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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 272 the discovery of New Hampshire's first on 25 May in East Kingston, Rockingham, where it was present for about two hours (Davis Finch et al. phs.). Most of the scattered regional records are from May or June. The two White- winged Doves for the season were at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, NH, on May 20 (EM et al.) and on May 28-29 in Rockport, Essex, MA (Suzanne Sullivan ph,, et al.). The Bay State had Chuck-will's-widows at four locations in inner Barnstable and Nantuc - ket, including four in the Camp Edwards area on 25 May (Jake McCumber et al.). Rhode Island had one in West Greenwich 26-31 May (Steve Brenner et al.) and of special interest was one found 20 May and seen by many the next day at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals, NH (Michael Pahl et al., phs.). This third state record appeared at the same place and 50 years to the day as the first one, which was found on 20 May, 1966. Common Gallinules are widely and thin - ly scattered, primarily north of Connecti- cut-Rhode Island, with the exception of the notable concentration in western Vermont. Records throughout the Region centered on mid-to-late May. Missisquoi N.W.R. at the north end of L. Champlain produced nume - rous reports topped by eight on 21 May (Eddy Edwards). SHOREBIRDS THROUGH WADERS A Black-necked Stilt attracted a lot of atten- tion 17-23 May at West Harwich, MA (Donna St. Onge, m.ob., ph.). American Golden-Plo - ver is scarce in spring, so one inland at Pitts- field, Berkshire, MA on 20 May (K. Hanson) was especially noteworthy. An adult Hudso - nian Godwit was an outstanding spring find 17 May at Scarborough Marsh, Cumberland, ME (DL et al. phs.). Ruff were present at two locations in Connecticut-Milford Point, New Haven, 2-7 May (TG ph, et al.) and at West Haven, New Haven, 14 May only (Anthony Amato et al., ph.). Others were in Westerly, to cool and cloudy, but the floodgates opened in mid-May. Maine reported solid flights May 9-12, followed by what Lovitch called a mas - sive migration on May 13, 15, 19 and 21-22. However, benign weather meant few fallouts as birds arrived rapidly and dropped straight onto territories. Abbreviations: L. Champlain (Vermont side of L. Champlain); Hammonasset (Hammo - nassett Beach S.P., Madison, New Haven, CT); Manomet (Manomet Center for Conservation Studies, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA.); Monhe - gan (Monhegan I., Lincoln, ME); Nantucket (Nantucket I., MA); Plum I. (Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, including Parker River N.W.R., Essex, MA). WATERFOWL THROUGH RALLIDS A wintering Pink-footed Goose, now annual in the Region, remained through 8 Mar at Fisher Meadow Recreation in Avon, Hartford, CT (Darlene Moore ph. et al). The season's two Ross's Geese were in Ferrisburgh, Addi - son, VT on 11 Mar (Aaron Yappert, Jim Mead) and 19 Mar-3 Apr at Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT (SMa, m.ob. ph.). Observers are increasingly aware to search for Cackling Geese, but eagerness to find them may still ex - ceed ability to identify them, at least in some cases. The regional status of races other than the nominate hutchinsii remains problematic and the apparently shaky taxonomic status of Lesser Canada Goose (Branta canadensis par - vipes) also clouds the picture. All that said, vetted records this spring show a western trend, with multiple reports from the Cham - plain and Connecticut River valleys, but none from Cape Cod or coastal Maine and New Hampshire. In addition to numerous Eurasian Green- winged Teal along the coast, Vermont saw singles in Panton, Addison, 13-15 Mar (Isis Erb et al. ph.), in Windham on 25 Mar (Don Clark), and in Swanton, Franklin, on 19 Mar (Craig Provost, ph). Three Tufted Ducks were repor - ted this season including a New Hampshire first, an adult male 4-8 Mar at Captain Pond in Salem, Rockingham, and relocated nearby 22- 23 Apr (Kyle Wilmarth, m.ob., phs.). An outstanding inland count of 114 Red- necked Grebes on 17 Apr at Oven Bay on L. Champlain in Addison, Addison, was believed to be a Vermont record (TM, Dwight Cargill). Single Western Grebes were found in CT, MA, NH and ME. The dates spanned 12 Mar to 23 Apr (m.ob., phs.). The widespread invasion of Eurasian Collared Dove, mainly northwestward out of Florida, has delivered only the occasional glancing blow to New England. The latest was –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Greg Hanisek T his March temperatures averaged 42 degrees F in Boston, 4 degrees above normal, with a high there of 77 degrees F on 9 Mar, 34 degrees above normal for the date. In Maine many arrivals were two weeks ahead of schedule from late February through mid-March. At Bradbury Mountain spring hawk watch, raptors were already on the move before the official start on 15 Mar. In New Hampshire the 18 Mar ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee was the earliest by five days since records began in 1887. Fields along the Connecticut River from the Massachu - setts border north to Charlestown were free of snow for the entire season, and waterfowl migration peaked in early March, a full month ahead of spring 2015. Things backtracked in April, when Bos - ton absorbed a 6.6-inch snowfall on the 3rd, more than the total March accumulation, and temperatures dropped 30 degrees to 22 degrees F. Region-wide migration slowed as cold northerly winds impeded progress. Stymiest reported that southwest winds Apr 22-23 brought the Bay State's first big wave of migrants. In early May, conditions reverted New England A stunning alternate-plumage White-winged Tern, Massa- chusetts' first since its only record in 1954, made a one-day appearance on 8 May 2016 at Race Point, Provincetown. Photo by © Peter Flood This Ancient Murrelet toured islands off the Maine coast 13-27 May 2016. Its first known stop, shown here on 13 May, was at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by © Keenan Yakola

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