R & E: Uncommon to local common transient in the west; rare spring, uncommon fall transient in east. Significantly more common in the western half of the state. It is one of the first shorebirds to appear in the spring. The first individuals arrive by mid-March, but numbers ( > 20) are not seen until the second week of April. Peak is usually at the end of April. By mid- to late-May only single birds or small groups (<5) are encountered.
March 4, 1988 - Earliest spring record
(1); near St. Joseph, Buchanan Co.; Leo Galloway; R & E, BB 55:88.
March 10, 1985 - 2nd earliest spring record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
April 8, 1956
(Male); Specimen (MU 1476); Gravois Mills, Lake of the Ozarks, Morgan Co.; R & E.
April 20, 1989 - Highest single day count
(205+); Big Lake SP, Holt Co.; David Easterla; R & E, BB 56:90.
April 23-29, 1979 - High count
(200+); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Tim Barksdale, Jim Rathert, Robert Brundage; R & E, BB 46:9.
May 31, 1970 - 2nd latest spring record
(3); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; David Easterla; R & E.
June 2, 1981 - Latest spring record
(1); Big Lake SP, Holt Co.; Mark Robbins; R & E.
June 2, 2000 - Ties latest spring record
(1); Mound City, Holt Co.; David Easterla, Jack Hilsabeck; 13th Annual MBRC Report, 2000-61.
R & E: Fall migrants begin to reappear in July.
July 2, 1961 - Earliest fall record
(3); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
R & E: Usually only single birds or small groups (<5) are seen during the first three weeks of August. Peak Is at the end of August and early September. Relatively large-sized flocks may be seen until mid-October, but thereafter only single birds are rarely encountered until late November.
Oct. 20, 1963
(25); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
Sept. 1-15, 1963 - High count
(100); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Harold Burgess, Floyd Lawhon; R & E, BB 30:12.
Nov. 30, 1968 - Late
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; John Hamilton; R & E, BB 36:12.
Dec. 14, 2006 - 2nd winter record
(1); Photographed; Big Lake SP, Holt Co.; Brad Jacobs, Andy Forbes; 20th Annual MBRC Report, 2007-2.
Extremely unusual at such a late date anywhere in the United States.
Jan. 14, 1996 - 1st winter record and one of few winter records for North America
(Juvenile in worn plumage); Rock Port Sewage Lagoons, Atchison Co.; Mark Robbins; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-6.
Note: Any significant transient observations since R & E will be added at a later time.