April 24, 1970 - Earliest spring record
(6); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
May 7, 1967
(Male); Specimen (NWMSU, DAE 1426); near Bigelow, Holt Co.; David Easterla; R & E.
May 11, 1980 - Highest single day count
(30); Swan Lake NWR, Chariton Co.; Bill Goodge; R & E, BB 47:12.
May 25, 1950 - Latest spring record
(1); St. Louis, St. Louis Co.; James Earl Comfort et al; R & E, BB 17:1.
R & E: About 25 records for the state divided between spring and fall. Almost all spring records are during mid-May,
and all but a couple are from the western half of the state.
June 5, 2003 - 1st summer record
(Adult in alternate plumage); Horseshoe Lake, Buchanan Co.; David Easterla, Jack Hilsabeck, Peter Kondrashov, Larry Lade;
16th Annual MBRC Report, 2003-46.
Aug. 23, 1988 - Earliest fall record and ties highest fall single day count
(3); Bonne Terre Marsh, St. Francois Co.; Hal Ferris; R & E, BB 56:14.
Sept. 12, 1986 - Highest fall single day count
(3); Opposite Chain of Rocks, St. Louis Co.; Ron Goetz; R & E.
Nov. 6-7, 1981 - Latest fall record
(1); Alton Dam, St. Charles Co.; Bill Rudden; R & E, BB 49:14.
R & E: Records range from late August through September, but most are concentrated in early September.
The majority of the records are from the eastern half of the state.
Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.