North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 369 A L A S K A May (ph. CPS, MRG), where probable hybrids complicated things, and singles at Kodiak 22 Mar and 2 May (ph. RAM). The ad. Brandt's Cormorant from Sitka 3-10 Apr (ph. MRG) provided a third report from there in recent years. More than 30 years ago the species was discovered nesting at nearby St. Lazaria I on 13 Jun 1984, with up to 20 nests counted. Three nests were lo - cated in 1985 and none since. Any Ardeid in the Aleutians is notable, so the Black-crowned Night-Heron at Adak 15 May (JP) caused a stir. There are less than ten Aleutian records from spring, most from the Near Is. New for Alaska was a White-faced Ibis from Klawock in Southeast 19 May (ph. JC). Remarkably, a second Plegadis ibis was discovered farther north three days later in Haines 22 May (ph. AM)—its identity could not be confirmed from the photos submitted. One of Gambell's big spring highlights was a subadult White-tailed Eagle 29 May and 1 Jun (AJL, et al.). There are only a few con - firmed White-tailed records from St. Law- rence I. A singing N. Saw-whet Owl located at Kodiak 21-23 Mar (GC, DC, RAM) provided one of very few records offshore in the North Gulf. Two individual Eurasian Hobby reports came in from the w. Aleutians, where there are very few spring sightings, from Shemya 19 May (EN) and Attu 23 May (JP). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH WARBLERS A calling Hammond's Flycatcher at Juneau's Eagle Beach 27 Apr (GBV) established a record early se. arrival, where most are located after the first of May. An exceptionally advanced Vi - olet-green Swallow that arrived in Ketchikan 29 Mar (AWP, SCH) represented a first Mar report of any swallow for the Region. This date is more in line with Puget Sound mid- season staging birds. Townsend's Solitaires just tend not to reach Bering Sea locations, so the single at Gambell 31 May (AJL, et al.) was exceptional as the second for that site and the offshore Bering Sea. Quite unexpected was a bright Red-throated Pipit described with Am. Pipits at Seward 9 May (†TD). Beyond the few Aleutian Hawfinch reports, a single north to Gambell 26 May (PEL et al.), a seventh spring record there. Four Purple Finches at a Skag - way feeder 12 May (JMc) was an unusual high count, especially for spring migrants. Given the form's range across the Mainland taiga onto the Seward Pen., a Red Fox Sparrow from Gambell 27 May and 1 Jun (PEL et al.) was St. Lawrence I.'s first spring record—an overdue record, it seems. Brown-headed Cow - birds were reported more frequently than ever in se. where a few are expected most years. Nearly all were in Ketchikan 5 May thru the month, with scattered singles and up to five at two feeders in late May (JFK, KMR et al.). Record early by four days for the Region was an Orange-crowned Warbler in Ketchikan (ph. SCH) and four Townsend's Warblers by a day (ph. SCH), both from 10 Apr. Also record early for Alaska by eight days, was the Wil - son's Warbler in Ketchikan 20 Apr (ph. AWP). Gambell's first ever spring Wilson's Warbler was a single found there 2 Jun (WP et al.). Observers: G. S. Baluss, B. Benter, S. Berns, M. Bertrand, A. Bowman, A. Burger, D. Carv - er, G. Carver, J. Colon, A. C. Courtney, L. H. DeCicco-E-bird Compiler, B. H. Demerjian, T. Dimarzio, C. D. Eckert, N. K. Drumheller, C. P. F. Goff, M. R. Goff, B. Haas, F. Haas, N. R. Hajdukovich-E-bird Compiler, S. C. Heinl- Southeast Co-Compiler, C. Irrigoo, W. Keys, J. F. Koerner, A. J. Lang-Southcoastal Com - piler, P. E. Lehman, J. H. Lewis, M. M. MacIn- tosh, R. A. MacIntosh, J. McDermott, A. Muly- ca, B. C. Niemela, E. Neipert, B. K. Neumann, A. W. Piston-Southeast Co-Compiler, W. Proebsting, J. Puschock, K. M. Ripley, W. T. Sampson, J. F. Saracco, R. L. Scher, P. Scully, M. W . Schwan, D. W. Sonneborn, L. South - worth, C. P. Susie, L. Torgerson, ST. PAUL TOUR (S. Schuette, S. Lorenz, A. Virag), T. G. Tobish, G. B. van Vliet. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S table, more typical summer weather con- ditions settled into most of the Region in the second half of May. There were no consequential storms for the season. Summer highlights included late migrants from Gam - bell and otherwise focused at Hyder, situ- ated in the far southeast corner of Southeast Alaska, Utqiagvik (formerly named Barrow), and the Pribilofs, well known for summer vagrants. Southbound shorebirds had mostly fine weather for flying, so subsequent high - lights were few. Abbreviations: North Gulf (North Gulf of Alaska); Referenced details (†), photographs (ph.), videotape (vt.), and audiotape (at.) are on file with the Alaska Checklist Committee. GEESE THROUGH SHOREBIRDS This summer produced unusually few water- fowl highlights. A North Slope Ross's Goose was described from Utqiagvik 19 June († WTE). The majority of the Region's reports of this casual early summer visitor come from North Slope locales. MacIntosh located a fe - male Gadwall with a brood on Kodiak's Chin- iak L. 12 Jul (ph. RAM), which provided only a second breeding record for the north half of the Kodiak archipelago. A female Barrow's Goldeneye with downy chicks found on Sit - ka's Beaver L. in Jul (BP) was a rare find for offshore in the Alexander Archipelago where this common wintering species is not known to nest. Aside from the scattered Eurasian Collared-Dove comings and goings across se., where nesting behavior was noted in Ket - chikan 3 Jun (AWP, SCH), one waif was no- table from the Interior at Delta Junction 21 Jun (LEB). St. Paul birders reported the Region's and the Pribilofs third Common Swift 21 Jun (St. Paul Tour). All three records occurred in this late June timeframe. Unusual Sora re - ports included singles from Palmer Hay Flats Refuge in Upper Cook Inlet 8 Jun (JW) and farther afield in Broad Pass near Cantwell 15 Jun (BM). An estimated 80 Black Oystercatchers at Portland I. 30 Jul (JD) represented the highest Juneau area count and likely included post- breeding or failed breeding birds from other locations. Common Ringed Plovers were in above numbers at Gambell for the season 28 May-14 Jun (PEL, m. obs.), where 10 estab - lished a new local high count 3 Jun and a bird was seen on a nest 11 Jun (ph. RU). More un - usual was a Common Ringed Plover from the mainland—where few are reported—from Teller out of Nome 11 Jul (ebird ph. CH, JR). Outlier Killdeer accounts included singles from Nome 4 Jun (RC) and on the North Slope at Utqiagvik 30 Jun. One, or possibly two, late migrant Black-tailed Godwits were noted at St. Paul I. 2-5 and 25 Jun (St. Paul Tour), the season's only report. Three Great Knots together at Safety Sound near Nome 7 Jun (fide NRH), were followed by another individual 11 and 14 Jul (NRH, LHD, BR et al.). The July bird had a radio transmitter, which had transmitted its location earlier in the Russian Far East, which alerted Anchor - age USGS staff to the Nome location, allowing the observers to chase and find it at Safety. Yet another Curlew Sandpiper appeared on the coastal tundra in Barrow 16-17 Jun (fide NRH, m. obs.), where most summer reports originate of this casual visitor. A very late Temminck's Stint in partial alternate plumage was at Gambell 13 Jun (CT, RC, et al.). Totally unexpected for location and date was a Red- necked Stint in Taylor Bay on Cross Sound in Southeast 15 Jun (ph. MRG, KLL, SFH, DH, KB). It's only the second ever se. Red- necked Stint record. Two likely southbound Little Stints reached the Pribilofs; one at St. George I. 6-10 Jul (NKD) and another at St.

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