Hey Greg, should there be Rose-breasted Grosbeaks around. There was one at our feeder this afternoon. Isn't it kind of late?
I quickly replied:
Yes, definitely. It is casual in the Ozarks in the summer, but nests in the Glaciated Plains in northern Missouri. It should be documented. The last June sighting down here was in Springfield in 1986 by Connie Tyndall. She saw an adult male and an immature bird. Some of these sightings are unpaired birds. If you see a pair, it is possible that a nest is near. If so, it would be the southernmost nesting record in Missouri, and a very, very big deal. In 1885, the last southern nesting record was in Freistatt in Lawrence County. That's farther north that you are. As it is, it is a casual record. Any photos? Great discovery! GregHere is its picture.