R & E: The first birds arrive during mid-Apr. in the north. Peak is during the first week of May.
April 11, 1923 - Earliest spring record
(Male); Specimen (CMC 359); Lexington, Lafayette Co.; R & E.
April 13, 1893 - 2nd earliest spring record
(1); Hornersville, Dunklin Co.; R & E, Widmann 1907.
May 5, 1963 - Single day high count
(50); St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., and Squaw Creek NWR, Holt Co.; Floyd Lawhon; R & E.
R & E: Locally common summer resident across the Glaciated Plains and along the Missouri and Mississippi river drainages. It is more abundant and widespread in the western than the eastern half of the Glaciated Plains. It is rare to uncommon along streams and rivers of the Ozarks, Ozark Border, and Osage Plains.
R & E: Most have left the state by mid-Aug., as only small numbers (<5/day) are seen in early Sept. Usually only single birds are infrequently encountered thereafter.
Sept. 11, 1932
(Female); Specimen (K 19378); Jackson Co.; R & E.
Sept. 19-20, 1966 - Tower kill
(3); Columbia, Boone Co.; R & E, Elder and Hansen 1967.
Sept. 20-21, 1963 - Tower kill
(3); Columbia, Boone Co.; Wally George; R & E, George 1963.
Nov. 2, 2008 - 2nd latest fall record
(1); Columbia Bottom CA, St. Louis Co.; Bill Rowe; 22nd Annual MBRC Report, 2008-100.
Nov. 8, 1969 - Latest fall record
(1); Maryville, Nodaway Co.; David Easterla; R & E, BB 36:12.
Note: No October sightings at time of R & E (1992).
Note: Any significant observations since R & E will be added at a later time.