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7 Mar Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- TRIP REPORT [Mike Grant ]
7 Mar St. Louis birds 3/7/15 [Charlene Malone ]
7 Mar Spring Short-eared Owls, Livingston Co. [Dianne & Steve Kinder ]
7 Mar First Sighting of Great Horned Owl(et) in Forest Park, St. Louis in 2015 [Mark Glenshaw ]
8 Mar First for year! [Frances Cramer ]
7 Mar Timberdoodles at Forum Nature Area [Kevin Wehner ]
7 Mar Hoary Redpoll present today [Edge Wade ]
7 Mar Common Redpoll [Charles Burwick ]
7 Mar MOLists on ASM Website [Joshua Uffman ]
7 Mar Re: Ivory Gull? [Brad Jacobs ]
6 Mar Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- SCOUTING REPORT [Mike Grant ]
6 Mar redpolls still there [Sherry Leonardo ]
6 Mar Re: Ivory Gull? [Al Schirmacher ]
6 Mar Re: Ivory Gull? [Edge Wade ]
6 Mar Re: Ivory Gull? [June Newman ]
6 Mar Ivory Gull? [Al Schirmacher ]
6 Mar Chesterfield GHO has two young ["D. Pierce" ]
5 Mar Birdy signs of spring [Dorcas Wanner ]
5 Mar No Sighting: Great Horned Owl Talk in Union, MO, Tuesday, March 10 [Mark Glenshaw ]
5 Mar Eagle Bluffs addenda [Peter Kondrashov ]
5 Mar Duck behavior and unique Mallard ["Miller, Terry" ]
4 Mar Long Branch SP (Macon Co.) and Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.) today [Peter Kondrashov ]
4 Mar relay of Golden Eagle sighting [Edge Wade ]
3 Mar St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- - Trip Report [Mike Grant ]
2 Mar RFI: MP Dam GBBG(s?) 2/28/15 - ILLINOIS birds [Charlene Malone ]
2 Mar Hoary yes, long eared no [Frankie Cuculich ]
1 Mar Africa Trip Pictures (No Missouri Sightings) [Mike Grant ]
1 Mar IL Lapland Longspurs [Nila Petty ]
1 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day March 1 ["Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" ]
1 Mar Common Redpoll [Charles Burwick ]
1 Mar My yard [Lottie Bushmann ]
1 Mar Dickcissel in Jackson [Bill Eddleman ]
28 Feb ASM Spring Meeting--April 24-26 [Mark Haas ]
28 Feb Gull workshop results [William Rowe ]
28 Feb Hoary Redpoll - YES [James Hickner ]
28 Feb Long Branch, Macon Co and Hoary update [Frankie Cuculich ]
28 Feb possible Gyrfalcon at Horseshoe Lake [Nila Petty ]
28 Feb Yellow-rump and Nuthatch [MARGE LUMPE ]
28 Feb FOS Yellow bellied sapsucker [Tom Halfen ]
28 Feb Illinois birds: Gulls at MP Dam 2/28/15 [Charlene Malone ]
28 Feb Rusty Blackbird Blitz 2015 [Charlene Malone ]
27 Feb riverlands migratory bird sanctuary [Jack Cowan ]
27 Feb Smithville Lake - Northern Shrike ["Miller, Terry" ]
27 Feb SLAS Century anniversary [Susan Eaton ]
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 ]

Subject: Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- TRIP REPORT
From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:08:17 -0600
About 30 birders met at Hampton Lake at Busch CA for the annual Woodcock and
owl prowl.  The lake is still mostly frozen but held Canada Geese, Gadwall,
Ring-necked Ducks, and a Lesser Scaup.  Soaring over the field across the
lake we saw Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier.  A small pond near the
parking lot had two Greater White-fronted Geese standing on ice that
provided exceptional looks.  And a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Red-winged
Blackbird finished off the list of species for that area.

 

The group then consolidated vehicles at the recently upgraded Blue Grosbeak
Trail parking lot and proceeded to the Great-horned Owl nest previously
posted by Dave Pierce.  Parking west of the nest with the setting sun on it
we had great scope views of three on the nest and an adult on a nearby
branch.  Several carloads of hotel guests stopped and also enjoyed the views
of the birds.

 

Back to the Blue Grosbeak trail and a mostly in-vain search for Woodcocks.
A couple of early arrivers got to hear one close, but most of the group
never heard them.  The few there seemed to be staying on the ground.
Hopefully warmer weather and the dissipation of the snow cover to our south
will bring the birds in before too long.

 

Many thanks to Sue Gustafson, Mike Thelen and David Becher for serving as
leaders and the many people that came out and enjoyed the great weather.

 

Mike

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU] On Behalf
Of Mike Grant
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 8:23 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7  AT  5 pm-
SCOUTING REPORT

 

Not that I want to discourage anybody, but I found no woodcocks or owls
scouting near the Blue Grosbeak Trail or at several locations in Busch
tonight.

 

If anybody has had either in those areas in the last week or so please email
before the walk tomorrow afternoon.

 

Thank you,

Mike Grant

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU] On Behalf
Of Mike Grant
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:07 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7  AT  5 pm- - Trip
Report

 

St. Louis Audubon Society will be hosting their annual American Woodcock/Owl
Prowl on Saturday, March 7 at Busch Conservation Area beginning at 5 pm.
We will meet at the Hampton Lake parking lot at 5 pm (directions below and
on the St. Louis Audubon website: www.stlouisaudubon.org.)   We will first
search for owls at a few locations in Busch CA until around 6 pm.   We will
then proceed to the Blue Grosbeak trail parking lot to hear, and hopefully
see, the woodcocks demonstrate.  The event should be completed around 7 pm.
If you are interested, all members of the group are invited to meet
afterwards at a restaurant (to be announced) in Chesterfield Valley for
dinner.

 

Make sure to monitor MOBirds for updates.

 

It is always cooler, especially near dark, at Busch so dress in layers and
warmer than predicted.   Bring your own binoculars, water, and snacks.  

 

All birders are invited, and you do not need to be a St. Louis Audubon
member.  This is also a good trip for beginners and children over age 6.  

 

Directions to Busch Conservation Area/Hampton Lake parking lot:

 

Take Hwy 64/40 to the Hwy 94 exit.  Go south on Hwy 94 about 1.3 miles to
Hwy D.  Turn right and go about 2 miles to the Busch CA entrance, on the
right.  At the T, turn left to the Hampton Lake parking lot, which is on the
right.

 

Sue Gustafson & Mike Grant, Trip Leaders

 

 

Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO

mikecurlew AT att.net

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Subject: St. Louis birds 3/7/15
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:02:26 -0600
quick summary of highlights from 3/7/15 birding, JM & CM.

RMBS, St. Charles co
Ice melting; LARGE influx of gulls, many on the the IL side but many
on the MO side in gull roost too. Ton 'o gulls between Alton Barge road and
upstream side of MP Dam. AM viewing on IL side with a trunk full of 
cheap bread.
- R-L Hawk, light phased in tree line behind Heron Pond
- 2nd cycle KUMLIEN'S /Iceland GULL  chummed in with 85 cent Aldi bread
right off boat ramp at Linc. Shields.
see Jim's Flickr account later: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stl_birder/
- 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in MO roost
- several Bald Eagles on ice
- Many (!) swans came in at end of day, all 3 species
- LARGE influx of Greater White-fronts and Snow Geese
- L-T Duck at MP Dam (IL bird) - seen by Doug Hommert, not seen at
end of day by us

Columbia Bottom CA, St. Louis co
- 5 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS - field across from parking lot for observation
ramp (thanks Connie)

BTW......ARMADILLO at Busch CA, 3/6/15. First for me north of MO river.
several seen in W-SW St. Louis co.


Nitie-nite..zzzzzz
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.




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Subject: Spring Short-eared Owls, Livingston Co.
From: Dianne & Steve Kinder <000000023c9fba03-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:20:50 -0800
This evening I ran up to check on the SEOW at the CRP field NE of town. I was 
rewarded with seven very active and graceful Owls just after sunset. I had 
watched six Northern Harriers working the area a little earlier, and 4 rooster 
Ring-necked Pheasants in the crop field on the east side. Horned Larks still 
singing. Nice evening! 


Later, 

Steve Kinder
Chillicothe
dmkinder AT yahoo.com

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Subject: First Sighting of Great Horned Owl(et) in Forest Park, St. Louis in 2015
From: Mark Glenshaw <mglenshaw AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:12:47 -0600
Evening, all!

I saw one of Charles and Sarah's owlets for the first time today in 2015!
I have been observing, documenting and doing outreach with these owls since
December 2005 and this is their tenth consecutive nesting season.  Truly
amazing birds.  Read all about the sighting here:
http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com/2015/03/first-owlet-sighting-of-2015.html

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,
Mark

Mark H.X. Glenshaw
City of St. Louis
Forest Park Owls
http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com/
mglenshaw AT gmail.com
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Subject: First for year!
From: Frances Cramer <0000003e4c9c00f9-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 01:57:29 +0000
 Today about 4:30 PM...we spotted a lonely Killdeer walking the water's edge at 
the Lake Contrary beach edge..sw of St. Joseph, MO. Frances & Georgia 

Frances Cramerbeanfrangeo AT yahoo.comSt. Joseph, Mo.Buchanan Co.

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Subject: Timberdoodles at Forum Nature Area
From: Kevin Wehner <kevinwehner AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:34:45 -0600
I went to the Forum Nature Area here in Columbia this evening and heard the
"peenting" of American Woodcocks, a.k.a. Timberdoodles. I also saw four or
five displays of their mating flight. Spring is on the way!

Kevin Wehner
kevinwehner AT gmail.com
Columbia, Mo.

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Subject: Hoary Redpoll present today
From: Edge Wade <edgew AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:00:40 -0600
The Hoary and Common Redpolls were frequent visitors to Frankie Cuculich's 
feeders today. June Newman, Bonnie Heidy and I were welcomed by Frankie about 1 
p.m. and enjoyed the birds in his company and with Phill and Valerie Ross. 
Heard we just missed Jim and Ellen Zellmer. 


Frankie and other feeder-fillers who welcome birders to see unusual birds 
(Zelda Ellison with a Common Redpoll in the Springfield area now, and Grew 
Swick with the Calliope Hummingbird last fall come to mind) are very special 
people. We should thank them every chance we get for reporting the birds and 
inviting birders to view them. 


Bodacious birding to all, 

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
edgew AT mchsi.com
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Subject: Common Redpoll
From: Charles Burwick <ozarkbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:22:59 -0600
Zelda Ellison, who lives in SW Springfield, Mo. has had an infrequent
Common Redpoll visiting her feeders, but bad weather, and other
circumstances has kept other people from getting a sighting of the bird.
Finally, I was fortunate, after several weeks of limited mobility, able to
visit Zelda along with Dean Rising, and on this wonderful Spring like day,
the bird did show up for us. Yea!!!!

Charley Burwick
Springfield, Mo.

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Subject: MOLists on ASM Website
From: Joshua Uffman <birdsandbugs AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:39:25 -0800
 Missouri
Listers:  
Just
wanted to remind everyone, or maybe make some of you aware for the first
time, that the ASM website has many opportunities for archiving and sharing 
your 

Missouri list totals. Some of the categories are: Missouri Life List, Big Days, 
Site Lists, 

Yard Lists, and Total Number of Species Photographed. Also, St. Louis 
Areabirders - Be sure to check out the St. Louis 

Circle annual list totals. 
As always, anyone can have their list total(s) added
or updated at any time (free of charge to all, members/nonmembers) - Just send
your numbers directly to me, Josh Uffman at Birdsandbugs AT sbcglobal.net . One 
caveat - the county 

list totals and annual list totals (COMAL) can be updated directly by you (the
user) on the ASM website. 
Please take a look for yourself at the following link on
the ASM homepage, and if you have any questions, need your total added or
updated, just e-mail me.
http://www.mobirds.org/Listing/ListOfLists.aspx
Josh
 
  
 
 
  
    
 Josh

Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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Subject: Re: Ivory Gull?
From: Brad Jacobs <Brad.Jacobs AT MDC.MO.GOV>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 04:06:41 +0000
All Ivory Gull sightings are highly suspect right now. I have been taking calls 
at work about sightings ever since the short article and photo came out in the 
March MO Cons. Mag. But it is always good to check and ask good questions to be 
sure, for example, "Did it have a slightly gray back and wings and a black ring 
on its bill." And, when they answer in the positive... I get accused of 
entrapment a lot when quizzing folks about bird IDs over the phone; I think it 
best to discribe something that is not what they think they saw and give them 
have a chance to say no, it was ... 


And sometimes someone really has observed a very cool bird that we all want to 
see. Our woodcock was calling again tonight. Time for Smith's longspurs to show 
up. 


Brad

Brad Jacobs
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O.Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-4115  ext 3648
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From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU] on behalf of Al 
Schirmacher [alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM] 

Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 5:08 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: Ivory Gull?

Thanks to the responders.  Ebird report from last Saturday.

Al Schirmacher

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 4:52 PM, Al Schirmacher  wrote:
>
> There is a rumor of an Ivory Gull along the Iowa/Missouri border. Anyone know 
anything? 

>
> Thanks.
>
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- SCOUTING REPORT
From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:23:11 -0600
Not that I want to discourage anybody, but I found no woodcocks or owls
scouting near the Blue Grosbeak Trail or at several locations in Busch
tonight.

 

If anybody has had either in those areas in the last week or so please email
before the walk tomorrow afternoon.

 

Thank you,

Mike Grant

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU] On Behalf
Of Mike Grant
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:07 PM
To: MOBIRDS-L AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7  AT  5 pm- - Trip
Report

 

St. Louis Audubon Society will be hosting their annual American Woodcock/Owl
Prowl on Saturday, March 7 at Busch Conservation Area beginning at 5 pm.
We will meet at the Hampton Lake parking lot at 5 pm (directions below and
on the St. Louis Audubon website: www.stlouisaudubon.org.)   We will first
search for owls at a few locations in Busch CA until around 6 pm.   We will
then proceed to the Blue Grosbeak trail parking lot to hear, and hopefully
see, the woodcocks demonstrate.  The event should be completed around 7 pm.
If you are interested, all members of the group are invited to meet
afterwards at a restaurant (to be announced) in Chesterfield Valley for
dinner.

 

Make sure to monitor MOBirds for updates.

 

It is always cooler, especially near dark, at Busch so dress in layers and
warmer than predicted.   Bring your own binoculars, water, and snacks.  

 

All birders are invited, and you do not need to be a St. Louis Audubon
member.  This is also a good trip for beginners and children over age 6.  

 

Directions to Busch Conservation Area/Hampton Lake parking lot:

 

Take Hwy 64/40 to the Hwy 94 exit.  Go south on Hwy 94 about 1.3 miles to
Hwy D.  Turn right and go about 2 miles to the Busch CA entrance, on the
right.  At the T, turn left to the Hampton Lake parking lot, which is on the
right.

 

Sue Gustafson & Mike Grant, Trip Leaders

 

 

Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO

mikecurlew AT att.net

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Subject: redpolls still there
From: Sherry Leonardo <0000003f830b5818-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:33:03 -0500
8 ladies from kansas city visited Frankie Cuculich's house today and saw the 
hoary plus 6 common redpolls between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. cannot thank Frankie 
enough for sharing. 



sherry leonardo
grandview, mo

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Subject: Re: Ivory Gull?
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:08:48 -0600
Thanks to the responders.  Ebird report from last Saturday.

Al Schirmacher

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 4:52 PM, Al Schirmacher  wrote:
> 
> There is a rumor of an Ivory Gull along the Iowa/Missouri border. Anyone know 
anything? 

> 
> Thanks.
> 
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Ivory Gull?
From: Edge Wade <edgew AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:07:36 -0600
I read the eBird report. It is highly unlikely that the gull seen was an Ivory. 
It was identified after the sighting by the observer seeing a photo of the 
earlier gull in the Missouri Conservationist magazine and concluding the one 
see was the same species. 


Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
On Mar 6, 2015, at 4:51 PM, Al Schirmacher wrote:

> There is a rumor of an Ivory Gull along the Iowa/Missouri border. Anyone know 
anything? 

> 
> Thanks.
> 
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Ivory Gull?
From: June Newman <june AT BINMAIL.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:06:59 -0600
Al, this is the ebird report, from this location 40°15'39.5"N
94°41'10.4"W40.260959,
-94.686227

My husband and I were driving back to Maryville from Trenton, Mo. We always
watch for wildlife, especially birds. Both of us saw a single white gull
flying low over a field and commented on how unusual it was. Then we saw a
picture of an ivory gull in the March 2015 issue of the Missouri
Conservationist and believe it to be the bird we saw.

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 4:51 PM, Al Schirmacher 
wrote:

> There is a rumor of an Ivory Gull along the Iowa/Missouri border.  Anyone
> know anything?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
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Subject: Ivory Gull?
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:51:58 -0600
There is a rumor of an Ivory Gull along the Iowa/Missouri border. Anyone know 
anything? 


Thanks.

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Muscotah, KS

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Subject: Chesterfield GHO has two young
From: "D. Pierce" <dpredrobin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:05:08 -0600
Birders: I stopped at the Great Horned Owl nest located by Spirit Airport
this morning. I took 3 photos that you can see at the links below.
The first pic is of the nest at a distance and you can see an adult at the
nest. Picture 2 is below the nest tree and the adult is guarding the young.
The final shot shows the two owl babies peeking over the edge of the nest.
When the young owls are larger, it will be better for photography.
This owl sat tight on her nest through several snowstorms where she was
covered by a layer of snow. Glad she was successful.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/16115458643/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/16548003340/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/16528152637/

Warmer next week which will be good for hawks and other early nesters.
Good luck,
Dave Pierce
Wildwood, MO

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Subject: Birdy signs of spring
From: Dorcas Wanner <dewanner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:00:41 -0600
This morning while sitting at my kitchen table, I noticed some bird activity in 
the tree across our little lake. I grabbed the binocs and watched. There were 
two Yellow Shafted Flickers sitting side by side on a branch. As I watched the 
most delightful courtship display unfolded. They sat frozen for about 10 
seconds, then they would weave and bob and "jabber" at each other while fanning 
their golden tale feathers for about 5 seconds. They repeated this over and 
over for about 15 minutes. I never saw them actually mate, and the male flew 
away. I wished I could hear their jabbering; they appeared to be laughing. They 
had a nest in that same tree last year, so I'm hopeful that they will nest 
there again. I've seen some other species courtship displays, but this was a 
first for Flickers. Must be spring! 

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Subject: No Sighting: Great Horned Owl Talk in Union, MO, Tuesday, March 10
From: Mark Glenshaw <mglenshaw AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:00:44 -0600
Afternoon, all.

I am giving a talk on the Great Horned Owls of Forest Park in St. Louis and
my work with them in Union, MO next Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00pm at the
Scenic Regional Library Union Branch.  The address is: 308 Hawthorne Drive,
Union, MO, 63084.  This program is for all ages. People may reserve a spot
by calling 636-583-3224. I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Mark

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Subject: Eagle Bluffs addenda
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:04:57 -0600
Two more species of note at Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.) yesterday
(03/04/15):
Trumpeter Swan - 2 (at the end of the first one-way loop)
Western Meadowlark - 2 past the first parking lot going into the area.
Later,
-- 
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Subject: Duck behavior and unique Mallard
From: "Miller, Terry" <millert AT KSDR1.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:23:54 +0000
I swung by Camp Branch Marina area of Smithville Lake and observed what seem to 
me some odd behavior. In a small open area in the ice, numerous C. Goldeneye 
and one male Hooded Merganser were present. The H. Merganser was displaying 
courtship behavior along with 3-4 male C. Goldeneyes around 1 female C. 
Goldeneye. It would also chase the Goldeneye males occasionally. There were no 
female Hooded Mergansers present anywhere in the pool. 


I then went to Sailboat Cove and only a couple pairs of Mallards were present. 
But, one of the female Mallards was a pale "blonde" specimen. Pretty neat and 
unique looking hen..... 



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Subject: Long Branch SP (Macon Co.) and Eagle Bluffs CA (Boone Co.) today
From: Peter Kondrashov <pkondrash AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:10:20 -0600
At Long Branch SP today there was an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL reported by Frankie earlier in February along with Herring and
Ring-billed Gulls.
Eagle Bluffs had a very nice concentration of waterfowl (18 species). Some
birds of note:
5 species of geese including >4,000 Snow Geese and about as many
White-fronted Geese.
Lots of ducks with Mallards and Northern Pintails being most numerous. Also
present:
American Black Duck - 2
Northern Shoveler - 11
American Wigeon - 1
Green-winged Teal - 3
Gadwall - 120
Ring-necked Duck  - 16
Lesser Scaup - 18
Canvasback - 6
Redhead - 7
Hooded Merganser - 7
Common Merganser - 2

Lapland Longspurs (~10) were still present at the beginning of the Star
School Rd.
Birdy...

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Subject: relay of Golden Eagle sighting
From: Edge Wade <edgew AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:03:06 -0600
This report was sent to the ASM website, www.mobirds.org.

Reporting the sighting of a mature golden eagle on Feb 20, 2015. Observed him 
for almost 10 minutes about 150 yards east of Highway PP at Hamilton Creek 
crossing in Txas County, near Cabool. He was feeding on a deer carcass. I was 
using 10X Swarovskis. No mistake on the ID as the golden nape was clearly 
visible and distinctive. 


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Subject: St. Louis Audubon Woodcock/Owl Prowl Trip Sat., 3/7 @ 5 pm- - Trip Report
From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:06:43 -0600
St. Louis Audubon Society will be hosting their annual American Woodcock/Owl
Prowl on Saturday, March 7 at Busch Conservation Area beginning at 5 pm.
We will meet at the Hampton Lake parking lot at 5 pm (directions below and
on the St. Louis Audubon website: www.stlouisaudubon.org.)   We will first
search for owls at a few locations in Busch CA until around 6 pm.   We will
then proceed to the Blue Grosbeak trail parking lot to hear, and hopefully
see, the woodcocks demonstrate.  The event should be completed around 7 pm.
If you are interested, all members of the group are invited to meet
afterwards at a restaurant (to be announced) in Chesterfield Valley for
dinner.

 

Make sure to monitor MOBirds for updates.

 

It is always cooler, especially near dark, at Busch so dress in layers and
warmer than predicted.   Bring your own binoculars, water, and snacks.  

 

All birders are invited, and you do not need to be a St. Louis Audubon
member.  This is also a good trip for beginners and children over age 6.  

 

Directions to Busch Conservation Area/Hampton Lake parking lot:

 

Take Hwy 64/40 to the Hwy 94 exit.  Go south on Hwy 94 about 1.3 miles to
Hwy D.  Turn right and go about 2 miles to the Busch CA entrance, on the
right.  At the T, turn left to the Hampton Lake parking lot, which is on the
right.

 

Sue Gustafson & Mike Grant, Trip Leaders

 

 

Mike Grant

Chesterfield, MO

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Subject: RFI: MP Dam GBBG(s?) 2/28/15 - ILLINOIS birds
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:16:29 -0600
ILLINOIS birds
Friendly inquire.
Have been looking over the eBird alerts from MP Dam on  2/28/15
that I have been getting in my e-mail and have noticed that a 1st cycle
AND a 2nd cycle GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported.
So, were there two different GBBGs present or was
there only one and if only one, what cycle please?
Thanks.... just wondering.  :-)

Wish I was able to be there, sounded like it was gull-tacural.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.





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Subject: Hoary yes, long eared no
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:13:58 -0600
The hoary redpoll was still around on Sun, many folks got to see it. But the 
long eared owls have move on. I thank they might be still in the area but was 
not able to relocate them. Several crows were mob their roost on Sat. 


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Subject: Africa Trip Pictures (No Missouri Sightings)
From: Mike Grant <mikecurlew AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:13:58 -0600
MO Birders,

 

If you are tired of snow and cold and want a little vicarious escape to warm
weather and exotic birds, please enjoy my pictures at:

 

http://mikecurlew.smugmug.com/nature/africa2014/

 

 
 

The trip was in September of 2014 and started in Windhoek, Namibia.  From
there we went west through the Namib desert to the Atlantic coast at
Swakopmund.  Then northeast to the Erongo Wilderness, Etosha NP (staying at
Okaukuejo then Mushara Lodge), N'kwazi Lodge near Rundu, Nunda River Lodge,
Camp Kwando, Chobe Safari Lodge in Botswana and finally the Zambezi Sun near
Victoria Falls in Zambia.

 

If you view using the slideshow feature you should see a descriptive tag at
the bottom to tell you what and where the picture is taken.

 

For those of you in the St. Louis area, Susan Eaton and I will present her
pictures at the combined St. Louis Audubon Society/Sierra Club on March 26.

 

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Subject: IL Lapland Longspurs
From: Nila Petty <nila9 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:40:17 -0800
Sand Prairie Rd, heading north from Cahokia Mounds, had large flocks of 
Longspurs mixed with some Horned Larks this afternoon. Seemed to be mainly 
Lapland Longspurs but there could have been others mixed in. There's no good 
place to pull off the road, so its hard to study individuals in the flock for 
long. Fun to watch them swirling around and dropping back down every time a car 
went by, and to hear them. 


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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day March 1
From: "Dan Cowell, Animal Wonders" <dan AT ANIMALWONDERS.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:40:46 -0600
Welcome to International Opening Day of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration 
Blitz! The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds throughout this 
species' entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S. through the 
Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. It's easy to participate- bird as you 
normally do and search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds- then report 
your results to eBird under the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" survey 
type, even if you don't find a Rusty. Or, visit one of our Rusty Blackbird 
Areas of Interest (visit our interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/) to 
help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during spring 
migration. 




Many Rusty Blackbirds spend the winter in Missouri, so our job is largely to 
document when Rusties get ready for migration and subsequently leave our region 
to head north to their breeding grounds. To give you a sense of when peak 
migratory activity is likely to occur in our area, we've posted a list of 
suggested target dates for each region: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ . However, 
migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and climate, and some 
Southern states were reporting Rusty sightings into April last year, so any 
Rusty reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 15 June will help our 
effort. 





For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird 
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 
information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/. 





We hope you'll "get Rusty" with us to help conserve this elusive and vulnerable 
songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty sightings, see Rusty 
pictures, and get the latest Blitz news: 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 


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Subject: Common Redpoll
From: Charles Burwick <ozarkbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:23:06 -0600
Zelda Ellison is reporting a very infrequent Common Redpoll visiting at her
finch feeder in Southwest Springfield, Mo.  The feeder is close to her
window, and she is getting very good looks while it as the feeder.

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Subject: My yard
From: Lottie Bushmann <bushmann5 AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:45:45 -0600
With the recent snowy weather the last week or two, the birds have really been 
active in my yard. No surprise there, but I have had some new activity. 


Bluebirds have nested in my yard over several summers and have always used my 
heated birdbath through the cold. This year they have been regulars at my 
hulled sunflower feeders. They certainly add a beautiful spark of color. I 
think of them as "mine" because they literally stay all day. 


A mockingbird has also become a regular at the feeder with them. That's a first 
for that. Also new for me this year is the juncos coming up to the feeders 
instead of just hanging out on the ground. White-throated sparrows have 
followed them up to the feeders, although they have been seen there before. 


Another change this year is that I have a regular flock of at least 45 House 
Finches with just a dozen or so Goldfinches mixed in. In the past those numbers 
would have been flipped. 


I have a sassy Carolina Wren who loves to proclaim the deck and yard as his own 
and the Red-Shouldered Hawk likes to come through a time or two each day and 
stir up the birds at the feeders, although I've only seen him go for a bird 
once or twice. 


All the rest of the regulars makes for fun viewing. 

Love being home enjoying the birds on this snowy day. 

Lottie Bushmann
Boone Co. 

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Subject: Dickcissel in Jackson
From: Bill Eddleman <eddlemanw AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:02:21 -0800
Mike Kahle has sent me photos of a Dickcissel that appeared at his feeder in 
Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, on Friday, February 27. No additional 
information whether it has been seen again or not. 


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Subject: ASM Spring Meeting--April 24-26
From: Mark Haas <kathyhaas AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:51:25 -0600
If you like spring warblers and other migrants, check out the great birding
trips our St. Louis hosts have lined up for the annual spring meeting of the
Audubon Society of Missouri. Go to http://mobirds.org/ to learn more details
and to register for the meeting. It will surely feel like spring by then!
All birders are welcome. We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis. 

 

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Subject: Gull workshop results
From: William Rowe <rowemb45 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:59:19 -0600
The St. Louis gull workshop this morning was attended by an enthusiastic
group of 50+ birders, along with 9 leaders/organizers.

We stayed fairly well on schedule, with a presentation lasting until 10:15,
followed by gull-watching for the first hour of field trip time, right
outside the museum on the lock walls and along the channel.  In addition to
good studies of all ages of HERRING GULL, the entire group had good scope
studies of an adult THAYER'S GULL, a second-cycle KUMLIEN'S ICELAND GULL,
and a second-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL; and some of us also saw a first-cycle
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.  A much smaller group, consisting of a few of the
leaders and a handful of others, had seen two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS
(adult and second-cycle) there early in the morning before the program.

After that hour of intensive gull-watching and an hour and a half for
lunch, we returned to the museum and checked the lock walls again, where a
couple of the same birds were re-found along with a third-cycle THAYER'S,
resting on a wall for good views. We went on around to the Riverlands side
and proceeded more or less directly to the spillway, where a horde of gulls
was swirling around and lining the lock walls. The same 2nd-cycle Kumlien's
Iceland came into view again, this time in flight, and we had a (probably)
additional adult on the THAYER'S/KUMLIEN'S spectrum, but not close enough
to be sure which, or whether it was simply indeterminate. Finally, after
nearly everyone had left due to the now-persistent snowfall, the four of us
who remained had another KUMLIEN'S ICELAND, this time a first-cycle bird.

Relatively few other birds were noted within the Mel Price Dam listing area
(north and south sides) other than good numbers of COMMON MERGANSER and
COMMON GOLDENEYE, plus a few other species.  One participant observed two
SNOW BUNTINGS along the museum entry road during the lunch period. Oh, and
we did have just a handful of RING-BILLED GULLS, for a total of seven gull
species.

I'm providing my own eBird list here, with brief notes on the gulls.  If
others have a lot more to add, and especially if they have any photographs
of the gulls, they should feel free to post their own lists.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22114038

Thanks to all who attended and all who helped! Even though cut short by the
weather, it was a successful event.

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Subject: Hoary Redpoll - YES
From: James Hickner <hickner AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:52:44 -0600
Today my wife and I went up to Frankie's property in Adair County for our 
second attempt to see the Hoary Redpoll, and it was successful this time. I 
used my spotting scope to observe this bird in a small tree not far from the 
garage or shed. Using the 20X magnification, I was able to recognize obvious 
differences between Hoary and Common Redpolls. Hoary is lighter, has less 
defined stripes on its sides, and white marks on its wings and rump. 

This bird is a new addition (unofficial for now because the documentation has 
not yet been accepted by the ASM committee but I don't see any problem getting 
it accepted since the differences were so clear, especially when you use your 
spotting scope) to my Missouri life list. It was indeed a Hoary Redpoll. But 
that's not all. I saw my first male Common Redpoll and all of the previous 
redpolls I have seen were female. My wife thought I was insane to go that far 
to see the Hoary Redpoll amid st 90% chance of snow. It wasn't bad on the way 
to Kirksville but it had gotten worse on the way home. 


Good birding, 
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Subject: Long Branch, Macon Co and Hoary update
From: Frankie Cuculich <0000008bf12d20a7-dmarc-request AT PO.MISSOURI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:12:25 -0600
Went to Long Branch today, the lake was completely frozen, I really don't why, 
Ha Ha. But there was a couple hundred gulls, RING-BILLED GULL, HERRING GULL and 
one GLAUCOUS GULL. 

The Hoary redpoll was seen  today a long with the common redpolls.
Have found a LONG EARED OWL roost with 6-8 birds. Really spooky today, crow's 
were messing around them I thank. 


Frankie Cuculich
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Subject: possible Gyrfalcon at Horseshoe Lake
From: Nila Petty <nila9 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:42:07 -0800
Forgive me if I am mistaken! I think I saw a Gyrfalcon, dark morph, at 
Horseshoe Lake this afternoon! 

We were scanning the ducks, which included Northern Pintail, Gadwall, 
Ring-necked, at the Boat Ramp. As I turned the scope, I saw what looked like a 
large falcon eating the remains of a duck. I tried to study every detail of the 
front, the face, and I was able to see it turn partly to the side to see a bit 
of the back and the tail better. My husband went to the car to look in our 
book. When I turned away and went to the car to ask him something and turned 
back, the bird had flown. I did not get to see it fly or see where it went. 
Looking in the books and looking online, I cannot find anything else that 
matches it at all other than the dark morph Gyrfalcon! 

We stayed watching the bit of carcass, hoping it would come back. Instead a 
Red-tailed Hawk flew in to eat. It was starting to snow. Then a Bald Eagle came 
soaring in; the Red-tailed took off ahead of the Eagle landing. The Eagle went 
over to eat what was left on that duck. It was snowing harder and we finally 
gave up. 

I hope someone else is able to see this bird and either confirm or explain what 
I saw. I was not able to get photos. 


Nila Petty
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Belleville, IL

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Subject: Yellow-rump and Nuthatch
From: MARGE LUMPE <birdwatcher AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:19:49 -0600
I had not seen a nuthatch around our feeders all winter, but yesterday one came 
to the suet. Today a Yellow-rumped Warbler was flitting around the deck and 
kitchen window acting as though it was looking for entry. 

The rest are sort of the usual birds that come out for snow days.
Come on springtime!
Marge

Marge Lumpe

P. O. Box 448
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Benton County
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Subject: FOS Yellow bellied sapsucker
From: Tom Halfen <tlh65043 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:13:23 -0600
Juvenile - marking very distinct - just spread see on ground and loaded up suet 
feeder. Snowing today - Sat Feb 28. 


Came in and watched feeder as the sapsucker showed. I do get an adult ever so 
often. 



Tom Halfen

Holts Summit

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Subject: Illinois birds: Gulls at MP Dam 2/28/15
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:50:10 -0600
Gull workshop gulls, GREAT BLACK-BACKED, ICELAND, THAYER'S

Christian Hagenlocher's eBird list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22106504

Charlene Malone
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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Blitz 2015
From: Charlene Malone <2bbirdn AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:49:20 -0600
Friendly reminder. :-)
Rusty Blackbird Blitz March 1 - June 15.
Details on how to enter data into eBird below.
(Did not realize it went for that long.)

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/rubl2015/

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Subject: riverlands migratory bird sanctuary
From: Jack Cowan <cowan4666 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:40:51 -0800
Made a quick trip to Riverlands about 10:30 a.m. today. Found one first winter 
Lesser Black-backed Gull, one first winter Thayer's gull at the spillway. On 
dam wall at Melvin Price Dam (seen from parking lot), found one juvenile 
Iceland Gull. 

Along Confluence Road at first 90 degree turn found a flock of about 150 Horned 
Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I saw about three dozen longspurs close to the 
road. 


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Subject: Smithville Lake - Northern Shrike
From: "Miller, Terry" <millert AT KSDR1.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:00:55 +0000
I found a Northern Shrike near Smithville Lake this afternoon. It was located 
south of Paradise and Camp Branch Marina. There was a mailbox # 16708 on 
Collins road just south of 168th Street. The bird was in a thicket in a pasture 
on the east side across from that mailbox. There was also a small, recently dug 
pond right next to the thicket. It was perched high when I first drove by and 
then dove into the thicket when I came back and stopped. I got out and walked 
to the fence (also very thick and tangled with vegetation) and pished and 
squeaked and it came right back up and eventually perched high where I could 
view it very well. 


On another note, I have placed a countdown until Spring arrives on the 
whiteboard in my classroom. Today had a "1" on it. The kids tell me that Spring 
isn't until March 21st (and I am the Astronomy teacher) but I tell them that 
anyone who goes out and "Gets a Life" knows that everything really starts 
happening about March 1 in Missouri!! I emphasize how the waterfowl will 
primarily move through in March with their amazing breeding plumage which I 
also explain to them as "Marsh Madness", which is better than "March Madness". 


So, now we are supposed to get a significant snowfall tomorrow on my personally 
proclaimed first day of Spring. No biggie....Nature will still be anxious and 
the signs of Spring will press onward nary to be dampened by our Missouri 
weather fickleness!! 


Have a Great Spring of Birding!!


Terry L. Miller
Kearney High School
Ecology/College Zoology/Genetics/Botany/Astronomy Teacher
816-628-4585
millert AT kearney.k12.mo.us

"It is the inherent dignity of every human person that we must strive to 
respect, to inspire, and to believe in....and what a great responsibility we 
have as teachers and role models!" 


"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the 
companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him 
the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." Rachel Carson 


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Subject: SLAS Century anniversary
From: Susan Eaton <susiede AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:24:23 -0600
Please check on this website www.websterkirkwoodtimes.com for a great story
on the 100th anniversary of the St. Louis Audubon Society, in today's
Webster-Kirkwood Times.  There are quotes from several of our favorite
local birders!

Susan Eaton
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO., MO
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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
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1413 Rangeline St.
Columbia, MO 65201
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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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Cole Co.
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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. 


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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
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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
Brashear Mo
Adair Co

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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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