R & E: Normally it is not encountered until the beginning of the last week in April, but shortly thereafter relatively
large numbers can be seen through mid-May. Peak is usually in early May.
April 4, 1976 - Earliest spring record
(1); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
April 28, 1990 - 2nd highest single day count
(40); Swan Lake NWR, Chariton Co.; m. obs.; R & E, BB 57:137.
May 6, 1914
(Male); Specimen (KU 39067); Jackson Co.; No observer listed; R & E.
May 7, 1967 - Highest single day count
(107); Bigelow Marsh, Holt Co.; David Easterla; R & E, BB 34:7.
R & E: Casual in June and July (more records in July).
June 4, 1981 - Highest summer single day count
(6); Alton Dam (now RMBS), St. Charles Co.; Bill Rudden; R & E, BB 57:137.
R & E: Regularly seen from early August through early September but never in the relatively large numbers of spring.
Aug. 5, 1980 - Highest fall single day count
(7); Springfield, Greene Co.; m. obs.; R & E, BB 48:11.
Oct. 20, 1963 - Latest fall record
(4); Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.
Background photo compliments of Al Smith - Willet 9/04/11 Heron Pond - Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary