Note: At time of R & E (1992) there were only 6 spring records, all of single birds between late April and late May. Four of those from western Missouri (and only two of these records are listed in R & E).
March 12, 2013 - Earliest spring record
(4); County Road 723, Dunklin Co; Timothy Jones (documentation with photograph). 26th Annual MBRC Report, 2013-21.
March 23, 2010 - 2nd earliest spring record
(Adult male); Photographed; Otter Slough CA, Stoddard Co.; Chris Barrigar (with photographs); 23rd Annual MBRC Report, 2010-51.
March 25, 1998 - 3rd earliest spring record
(1); Photographed, Otter Slough CA, Stoddard Co.; Robert Lewis; 11th Annual MBRC Report, 1998-68.
April 2, 2007 - Earliest spring record for Central MO
(1); Photographed; Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone Co.; Bill Goodge, Sandy Elbert; 20th Annual MBRC Report, 2007-27.
April 8, 2009
(1); B.K. Leach CA, Lincoln Co.; Dave Rogles; 22nd Annual MBRC Report, 2009-45.
April 14, 1996
(4); Eagle Bluffs CA, Boone Co.; Paul McKenzie, Brad Jacobs; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-13; Rare transient outside the southeastern corner of the state at time of observation.
April 22, 1962 - Earliest spring record at time of R & E (1992)
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Harold Burgess, Floyd Lawhon, Simon Rositsky, Bob Brown; R & E, BB 29:17.
May 12-13, 2000 - Outside of Southeast MO
(2); Holt Co.; David Easterla, Angelo Bufalino, Jack Hilsabeck; 13th Annual MBRC Report, 2000-58.
May 17, 1998 - Outside of Southeast MO
(1); Photographed; Bigelow Marsh, Holt Co.; David Easterla; 11th Annual MBRC Report, 1998-69.
May 17-18, 1991 - 1st record for northwestern MO in 17 years
(Adult female); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Mark Robbins et al 4th Annual MBRC Report, 1991-24.
May 25-26, 1993
(1); Photographed; Bob Brown CA, Holt Co.; David Easterla; 7th Annual MBRC Report, 1993-29.
May 28, 1967 - Latest spring record at time of R & E (1992)
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Hal Burgess, Floyd Lawhon, John Hamilton; R & E, BB 34:7.
June - July 1990 - 1st nesting record
(3 nests); Photographed; Stoddard Co.; Brad Jacobs, T. Eichholz et al; 4th Annual MBRC Report, 1990-51, and R & E, BB 58(1):7-11; Nests discovered on June 28; two of the nests were believed to be successful. The adults were initially located on 9 June.
June 30, 1991 - 1st record for the St. Louis area in 22 years
(2); RMBS, St. Charles Co.; Rad Widmer et al; 4th Annual MBRC Report, 1991-27.
July 10, 2002 - Outside of southeast MO
(Adult); St. Charles Co.; David Rogles; 15th Annual MBRC Report, 2002-45; Bird had been observed by others days prior.
R & E: Three of the four fall observations, all of single birds, are during Oct. in western Missouri (all listed below).
Aug. 6, 2010 - 1st breeding record outside of the southeastern MO
(Presumed pair with three young); Photographed; west of Forest City near Bob Brown CA, Holt Co.; Mark Robbins (with photographs); 23rd Annual MBRC Report, 2010-70 and Robbins 2010. Young birds appeared to be at least three weeks old.
Aug. 23-28, 1969
(1); St. Charles Co.; B. Knickmeyer; R & E, BB 38:6.
Oct. 1-6, 1977
(1); Photographed; Schell-Osage CA, Vernon and St. Clair Co's.; S. Yeskie et al.; R & E, AB 32:212.
Oct. 15-21, 1939
(1); Iatan, Platte Co.; A. Shirling; R & E, BB 6:89.
Oct. 26, 1974 - 2nd latest fall record
(1); Photographed; Muskrat Lake, Buchanan Co.; Floyd Lawhon et al; R & E, BB 42:6.
Oct. 30, 1996 - Latest fall record
(13-15); Skelton Training Site, Cole Co.; Eugene Young; 10th Annual MBRC Report, 1997-11.
Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.
Background photo compliments of Allen Smith, 22 April
2011; Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, St. Louis Co.