Peg, where do you reckon the 'Missouri birds' originate?? 

Chris Hobbs
Shawnee, KS
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On 10/20/10, "Peg Abbott, The Trumpeter Swan Society" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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I've taken a look at eBird (644 Missouri records since 1998 for TRUS), and
MOBIRDS - L  records (lists that had Trumpeter Swan or Trumpeter Swans in
the subject lines) and found six October arrival records for wintering TRUS
over the years, the earliest in 10/11/2003 - Holt Co. - Nodaway Valley CA 
(Cache Sparks entry). The other five records are all St. Charles Co.,
Riverlands, early dates being: 10/25 in 2006 and 10/28 in 2007, 10/30 in 2002.
Corrections are welcome welcome, but it looks like Joshua Uffman spotted the
earliest arriving TRUS in 6 of the 11 years I looked at, though by 2010 people
may have stopped reporting if judged by the January "early" 2010 date?

2000: 12/10  St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2001: 11/15          Lewis Co.   Wakunda SP   Cache Sparks entry
2002: 10/30  St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2003: 10/11  Holt Co.        Nodaway Valley CA  (Cache Sparks entry)
2004: 11/4   St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2005: 11/9   St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2006: 10/25  St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2007: 10/28  St. Charles Co. Riverlands   J. Uffman
2008: 11/1   Holt Co.            Squaw Creek  C. Morgan
2009: 11/1   St. Charles Co. Riverlands   D. Rogles
2010: 1/1    St. Charles Co. Riverlands   D. Marjamaa

I am showing records for 40 Missouri counties to date, with only 2 counties on
record for 1998 (by Citizen Science records) that is pretty remarkable. I have
not added in data from Christmas Bird Counts yet, perhaps someone has time
to volunteer to note that by county and year?  If so please let me know as
that is a next step in assessing a baseline for Trumpeter Watch as we enter
the new decade.

Good birding - who will spot the early arriving Trumpeter for 2011?

Peg Abbott
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