Three visitors, an adult male and two children, using binoculars and looking out from a viewing platform within the DeSoto Visitor Center.

DeSoto National Wildlife refuge offers great birding year round. The visitor center viewing windows provide great birding of waterfowl and bald eagles during the spring, fall and winter season. Bird feeders are stocked daily at the visitor center and provide good “backyard” birding opportunities. The auto tour route, Bob Starr Wildlife Overlook and refuge trails are also great ways to explore the Missouri River floodplain habitat and the tremendous diversity of birds that utilize the refuge habitat.

 

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Fall 2022 Bird Count
Date 10/4/2022 10/12/2022 10/19/2022 10/25/2022 11/02/2022 11/9/2022 11/15/2022
Month Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov
Day 4 12 19 25 2 9 15
Year 2022 2022 2022 2022 2022 2022 2022
Canada Geese 186 409 437 834 772 1237 1885
Cackling Geese 0 0 10 1 0 23 110
Greater White-fronted Geese 0 0 172 151 75 870 3230
Snow Geese 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Trumpeter Swan 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ross' Geese 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Geese 186 409 619 986 847 2130 5229
Mallard 30 138 1321 1078 2318 9984 17358
American Black Duck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gadwall 3 22 20 37 5 87 8
American Wigeon 0 0 30 8 2 2 18
Northern Pintail 0 50 60 365 457 138 10
Green-winged Teal 0 19 230 161 6 2956 495
Blue-winged Teal 8 166 0 0 0 0 0
Cinnamon Teal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northern Shoveler 0 0 15 15 35 80 11
Wood Duck 41 245 350 210 117 102 46
Red Head 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Ring-necked Duck 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Canvasback 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lesser Scaup 0 0 0 0 0 182 0
Common Goldeneye 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Bufflehead 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ruddy duck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hooded Merganser 0 0 0 0 0 32 87
Common Merganser 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
Red-breasted Merganser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unidentified 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Ducks 82 640 2026 1874 2940 13601 18058
American Coot 14 18 0 124 32 25 6
Great Blue Heron 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
Pied-billed Grebe 3 11 1 2 1 0 0
Red-necked Grebe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
American White Pelican 25 44 96 0 4 0 0
White-faced Ibis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Double-crested Commorant 0 2 5 12 13 6 0
Franklin's Gull 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ring-billed Gull 4 5 2 4 15 7 8
Greater Yellow Legs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Great Egret 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eagles - Adults 1 0 0 1 3 0 2
Eagles - Immatures 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Eagles 1 0 0 1 3 0 2