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 / 4 289 et al.) and 5 at Little Estero Island Critical Wild- life Area, Fort Myers Beach, Lee 4 Jun, dwin- dling to 1 that remained through the end of the season (M. Rousher, R. Kaskan et al.). Long- tailed Ducks are always rare in Florida so a fe - male as far south as Pelican Island NWR, Indian River 16 Mar (K. Janes, J. Pecatore) was notable. Reports of American Flamingo seem to be increasing with 1 at Bunche Beach 19-23 Mar and probably the same individual at Lovers Key SP, Lee 25-29 Mar (K. Magnuson, T. Buchanan et al.), 2 at Taylor Creek Area, Okeechobee 30 Apr (B. Wedderburn), 1 at Mile Marker 58, Grassy Key, Monroe 17 Jun-1 Jul (D. Mader, M. Hedden, m. obs.), 3 at Cedar Key, Levy 24 Jun (C. Bester), 1 at Big Carlos Pass, Lee 27 Jul (P. Heubeck), and up to an amazing 36 at STA-2, Palm Beach 23 Apr-21 May (R. Diaz, m. obs.). A single Eared Grebe continued at Merritt Island NWR, Brevard through 3 Mar (MHa, A. Zions). A single White-crowned Pigeon occurred well north of its normal range at J.N. Ding Darling NWR throughout the season (R. Repenning, E. Combs et al.). A very rare Zenaida Dove caused quite a stir as it continued from the previous season at Long Key SP, Monroe 1 Mar-15 May (m. obs.). Up to 2 Smooth-billed Anis continued at Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach from 1 Mar through the end of the season (m. obs.) One or two Lesser Nighthawks appeared at Fort Pickens 13–16 Apr (J. Callaway, B. Callaway, D. Stangeland, BDu, LDu). A single Antillean Nighthawk was well north of its normal range in the Florida Keys at Jonathan Dickinson SP, Mar - tin 17 May (D. Doyle). Up to 10 very rare Vaux's Swifts continued from the winter at Gainesville through 6 Apr (B. Ewing, S. Ewing). Reports of western hummingbirds included two reports of Black-chinned Hummingbird with 1 immature male at Spring Lake Hills, Altamonte Springs, Seminole from winter 2015-2016 through 1 Mar (P. Hueber, m. obs.) and 1 at Gainesville to 17 Mar (S. Ewing et al.). An adult female Rufous Abbreviations / definitions: Big Bend (the part of Florida from the Apalachicola R. east through Jeffer - son); Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. (North Shore Restoration Area) Orange unless otherwise stated); N.E.R.R. (National Estuarine Research Re - serve); N.S. (National Seashore); N.W.R. (National Wildlife Refuge); Panhandle (that part of Florida from the Apalachicola R. through Escambia); Paynes Prairie (Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P., Alachua); re - cord (only those reports verifiable from photograph, videotape, or specimen evidence); report (any observation); S.P. (State Park); S.T.A. (Stormwater Treatment Area); S.T.F. (Spray Treatment Fields); "Viera Wetlands" (Ritch Grissom Me - morial Wetlands, Viera, Brevard); W.M.A. (Wa- ter Management Area). WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES Black-bellied Whistling Ducks continue to ex- pand in the Panhandle with 62 in five locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa 16 Mar–17 May (m. obs.) and 25 at Jefferson County Recycling Center, Jefferson 5 Jul (M. Smith, R. Emond). Single Fulvous Whistling Ducks wandered west to J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Lee 28 Mar (J. Conrad, L. Partymiller) and Paynes Prairie Pre - serve SP (Alachua) 17 May (L. Davis, D. Dacol). A Greater White-fronted Goose, always rare in South Florida, stayed at Palm Lake Park, Martin 1-28 Apr (R. Netherton, m. obs.). An Egyptian Goose at Twin River Golf Club, Oviedo, Seminole 2 Jul (G. Leavens, J. Leavens) provided the first known county record of this exotic, a species now established in much of southern Florida. A continuing Common Eider was present at Fort Clinch SP pier, Nassau 2-8 Mar (A. Wraithmell et al.) and 1 appeared in the St. Johns River at the Intracoastal Waterway, Duval 4 Apr (D. Doyle). All three scoters made scat - tered appearances, mostly in northeast Florida and the Pan - handle. The rarest species in Florida—White-winged Sco - ter—had up to 4 that continued from the previous season at Fort Clinch SP pier through 8 Mar (A. Moss, KDa et al.) and 16 at Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa 1 May (LDu, S. Duncan, W. Duncan). Even in the summer Black Sco - ters were recorded with up to 8 at Huguenot Memorial Park, Du - val through 17 Jun and 2 there through 24 Jul (KDa, G. Williams Michael Brothers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING/SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he spring and summer of 2016 brought some wonderful birds to Florida, with four first state records including Pa - cific Golden-Plover, Fea's Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, and a stunning Cuban Vireo, a bird which was also a new record for the ABA area. In addition, there were Pacific Loons, a Red-billed Tropicbird, Neotropic Cormorants, a Red-footed Booby, a Great White Pelican, a continuing Zenaida Dove, up to 10 Vaux's Swifts in Gainesville, two Fork-tailed Fly - catchers, Thick-billed Vireo, two Bahama Mockingbirds, one Western Spindalis, a Black-faced Grassquit, one Green-tailed To - whee, and two Lazuli Buntings. These seasons were very good to Florida birders. All five months had temperatures through - out the state that averaged above normal. Rainfall varied in most months with wetter than normal conditions in March and April in north Florida and wetter conditions in central and south Florida. This was reversed in May, and was followed by below average rainfall statewide in June and July. Tropical Storm Co - lin developed from a low pressure system that moved off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on June 5 th . Colin made landfall along Florida's Gulf Coast on June 6 th with winds of 50 mph and quickly weakened to a tropical depres - sion as it moved across the Southeast bringing heavy rainfall to Florida, Georgia, and parts of the Carolinas. Colin also spawned severe weather and tornados across Florida and drove a Red-footed Booby to the West Central Florida coast and seven Sooty Terns inland near Gainesville. Florida There was no question about the identification of this huge bird, strikingly larger than the surrounding American White Pelicans at J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Lee, here on 28 Feb. However, the provenance issue is not simple. Photo by © Tammy McQuade

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