North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 193 T E N N E S S E E & K E N T U C K Y Bill Pulliam (BPu), Reuben Raber, Mike Riggs (MRi), Michelle Rogers (MRo), Tommie Rogers, Cyndi Routledge, Steve Routledge, Jeff Rowe (JRo), Jennifer Rukavina (JRu), Ann Shapiro, Rick Shipkowski (RSh), Chris A. Sloan (CAS), Mike Smith (MSm), Dan Snell (DSn), Jennifer Snyder (JSn), Jeff Sole (JSo), Pam Spaulding, Dave Spicer (DSp), Gary Stegner, Brian Stern, Matt Stickel, Ruben Stoll (RSt), Victor Stoll, Del Striegel (DSt), Jay Sturner (JSt), Josh Suich (JSu), Colin Sumrall (CSu), Dave Svetich (DSv), Phil Thach, Michael C. Todd (MCT) (w. Tennessee), Melanie Torres (MTr), Alan Troyer, Kayla Veitch (KVe), Carl Vogel, Kelly Vowels (KVo), Chloe Walker, Nolan Walker, Donna Ward, Keith Wat - son, Anna Wiker, Brian Wulker (BWu), Ben Yan- dell, Mary Yandell, Aviva Yasgur, Stephen Zip- perer (middle Tennessee). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Sloan, 2036 Priest Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37215 • csloan1973@gmail.com Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr., 8207 Old Westport Road, Louisville, Kentucky • brainard@mindspring.com Davis, Roseanna Denton, Brad & Christie Dobbs (B&CD), Bruce Dralle (BDr), Tom Durbin, Me - lissa Easley, Dean Edwards, Tom Edwards, Jackie Elmore, Bates Estabrooks, Rand Falls (RFa), Frank Fekel, Bob Foehring, Ron Foltz (RFz), Preston & Shari Forsythe (P&SF), Scott Fre - idhof, Paula Geihs, Teresa Gemeinhardt, Steve Graham, Teresa Graham, Mark Greene, Ed Gro - neman, Pam Haas, Joe Hall, Debbie Hamilton, Steve Hamilton (SHa), Erin Harper (EHa), Me - gan Hart, Ian Horn, Rick Houlk, Alice Howell, Eddie Huber (EHu), Susan Hubley (SHu), Jeff Jones (JeJ), Joel Jones (JoJ), Kentucky Ornitho - logical Society (KOS), Kory Knight, Richard L. Knight (RLK) (ne. Tennessee), Roy Knispel (RKn), Ed LeGrand, Frank Lyne, Kelly McKay, Morton Massey (MMa), Mark McShane (MMc), Ned P. "Mac" McWhirter, Susan McWhirter, Bob Meier, Lynda & Tom Mills (L&TM), John & Kathy Mitchell (J&KM), Mark Monroe (MMo), Daniel Moss, Chris Myers, Ronan O'Carra, Brain - ard Palmer-Ball, Jr., Matthew Parmley, Charlie Plush, Gary Pogue, Josh Powell, Dick Preston, Addenda to Winter 2013-2014 Report: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture reported that air- craft struck and killed 2 Snowy Owls at Louis- ville International Airport, Jefferson, KY 26 Dec 2013 and 31 Dec 2013 (ph. MC); also reported was one at the same location 6 Jan 2014 (†MC). Addendum to the Summer 2015 Report: A Bell's Vireo at Perryville Battlefield State His- toric Site, Boyle, KY 22 July 2015 (†GS) repre- sented a first for the central Bluegrass region of the state. Contributors: (subregional editors in boldface): Jamie Baker (JBa), Hugh Barger, Adam Beachy, Matthan Beachy, Nathan Beachy, Warren Bielen - berg, Clay Bliznik, Ray Bontrager, John Brittain (JBn), Kevin Brooks, John David Brubaker (JBr), Kevin Calhoon (se. Tennessee), Andrew Can - nizzaro, Ron Canterbury (RCa), Phillip Casteel, Hap Chambers, Lisa Combs (LCo), Richard Con - ners (RCo), Mark Craig, Linda Craiger (LCr), Charlie Crawford, Brian Davis (BDa), Marcia Alabama & Mississippi find. Up to 15 near Montgomery, Montgomery 9-20 Jan (LFG) represented an I.C.P. winter max, while 14 at Eufaula 23 Jan (RJK, RLK) was a solid total. Likewise, 5 near Birmingham, Jefferson 11 Jan and 4 at Cropwell, St. Clair 17 Feb (both RJK) were good records for the M.R. The only scoter report detailed a male Surf on the Tennessee R. near Section, Jackson, AL 2 Jan (AHa). Ruddy Ducks were lightly reported but in good numbers. The 382 reported near Faunsdale, Hale 7 Feb (DS, JSe) represented a short-lived I.C.P. max before 410 were found at W.F. George Dam, Henry 21 Feb (GEH). Sorting through the large number of Com - mon Loons in the Region can add spice to win- ter birding. Up to 3 Red-throated Loons were at Guntersville, Marshall, AL 19 Dec–7 Jan (GDJ, SRM, ph., m.ob.). Single Pacific Loons, rare but regular at several locations in the Re - gion, were at Bay Spring Lake, Tishomingo, MS 20 Dec (ph. WRP); Orange Beach, Baldwin, AL during the Gulf Shores C.B.C. 2 Jan (GDJ, DGJ, ph.); Joe Wheeler S.P. Lauderdale, AL 7-20 Feb (MM, ph., m.ob.); and Spring Creek, Lawrence, AL 20 Feb (DJS, m.ob.). Representing a M.R. winter max were the 16 Horned Grebes at Logan Martin Dam, St. Clair/Tallapoosa 6 Feb (MD, m.ob.). Red-necked Grebes, always rare in the Region, were found at Guntersville, AL 16 Dec–10 Jan (SRM, ph., m.ob.) and Water - loo, Colbert, AL 29 Jan (RJK, RLK). Great Shearwaters are rarely encountered eas and 3.5" above average in central areas. All of this is interesting, but what does it all mean? This year, it meant fewer waterfowl, many lin - gerers, and a first state record in Mississippi. Abbreviations: Blakeley I. (Blakeley Island, Mobile, AL); Dauphin (Dauphin Island, Mobile, AL); Eufaula (Eufaula N.W.R., Barbour, AL); G.C. (Gulf Coast Region of AL); I.C.P. (Inland Coastal Plain Region of s.-cen. AL); McLeod (McLeod Catfish Ponds, Noxubee, MS); M.R. (Mountain Region of n. AL); Noxubee (Nox - ubee N.W.R., Noxubee/Oktibbeha/Winston, MS); T.V. (Tennessee Valley Region of n. AL); Wheeler (Wheeler N.W.R., Limestone/Morgan/ Madison, AL). WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES Waterfowl diversity remained high, though numbers were significantly lower than in the recent past. Small numbers of Ross's Geese were reported from many locations with a max of 17 at Catalpa Creek, Oktibbeha, MS 17 Feb (TLS). The only Cackling Goose report was of 2 at Wheeler, Morgan 31 Jan–4 Feb (PM, ML, JW, ph., m.ob.). Rarely reported in the Region, a Tundra Swan initially found on the Mont - gomery C.B.C. was in Montgomery/Elmore/ Autauga, AL 2 Jan–1 Feb (ph. LFG). The 140 Redheads near Allenville, Marengo 14-27 Feb (DS, JSe) furnished an I.C.P. winter max. Away from the T.V., Greater Scaup can be difficult to C. Dwight Cooley –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T raveling through the Region this sea- son one could almost envision a stately gentleman sitting under a live oak and sipping on a mint julep; it was that warm! Temperatures averaged above normal at most reporting stations: +10.2 o F in December; +1.0 o F in January; +1.7 o F in February. Precipi- tation was a bit more of a mixed bag, with De- cember 4.9" above average in northern areas and 7.3" above average in coastal areas; Janu - ary below average across the region; February 1.9" above average in northern and coastal ar -

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