R & E: One of the earliest warblers to arrive, with a few appearing as early as the end of March.
Most are at breeding sites by the final week of April.
March 21, 1894 - Earliest spring record
(number not listed); Hornersville, Dunklin Co.; No observer listed; R & E, Widmann 1907.
April 1, 1990 - Highest spring record
(27); Bee Creek CA, Taney Co.; Jim Haw, Pat Mahnkey; R & E, BB 57:140. Migrating north along stream.
April 4, 1907
(Male); Specimen (AMNH 229962); Spring Valley, Shannon Co.; No observer listed; R & E.
May 20, 1978 - 2nd highest spring record
(20+); 13 mile stretch of Niangua River, Dallas Co.; Mark Robbins, Floyd Lawhon; R & E, BB 45:19.
R & E: Most common in the Ozarks where it is found in two distinct habitats: most common along rivers with sycamores, but not uncommon in upland stands of Shortleaf Pine. However, it formerly was most abundant in the Mississippi Lowlands where it commonly bred in cypress swamps. More local and uncommon in the northcentral and northeastern sections of the Glaciated Plains; very rare in the northcentral and northeastern sections of Glaciated Plains; rare in Osage Plains.
R & E: Rarely seen after the first of Sept. with only single birds recorded.
Oct. 6, 1962 - Tower kill
(1); Specimen (SEMO 166); Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co.; R & E, Heye 1963.
Oct. 11, 1885 - 2nd latest fall record
(1); St. Louis; No observer listed; R & E, Widmann 1907.
Oct. 13, 1996 - Latest fall record
(1); Tower Grove Park, St. Louis Co.; Yvonne Homeyer et al; 10th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-51.
Dec. 22, 2014 - First winter record
(One); CBC record; Houck Park, Puxico, Stoddard Co.; Bill Eddleman (documentation), Matt Malin. Located in shortleaf pines, a typical habitat for this species