MP Dam area
FYI, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (2 adult) came in late in the day.
Re-found 2nd cycle KUMLIEN'S but not others reported at dam but
only looked from "MO side" for a short time. Too late for IL side.
LT Duck was M.I.A.


Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.








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Subject: Riverlands
From: leslie <000000c32ee9a9c8-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:14:58 +0000
 I hope it is permissible for me to post here. This afternoon around 4 pm at 
Ellis Island there were a number of white fronted geese, common goldeneyes, 
common mergansers, 2 white pelicans (near the lock), trumpeter swans, Canada 
geese, mallard ducks. On Friday, there were trumpeter swans, white fronted 
geese, three Bald Eagles, two Northern harriers working the area between the 
bird center and the turn off to the lock, common mergansers, common goldeneyes, 
a Red-tailed hawk, and a smaller hawk or falcon I couldn't identify. Leslie 
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Subject: Riverlands -- Thayer's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls & Western Meadowlarks
From: Michael Thelen <mikethelen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:02:06 -0600
Hi MOBirders:

I birded the Riverlands area Sunday from 8:30 to about 3:30, including stops
in Missouri and Illinois, and ended with a good, productive day.  I know
Bill Rowe was also birding the area so apologies if this duplicates any
information he posts on his own.

I entered the area on Red School Rd. and there was a surprising variety of
small birds hugging, and feeding along, the narrow strip of open ground
along the road edge.  I had 2 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 5 SAVANNAH SPARROW, 85
HORNED LARK, 6 SONG SPARROW, 1 SWAMP SPARROW and a dozen meadowlarks.  At
least 6 of the meadowlarks stayed close together along the road edge and
were a mixed bag of very drab, low-contrast individuals plus some
breeding-type birds.  I had the best scope studies of 3 of the yellowy birds
which displayed the characteristics of WESTERN MEADOWLARK including yellow
malar reaching right up to the gape flange, white flanks with broken
streaking formed by blackish spots, low-contrast crowns and uncolorful upper
parts.

I drove Confluence Rd. out to the point.  The road is snow- and ice-packed
and there are 3 stretches with deep ruts which might be problematic for
low-clearance cars.  At the point there were several hundred gulls
congregating below the Columbia Bottom CA overlook.  I got there midday
which wasn't a very good time and all the birds were backlit by bright
sunlight and just plain blurry, like it was July.  I gave up rather quick.

Back along the road there was a flock of 600 Mallard in the place which used
to be a big puddle at the bottom of the levee across the road from the duck
club.  They seemed to be resting on the snow.  Some geese were mixed in with
the ducks but I didn't ID them.  There were also well over a 100 more Horned
Larks along the road.

I ended the day with 15 species of waterfowl, including 4 each of CACKLING
GOOSE and TUNDRA SWAN.  All the birds were crowded into the few remaining
patches of open water.  1 Canada appeared to be a very good candidate for
LESSER as it was clearly intermediate in size between the Cacklings and the
rest.  There were also 50 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW along Wise Rd. and 8
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the spillway area.

I left Riverlands with 5 gulls, including a big variety of immature Herring
Gulls to look through.

-- Thayer's Gull, 1 ad.  Seen in flight over the spillway.  Even while
moving about in the air the bill was noticeably smaller than the nearby
Herrings.  Separated from Iceland by much dark coloration on the wingtips;
very close to the wingtip pattern picture # 13 in the Olsen-Larsson gull
book.

--  Iceland Gull, 1 1st-cyc.  Overall a white gull with subtle, very pale
brown marbling; rounded, dove-like head; small, all-black bill, wingtips
same color as rest of bird.  Standing then lying on the lock wall and seen
from the dam V.C. parking lot after lunch.  Photo here:

http://smu.gs/1B95TQL

-- Glaucous Gull, 1 1st-cyc.  Also on the lock wall from the parking lot
about same time as the Iceland.  A very large, white-winged gull with fleshy
pink bill with black spot near the tip.  Howell and Dunn say the tip can
become finely pale by midwinter, except on this individual the pale tip was
bigger than just "fine."

-- Thayer's/Iceland, 1 1st-cyc.  Only a brief look at this immature bird
with very pale brown primaries and tertial centers; dove-like head and
all-black bill.  But the bird flew away before I could study it more
carefully.

I did not see a solid, clear-cut 1st-cyc Thayer's today nor any black-backed
gulls.  The young Herrings were so variable that many of them caught my eye
but I couldn't pass any of them off as black-backed.

Hawks were Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (all 3 types), Cooper's Hawk,
Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel.  For a surprise, when I was nearly
home in urban University City, I spotted a Bald Eagle at Olive and
North-and-South Rds!  Unusual for this neck-of-the-woods.  The bird stopped
to perch in a massive tree and was eating something I couldn't see, let
alone identify.  Photo here:

http://smu.gs/1Lso83g

45 species total for the day.

Mike Thelen
Univ City, StL Cnty, MO
mikethelen AT sbcglobal.net

P.S.  On Jan 11 I returned home from a long trip and I've posted some of my
photos in this gallery.  There are lots of bird pictures.

http://smu.gs/1D7gFpF

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Subject: RMBS/Melvin Price Lock and Dam - 22 Feb 2015
From: Joshua Uffman <birdsandbugs AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:35:05 -0800
This morning, 22 Feb, most of Riverlands M.B.S. (St. Charles County) was frozen 
over, except for the area around Ellis Island where there were quite a few 
waterfowl to pick through but I did not spend much time doing so. 

 
Instead, I spent most of my time at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam (accessed 
from the Missouri side), with Bill Rowe picking through the gulls. The majority 
of the birds present were HERRINGS (250+), with only a few RING-BILEDS 
sprinkled in. The highlight was 3 "KUMLIEN'S" ICELAND GULLS, a personal high 
count at the location for me, two first-cycle birds and one second-cycle bird. 
Additionally, there was at least one first-cycle THAYER'S GULL there and the 
young male LONG-TAILED DUCK, reported yesterday by Connie Alwood, was still 
present. 

 
Here is my eBird checklist with my notes and pics of the gulls:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22019121
 
Lastly, I drove the confluence road to just past the duck club property where 
there were at least 25 LAPLAND LONGSPURS mixed in with the 100+ HORNED LARKS. 

 
Hopefully the gulls will stick around until next Saturday for the re-scheduled 
Gull Workshop. 

 
Josh
 

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Subject: Yellow Rumped Warbler Jefferson County
From: Shelly Colatskie <Shelly.Colatskie AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:34:33 +0000
We had a yellow-rumped warbler warbler at our feeders today (it was on a 
feeder, on the ground and on the tree). I was able to get a couple of photos of 
it before it flew off. See attached. 


We also had a flock of cedar waxwings which was a nice treat!

This was in Cedar Hill, MO in Jefferson County.

Shelly Colatskie
Jefferson County, MO

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Subject: BUSCH CA
From: Debbie Trowbridge <meadowlark22 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:21:00 -0600
Late morning. Nothing out of the ordinary at Hdqtrs feeders. Very birdy at edge 
of the woods across from Hdqtrs with American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow & Swamp 
Sparrow. No birds at the blind on Fallen Oak Trail probably because no feeders! 
And the two permanent feeders were empty 


GRH Owl off Chesterfield Airport Rd by Spirit of St Louis Rd exit still on her 
nest. She is still sitting low so I guess no owlets yet. 


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Subject: Eagle Bluffs field trip report
From: Greg Leonard <0000009bd27f1943-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:10:32 +0000
Five people braved the snow and ice this morning for the Columbia Audubon 
Society field trip to Eagle Bluffs led by Lori Turner.  After we turned onto 
Star School Road from Route K, we scanned the flock of Horned Larks in the 
adjacent fields and were able to pick out 3 Lapland Longspurs although there 
may have been more as the flock was pretty far away.  Eagle Bluffs held a good 
many Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese that were on the ground although most 
took flight while we were there.  A good variety of ducks were present as well 
as at least a dozen eagles. 

Here is the checklist with a few photos.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22009275
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Riverlands
From: Cornelius Alwood <calwood AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:24:40 -0600
Below the dam late this afternoon amongst a small group of Common Goldeneyes.

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Subject: Great Lakes freezing, sea ducks on the move
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:13:22 -0600
Great Lakes freezing faster than last year

http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/02/arctic_blast_sends_great_lakes.html 


Increase in WW Scoter sightings (IL and IN, see eBird) including ours last
weekend at Hidden Harbor Park, St. Charles co. (birds were spooked by others
pulling up right next to us and getting out. Could not re-find).
Also Carlyle Lake sighting by Dan Kassebaum.

Chrissy McClarren also had a LT Duck at Bellrive Park today, 2/21.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22007726

These seas ducks could be possible in thawed areas along Miss. River or 
thawed
inland lakes. (ever changing situation).

good winter birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.





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Subject: No sighting- article on legislation
From: Mary Nemecek <0000000585d83684-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:53:47 -0600
Just FYI- St. Joe press ran this update on the pending conservation 
legislation. 



http://www.newspressnow.com/sports/outdoors/article_aa4f8d1b-d82d-5d7d-8189-fa1a979df29d.html 


Conservation Federation of Missouri has also launched a portal to track 
legislation pertaining to conservation in Missouri. 


https://account.votility.com/enterprise/CFM/account.php

Best,
Mary Nemecek
KCMO

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Subject: Sat morning Hoary redpoll Adiar Co.
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:18:53 -0600
Just seen all 8 common redpolls and the hoary redpoll. At 10:15. Roads I thank 
are good, warming up. Should be a good day to view the bird. 


Frankie Cuculich
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Subject: Re: Hoary redpoll update.
From: Brad Jacobs <Brad.Jacobs AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:22:18 +0000
Frankie et al.
I got a call from Paul McKenzie who was able to see the Hoary Redpoll for about 
3 minutes in late morning and 6 Common Redpolls, but didn't see the Hoary come 
back again. So, a good sign that it is still in the area. He reported the road 
was slick and had some rutted places in the road that made it a little iffy for 
a small car. 

Everything is glazed with ice in Columbia right now.

Brad

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Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-4115  ext 3648
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Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:34 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Hoary redpoll update.

The hoary redpoll was seen on Thurs. afternoon. I wasn't home early enough 
today to know if it showed up. With the weather coming in I want all that plan 
on coming up to see the bird to be very careful driving. We are to get some 
freezing rain tonight, so please be careful. I fill that the birds will hang 
around with the bad weather coming. Any one that is planing to come, can call 
me and I will give weather reports on the local road conditions. 

(660)342-5782
Be safe all.

Frankie Cuculich
Brashear, Mo.
Adair Co.

P.S. It is raining right now 6:30.

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Subject: Hoary redpoll update.
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:34:22 -0600
The hoary redpoll was seen on Thurs. afternoon. I wasn't home early enough 
today to know if it showed up. With the weather coming in I want all that plan 
on coming up to see the bird to be very careful driving. We are to get some 
freezing rain tonight, so please be careful. I fill that the birds will hang 
around with the bad weather coming. Any one that is planing to come, can call 
me and I will give weather reports on the local road conditions. 

(660)342-5782
Be safe all.

Frankie Cuculich
Brashear, Mo.
Adair Co.

P.S. It is raining right now 6:30.

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Subject: Come on down to EBCA
From: Susan Hazelwood <hazelwoods AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:43:07 -0600
Birds filling open water and falling from the sky at Eagle Bluffs Conservation 
Area. Wonderful sound effects from 1,000s of Mallards, 100s of N Pintail & 
greater White Fronted Geese. Seven Common Merganser, 2 Hooded Merg, 2 Am Black 
Ducks, 1 Canvasback, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 3 Gadwall and I haven't covered 
entire area yet. Such fun!!! 


Susan Hazelwood
Columbia, MO
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Subject: Re: Hip, Hip, Hoary!!
From: Jack Hilsabeck <hilsabeck1941 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:30:21 -0600
Mobirds

Kirby Goslee reported a Northern Shrike at 1:30 this afternoon.  It was 7
miles west of Maryville, MO (Nodaway County) on Route V or 9 miles east of
Skidmore, MO also on Route V (Nodaway County).

Jack Hilsbeck
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> The Hoary was seen on Sun by several of you.  What a great time!!  Enjoyed
> seeing some old friends and new ones.  I haven't been able to watch the
> feeders this week, but today at 4:30 I did see one common redpoll.  So they
> are most likely still in the area.  With the snow we are getting right now
> the redpolls should sick around.  Here is my phone number for anyone
> wanting to get a hold of me to see the redpolls.  If I don't pick up please
> leave a message.  I will keep everyone informed on the status of this
> little guy.
> (660)-342-5782
>
> Frankie Cuculich
> Brashear, Mo.
> Adair Co.
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Subject: Inca Dove - Upate Holden, MO
From: "Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" <dan AT ANIMALWONDERS.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:10:19 -0600
I've had some PC issues over the last week and want to thank Larry Olpin for 
sending the message out about the Inca Dove. I last observed the bird in the 
yard on Jan 28 in the afternoon, but on Monday morning after the snow (Feb 16), 
it arrived to feed out of the blue frisbee on the ground around 8:30 AM. It 
showed again the next day and I captured a short video of it 
(http://youtu.be/o2DMus_P7mo). Haven't seen it since Tuesday, but that's not 
saying it's gone for good. Driving around the neighborhood today, I have 
noticed many feeders up with lots of activity, so it may be using another in 
the area. 


Like last month, I don't mind if you want to try to come see the dove, but it 
hasn't established a pattern like it did over its stay in January and I can't 
guarantee you'll see it. My feeders are located on the west side of the house 
and best viewing is done using your car as a blind. Pull in behind my black 
Saturn if I'm here and if I'm not, pull where I park (just to the left of the 
main drive) to not block anyone in. Please feel free to contact me if you're in 
the area and if I'm here, will come out to greet you if the dove isn't around 
to be disturbed. We are in Holden, MO. Animal Wonders pops up on Google maps, 
will direct you right here. 


Other area notes, the Holden City Lake (while I didn't visit today) has been 
very busy this week. Several hundred Common Mergansers since Saturday and 
nearly as many Hooded Mergansers (in full display mode!!); many other ducks 
also using the lake including the first Greater Scaup I've had of the year. 
Gull numbers are good as well and we had an adult Glaucous Gull last weekend, 
nothing compared to Smithville numbers, but still many Ring-billed and Herring. 


Roads won't be great this weekend, but if you're feeling adventurous...

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Subject: Burroughs field trip cancelled
From: Christine Kline <birdsecretary AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:53:48 -0600
Per Mark Land, due to the forecast for Saturday of snow and ice we are
postponing the trip to Clinton and Perry reservoirs until Saturday March 14.
Same time and place on that day.  For more information, please refer to
burrough's website at burroughs dog org.  

Christine Kline
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Subject: Riverlands and Columbia Bottoms
From: therese haenni <0000000915e91be8-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:09:46 +0000
Got up to Riverlands about 9am today. Ellis Bay and Heron pond are frozen 
solid. The swans are keeping some water open and the following waterfowl were 
taking advantage of it : Trumpeter swans, 1 mute swan, White-fronted geese, 
Canada geese, mallards, common mergansers, pintails, redheads, canvasbacks, 
ringnecks a some Scaup. 

Below the dam were a couple hundred gulls, goldeneye , a few eagles and an 
immature CoopersHawk on the way to the dam. There were Harriers scattered 
around as well as Redtail hawks and a continuing Rough-legged hawk.. The road 
to Confluence state park had a mixed flock of Lapland longspurs and Horned 
larks. I also saw what I though was a Merlin but on my second drive through I 
saw a Kestrel so I think my original ID was incorrect. 

The best bird at Columbia Bottoms was a Thrasher under the feeders. There was 
some open water at the confluence viewing area and had some of the same 
waterfowl (no Swans) a Hooded Merganser and 5 Buffleheads. There were plenty of 
raptors here including another Rough-legged hawk and a very dark Buteo species 
I could not Identify for sure. On my way out there were 5 eagles and some crows 
feeding on a deer carcass. 

Dave Haenni    Des Peres, MO

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Subject: Nesting Activity
From: Timothy Jones <0000002bb1253dbd-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:22:16 -0600
Today I watched a couple House Sparrows carrying nesting material into my 
neighbor's Purple Martin house. 


It was nice to see this sign of spring on a day when the high temperature 
reached only 18 degrees and with snow and ice covering the ground. 


Tim Jones
Dunklin County, Missouri

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Subject: Eagle Bluffs - Thursday
From: Kathleen Anderson <andersonka AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:07:42 -0500
There is very little open water at Eagle Bluffs today.  

I saw at least 35 Lapland Longspurs just after you turn into Eagle Bluffs from 
Rt K. These were reported by Laura Pintel yesterday. 


Now a Red-breasted Merganser has joined the Common Mergansers. I counted 13 
Common Mergansers today. A Bufflehead was keeping company with them. 


Many less ducks and eagles from last Saturday when I was there last. There is 
an eagle on the nest in the nest tree as you come from the 2nd 1-way loop. 


Also saw a large flock of snow geese fly over and 4 Trumpeter Swans. 

Kathleen Anderson, Columbia

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Subject: GULL WORKSHOP POSTPONED ONE WEEK
From: William Rowe <rowemb45 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:13:26 -0600
To everyone who is registered for the 2/21 gull workshop and field trip
here in the St. Louis area:

The subject line says it all. The weather predictions for this Saturday
suggest not only that it may be hard to do any birding (in freezing rain)
but that it might even be hard to get to the museum in the morning. And our
friends who were coming up from Springfield to participate have no chance
of decent driving conditions.

Therefore we are postponing one week, to Saturday, February 28, with the
exact same plan: Workshop presentation 8-10 AM at the Great Rivers Museum
(which will open at 7:30) followed by a first field trip effort, then
lunch, and then more birding into the afternoon.

The ten-day forecast shows 2/28 as a reasonable day, cold but probably free
of precipitation. We'll cross our fingers.

If you are reading this and know of anyone who is registered but unlikely
to see this message, please let them know.  And if you are currently
registered but unable to come on 2/28, we're sorry, but please contact Mike
Grant at mikecurlew AT att.net and let him know that he should take your name
off the list.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Bill Rowe
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Subject: Redpoll update!!
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:09:47 -0600
The hoary redpoll was seen by 6 of us today. Along with at least 7 commons. The 
best time is still from 1pm to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. Here is my phone 
number, if you don't get me, please leave a message. (660)-342-5782 


Frankie Cuculich
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Subject: Eagle Bluffs
From: laura pintel <llpintel AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:01:58 -0600
There was a large mixed flock of Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks as you turn 
into Eagle Bluffs CA from Rt. K to Star School Rd. this afternoon. 


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Subject: volunteer bird guide Corpus Christi TX
From: David Ulmer <davidulmer01 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:59:11 -0600
I am hoping someone on the list knows a good local birding in Corpus that could 
take my wife on a trip or two while I spend the next two weeks in a rehab 
hospital for a broken hip and shoulder. 

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Subject: Red Bellied WP Video
From: Jack Revare <jlrevare AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:54:02 -0600
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​  My son just moved to a house in Johnson Co.,
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feeder for Sunflower seed.

Jack

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Subject: GULL WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP
From: William Rowe <rowemb45 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:07:03 -0600
To everyone who has signed up for the field trip and gull workshop this
coming Saturday, 2/21, let me summarize how things stand as of today, with
the caveat that they could change.

1) As a reminder, due to the large number of interested people,
participation in this workshop is by pre-registration. The limit of 70 has
already been reached.

2) At this point we are planning to run the workshop at the Great Rivers
Museum, 8-10 a.m., no matter what, since it doesn't depend on weather or
conditions on the field trip areas. However, this would be subject to
change if for some reason the museum were not open. We have no alternate
venue.

3) The weather forecasts for Saturday are discouraging, but forecasts have
been known to change (and to be wrong). Right now the best we can say is
that we will try looking for birds from 10:00 on, but if the weather is
really unpleasant, we may not be able to make a full field trip day of it.
Less likely to change is the fact that most of the water at Riverlands will
probably be frozen tight by then (it is already), and there may be a dearth
of gulls and waterfowl in the area.

As a small bit of encouragement, there was still a Glaucous Gull on the
lock walls by the museum yesterday, and a Rough-legged Hawk sitting on the
snowy berm by the road through Riverlands.

4) When we get to Thursday, the other organizers and I will be looking at
the hour-by-hour forecast carefully and deciding what, if anything, we can
do about it. So please WATCH THIS LISTSERV for a further update on Thursday
evening or Friday morning. If you see none, assume it is still on.

All the best for now,

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St. Louis
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Subject: Hip, Hip, Hoary!!
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:27:55 -0600
The Hoary was seen on Sun by several of you. What a great time!! Enjoyed seeing 
some old friends and new ones. I haven't been able to watch the feeders this 
week, but today at 4:30 I did see one common redpoll. So they are most likely 
still in the area. With the snow we are getting right now the redpolls should 
sick around. Here is my phone number for anyone wanting to get a hold of me to 
see the redpolls. If I don't pick up please leave a message. I will keep 
everyone informed on the status of this little guy. 

(660)-342-5782

Frankie Cuculich
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Subject: ILLINOIS: Carlyle Lake report
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:11:48 -0600
ILLINOIS birds

Carlyle Lake weekend update:

http://www.htc.net/~kdan/report.htm 

Includes WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, ICELAND GULL, breeding plumaged
FRANKLIN'S GULL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
Photos of changing Herring Gull plumages.

Outta' here.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.




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Subject: CAS FIELD TRIP 2-21-15
From: "Turner, Lori" <Lturner AT BOONEELECTRIC.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:33:00 +0000
Saturday, February 21th
Destination:  CAS Lake Tour
Departure Point:  Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court #C, Columbia, MO
Leader:  Lori Turner
Contact Info:  loricastrips AT gmail.com
We will leave Songbird Station's parking lot at 8 a.m. and visit as many lakes 
as we can in 3.5 hours in search of ducks and geese. Phillips, R-1, and Little 
Dixie Lake will be visited. We will end the trip at Songbird Station for coffee 
and donuts. 



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Subject: Inca Dove report from Dan Cowell
From: Larry Olpin <olpin AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:59:25 -0600
Dan's computer is not working, so he has asked me to post this message. The 
Inca Dove that had not been seen since Jan 28 returned to his home this 
morning. You can contact Dan at dan AT animalwonders.net or (816) 807-4748. 


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Subject: Hoary Redpoll Adair Co. Feb 15th
From: Al and Lois Smith <alandlois AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:16:07 -0600
At Frankie and Lesa's residence yesterday. Big thanks to them opening up their 
home for this unbelievable viewing. 


If you squint you can see the face in this. Yosemite Sam?

http://www.photosbyat.com/Birds/2015-Birding/Birding-2015-February/2015-02-15-Kirksville-Area/i-T2dt3HZ/0/L/IMG_6433_7D2-1-L.jpg 


It's going to take awhile to finish gallery so check back later.

http://www.photosbyat.com/Birds/2015-Birding/Birding-2015-February/2015-02-15-Kirksville-Area 


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Bridgeton, St. Louis County
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Subject: Re: Hoary redpoll Adair Co. photos
From: Tony Elliott <Anthony.Elliott AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:03:08 +0000
I was out at Frankie’s house yesterday at the same time as Peter. My ebird 
list with photos that best distinguish the hoary redpoll from the common 
redpolls that were also present is at 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21845375

Thanks Frankie!

Tony Elliott
Macon, MO

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Peter Kondrashov 

Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 4:40 PM
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Subject: Hoary redpoll Adair Co. photos

Here are some shots of the adult female Hoary Redpoll (HORE) that I 
photographed at Frankie C.'s residence yesterday (Feb. 14). The photos show 
short stubby "nipped-in" bill, limited streaking on the sides, clear white 
undertail coverts and nearly white mid-rump. The streaking on the rump is 
limited to the upper and lower rump consistent with the HORE flight photograph 
in the Crossley ID guide. Also notice plain gray "frosty" upperside. The bird 
was distinctly different from all the other redpolls that were coming to the 
feeders at the same time. BTW David Sibley first suggested that it is a hoary 
and after Frankie posted a second set of pictures he had no doubts. 

Here is the link to my shots: 
https://plus.google.com/photos/100215232641622009633/albums/6116199425560918081 


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Kirksville, MO
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Subject: Cucolich's Redpoll - Continues - 15 February
From: Joshua Uffman <birdsandbugs AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:38:43 -0800
Hello All: Having missed the Ivory Gull earlier this year, I figured I better 
not take my chances with Frankie's redpoll. So, I decided to make the trip 
north to Adair County early this morning to see this bird myself, which if 
accepted by the MBRC would be Missouri's 3rd HOARY REDPOLL. The first and 
second came during the winter finch invasion of 2012/2013. Here are those 
records for anyone interested: 
http://www.showme-birds.com/index_files/HoaryRedpollRecords.htm 


Anyways, I personally, do not have any incredible photos to share (Frankie and 
Peter took care of that - nice guys!), but I did obtain the following photo 
today that could potentially change folks minds if they are still on the fence 
about the identity of the species, which is a direct profile comparison of the 
"Hoary" next to a Common.  


https://www.flickr.com/photos/20194217 AT N04/15923544153/

Lastly, here is my eBird checklist that contains my own personal notes:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21878224

Fun day - Thank you so much Frankie and Leza!

Josh



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Subject: Hoary redpoll Adair Co. photos
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:39:37 -0600
Here are some shots of the adult female Hoary Redpoll (HORE) that I
photographed at Frankie C.'s residence yesterday (Feb. 14). The photos show
short stubby "nipped-in" bill, limited streaking on the sides, clear white
undertail coverts and nearly white mid-rump. The streaking on the rump is
limited to the upper and lower rump consistent with the HORE flight
photograph in the Crossley ID guide. Also notice plain gray "frosty"
upperside. The bird was distinctly different from all the other redpolls
that were coming to the feeders at the same time. BTW David Sibley first
suggested that it is a hoary and after Frankie posted a second set of
pictures he had no doubts.
Here is the link to my shots:
https://plus.google.com/photos/100215232641622009633/albums/6116199425560918081

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Subject: Cancellation: CAS Field Trip tomorrow (Mon)
From: Karen Wosilait <kwseattle AT CLEARWIRE.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:59:49 -0800
Lori Turner asked me to send out the following message:

Due to the weather forecast predicting up to 6 inches of snow the Eagle bluffs 
trip scheduled for Monday the 16th at 8 a.m. is cancelled. 


Karen Wosilait
Seattle (permanent) / Columbia, MO (temp)
Moving to:  karen.w.mobile AT gmail.com
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Subject: Bradford Farm (Boone Co.)
From: "Douglas, Ryan" <douglasrn AT MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:36:05 +0000
Josh Uffman and I birded Bradford Farm (Boone Co.) from about 7:30-9am this 
morning. Before he arrived, I failed to find the Northern Shrike near the 
corner of Ben Williams Rd. and Vemers Ford Rd. from about 7am-7:20am. 


We started out at the eastern pond, which was filled with geese. We counted 22 
CACKLING GEESE and 1 SNOW GOOSE mixed in with ~130 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE 
and ~100 CANADA GEESE. By 8:40am only a handful of Canada Geese remained. 


Birds were difficult to come by in the wind and cold temperatures. We drove 
along Ben Williams Rd. hoping for a Harris's Sparrow, but we didn't have much 
luck finding any birds at all! The brush pile held a few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS 
(all Eastern ssp.). Several NORTHERN HARRIERS were working the area, including 
a beautiful adult male (who was enjoying a successful hunt as we left). 


Around 8:30am we were driving south on Ben Williams Rd. when we both noticed a 
stocky, long-tailed bird heading north just inside the Bradford Farm fence. 
Luckily, it perched nearby, and we enjoyed my long-awaited look at the NORTHERN 
SHRIKE! It quickly left the area entirely, confirming my suspicions that it has 
been using a much larger territory than just the corner of Bradford Farm. 


eBird checklist with poor shrike photo: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21851851 


Good birding,
Ryan

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Subject: Re: MOBIRDS-L Digest - 13 Feb 2015 to 14 Feb 2015 (#2015-36)
From: Timothy Barksdale <timothy.barksdale AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:47:01 -0700
Frankie and Mo Birders,

This bird is exhibiting all the characters which I spoke to you in the last 
private note. Your last bird - or at least those photos- did not exhibit what 
this bird is showing. 


Hoary Redpolls show a “pushed in “ look in the facial area. The Bill is 
tiny and is a prominent reason for the effect. 


The two critical areas are on the rump and undertail coverts. In birds which 
are uncontroversially Hoary they always are UN-STREAKED. These photos do show 
an individual which has no ( OR MINIMAL) streaking on the crissum and rump as 
clearly showing in the photo where the folded wings are open. 


This bird is not exhibiting the normal “frosted “ look of many Hoaries - 
but it does not matter. 


Congratulations- your persistence paid off.

The fact that David Sibley “approves this bird” only carries water in some 
peoples bucket. His scale chart which you included on one of your older posts 
does not help to clarify the identification of this group. Because you can take 
any identification parameter - push it up to the line - but if if any grouping 
of characters does not cross the line, the identification of the individual 
will never cross the line either. 



Case in point: Yesterday, I was birding with two other really excellent birders 
out of the Cape May ‘school of birding’. They have serious chops. Why do 
you think I say that? 


WE spotted a large falcon moving very fast without any apparent effort. Out 
here in Montana, the many of the very difficult birds for Missouri are in some 
cases, considerably easier to gain experience with. The size of this falcon led 
ones mind very quickly in one direction. The driver was not jamming gears to 
get the truck turned around, so when we finally got positioned it seemed a 
blessing that the bird had picked a short flat-topped phone pole. The breast 
streaking, facial characteristics and blockier shaping instantly led me to call 
out -Gyrfalcon. The size was simply huge. It appeared to be a male Grey-phased 
Gyr. The bird faced us. Back color, tail length and other important features , 
but as a train approached the driver took several photos. All of us were 
excited and confident. The bird flushed before the train got too close and 
immediately our impression shifted. The axillars were clearly darker than the 
remainder of the underwing and the back color was a medium sandy brown. We had 
been fooled by the largest female Prairie Falcon I have ever seen. 


Be certain when I spend time with raptors - and I have since 1966- I am talking 
1000’s of sightings and spending time with birds during filming can rapidly 
reach into hundreds of hours often in very close proximity to birds from 
blinds. 


The moustache mark was slighter, the streaking more confined and of larger tear 
drops, and the blocky shaping particularly of the head and shoulders , All of 
those characters crossed the line to Gyrfalcon. But once the back and axillars 
were seen, any other number of characters were immediately negated. And by the 
way 3 different Gyrs are being seen irregularly in the area where we birded… 
none of which mattered - the bird was unequivocaly a female Prairie Falcon. 


The same is true with the Redpoll complex. Lots of things can point you to the 
wrong conclusion and David’s chart is one of them. 



  
Tim


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> Hello MOBirders,
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> I've had many Purple Finches at my feeders over the past few weeks. Today I 
noticed one leucistic male bird. Incredible!! I've posted a few pictures on 
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> Subject: Ok redpoll experts!!
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> I uploaded 7 more photos. The photos have darkened some, but I thank I got 
the shots that will ID this bird once and for all. Tell me what you all thank. 
9 redpolls are still coming to my feeders daily. 

> http://backwoodsfrank.smugmug.com
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> Hoary redpoll has been confirmed by David Sibley.
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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:41:26 -0600
Hoary redpoll has been confirmed by David Sibley.

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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:29:41 -0600
I uploaded 7 more photos. The photos have darkened some, but I thank I got the 
shots that will ID this bird once and for all. Tell me what you all thank. 9 
redpolls are still coming to my feeders daily. 

http://backwoodsfrank.smugmug.com

Frankie Cuculich
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Adair Co.

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Subject: leucistic Purple Finch
From: "Luscier, Jason" <jluscier AT TRUMAN.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:22:06 -0600
Hello MOBirders,

I've had many Purple Finches at my feeders over the past few weeks. Today I 
noticed one leucistic male bird. Incredible!! I've posted a few pictures on 
flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124142450 AT N05/. 


Enjoy!

Cheers!

Jason

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Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild!
From: James Hickner <hickner AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:04:57 -0800
This should not be surprising since an Orange-crowned Warbler is seen in the 
St. Louis area once in a while during winter times. I once saw a Palm Warbler 
among a small flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers in Busch CA in February. That 
was over 15 years ago. Its reddish mark on its crown was unmistakable, and it 
had yellowish striped breast. 


Jim Hickner 
hickner AT sbcglobal.net 


On Friday, February 13, 2015 1:16 PM, Andrew Reago  
wrote: 

  


My wife and I were out birding for the GBBC, as well as to prepare for the bird 
walk we are doing in Carondelet Park tomorrow for SLAS, and found a very 
unexpected bird - an Orange-crowned Warbler. Isn't this odd? I could not find 
any records for the bird on ASM to help me determine if this is highly unusual, 
which it is for us. Here are some very poor photos I managed to get: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildreturn/sets/72157650793132911/  


Andy Reago
St. Louis MO
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Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild!
From: Brad Jacobs <Brad.Jacobs AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:39:30 +0000
Andy,
This is a good record and photos are clear. I find only Feb. birds in Missouri 
in the very southern edge. Several late Dec. and January records for several 
areas including Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis. One record in Feb. for Kansas 
just across the border which is about the same latitude. Lots of Dec. records 
across Southern Canada all the way to Newfoundland, but Feb. not many. Hope you 
send in a documentation for the record. 


Brad


Brad Jacobs
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-522-4115 ext. 3648



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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild!

My wife and I were out birding for the GBBC, as well as to prepare for the bird 
walk we are doing in Carondelet Park tomorrow for SLAS, and found a very 
unexpected bird - an Orange-crowned Warbler. Isn't this odd? I could not find 
any records for the bird on ASM to help me determine if this is highly unusual, 
which it is for us. Here are some very poor photos I managed to get: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildreturn/sets/72157650793132911/ 
 



Andy Reago
St. Louis MO
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in Carondelet Park today - 2/13/15 - Wild!
From: Andrew Reago <andrew.reago AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:16:14 -0500
My wife and I were out birding for the GBBC, as well as to prepare for 
the bird walk we are doing in Carondelet Park tomorrow for SLAS, and 
found a very unexpected bird - an Orange-crowned Warbler.  Isn't this 
odd? I could not find any records for the bird on ASM to help me 
determine if this is highly unusual, which it is for us. Here are some 
very poor photos I managed to get:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildreturn/sets/72157650793132911/ 


Andy Reago
St. Louis MO
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Subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th
From: Kevin Wehner <kevinwehner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:46:46 -0600
Yes, that's how it works!

Kevin Wehner
Columbia, MO
kevinwehner AT gmail.com

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Kathleen Anderson <
andersonka AT centurytel.net> wrote:

> I'm trying to remember from last year.   It seems to me that if we entered
> anything in ebird the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count that it
> automatically went to the Bird Count.   Am I remembering that correctly or
> not?
>
> Thank you, Kathleen Anderson, Columbia
>
> Quoting "Hazelwood, Susan" :
>
>  We are excited to host the 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This
> year we are aiming to break our record of 144,000 checklists submitted
> during the four days of the count. To do that we need your help.
>
> The Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, February 13th and goes
> until  Monday, February 16th. Participation takes as little as fifteen
> minutes and you can count from absolutely anywhere you see birds. All of
> the info on how to participate, find local events, and spread the word
> about the count is available at www.birdcount.org.
>
> Thanks for your support of the program and happy birding!
>
> Olivia Anton
>
> National Audubon Society
>
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Subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th
From: Kathleen Anderson <andersonka AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:42:37 -0500

   I'm trying to remember from last year.   It seems to me that if we 
entered anything in ebird the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count 
that it automatically went to the Bird Count.   Am I remembering that 
correctly or not?

   Thank you, Kathleen Anderson, Columbia

Quoting "Hazelwood, Susan" :

   We are excited to host the 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. 
This year we are aiming to break our record of 144,000 checklists 
submitted during the four days of the count. To do that we need your 
help. 

   The Great Backyard Bird Count starts

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: therese haenni <0000000915e91be8-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:25:57 +0000
Went out to MastadonState Historic Site in Jefferson county to check the 
feeders and was surprised to find about 7 Purple Finches at the Headquarters 
feeders. This was a good site for Siskins and a Crossbill a couple years ago 
though I saw none of those today, but I was happy with the Purple Finches. 

The feeders were full of seed and very active with the usual feeder birds. I 
also saw all the woodpecker species, except Pilliated, at or near the feeders 


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Subject: American Robins
From: Tom Halfen <tlh65043 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:34:06 -0600
How about 400. Holts Summit. On Halifax I saw about 200 plus and as I entered 
back into my home another 200 plus in my yard and across the street. This is 
5:30 PM. Wed Feb 11 



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Subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th
From: Deepa Mohan <mohandeepa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:13:28 +0530
How lovely to be part of the same event, across the world! Just
finished sending reminders to all the birders I know in my country :D

Cheers, and hope each backyard bristles with birds!

Deepa.

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 7:47 PM, Hazelwood, Susan
 wrote:
> We are excited to host the 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year
> we are aiming to break our record of 144,000 checklists submitted during the
> four days of the count. To do that we need your help.
>
> The Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, February 13th and goes
> until Monday, February 16th. Participation takes as little as fifteen
> minutes and you can count from absolutely anywhere you see birds. All of the
> info on how to participate, find local events, and spread the word about the
> count is available at www.birdcount.org.
>
> Thanks for your support of the program and happy birding!
>
> Olivia Anton
>
> National Audubon Society
>
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>
> Posted by: Susan Hazelwood
>
> MOBirds-L Co-Owner
>
> Columbia, MO
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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th
From: "Hazelwood, Susan" <HazelwoodS AT MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:17:15 +0000
We are excited to host the 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year we 
are aiming to break our record of 144,000 checklists submitted during the four 
days of the count. To do that we need your help. 

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, February 13th and goes until 
Monday, February 16th. Participation takes as little as fifteen minutes and you 
can count from absolutely anywhere you see birds. All of the info on how to 
participate, find local events, and spread the word about the count is 
available at www.birdcount.org. 

Thanks for your support of the program and happy birding!
Olivia Anton
National Audubon Society
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Subject: TVs=Turkey Vultures
From: Mariel Stephenson <marielstephenson AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:12:58 -0600
I'm so sorry if anyone thought it meant actual TVs - never thought of that!

 

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Columbia MO

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Subject: Northern Shrike Niawathe Prairie
From: Greg Swick <grswick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:00:06 -0600
Hi all. 
I was able to relocate the Dade County Northern Shrike today. It was South East 
from Niawathe parking lot on both sides of a red poled barb wire fence and a 
mowed area. It was near the trees in the drainage ditch in the field. Photos on 
the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society Facebook page. 

Good birding,
Greg Swick
Ozark, MO. 

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Subject: TVs
From: Mariel Stephenson <marielstephenson AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:32:20 -0600
There have been many, many Turkey Vultures (I can't count TVs as they glide
around too much) gathering over the Hinkson Nature Preserve west of Rock
Quarry road starting at 4:30 pm.  They are roosting in the trees next to the
cliffs there - and probably on the other side too.  They start dropping
in/lowering their flight path as the sun lowers it's.  Beautiful to watch
when it happens.

 

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Columbia MO

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Subject: Spotted Towhee Pertle Springs in Warrensburg
From: Larry Olpin <olpin AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:57:56 -0600
Thanks to a heads up by Kurt Dean I saw a Spotted Towhee in Pertle Springs in 
Warrensburg this morning. The bird was on a hill to the right side of the road 
as you enter the park from the main entrance. it was under a Purple Martin nest 
box on the south side of the hill. Both Kurt and I bird Pertle regularly, and 
this is the first Spotted I have seen there, and Kurt thinks it's the same for 
him. Such happenings make for a very good morning indeed. 


Larry Olpin
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Subject: 2 CAS Field Trips (Saturday & Monday)
From: "Turner, Lori" <Lturner AT BOONEELECTRIC.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:25:26 +0000
Saturday, February 14th
Destination: 2nd Annual GBBC Backyard Bird Feeder Crawl
Departure Point: Songbird Station, 2010 Chapel Plaza Court #C, Columbia, MO
Meet Time:  8:00 am
Leader: Lori Turner
Contact Info:  loricastrips AT gmail.com
The 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place Friday, February 13th 
through Monday, February 16th. GBBC is an annual four-day citizen science event 
that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time 
snapshot of where the birds are. 

This 2nd annual Feeder Crawl will start at Songbird Station where we'll count 
birds at their feeders; from there we'll 'crawl' to various backyard bird 
feeders in and around the Columbia area and count birds for at least 15 minutes 
at each backyard, then submit each checklist to eBird. The trip will last 
around 4 hours and return to Songbird Station for coffee and donuts. For more 
information on the GBBC, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ . Songbird Station 
has graciously let us borrow their 14-passenger van so we don't have to worry 
about carpooling! 


Monday, February 16th
Destination:  Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
Departure Point:  McBaine Trailhead, McBaine MO
Leader:  Lori Turner
Contact Info:  loricastrips AT gmail.com
We will leave the McBaine Trailhead parking lot at 8 a.m. to explore EBCA. We 
will meet back at the parking lot by 2 p.m. We will not leave EBCA for lunch so 
pack a lunch or a snack or whatever you need to keep your tummy happy. Also, if 
you have 2-way radios please bring them. Thank you! 


Lori Turner
Field Trip Coordinator
Columbia Audubon Society



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Subject: Lesser-black backed gull
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:56:06 -0600
Found an adult LESSER-BLACKED BACKED GULL at Long branch this afternoon, Macon 
County. At least 100 herring gulls and couple thousand ring-billed gulls. 


Frankie Cuculich
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Subject: EBCA Bald Eagles
From: Tom Halfen <tlh65043 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:42:07 -0600
Lots of people enjoying the bald eagles on Pool 8.

Cool day so we got to see a change in nesting duties. Shortly later the female 
returns with food and settles into the nest to share. She then took off and 
went way up. Then 3 more eagles joined her. It appears one was a juvenile. 


American White Pelicans in pool 14 about 40. Seems early. Many ring billed 
gulls.about 200. 


  https://www.flickr.com/photos/94521489 AT N04/16298790950/

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Subject: Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon plumage variation), Lincoln County, MO, February 9, 2015
From: Patrick Harrison <saxman AT MARKTWAIN.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:53:08 -0600
Am enjoying watching an "Oregon Junco" dance around my parents' bubbler creek 
outside of Troy, MO. The bird has been present for several weeks, but today was 
my first opportunity to see it. 


Obviously different than all the other juncos flitting about.

Patrick Harrison

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Subject: Re: CBCA, 8 Feb, afternoon
From: Brad Jacobs <Brad.Jacobs AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:29:24 +0000
Ken,
In eBird, the earliest Mississippi Kite to show up in the US was in southern 
Texas on Feb. 28. There have been only 6 records in eBird outside of their 
wintering range in Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. Most of them are 
still there on the wintering range. Only an handful have been seen in Central 
America and Mexico. The latest was Dec. 22 and the earliest was Feb. 26. The 
Mississippi Kite is an aerial insectivore and there are very few flying insects 
to feed on if any. This would be an extraordinary record so you should document 
it for the permanent record. 


Brad,

Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O.Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-4115  ext 3648
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Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 11:00 PM
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Subject: Re: CBCA, 8 Feb, afternoon

I thought it was a bit early also, but someone had already listed them on the 
brag-board in the visitors center, as of yesterday. Have seen kites before, 
never seen red-shouldered hawks, afaik. Went to the Cornell Lab site -- the 
call i heard matched. 


Ken Thompson
StLouis, MO

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To: "kth0mpsn AT yahoo.com" 
Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2015 4:21 PM
Subject: RE: CBCA, 8 Feb, afternoon

Hi Ken,

Could you have meant Red-shouldered hawks? It's a little early to have 
Mississippi Kites around. Thanks for sharing. 


Christian Hagenlocher


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Subject: CBCA, 8 Feb, afternoon

Parked in the gravel lot below the visitors' center. A harrier was hunting the 
field there, came right up to the edge of the parking lot. Turkey vulture 
soared in off the bluff also. At the 1-mile marker on the trail, saw & heard a 
pair of Mississippi kites, below tree-top level. 

Beautiful day for a stroll.  Everybody and their dog were out there.

Ken Thompson (kth0mpsn AT yahoo.com)
Moline Acres (North StLouis county) MO

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Subject: American White Pelicans at EBCA
From: Lorinda Cruikshank <000000c0c92da214-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:55:11 -0600
Hello everyone, 

I am new to birding and this list-serve. My husband and I have gone birding at 
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area the last three Saturdays and have seen some 
different birds each time. Today we saw a flock of 20-30 American White 
Pelicans, something we hadn't expected. I see that they are listed as transient 
on the bird list for that site. Do they start spring migration this early? 


Lorinda Cruikshank
Columbia
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Subject: Re: SLAS trip report, Saturday, 2/7: Baldwin Lake/Peabody Coal, IL (long)
From: Susan Eaton <susiede AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:42:57 -0600
And as we were leaving after dark, we heard the funny peenting of American
Woodcock, and even heard their whirring wing sounds as they flew back down
to the ground. Too dark to see them .

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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> Spring fever brought out 40 birders to the annual Baldwin Lake & Peabody
> Coal Conservation Area, IL, Saint Louis Audubon field trip.  A strong wind
> all day did not dampen spirits as record temperatures kept the group warm
> and active.  Everyone met at Baldwin Lake State Park, with access to the
> boat ramps blocked because of the previously announced waste spill.
> Thousands of Snow Geese were loafing on the banks allowing close scope
> views. A Ross's Goose was singled out and easily compared with Snow Geese
> so all could see its small size and diminutive bill.  At the end of the
> road, a small group of Greater White-Fronted Geese stood on the levee with
> Canada Geese and 2 Cackling Geese, again for nice comparisons.  In the lake
> swam a flock of 40 Cackling Geese, American Coot, one female Scaup, and at
> a distance Redhead and 2 American Pelican on the far bank.  Otherwise,
> there were very few gulls or other ducks seen.
>
> We drove side roads to the IL DNR World Shooting Complex, with some
> members of the convoy seeing a Merlin, and all seeing numerous Red-tailed
> Hawks, American Kestrel, Horned Lark and Eastern Meadowlarks.  The shooting
> complex habitat is similar to that at Peabody Coal Conservation Area and
> home to numerous Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks.  One of the ponds
> had Gadwall and 2 American Widgeon.
>
> After a picnic lunch, we drove farm roads to Peabody Coal Conservation
> Area.  Last year all of the ponds were frozen, this year many visitors were
> fishing and enjoying the area which we usually have to ourselves.  We
> walked the road towards the Kaskaskia River looking for shrikes and other
> birds, finding a few American Tree and White-throated Sparrows, a few
> year-around residents, and seeing a number of Ring-billed Gulls on the
> water.  Ribbons of Snow and Greater White-Fronted Geese flew overhead all
> afternoon, vocalizing loudly.
>
> Our persistence to find a shrike was successful when Mick Richardson
> spotted, and Bernie Favara confirmed, the spotting of one across from the
> pit toilet parking lot.  Long scope views of the very cooperative bird
> confirmed the identification as a Northern Shrike; a narrow mask, white
> above the barely visible eye, buffy breast with light streaking, a large
> white wing patch.
>
> One target bird for this trip is Short-eared Owls, but the condition of
> the habitat this year made us apprehensive about success.  A large area
> along the road appeared to have been cleared or burned, and we saw no
> Northern Harriers, always present in past years.  Our fears were confirmed
> when we waited till dark but saw no Short-eared Owls.  As we were leaving
> after enjoying a beautiful sunset, Paul and Barb Johnson did find a
> Great-horned Owl at the top of a distant tree.
>
> Enjoying the annual spectacle of thousands of Snow Geese alighting into
> the air together is always the highlight of this trip, and we were rewarded
> for our efforts on this beautiful day!
>
> Pat Lueders, Saint Louis Audubon
>
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Subject: Great Horned Owl on nest: Chesterfield
From: "D. Pierce" <dpredrobin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:46:39 -0600
Birders: Beautiful day so I decided to drive around searching for GH Owls
that should be on nests by now. I remembered where hawks had nested last
year, so I starting checking old nests.
On the 3rd nest I looked at, I found an Owl on the nest. The nest was used
by Red Tailed Hawks last season and it is in the same general area where
GHOs have nested the last 3 years.
The nest is very visible, probably 70 feet up near the top of a tall tree.
If you take the Spirit of St. Louis Blvd. exit off I-64/40 and go toward
the airport, look across the field to the right and observe the large nest
near the top of one of the tallest trees. You can scope the nest from
there. I parked and walked toward the nest and as I got about 40 yards from
it, the owl's mate flew from lower down in the nest tree. The female stayed
put as I got even closer and I was able to get a couple photos of her head
above the rim of the nest. Photos at the link below: Some of the owl on the
nest and another of the nest tree taken from Spirit Blvd.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/sets/72157650644438896/

If you go see the nest,it is easy to find. To get decent pics of the Owl
you need to walk across the field. She sits tightly down in  the nest. When
the eggs hatch and she sits higher on the nest, it will be better to
photograph. Even better when she has large baby Owls.
Dave Pierce
St. Louis County, MO.

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Subject: St. Louis area gulls
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:11:37 -0600
Frank Holmes had a 2nd cyc GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
at Horseshoe Lake SP, Madison co, IL

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21709328

Different bird than Josh's or same one?

Riverlands MBS late in the day.
Gulls were on the ice in Heron Pond this afternoon/evening
but heat distortion was so bad it was difficult pulling out
different species. Did eventually find an adult LBBG and a 1st cyc Glaucous.
Also MIGHT have had 2, non adult Black-backed type gulls standing together
out in front of the main gull mix.  One MIGHT have been bigger than the 
other
but the heat distortion prevented positive ID.

MAYBE going to Columbia Bottom CA out to the River confluence
observation deck and walking a trail to the right to get closer to
the gulls is a better bet if one can't get out super early in the AM.
Dunno' for sure.
Do know the heat distortion made birding a challenge so early birding
might be a good idea.

good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.



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Subject: Joplin birds
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:46:15 -0600
A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were mating in
a sycamore out back today at noon.  Guess she wasn't
so interested - it only lasted a second before she took off.

My FOS Killdeer, six of them, were on the MSSU soccer
fields this morning about 10 am.  

Some critters singing included Tufted Titmouse, Carolina
Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, and
House Finch.  

Larry Herbert, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.  certhia at att . net.  2-7-15.

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