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 2 203 This Scarlet Tanager at north Fargo, Cass County, ND was present during the first half of December before eventually succumbing to the cold weather. Photo by Shirley McCaslin Northern Great Plains tain Bluebird was in Pennington 27 Feb (RSL). A hardy Hermit Thrush was in Brown, SD 19 Dec (BP); even more impressive was another at Dawson W.M.A., Kidder, ND 12 Feb (BJA). The Brown Thrasher found on the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks C.B.C. 20 Dec was last seen 16 Jan (AJM). Seasonal reports of Northern Mocking - birds are increasing in ND. This year the species was reported on the Fargo-Moorhead C.B.C. 19 Dec; at Fargo, Cass 23 Jan (AM); at Bismarck, Burleigh 21 Dec through mid-Jan (CC). Hardy Chipping Sparrows included singles at Buxton, Traill, ND 4-10 Dec (SAW) and at Minot, Ward, ND 11 Dec (REM). A very late Vesper Sparrow was in Stanley, SD 19 Dec (RD). A Savannah Sparrow was at Fargo, Cass, ND 19 Dec (KRC); the species has only twice been re - ported previously in ND during Dec. The bird of the season was arguably a Scarlet Tanager at n. Fargo, Cass, ND, present from early-Dec to 18 Dec (fide CMN), when it succumbed to the cold weather. The previous late date for the species in ND was 1 Nov. Pine Grosbeak put in its best ND showing in many years, with 39 eBird reports across eight counties. The 29 Pine Grosbeaks found during the Denbigh C.B.C. 3 Jan were particularly noteworthy. Contributors (state editors in boldface): MONTANA: Tom Boyer, Dan Casey, Chuck Charlson, Mike Lesnik, Bob Martinka, Stephen Turner. ND: Bob J. Anderson, Adrian F. Azar, Cathy Clayton, Keith R. Corliss, Diana K. Du - gall, Corey D. Ellingson, Larry P. Larson, Ron E. Martin, A.J. Miller, Adam Milo, Connie M. Norheim, E. Scott Ray, Jason Rowell, Sharon A. Watson, SD: Chris Anderson, Jocelyn L. Baker, Joe Coppock, Nancy Drilling, Canyon Lake Group, Richard S. Latouchie, Ron Mabie, Charlie E. Miller, Kenny Miller, Gary Olson, Ricky D. Olson, Jeff Palmer, Barry Parkin, Kelly Preheim, Waubay NWR Staff (WS), Da - vid Swanson, Cheryl Vellenga. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dan Svingen, 1208 East Church Street, Pierre, SD 57501 • dsvingen@fs.fed.us GULLS THROUGH WOODPECKERS Although Franklin's Gulls can be locally abundant in SD at other times of year, the spe - cies is casual during winter, making sightings in Charles Mix 2 Dec and 29 Jan (RM), Stanley 15 Dec (RDO), and Gregory 26 Jan (RM) of inter - est. Always notable Region- wide, an Iceland Gull was in Hughes, SD 31 Jan (RDO). Two Iceland Gulls were at Garrison Dam 24 Jan–9 Feb, with one bird staying to 26 Feb, furnishing ND's first over - wintering record. Still Regionally rare, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was discovered during the Garrison Dam C.B.C. 21 Dec (REM, DKD). Two Glaucous Gulls lingered at Garrison Dam until 30 Jan (CDE); most years, all gulls leave this site within a few days of the main reservoir freezing over. Great Black-backed Gulls were in Gregory 12 Jan (RM) and Charles Mix 15-16 Jan (RM, BP, KP); the species is very rare in SD. A seasonably accidental Turkey Vulture was in Charles Mix, SD 18 Dec (RM). A North - ern Saw-whet Owl in Lincoln, SD 9 Jan (JC, CA) was noteworthy. ND's twelfth record of Black-backed Woodpecker was provided by one photographed at Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry 5 Dec (RM, CDE, LPL et al.). This individual was still present at the end of Feb, a ND overwintering first. WRENS THROUGH FINCHES Much remains to be learned of Pacic Wren status and distribution in SD, making the bird in Pennington 31 Dec (RSL) especially intriguing. Seasonably casual, a Winter Wren was in Stan - ley, SD 18 Dec–15 Jan (KM). A Carolina Wren was in Yankton, SD 20 Dec (DS, KP), where rare. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Pennington, SD 14 Dec–15 Feb (CLG, ND, JLB) provided a very rare overwintering record for SD, while an Eastern Bluebird at Williston, Williams, ND 1 Jan (AFA) provided an unprecedented record for the first month of the year in that state. An early Moun - Dan Svingen –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he mild weather that characterized au- tumn 2015 continued into the winter season. Lingering open water tempted waterbirds to tarry past their normal departure dates, whereas the lack of snow cover kept open-country passerines widely dispersed. An early thaw saw the return of waterfowl into the northern portions of the region during February. All bolded sightings are pending acceptance by the appropriate bird records committee. WATERFOWL THROUGH GREBES An impressive 814 Snow Geese were found on ND's 21 Dec Garrison Dam C.B.C. 21 Dec, providing a new high count for the state dur - ing that time of year. The 36 Greater White- fronted Geese in Dickey, ND 27 Feb (JR) were record-early for the state; 37 were in Burleigh, ND (CDE) the following day. A Brant, ca - sual any time of year in SD, was in Sully 28 Feb (KM). A lingering Blue-winged Teal was in Gregory, SD 2 Dec (RM). Four Gadwall at Long Lake N.W.R., Burleigh 28 Feb were record early for ND (CDE). A Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser was at Garrison Dam 21-27 Feb (REM, CDE, ESR). Unseasonable Ruddy Duck sightings included birds in Day, SD 2 Dec (WS); Yankton, SD 20 Dec (KP, DS); and Lake, SD 20 Feb (JSP). Seasonably rare grebe sightings in SD in - volved Pied-billed Grebes in Fall River 8 Dec (ND) and Pennington 20 Dec (JLB); and Horned Grebes in Lyman 5 Dec (JSP) and Fall River 8 Dec (ND). SA Several waterfowl species helped keep winter birding interesting at Garrison Dam, Mercer, ND. The American Wigeon present 29 Jan+ provided the state's second over - wintering record. A Canvasback seen 1 Jan (REM, CDE) and 27 Feb (CDE, REM, ESR) was pre- sumably the same individual and would represent only the fourth successful overwintering attempt. Six Redheads were present 12 Dec, with at least one remaining to 27 Feb (REM, CDE, ESR), providing ND's third overwintering record for that species. The state's second overwintering record of Ring-necked Duck involved 3 birds at Garrison Dam 21 Dec+ (JLK, CDE, REM, ESR), while the single Greater Scaup present there 12 Dec+ (REM) (CDE, REM, ESR) provided the state with its third overwintering record. The Barrow's Goldeneye present 1 Jan+ (REM, CDE) provided one of very few overwintering attempts and only about the twen - ty-fifth record overall in ND.

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