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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 374 B R I T I S H C O LU M B I A Squamish, an adult Swainson's Hawk was found at Government Street, 1 Jun (Chris Dale). PASSERINES On Vancouver Island, an Ash-throated Flycatch- er was a nice find at Mt. Douglas, 10 Jun (Mike McGrenere), though the bird was not seen again. Black Phoebe, has been almost annual over re - cent years in the province and one showed up at the S.W. inner pond at the Iona Island Sewage Plant in Richmond, 25 to 27 Jul (Doug Martin, m.obs). With very infrequent sightings in British Columbia over the past decade, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Chesterman Beach in Tofino, 11 Jun was a fantastic sighting (Mike Wesbrook). The bird, which perched on driftwood on the beach, was hawking for insects. Even though California Scrub-Jays have been confirmed breeding in Brit - ish Columbia, their occurrence is still noteworth; this season, a single bird was found at 220 th St and 119 Ave in Maple Ridge, 1 to 7 Jun (Rufus McIntyre, m.obs). Several Northern Mocking - birds showed up in the province over the sum- mer, with one near the Washington State border at Nighthawk, west of Osoyoos, 4 Jun (Jeremiah Kennedy). Another mockingbird was along the Kettle Valley Railway near the Miracle Mile Tun - nel in Princeton, 17 Jun (Amanda Lahaie). On Vancouver Island, a Northern Mockingbird was at Gonzales Point on the Victoria Golf Course, 20 Jun (Geoffrey Newell). Another mockingbird that showed up nearby at Uplands Park in Oak Bay was considered to be the same individual from 28 to 30 Jun. At the Hope Airport, which has become quite a productive rarity trap over recent years, a Northern Mockingbird was seen, 12 to 19 Jun (Ed Klassen). Very rare in the province, a singing male Northern Parula was found near Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, at Kennedy River Bog Pro - vincial Park, 15 Jun (Ian Cruickshank). Another singing male Northern Parula was found in the province this period, this time in Vancouver at Jericho Beach, 21 Jun (Jaryd Turner). Along the Okanagan River in Oliver, a singing male Ten - nessee Warbler was a good find, as this species typically summers north and east of the Okana - gan Valley (Allan Dupilka, Reba Dupilka). An- other Tennessee Warbler was reported along the boardwalk at Vaseux Lake, near Okanagan Falls, 16 Jun (Barry Kinch). Rare anywhere in BC, a male Chestnut-sided Warbler was found at Swan Lake in Victoria, 6 & 7 Jun (Patrick Fair, m.obs). A female Chestnut-sided Warbler, also on Vancouver Island, was at the Rocky Point Bird Observatory in Metchosin, 21 Jun through to the fall (Avery Bartels, et al). Another male Chestnut-sided Warbler was singing along Riv - er Road in Richmond, 11 Jun (Hugh Griffiths, m.obs). In Langley, a Yellow-breasted Chat was seen by many at Bell Park, as it continued from the spring period to at least 5 Jun (Cos van Wer - meskerken, m.obs). A male Rose-breasted Gros- beak frequented a feeder at a private residence in Squamish, 3 Jun (Chris Dale, et al). Along Pem - berton Meadows Road near its intersection with Guthrie Road, in Pemberton, a singing male In - digo Bunting was found 5 Jul (Seth Steere, Ethan Steere, Toby Theriault). Another male Indigo Bunting was found at the end of Florence Drive on Sumas Drive in Abbotsford, 3 to 6 Jul (Gabri - ele Cuff, m.obs). A rarity anywhere on Vancou- ver Island, but especially on the West Coast, a Bobolink was unexpected at the Tofino Airport, 12 Jun (Ian Cruickshank). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Charlesworth, 4430 Trepanier Road, Peachland, BC, V0H 1X3 Oregon & Washington Scenic Viewpoint, Lincoln); Fields (Fields, Har- ney); McNary (McNary N.W.R., Walla Walla); Nisqually (Nisqually N.W.R., Thurston); O.S. (Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor); P.N.P. (Point No Point, Kitsap); P.T. (Puget Trough); Ridge - field (Ridgefield N.W.R., Clark); R.V. (Rogue Valley, Jackson and Josephine); W.W.R.D. (Wal - la Walla River Delta, Walla Walla);W.V. (Wil- lamette Valley);"eastside" and "westside" refer to areas east and west of the Cascade crest, respectively. WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS This spring's showing of Ross's Geese was sub- par for Washington with none detected on the westside and just 11 noted in e. Washington 9 Mar–19 Apr. A female Brant on a nest, ac - companied by its mate, was at Heceta Beach, Lane 21 May (D. Pettey); this is only the sec - ond known nesting attempt for this species in Oregon. A Eurasian Wigeon at Toppenish N.W.R., Yakima 30 May was two weeks tardy (EH, AS, A. Willette). A Gadwall X Mallard visited Mabton, Yakima 24 May (ph. EH); this cross is less than annual in the Region. Re - ported annually in the Region, a Blue-winged Teal X Cinnamon Teal, possibly a returning bird, was at Reardan, Lincoln 26 Apr (ph. JI). A Mallard X Northern Pintail was at Ridgefield to be unseasonably warm and dry. Numerous weather stations in eastern Washington and throughout Oregon recorded the warmest April on record. The warm and dry conditions continued into the first part of May, but cooler and damper conditions returned at the end of May to finish off the season. Early migrant arrivals, most specifically flycatchers and warblers, seemed to coincide with the April warm-up. Perhaps contrasting from the early arrival theme, a Common Red - poll established a record late date for Wash- ington. This spring's offshore coverage was typical of recent years, with three trips out of Westport, one from Newport, and an ad - ditional five days of birding from cruise ships. Spring hawk-watching at the northwest tip of Washington at Bahokus Peak continues to amaze. It was an unusually poor spring for eastern vagrants, such as warblers. Mal - heur N.W.R., the best spring vagrant trap in Oregon, received less coverage than usual, in part due to the closure of refuge headquarters. On the other hand, shorebirds made a good showing. Highlights of the season included a White-rumped Sandpiper, Little Stint, Laugh - ing Gull, and White Wagtail. Abbreviations: Boiler Bay (Boiler Bay State Adrian Hinkle Christopher Hinkle Ryan J. Merrill Brad Waggoner –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T his spring's weather fluctuated wildly in Washington. While March was general - ly cold and quite wet, April turned out

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