Hi MoBirders, Yes, Jared is correct. I found the 2 male Cinnamon Teal in breeding plumage in casual water north of Springfield at around 9:30 am. I would have posted earlier, but had a day full of birding, lunch with friends, and errands to run. When I arrived the casual water was teaming with ducks and geese, including 2 Ross's Geese, and a half dozen or more Cackling Geese. The Ross' caught my attention so I got my scope on them, but as I was scanning to the left, I picked up the two Cinnamon drakes sleeping in the partially submerged grasses near the edge of the water. I was able to get the word out to a few locals, but the last known observer was Klee Bruce at around 2:00 pm. The text I received at 2:29 from 16 year old Klee stated: "Missouri lifer: watched them for about 10 minutes until a semi drove into a driveway and set its air brake. Every single duck on the pond took off and did not return" There are a few local birders who are probably searching in the area now. I'll update if they relocate the birds. Here's a link to my checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43264301
Good birding, Greg Swick Ozark, MO.
P. S. Shortly thereafter, Steve and Debbie Martin reported a single Trumpeter Swan on Farm Road 166, east of Hwy 125 in Greene County. Ruth Grant and I drove over to see the bird. Still there.
On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 1:16 PM, Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> wrote: