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 280 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E There were many reports of Mississippi Kites from Delaware, New Jersey, and New York City. The northernmost records were from Bear Mountain SP, Rockland, NY 10 May (John Col - lins), the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dutchess, NY 30 May (John Askildsen), and Braddock Bay 25 May (RMacL, MT, Ed Sailor, ph.), the last occurring on the same day as the two Swainson's Hawks. Swallow-tailed Kite oc - casionally appear in our Region during March, as was the case at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on 18 March (SGr, Alissa Kegelman, ph.). Another bird at Cape Henlopen 15 May (Steven Mickletz) occurred on a more typical date, as did singles at Cape May 23 Apr (Mi - chael O'Brien) and 29 Apr (m.ob.). PASSERINES A Gray Kingbird at Conesus Inlet WMA, Liv- ingston, NY on 2 May was a spectacular find by Greg Lawrence and Ethan Gyllenhaal and continued to 4 May. Rare now at any season, a Loggerhead Shrike was seen by many 24- 29 Apr along the border of Ontario and Yates Counties, NY, in the towns of Gorham and Middlesex. The Varied Thrush that wintered in Canton, Jefferson, NY persisted there through the first week of March (Jim and Marsha Ai - kins, fide Jeff Bolsinger). European Goldfinches remain consistently present at Prospect Park, Kings, NY, with up to four at a time this spring. Several reports from Calvert Vaux Park, Kings during May also in - cluded a count of four on 20 May, and another was seen Canarsie Beach Park, Kings 13 Apr (SSM). In addition, a European Goldfinch was photographed at Delaware City, New Castle, DE 3-4 Mar (Bill Stewart, et al., ph). These records should be kept mind going forward as this spe - cies' potential re-establishment is debated. Two Slate-colored Juncos were exceptionally late at Sandy Hook 25 May (TBo). A Harris's competence of coverage also goes a long way toward explaining an impressive series of re - cords by Jay McGowan and others from at least four sites along Cayuga Lake in central New York State. These ranged from Stewart Park, Tompkins at the south to Frontenac Harbor Ma - rina, Cayuga at the north, across dates ranging from 4 Apr through 19 May, with two present at the latter site 17-19 May (Jay McGowan et al.). Along the shore of Lake Ontario, singles were noted at Sodus Bay, Wayne 4 Apr (Wade and Melissa Rowley) and Rochester, Monroe 27 May (Chris Wood). The spring's haul is round - ed out by a nice count of three at Niagara on the Lake, Niagara 15 Apr (Tyler Hoar). The 29 May pelagic trip mentioned above also produced two Arctic Terns, a species ex - pected offshore at this season, but very seldom documented there (Derek Rogers, John Sh - emilt, Angus Wilson, ph.). Two Arctic Terns were also photographed that same day at the Moriches Inlet flats, where expected (PJL, SSM, ph.). The bird of the season in the Hudson- Delaware Region was a stunning adult White- winged Tern in alternate plumage at Shark River Inlet, Monmouth, NJ, 12 May (Kelly Con - nolly, Pamela Jo Capone). The spring's only Pacific Loon was a breed - ing-plumaged bird seen by several observers conducting a seawatch at Robert Moses SP, Suf - folk, NY on 22 May (PJL, SSM, Pete Morris). Remarkable in terms of site, date, and setting, three Northern Fulmars were reported from land at Cape Henlopen 6 May (Tim Freiday, Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn, and Derek Stoner). Brown Boobies have been occurring much more frequently in recent years, but an adult at Cape May on 7 Apr (TR, Steve Weis) rep - resents a very unusual date. Increasingly ex- pected during May, American White Pelicans were represented this season by an individual at Spruce Run Reservoir, Hunterdon, NJ 9 May (Frank Sencher, Jr., m.ob., ph.), five at Dunkirk, Chautauqua, NY 19 May (Bob Pe - terson, ph.), and one at Buffalo, Erie, NY 22 May (Nicholas Militello). The northernmost Brown Pelican was at Barnegat 28 May (Alex Majewski). White Ibis was unrecorded north of southern New Jersey, and this pattern was also generally true for the season's four White-faced Ibises: Cape Island, Cape May 9 Apr (TR et al., ph.); Island Beach SP, Ocean, NJ 21 Apr (Sky - ler Streich); Brigantine 2 May (Mason Sieges, ph.); and Cape May Courthouse, Cape May, NJ 16-19 May (m.ob.). On 25 May, Braddock Bay recorded two Swainson's Hawks (Dan Niven, RMacL, MT), one of which lacked a central rectrix, allow - ing it to be identified individually at Derby Hill the following day, 26 May (DW, MT, ph.). with individuals recorded at Great Kills Park, Richmond, NY 10 Mar (Mike Shanley, m.ob.), Jamaica Bay 30 March (Don Riepe, Lisa Schep - pke), and Shinnecock Inlet 30 March (KF, SF). The most southerly Razorbill was one at Indian River Inlet 1 Mar (David Fees). The only At - lantic Puffins reported were two in transition- ing plumage, still present near the shelf break southeast of Shinnecock Inlet on 29 May (Der - ek Rogers, John Shemilt, Angus Wilson). Black-headed Gulls were concentrated around Delaware Bay and Raritan Bay. Along the Delaware side of the former, one-two were reported 1-6 Mar at several sites between Prime Hook and Cape Henlopen (David Fees, SGr, Sharon Lynn). In the Cape May area, reports were concentrated around Villas and ranged from 6 Mar to 6 Apr, with a max of two on 27 Mar (Steven Glynn). At South Amboy, Middle - sex, NJ, along Raritan Bay, Tom Boyle described their occurrence this spring as very strong, with records spanning 18 March through 3 May, and with two individuals seen on a wide variety of dates. The only New York record this spring was of a first-winter bird photographed at Sheepshead Bay, Kings on 1 Mar (Sean Sime). A Little Gull at Cape May 14 Apr (TR) was the only one we are aware of from Delaware Bay, though one was in northern Delaware at Bat - tery Park, New Castle, on 7 Apr (Derek Stoner). Little Gulls also made a strong showing around Raritan Bay. Apart from several reports from the Staten Island, NY, side, most were noted at the Morgan Avenue mudflats, Middlesex NJ, with reports spanning 26 Mar through 15 Apr and a max of four on 3 Apr (TBo, Jason Den - esevich). There were also many reports of Little Gull from upstate New York, including sites away from Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. An adult at Elmira Dam, Chemung on 1 May (Nathan Goldberg, Tim Lenz) was regarded as locally very rare but is also certainly a testa - ment to the observers' effort and expertise at targeting occurrences of this kind (they also found a Forster's Tern that day, just the second for the county in the eBird era). Intensity and Resembling a Smew and defying confident identification despite extensive study, this duck at Fisher's Landing, Jefferson, NY 3-7 Mar (here 5 Mar) was thought to be a hybrid involving a small merganser and a Bucephala, with Hooded Merganser X Bufflehead regarded as most likely by many. Photo by © Willie D'Anna Records of White-winged Dove in the Hudson-Delaware Region are concentrated in a very narrow date range around the first half of May. This bird was photographed during a fallout of nocturnal migrants on 8 May at Sandy Hook, Monmouth, NJ. Photograph by © Tom Boyle

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