R & E (1992): The first birds arrive by mid-April in the south and late April in the north. Peak is in early to mid-May,
but it is not seen in the relatively large concentrations as in the fall.

April 5, 1986 - Earliest spring record
(1); Buffalo, Dallas Co.; J. Hancock; R & E, AB 40:479.

Common summer resident

R & E (1992): Fall migration is in full swing by mid-August, with peak in early September. It is rarely seen after the first week of October.

Aug. 14, 1913
(Female); Specimen (KU 39089); Jackson Co.; R & E.

Sept. 3, 1967 - High count
(40); Charleston, Mississippi Co.; Jim Haw; R & E, BB 35[1]:11.

Sept. 5-6, 1981 - High count
(200+); Lawrence/ Barry Co's.; Kelly Hobbs et al; R & E, BB 49[1]:14.

Sept. 10-11, 1977 - High count
(44+); Roaring River SP, Barry Co.; JoAnn Garrett and Nan Johnson; R & E, BB 45[1]:27.

Oct. 19, 1975
(1); St. Joseph, Buchanan Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E, BB 44[1]:21.

Nov. 1-2, 1902 - Late
(1); New Haven, Franklin Co.; Eimbeck; R & E, Widmann 1907.

Nov. 5-10, 1995 - Late
(Adult male); Number 5 rectrix saved; Linden, Christian Co.; Larry Rizzo, Bill Coughenour, and Jeff Cantrell; 9th Annual MBRC Report, 1995-87.

Nov. 10, 1997 - Late
(Adult male); Photographed; Private residence, Miller Co.; Deborah and Brian Yount, Jim Rathert, James D. Wilson; 11th Annual MBRC Report, 1998-45.

Nov. 21 - Dec. 4, 2002 - 2nd latest fall record
(Immature male); Banded; Florissant, St. Louis Co.; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Murray, Lanny Chambers; 16th Annual MBRC Report, 2002-65.

R & E (1992): Observers should use extreme care in identifying late (late October through December) hummingbirds because the majority of these late sightings in the eastern U.S. have proven to pertain to western North American species.

Dec. 1, 2007 - 3rd latest fall record
(Adult female); Banded; Jackson, Cape Girardeau Co.; Lanny Chambers, Linda Chambers, Beth Bliese; 21st Annual MBRC Report, 2007-89. Measurements taken during banding and shape of primary 10 (pointed, not club-shaped) eliminated Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Dec. 9-15, 2002 - Latest fall record and 1st confirmed winter record
(Immature female); Banded and photographed; Columbia, Boone Co.; Mrs. Martha Jolly, Troy Gordon, Janice Gordon; 16th Annual MBRC Report, 2002-72.

Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.

Additional Unidentified Hummingbird Records