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 / 4 281 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E Upland Sandpiper is declining in the Hudson-Delaware Region at all seasons and is rarely recorded on the ground as a coastal migrant. This individual was photographed on 9 May at Sandy Hook, Monmouth, NJ. Photograph by © Tom Boyle Sparrow continued from winter near Washing- ton Crossing, Mercer, NJ 6 Mar (Terry Lodge, ph.). Another was present at a feeder in Kend - all, Orleans, NY 7-9 May (m.ob.). Andy Guth- rie photographed a Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow at this site on 7 May—a curious reprise of his discovery of a Gambel's White- crown while following up a Harris's Sparrow at Baldwin, Nassau, NY in January 2005. There were four reports of Yellow-headed Blackbird this season, the earliest from Sharptown, Sa - lem, NJ, 15 Mar (Sandra Keller). Another was reported from a feeder in Tyre, Seneca, NY 27 Mar (Chuck Gibson). A stunning adult male was found at Boland Pond, Broome, NY on 2 Apr (Jonathan Weeks), where it remained for three weeks and was seen by many; and an - other visited a backyard in Buffalo, Erie, NY 22-26 Apr. A Bullock's Oriole continued from winter in Milton, Ulster, NY through 8 March (Ken McDermott). Swainson's Warblers were found at Cape May 4-5 May (Don Freiday, m.ob.) and Central Park 28 Apr (Katie Kleinpeter, Alice Deutsch, Andrew Rubenfeld; m.ob.), the latter attracting very large numbers of admirers and provoking newspaper coverage. An Audubon's Warbler at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Suffolk, NY 13 Mar (John Gluth) represents yet another example of a western North American passerine vagrant whose first or last detection occurred dur - ing mid-March (see Varied Thrush, Bullock's Oriole, and others). Multiple Yellow-throated Warblers returned to the Connetquot River in southwestern Suffolk County, NY, where they have nested recently. At least two individuals were recorded at each of two nearby sites, Con - nequot River SP and Bayard Cutting Arbore- tum, on multiple dates from 10 April through the end of May. Many others, presumed mi - grants, were recorded from as far north as Hudson and Passaic, New Jersey, and Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, and Bronx, New York. The most easterly records from Long Island's Suffolk County were singles at Mastic 23 April (Mari Michaelis, ph.) and Rocky Point 5 April (Cathy Allen, ph.), the last reported to have already been present for a few days as of that already early date. At the opposite end of New York State, this spring marked the second in a row without reports from Allegany S.P., Catta - raugus, a traditional breeding site. Even so, mi- grants/vagrants were recorded at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erie 14 May (Peter Yoerg) and Chau - tauqua Institution, Chautauqua 29 May (Tim Lenz, Brad Walker). This species is still rare on the Lake Ontario Plain, so one at Braddock Bay 28 May (Steve Taylor) was an excellent find. One of the rarest birds of the season was the Hermit Warbler found in Central Park 1 May (Alexis Lamek, Anthony Collerton), New York's first spring record. Upstate New York State hosted four Western Tanagers this season. These included the sec - ond and third records ever for New York's por- tion of the Niagara Frontier Region: Rushford, Allegany, NY 3-7 May (Pam Bliss, ph.) and Wil - liamsville, Erie, NY 7 May (Alan Baczkiewicz), both males. Another continued from February on the campus of Cornell University, Tompkins, NY, finally departing 3 April. Yet another up - state Western Tanager, this one at a feeder in Hurley, Ulster, NY 23 March-10 April, depart - ed at a similar date. A male Painted Bunting was seen at the James Farm Ecological Pre - serve, Sussex, DE 12 May (Michael Bowen) and another male was photographed in the Town of Allegany near Olean over a three-day period during the third week of May (Sue and George Anthony). Observers (subregional compilers in bold- face): Jim and Marsha Aikins, Cathy Allen, Deborah Allen (Central Park, NY City), Jesse Amesbury, Dennis Anderson, Sue and George Anthony, John Askildsen, Seth Ausubel (Long I. and NY City: ssausubel@nyc. rr.com), Alan Baczkiewicz, Scott Barnes (northern New Jer - sey), Gail Benson (NY Area RBA), Pam Bliss, Michael Bochnik (Lower Hudson Valley, NY: bochnikm@cs.com), Jeffrey S. Bolsinger (St. Lawrence, NY: jsbolsinger@yahoo.com), Mi - chael Bowen, Tom Boyle (TBo), Joseph Brin (Syracuse, NY Rare Bird Alert), Thomas W. Burke (NY Rare Bird Alert), Barbara Butler (Dutchess County, NY), Pamela Jo Capone, Amanda Carey, Brad Carlson, Jerry Case, An - thony Collerton, John Collins, Kelly Connolly, Cameron Cox, Jacob Cuomo, John DeBalko, Ja - son Denesevich, Alice Deutsch, Andy P. Ednie, (Delaware), David Fees, Ken & Sue Feustel, Brendan Fogarty, Don Freiday, Tim Freiday, Mi - chael Gardner, Chuck Gibson, John Gluth, Ste- ven Glynn, Nathan Goldberg, Hannah Green- berg, Susan Gruver (SGr), Paul A. Guris, Andy Guthrie, Ethan Gyllenhaal, Carol Hardenburg, Tyler Hoar, Carolyn Howell, Mike Hudson, Alissa Kegelman, Sandra Keller, Nancy Kern, Katie Kleinpeter, Alexis Lamek, Laurie Lar - son (NJ Birds listserv), Tony Lauro, (NY Rare Bird Alert), Greg Lawrence, Tim Lenz, Patricia J. Lindsay (Long I. and NY City: pjlindsay@ optonline.net), Terry Lodge, Naomi Lloyd, Sha - ron Lynn, Rod MacKenzie, Ryan MacLean, Alex Majewski, Ken McDermott, Kevin McGann, Jay McGowan, Mari Michaelis, Steven Mick - letz, Nicholas Militello, Shaibal S. Mitra (Long I. and NY City: shaibal.mitra@csi.cuny.edu), Mike Morgante (Niagara Frontier Region, NY: morgm@roadrunner.com), Pete Morris, Brian Morse, Brooke Morse, Dan Niven, Kelley Nunn, Michael O'Brien, Marianne Ofenloch, Bill Os - trander (Finger Lakes Region, NY: brown- creeper9@gmail.com), Matt Perry (Oneida Lake Basin Region, NY: mperry63@roadrun - ner.com), Bob Peterson, Bill Purcell, Tom Reed, Don Riepe, Ryan Risher, Stacy Robinson, Derek Rogers (Long I., NY), Frank Rohrbacher (DE: rohrbaf@AOL.com), Wade & Melissa Rowley, Andrew Rubenfeld, Ed Sailor, Lisa Scheppke, SA Predicting fallouts at coastal migrant traps remains a very uncertain business in our Region, despite the intense interest in such spectacular events and improvements in meteorological forecasts and analysis. Amazingly, the only way to be confident of hitting the right morning remains steady coverage, such as Tom Boyle's at Sandy Hook this season. Tom's patience was rewarded on 8 May with a major fallout of nocturnal migrants: "Showers and T-storms interrupted the morning flight. Seen exiting the northwest tip of Sandy Hook were ~400 Gnatcatchers, 250 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 40 Ovenbirds, 120 Black-and-white Warblers, 100 Parulas, 28 Magnolias, 1,500 Yellow-rumps, and 110 Black-throated Green. On 17 May, a heavy volume morning flight at the northwest tip of the Hook yielded the follow - ing highlights: 175 Gray Catbirds, 300 Yellowthroats, 2 Hooded, 225 Redstarts, 40 Parulas, 36 Black-throated Blue, a surprising 32 Wilson's Warblers, and 90 Baltimore Orioles." Also pres - ent and photographed there on 8 May was an Upland Sandpiper, rarely seen on the ground along the coast at any season.

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