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 / 4 287 M I D D L E AT L A N T I C summer months, 3 recently fledged Hooded Mergansers confirmed breeding at Upham Brook Swamp, Henrico, VA 16 Jun (EO). A fe - male Hooded Merganser was at Chinc. 5 Jun (KK). Black Scoter reports were scattered, with most from the Atlantic coast. A single bird off South Haven Beach, Mathews, VA 1 Jun (EO) was the exception. Other Black Scoter reports included 25 at Chinc. 3 Jun ( JB, CM), 17 off Metompkin Is., Accomack VA 5 Jun (TD et al.), and 2 off Back Bay 29 Jun (CB). Other reports of late waterfowl included Long-tailed Duck at Chinc. 6 Jun (MY), Bufflehead on Metompkin Is., Accomack 5 Jun (ph. RBi, NN, JF, JS). Rud - dy Ducks were reported at Craney where the count peaked at 35 on 15 Jun (LS et al.) and 2 at LaGrange Ln., King George 25 Jul (FA). Also at LaGrange Ln., King George were 2 Pied-billed Grebes 25 Jul (FA). Another 2 Pied- billed Grebes were at Craney 7-21 Jul (BW, AM, DY) and 1 was in the Lynnhaven Dr. wet - lands, Virginia Beach 11 Jul (AB). A handful of loon reports included 1 Red-throated Loon at Chinc. observed 4 Jul (ph. JL) and later on 15 Jul (VK, JL). Reports of individual Common Loons came from Back Bay 16 & 22 Jul (ph. RBi), Chinc. 24 Jul (VK, JL), L. Anna, Louisa 9 Jul (RP), off New Point Comfort Mathews 29 Jul (KKo). A pelagic trip out of Virginia Beach was quite successful. An estimated 850 Cory's Shearwaters (30–35% were reported as Sco - poli's, Calonectris diomedea diomedea.), 13 Sooty Shearwaters, 50 Great Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater (ph. JF), 2 Audubon's Shearwaters, 450 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, 28 Leach's Storm-Petrels and 1 Band-Rumped Storm-Petrel were seen over Norfolk Canyon, Northampton 1 Jun ( JF, MS, et al.) Closer to shore a solitary Sooty Shearwater was in the surf off 85th St., Virginia Beach 1 Jun (TT). Also 1 Great Shearwater was off Virginia Beach 30 Jun (ph. AR) and on the same day a Wilson's Storm-Petrel was at Back River Reef, Hampton (AH). Five Wilson's Storm-Petrels were in Burton's Bay near Wachapreague, Accomack 6 Jul (SG). A rather late Northern Gannet was off Back Bay 1 Jul (ph. RBi). Two Pomarine Jaegers were over Norfolk Canyon, Northampton 1 Jun ( JF, MS et al.). Anhingas continue to make regular oc- currences in the region. There 6 were seen at Carson Wetland, Prince George 12 Jun 13 Jun (AR, RW). A single Anhinga was at Hard - wood's Mill Res., York 25 Jun (DY). The only report of American White Pelican was seen flying high over Fredericksburg 8 Jun (BB). In Westmoreland 1 White Ibis was present 25 Jul (FA) There were 2 White-faced Ibis were at Black Narrows Channel, Accomack 9 Jul (MA, ph. JF). James Hancock, Gerry Hawkins, Lyndon Hawkins, Bill Hohenstein, David Hughes, Mi - chael Iwanik, Cheryl Jacobson, Thomas Jones, Rick Kellam, Robert Kraft, Joanne Laskowski, David Ledwith, Ernie Miller, John Miller, Dana Moseley, Chris Murray, Laura Neale, Ellison Orcutt, Michelle Payne, Dick Rowe, Alan Schrek, David Shoch, Gary Smith, John Spahr, Evan Spears, C. Michael Stinson, Jason Strickland (JSt), Brian Taber, Jerry Thornhill, Rebecca Walawender, Bill Williams, Cathy Williamson. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T here were near average temperatures in June while in July temperatures were above average. During both months, parts of Virginia received well above average rainfall, partly due to some severe thunder - storms. The season's highlights included a success - ful pelagic trip, which included a sighting of a Band-rumped Storm-Petrel; other notable sightings included a first June record of West - ern Kingbird, an American White Pelican, and a White-faced Ibis. Abbreviations: Back Bay (Back Bay N.W.R., Virginia Beach); C.B.B.T.; Chinc. (Chincote - ague N.W.R., Accomack); Craney (Craney Is- land, Portsmouth). WATERFOWL THROUGH IBISES Widely reported, Black-bellied Whistling- Duck continued a seasonal pattern of occur - rence in Virginia. Individuals were recorded in Henrico, VA 29 Jun-2 Jul (SB, WB ph. KH), and James City, VA 19 Jul (NN) which was the first for this county. Further east, one bird was at L. Joyce and Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 14-28 Jun (m. ob.). On the eastern shore of Virginia 7 birds were seen at Brownsville Seaside Farm, Northampton, VA 2 Jun (MB), and 6 birds were at Bay Cr., Cape Charles, Northampton, VA 24 Jul (SG). Rare in summer a Tundra Swan was ob- served at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA 15 Jun (LC). Also at Dyke Marsh a Lesser Scaup was observed 5 Jun (GH) and was joined by another 19 Jun (MR). A single Green-winged Teal was in Dragon Swamp at Byrds Bridge on the border of Essex and King and Queen VA 28- 30 Jul. Another Green-winged Teal was with 4 Northern Shovelers at Craney through at least 30 Jun (AM, LS, BW). In King George, VA 1 Red - head and 1 Ring-necked Duck observed 4 Jun and 25 Jul (FA). Infrequently observed during find in the Mountains and Valleys so 2 in Rock- bridge, VA 24 April (DR, LN) and 2 at Blandy 13 May (DC) were exciting finds. Swallow-tailed Kites soared into Virginia in May with single birds in Northampton 9 May (JM), James City 14 May (RK), Virginia Beach 14 May (KB, TB), and Fairfax 27 May (DL). A Rough-legged Hawk, first seen at Green Springs, Louisa, VA 20 Feb (m.ob.), was last seen 13 Mar (ES) and another was photo - graphed in Highland, VA 5 Mar (WC). Long-eared Owls were probably always un - common to rare in Virginia, but now are in- creasingly difficult to find, which made 3 in Swoope, Augusta 10 Mar (JS) an encouraging find. At Blandy, another spent its second winter roosting near an office window where it satis - fied observers until 4 Apr (DC). PASSERINES Lark Sparrows are rare but regular fall and winter visitors to the state, especially along the coast, but by late spring they become very rare. This made a bird in Charles City, VA 30 Apr (AB, EO) a surprising find. Another sur - prise for spring was a Nelson's Sparrow pho- tographed at Bentivar Marsh, Albemarle, VA 13 May (acc. DS et al.), only the fourth spring record for the Piedmont. The spring's only Yellow-headed Blackbird foraged with European Starlings in Wood - bridge, Prince William, VA 19 Mar (KG, m.ob.). A Black-throated Gray Warbler found de - ceased at Merrimac Farm 8 Mar (acc. LH) was the ninth state record and just the second for the Piedmont. Western Tanagers were oddly concentrated in two counties in Virginia. A male, likely the same bird that has wintered at the same James City, VA location since Jan 2009, was last seen 13 Mar (BW). In the same county, another male was present in Kingsmill 4-14 Mar (CJ) and a wintering female in Winston Terrace was last seen 11 Apr (DM). In Virginia Beach a win - tering bird was last seen 8 Mar (DD), while the only bird not associating with a feeder was a male at Back Bay 11 May (MP). Virginia and the Coastal Plain's third Lazuli Bunting, vis - iting a tray feeder in Suffolk sporadically from 16 Feb, was last observed 27 Mar (acc. Brooke Gordon, m. obs.). Contributors: Jessica Asura, Frederick At- wood, Karen Beatty, Tom Beatty, David Boltz, Arun Bose, Allen Bryan (ABr), Rob Bielawski, Edward S. Brinkley, David Carr, Larry Cart - wright, Walker Catlett, Walt Childs (WCh), Linda Chittum (LCh), Albert Connette, Doug Davis, Todd Day, Adam D'Onofrio, Marshall Faintich, Linda Fields, James Fox, Kurt Gas - kill, Nathan Goldberg, Ethan Gyllenhaal,

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