The 117th CBC in Missouri

Missouri Christmas Bird Counts, 2016–2017

Randy L. Korotev

Again this past season Missouri hosted 27 Christmas Bird Counts. Weather was mainly mild in December. Only four counts reported snow cover (0”–3”) and seven counts reported frozen still water. A total of 153 species were reported, one less than the all time high six years ago.

 

Species for which only a single individual was seen in the state include American Bittern (Confluence; a first Missouri CBC record), Black-crowned Night-Heron (Clarence Cannon), Sora (Columbia), Inca Dove (Horton-Four Rivers), Long-eared Owl (Dent-Texas County), Northern Saw-whet Owl (Horton-Four Rivers), Rufous Hummingbird (Springfield), Northern Shrike (Columbia), Bewick’s Wren (Joplin), Gray Catbird (Joplin), Palm Warbler (Confluence), Pine Warbler (Dent-Texas County), Vesper Sparrow (Big Oak Tree S. P.), and Spotted Towhee (Maramec Spring). Other species seen on only one count are Golden Eagle (2, Dent-Texas County), Virginia Rail (4, Columbia), Greater Yellowlegs (4, Dent-Texas County), Greater Roadrunner (2, Taney County), Peregrine Falcon (6, Confluence), Snow Bunting (2, Grand River), Orange-crowned Warbler (2, Springfield), and Great-tailed Grackle (4, Liberal).

 

With “only” 99,000 birds, Snow Geese numbers were very low (last year there were more than a million). Other species especially low numbers include American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Rough-legged Hawk, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, and House Sparrow. Some of these low numbers (Lesser Scaup?, American Tree Sparrow?) may reflect species that wintered farther north because of the mild winter. Species not seen this season include: Blue-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Osprey, Snowy Owl, and Fish Crow. Only four species of gulls were reported.

 

Species in substantially greater than normal numbers include Trumpeter Swan (1495 birds on 13 counts), Tundra Swan, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Turkey Vulture (1385 on 13 counts), Red-shouldered Hawk, Sandhill Crane (with 18 at Loess Bluffs N.W. R), Wilson’s Snipe, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Short-eared Owl, Eastern Phoebe, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, both kinglets, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

 

Five counts found 90 or more species, with Horton-Four Rivers setting the new high with 114 species, including six species of owl.

 

 

Table 1. Missouri Christmas Bird Counts and Their Compilers

 

Code

Count

Compiler

MOBO

Big Oak Tree SP

Bill Eddleman

MOBS

Big Spring

Steve Paes

MOCC

Clarence Cannon NWR

Bruce Schuette

MOCF

Confluence

Randy Korotev

MOCP

Cole Camp Prairies IBA

Ryan Steffens

MOCO

Columbia

Laura Hillman

MODA

Dallas County

David Blevins

MODT

Dent-Texas County

Daniel Hatch

MOGR

Grand River

Terry McNeely

MOHF

Horton-Four Rivers

Mark Robbins

MOJC

Jefferson City

Barbara Brueggeman

MOJO

Joplin

Dave Henness

MOKC

Kansas City

Mike Stoakes

MOKN

Knob Noster

Vernon Elsberry

MOLI

Liberal

Dana Hoisington

MOMA

Maryville

David Easterla

MOMI

Mingo NWR.

Bill Eddleman

MOML

Montrose Lake Wildlife Area

Rhonda Edmunds

MOMS

Maramec Spring

Louise Wilkinson

MOPB

Poplar Bluff

Bruce Beck

MOSQ

Loess Bluffs NWR.

Mark Robbins

MOSJ

St. Joseph

Thomas Nagel

MOSL

Swan Lake NWR.

Steve Kinder

MOSP

Springfield

Greg Samuel

MOTC

Taney County

Charles Burwick

MOTR

Trimble

Kristi Mayo

MOWS

Weldon Spring

Anne McCormack

 

 

 

 

Figure 1. Map of Missouri Christmas Bird Count locations.

 

 

<The map has been updated from last year.>

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