March 3 - April 27, 1995 - 10th state record, 1st with photographic documentation, and earliest spring record
(Adult male); Color prints; Purcell, Jasper Co.; Carl and Mary Biggers; 8th Annual MBRC Report, 1995-34.

April 28, 1959
(1); Mt. Washington Cemetery, Jackson Co.; Felicia Bart; R & E, AFN 13:376.

May 1-2, 2001
(Adult male); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; Evonne and Wilbur Wright, Edge Wade, Larry Lade,
Frances Cramer, Leo Galloway; 14th Annual MBRC Report, 2001-55; Undoubtedly the same individual that has appeared
6 years in a row now in the Wright's yard, mostly in early May (earliest date is April 30).

May 2-4, 2013
(Male); Photographed; Two miles southwest of Macon, Macon Co. Nicholas March (documentation with photographs), Gale March,
Kim March, Brad Jacobs. This individual had only partially molted into alternate plumage and retained much brown
color on its head and back. 26th Annual MBRC Report, 2013-37.

May 3-4, 2007
(Adult male); Photographed; Martha Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Clay Co.; Ron Berry, Linda Williams; 20th Annual MBRC Report, 2007-38.

Photographed here
by Linda Williams


May 4-6, 2002
(2); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; David Easterla, Evonne and Wilbur Wright, Peter Kondrashov et al;
15th Annual MBRC Report, 2002-36; Bird showed buffy wingbars and scattered patches of rust or buff on the blue of the head,
unlike the adult male(s) reported for the previous six consecutive years. On May 6, 2002, Mrs. Wright reported the presence of two males simultaneously.

May 7, 1950 - Outside of northwestern MO
(1); Webster Groves, St. Louis Co.; A. Bollinger, Jim Earl Comfort, James F. Comfort et al; R & E, BB 18[1]:1.

May 7-12, 1999
(Adult male); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; Evonne and Wilbur Wright; 12th Annual MBRC Report, 1999-44;
This bird has now appeared 4 year in a row (1996-1999) at the Wright's feeder.

May 8-15, 1997
(Adult male); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house; Atchison Co.; Evonne and Wilbur Wright; 12th Annual MBRC Report, 1997-16.

May 8-15, 1998
(Adult male); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; Evonne and Wilbur Wright; 12th Annual MBRC Report, 1999-44.

May 8-13, 2005
(Male); Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; Tommie Rogers, Evonne and Wilbur Wright; 18th Annual MBRC Report, 2005-46; Present at Wrights' home in May most years since 1996. Tommie Rogers documented reporting the Wright's description.

May 11, 1990 - 7th spring record
(Female); Kansas City, Jackson Co.; M. McHugh; 3rd Annual MBRC Report, 1990-28.

May 11, 1996 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Male in alternate plumage); At feeder in Lebanon, Laclede Co.; David and Mary Lou Wilhite; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-24; Observed 10 to 14 days prior date of documentation. One of several alternate plumaged males observed in May 1996.

May 11, 2010 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Adult male); Culver residence in Peculiar, Cass Co.; Documented with photographs by Ginny Culver; 23rd Annual MBRC Report, 2010-41.

May 12-29, 1996
(Male); Photographed; Fairfax, Evonne and Wilbur Wright's house, Atchison Co.; Evonne and Wilbur Wright, David Easterla, Kirby Goslee, and Jack Hilsabeck; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-28; One of several alternate plumaged males observed in May 1996.

May 13, 2000 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Male); NAMC record; Boone Co.; Jared Parks, Zack Parks, Lee and Frank Schiffel; 13th Annual MBRC Report, 2000-51.

May 13, 1934
(1); Swope Park, Jackson Co.; Walter Cunningham; R & E, Rising et al. 1978.

May 14, 1983 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Male); St. Louis, St. Louis Co.; Randy Korotev, Eugenia Larson; R & E, BB 50[3]:14.

May 14-18, 2006 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Adult male); Private residence, Greene Co.; Sandy and Mike Buntain, Dean Rising; 19th Annual MBRC Report, 2006-43; Documentation submitted by Dean Rising after receiving the information and photograph from the Buntains.

May 15, 2009 - Outside away from northwestern MO
(Adult male); Photographed; Freeman, Cass Co.; Joan Jefferson (documentation with photographs), Bob Jefferson; 22nd Annual MBRC Report, 2009-55.

May 17, 1996 - Outside of northwestern MO
(2 males in alternate plumage); Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Greene Co.; Tim Knapp, Larry Rizzo, Charles Burwick et al; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-25; One of several alternate plumaged males observed in May 1996.

May 17, 2006
(Adult male); Photographed; St. Joseph, Buchanan Co.; Larry Lade and Jack Hilsabeck; 19th Annual MBRC Report, 2006-40.

May 19, 1997 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Male); Jefferson City, Cole Co.; Dolores and John Weiman; 10th Annual MBRC Report, 1997-19.

May 28 - June 2, 1996 - Outside of northwestern MO
(Male in alternate plumage); Photographed; At a feeder in Columbia, Boone Co.; Gene and JoAnn Ruhr, Susan Hazelwood, Paul McKenzie et al; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-26; One of several alternate plumaged males observed in May 1996.

Note: R & E notes there are 7 records. However, only 4 of those 7 records are listed in R & E are; including 2 from western Missouri and all (2) records from eastern Missouri.



June 1 and mid-June, 1939
(Male with a female, possibly an Indigo Bunting); Jackson Co.; No observers listed; R & E, Walters 1939; Neither nest nor young were found.

July 7, 2004 - 2nd summer record
(Male); near Kingsville, Johnson Co.; Don Arney; 17th Annual MBRC Report, 2004-54.



Sept. 13, 1894
(Male and female taken from a flock composed of "all females and young males"); Specimens (no longer extant); Location not listed; S. Wilson; R & E, Widmann 1907, copy of Wilson's catalog; This report must be viewed with skepticism, as Wilson reported other questionable observations. Birds may have been immature Indigo Buntings.

Oct. 4, 2010 - 1st documented and accepted fall record
(Basic-plumaged bird); Photographed; Marshall CA, Platte Co.; Chris Barrigar (documentation with photographs); 24th Annual MBRC Report, 2010-92. Despite the identification difficulties that basic and female-plumaged Passerina buntings can present, this bird showed a combination of characters (unstreaked reddish breast, white belly, cream or whitish wingbars) that indicated a Lazuli rather than an Indigo or a hybrid.



Note: At this time the above data does not include all spring transient observations for western MO. Any significant observations
for western MO will be added at a later time.



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