Feb. 16-19, 2011 - Earliest spring record
(6); Photographed; County Road 726, Dunklin Co; Timothy Jones (documentation with photographs); 24th Annual MBRC Report; 2011-19.
Feb. 19, 2000 - 2nd earliest spring record
(2); Winfield Lock and Dam, Lincoln Co.; Paul McKenzie, Bill Goodge, Brad Jacobs, Bill Rowe; 13th Annual MBRC Report, 2000-41.
9 days earlier than previous early arrival date. (MBRC record 1999-55 12th annual report).
Feb. 24, 2009 - 3rd earliest spring record
(2); Photographed; Otter Slough CA, Stoddard Co.; Bob Lewis; 22nd Annual MBRC Report, 2009-31.
Feb. 27, 2011
(2); Otter Slough CA, Stoddard Co.; Chris Barrigar; 24th Annual MBRC Report, 2011-26.
Feb. 28, 1999
(1); Photographed; St. Charles Co.; Charlene and Jim Malone; 12th Annual MBRC Report, 1999-55.
R & E: A few birds begin to appear by mid-March; however, it is rare until early April and peak in late April and early May.
By mid-May numbers are greatly reduced, with a few individuals rarely seen at the end of the period.
March 4, 1917
(Male); Specimen (KU 39069); Platte Co.; R & E.
March 5, 1977
(1); Thomas Hill Reservoir, Macon and Randolph Co's.; Bill Goodge; R & E, BB 44:26.
April 23, 1967 - 2nd highest single day count
(1000); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E, BB 34:7.
April 25, 1965
(Female); Specimen (NWMSU, DAE 877); Beverly Lake, Platte Co.; David Easterla; R & E.
May 4, 1979 - Highest single day count
(7000+); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Tim Barksdale; R & E, BB 46:8.
R & E: It is casually seen throughout June and by mid- to late July it is uncommon.
July 24, 1979 - 2nd highest summer single day count
(200+); Thomas Hill Reservoir, Macon and Randolph Co's.; Jim Rathert, Bill Goodge; R & E, BB 36:7.
July 31, 1988 - Highest summer single day count
(400); Swan Lake, Chariton Co.; Robert Brundage; R & E, BB 56:13.
R & E: By early August relatively large concentrations (in the low hundreds) may be encountered. Peak is usually during late August and early September. Numbers remain high through mid-September, but by late September numbers are drastically reduced. It is rarely seen after mid-October, and there are only five records for November (only two Nov. records are listed).
Sept. 1, 1963 - Highest fall single day count
(1000); No location listed; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
Nov. 16-20, 1995 - 2nd latest fall record
(1); near Springfield, Greene Co.; Rebecca Matthews, David Blevins et al; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1995-83.
Nov. 24, 1966 - Latest fall record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
Nov. 24, 1969 - Ties latest fall record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E, BB 36:12.
Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.