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 / 4 371 The first documented records of Black-throated Gray Warbler for Alaska also came from Hyder this summer. This bird was photographed on 12 Jun and was one of several records produced this season. Photo by © Steven C. Heinl A L A S K A regular migrant and probable breeder along the se. mainland river corridors. A few were located nearly annually in the Hyder area from the late 1980's to the early 1990's but none had been reported in the interim since then there. Surely one of the summer's high - lights was the presence of multiple Black- throated Gray Warblers in the Hyder town woods. One male 12-13 Jun (ph. SCH, LEB, LF) constituted Alaska's first documented record. Subsequent reports included a male 21-22 Jun (ph. RBB), a female with a prob - able male 10 Jul (ph. JDL), and a lone female 19 Jul (TJD). A sight record from the Peters - burg area from 5 July 1989 was the only prior Alaska report. Overshoot Wilson's Warblers pushed beyond the normal breeding areas to Utqiagvik 8 Jun WTE, where very rare, and out in the Bering Sea, where one 2 Jun (WP) established a first spring record for St. Law - rence I. Pheucticus grosbeaks made news this season. A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak hung around White R. north of Ketchikan 10-17 Jul (ph. JHL, ph. JDL, AWP, SCH). There are now at least 15 Alaska records mostly from summer and fall. Three transient male Black- headed Grosbeaks sang vigorously in Hyder woods 10-11 Jun (ph. SCH, LEB, LF) and a female visited a Farm I. feeder in the lower Stikine R. 12 Jun (ph. CS). This grosbeak is a rare, nearly annual migrant and summer visi - tant in se. Contributors and observers: B. A. Agler, G. S. Baluss, L. E. Barber, R. B. Benter, S. Berns, A. Bowman, A. Bruce, I. Bruce, K. O. Bruce, R. Cimino, J. Colon, A. C. Courtney, L. H. DeCicco-E-bird Compiler, B. H. Demerjian, J..Doty, T. J. Doyle, N. K. Drumheller, W. T. Egelhoff, L. Feldman, T. Foley, M. R. Goff, N. R. Hajdukovich-E-bird Compiler, C. Hagen - locher, S. Hauser, S. C. Heinl-Southeast Co- Compiler, D. Hemenway, S. F. Hemenway, C. Irrigoo, J. F. Koerner, K. L. LaBounty, A. J. Lang-Southcoastal Compiler, B. Legasse, P. E. Lehman, J. D. Levison, J. H. Lewis, R. A. MacIntosh, J. McDermott, B. Meiklejohn, D. Meliopoulus, M. Mudge, B. K. Neumann, B. B. Paige, B. Pauley, K. Pietrzak, A. W. Piston- Southeast Co-Compiler, W. Proebsting, K. M. Ripley, B. Robinson, J. Roderick, P. A. Rose, W. T. Sampson, J. F. Saracco, J. Saunders, R. L. Scher, M. W. Schwan, D. W. Sonneborn, L. Southworth, C. Stough, C. P. Susie, ST. PAUL TOUR (S. Schuette, S. Lorenz, A. Virag), T. G. Tobish, C. Turner, R. Ungwiluk, G. B. van Vliet, J. Wenger. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Thede Tobish, 2510 Foraker Drive , Anchorage, Alaska 99517 • tgtljo@gmail.com LF, JDL, TJD). Another likely migrant sang briefly and called from edge thickets near the Hyder dump 11 Jun (SCH, LEB, LF). These photos associated with these records are the Region's first documenting this species. The only prior Alaska reports, also in June, were two Hyder reports from 1990 and 1991, one of which was tape recorded, and from Juneau in 2014. A singing Gray-cheeked Thrush off - shore at Hoonah 5 Jul (ACC) provided one of very few Alexander Archipelago reports. Gray-cheeked Thrush is a local, rare breeder on the se. Mainland river systems. Gambell middens produced a Swainson's Thrush, that locality's seventh for summer, 5 Jun (JW, et al.). The season's only Gray Wagtail appeared at St. Paul I. 12 Jun (St. Paul Tour). St. Law - rence I.'s third, and a rare Bering Sea record, a White-winged Crossbill wandered to Gam - bell's middens 1-14 Jun (LS, et al.). Alaska's ninth and first local Bullock's Oriole, a sub - adult male, moved thru the Hyder area's mi- grant draw thickets 10 June (ph. SCH, LEB). This oriole breeds north only into southern British Columbia. Tennessee Warblers made a strong show- ing in se. Highlights included four near Ju- neau 14 Jun-8 Jul (GBV, MWS, PAR, LEB), one in Ketchikan where casual 29 Jun (AWP, SCH), and one in Hyder 4 Jul (SSc). An over - shoot Orange-crowned Warbler in Utqiagvik 26 Jun (WTE) was a good find for the North Slope. Two singing Magnolia Warblers were discovered in the Hyder area 7-8 Jun (IB, KOB, AB) and 12 Jun (ph. SCH, LEB, LF). Magnolia Warbler is considered a rare and ir - eyed at Rainbow Falls trailhead on Wrangell I. 23 Jun (BHD) was probably that area's first report. One Northern Rough-winged Swallow was found in Gustavus, where casual, 1 Jun (BBP), while six at Hyder 18 and 20 Jul (TJD) tied the Region's high count for this rare mi - grant and local breeder from se. Of the usual handful of extralimital Barn Swallow reports away from se., up to seven in varying plum - ages representing at least two subspecies, was an exceptional tally and most notable from Utqiagvik 10 Jul (WTE, BL, DM). Yet another waif Common House-Martin, the ninth, ap - peared at St. Paul I. 28 Jun (St. Paul Tour). OLD WORLD WARBLERS THROUGH GROSBEAKS Another early June Common Chiffchaff came to Gambell, the fourth in the past five years; it was located 4 Jun (ph. PEL, m. obs.). There are also two recent fall records there. A lone Arctic Warbler at St. Paul I. 22 Jun (St. Paul Tour) was a very late migrant. Equally late was the St. Paul I. Gray-streaked flycatcher 29 Jun (St. Paul Tour), the fifth in summer for the Pribilofs. Most of the Region's records come from the first half of June. A first for Gambell in spring, and one of the latest spring reports for Alaska was a bright male Red-flanked Blu - etail, present 12 Jun (ph. PEL, m. obs.). Veery was reported in Hyder for the first time since 1991. One bird sang on territory in the Marx Ck woods 9-12 Jun (ph. LEB, SCH, LF) and two were in the same area 21 Jun (ph. RBB). Another bird sang from a thicket ¾ of a mile away 11-12 Jun, 9 and 19 Jul (SCH, LEB,

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