R & E: Peak is normally in early April, but flocks numbering in the hundreds may be seen from late March through mid-May.

March 3, 2012 - 3rd earliest spring record
(2); Perry Co.; Joshua Uffman, Matt Malin, and Mark Paradise; BB 79[3]:104.

March 13, 1964 - 4th earliest spring record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Harold Burgess; R & E, BB 31[2]:11.

March 13, 1977 - Ties 4th earliest spring record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.

March 18, 2005 - Early
(1); Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone Co.; Chris Merkord; BB 72[3]:14.

April 1, 1975 - 2nd highest single day count
(1800+); Big Lake, Mississippi Co.; Jim Haw; R & E.

April 8, 1944 - Highest single day count
(2000); St. Charles Co.; Wayne Short; R & E, NN 16:8.

April 24, 1966
(Male); Specimen (NWMSU, DAE 1189); Bigelow, Holt Co.; David Easterla; R & E.



R & E: Casual in June in July



R & E: A few individuals are seen by early August, but it remains relatively rare until early October when flocks consisting of a few hundred birds may be typically seen foraging in recently harvested fields (especially soybean and corn). Regularly seen into November.

Aug. 3, 1974
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.

Oct. 12, 1980 - Highest fall single day count
(600); Swan Lake NWR, Chariton Co.; Bill Goodge; R & E, BB 48[1]:11.

Oct. 17, 1980 - 2nd highest fall single day count
(500); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.

Nov. 30, 1968 - 3rd latest fall record
(4); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; John Hamilton; R & E, BB 36[4]:12.



Dec. 1, 1968 - 2nd latest fall record
(2); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.

Dec. 10, 1999 - Latest fall record
(1); Cooley Lake, Clay Co.; Randy Knotts; 13th Annual MBRC Report, 1999-92. Adult that was still mostly in alternate plumage, with black underparts down to undertail coverts.

February 22, 2014 - Earliest spring record
(21); County Road 723, Dunklin Co.; Timothy Jones (documentation with photographs). 27th Annual MBRC Report, 2014-28.

Feb. 27, 2011 - 2nd earliest spring record
(1); Photographs; County Road 723, Dunklin Co.; Timothy Jones (documentation with photographs); 24th Annual MBRC Report, 2011-50.



Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.






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