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 2 223 B R I T I S H C O LU M B I A near Golden 31 Jan (Douglas Leighton). Lesser Goldfinch sightings in BC have become nearly annual over the last decade, so the appearance of a female at feeders along Chardonnay Lane in Abbotsford 30 Dec–12 Jan (Rick Toochin, Chris Buis, m.ob.) was not a big surprise. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Charlesworth, 4430 Trepanier Road, Peachland, British Columbia V0H 1X3 • c_charlesworth23@hotmail.com (Jeremiah Kennedy, m.ob.). In the interior, a single bird attended a feeder on Auburn Cres - cent, Princeton 3-5 Jan (Amanda Lahaie et al.). A single was reported at feeders along Hawk Rd. east of Kelowna 17 Jan (Daniele Mitchell), and another was at a feeder in West Kelowna 20 Jan (Scott Thomson). A Hoary Redpoll joined Common Redpolls in birches near the wharf in Salmon Arm 16 Feb (Ted Hillary), and in the Rockies one was noted in the Blaeberry Valley Findlay, m.ob.). Yet another feeder visitor was a Bullock's Oriole that continued from fall to 23 Dec in the Point Holmes neighbourhood of Comox (Malcolm Jolly). It was an excellent winter for redpolls in s. BC, as large numbers of Common Redpolls invaded the interior and smaller numbers appeared in coastal locations. Several Hoary Redpolls were reported as well; a male in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver 20- 24 Dec attracted the highest number of visitors Oregon & Washington Singleton Northern Pintail x Mallards were at Ice Harbor Dam, Walla Walla 23 Jan (EH, AS) and Lake Sammamish, King 8 Feb (T. Sahl); this hybrid combination is nearly annual in the Re - gion. An American Wigeon x Green-winged Teal was studied at Kent, King 29 Dec (ph. M. Dufort), likely providing a Regional first. Anoth - er, or perhaps the same individual was noted at Des Moines, King 3 Jan (CW, L. Wright). Three Tufted Ducks in WA reflect a normal winter tally now. A drake Tufted Duck lingered at Hood R. 19 Nov–14 Dec (S. Johnston). While only two of Oregon's first 23 records were along the C.R. (OBRC, through Apr 2001), they are now de - tected annually with rafts of scaup along the river. Additionally, a male Tufted Duck graced Jackson Bottoms, Washington 18-23 Jan (S. Nord). A Tufted Duck X scaup was at Lake Pateros, Douglas 17 Jan (RH), and one on the Columbia R. near Vancouver, Clark 30 Jan (C. Tumer) was likely a returning bird. Seven Long- tailed Ducks were detected in e. Washington, providing an above-average winter tally, while none were found in e. Oregon. A Bufflehead X Common Goldeneye at Nisqually17 Feb (ST) was quite likely a returning bird; there are only a handful of records for this cross in Washing - ton. A Hooded Merganser X goldeneye was at Oak Harbor, Island 2 Dec (ph. C. Corin) provid - ing the fifth Regional record for this intergeneric hybrid combination. A King Eider continued at Tacoma, Pierce, WA through 8 Dec (BL) and an - other at Anacortes, Skagit 1-2 Jan (K. Wiggers, J. Wiggers) provided the twenty-third record for Washington; most records have occurred be - tween late-Oct and early-May. A strong wind event in mid-Dec was respon- sible for a variety of misplaced tubenoses. A tubenose of any sort is barely annual in the P.T. so arguably most notable was a Laysan Albatross seen in Island, Kitsap, and Snohomish waters 14 Dec (J. Adams), where there are only a handful of prior records. Additional Laysans this period were all offshore including 10 from a cruise ship 79-95 km offshore Oregon 16 Dec (PL) and 3 at handful of passerine vagrants lingering into De - cember. A Mountain Chickadee invasion was evi- dent in the western Oregon lowlands and above- average numbers of redpolls through much of the region kept feeder watchers busy. A couple of flycatcher species provided winter-first records in Washington and a few sparrow species only recorded in a few other winters showed. Abbreviations: C.R. (Columbia River); McNary (McNary N.WR., Walla Walla, WA); Nisqually (Nisqually N.W.R., Thurston, WA); OBRC (Or - egon Bird Records Committee); O.S. (Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor, WA); P.N.P. (Point No Point, Kitsap, WA); P.S.B. (Port Susan Bay, Sno - homish, WA); P.T. (Puget Trough, WA); Ridge- field (Ridgefield N.W.R., Clark, WA.); W.V. (Wil- lamette Valley); W.W.R.D. (Walla Walla River Delta, Walla Walla, WA) WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES Prior to 2013, Greater White-fronted Geese were considered less than annual in winter in e. Washington. But in recent winters, north - bound birds in the Columbia Basin, starting as early as late-Jan, have increased dramatically. A winter record 2145 was tallied at McNary 27 Feb (M&MLD). Large numbers of northbound Snow Geese at McNary are also a relatively re - cent event, and the 15,000 tallied there 27 Feb (M&MLD) more than doubled the previous e. Washington high count. A Pale-bellied Brant was photographed feeding in a pasture with Dusky Canada Geese at Nestucca Bay N.W.R. 6 Feb (W. Gross) providing a rare Regional record away from the north P.T. A Trumpeter Swan was at Straits Drain, Klamath 18 Dec (KS, DH); this species is recorded about once a year in s. Or - egon away from locally established, year-round populations in e. Oregon. Bewick's Tundra Swans were reported near Halsey, Linn 4 Jan (DI), near Lower Klamath Lake, Klamath 13 Feb (KS, DH), and at Lynden, Whatcom 14-15 Feb (ph. P.Calise); this subspecies is now nearly an - nual in both Oregon and Washington. Adrian Hinkle Christopher Hinkle Ryan J. Merrill Brad Waggoner –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T his winter was very wet and overall quite mild! Seattle recorded its wettest winter in history and December was the wet - test month on record in Portland. The rain just seemed to be persistent and frequent, more so than coming in bunches on a few days. A very strong wind storm that occurred in mid- December was specifically eventful for birders along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and within the Puget Trough. Pelagic coverage was represented by reports from two cruise ships in December, a time when there has been very little offshore coverage, and a traditional pelagic trip out of Westport in late-February. In Washington, the season provided a num- ber of highlight birds including species showing in record winter numbers, and it included a few events of interest as well. Along with the Decem - ber storm event mentioned above that sent a number of oceanic species inland, the gull show, especially in eastern Washington, was fabulous. Oregon garnered a single state first, as well as some unusual overwintering shorebirds and a

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