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There is a rumor circulating, apparently begun by a woman inquiring of the current Swan Lake NWR refuge manager (or staff) if they were aware of a Wood Stork seen at the refuge 30 years ago.

This has been repeated and people are inquiring.  To my knowledge, there is no record of a Wood Stork at Swan Lake EVER BEFORE.

There was a Roaeate Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron at Swan Lake in 2000, but no Wood Stork.

There is no mention of one there in Robbins and Easterla-- they call it a casual sumer visitant, saying that apparently it was recorded nearly annually in the Mississippi Lowlands.  Several sight records are mentioned, but the closest to Swan Lake was one seen in Franklin County (New Haven) in 1902.
There was an influx in the 1930s, but not in mid or north MO.

There was one at Four Rivers CA in July, 2007.

It is possible that the woman making the inquiry about one at Swan Lake 30 years ago may have been thinking of the Roseate Spoonbill seen there in 2000.

It is also possible that the MBRC has had a report of one since E & E was written, perhaps a member will chime in on this.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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