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 / 4 305 Western Great Lakes found in three Minnesota counties: singles at two different Stearns locations 7 May (AB, JBe, AL) and in St. Louis 21-23 May (FJN, JLK, BA) and Kandiyohi 22 May (JoW, BAb). Perhaps the bird of the season was an Eur - asian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus/ variegatus in Iosco, MI 17 May (JMH, GEP, m.ob.; p.a.). Minnesota had 11 Whimbrels in Marshall/Polk 15 May (PEB), 9 in Stearns 17 May (PCC, AB, m.ob.), 8 in Red Lake 23 May (PEB, DWK, HCT, SBM), 2 separate reports in St. Louis, and one in Lake. Michigan reported its best flight of Hudsonian Godwits since 2012, with reports from four counties, and an impres - sive 21 Marbled Godwits in Houghton (TH). Red Knots were at Pte. Mouillee S.G.A., Monroe, MI 22-30 May, with a peak of 236 on 24 May (RB); other reports were singles in Iosco, MI 19 May (m.ob.) and Wilkin, MN 20 May (BWF). Single Ruff were in Dodge, WI 30 Apr (JBa, m.ob.) and Tuscola, MI 11-25 May (RD, m.ob.). Minnesota had an early Dunlin in Crow Wing 17 Apr (EG) and a record early Baird's Sandpiper in Brown 9-10 Mar (BTS, MOe). Rare in spring were sin - gle Western Sandpipers in Dodge, WI 30 Apr (JeB; p.a.) and Houghton, MI 13 May (TD). A high tally of 28 American Woodcock came from St. Louis, MN 13 Apr (CN); also in St. Louis was an early Solitary Sandpiper 21 Apr (RH). Willet were reported more widely than usual in Min - nesota, with reports from 44 of the 87 counties. Michigan had Willets in 12 counties, with a peak of 50 in Kent 29 Apr (JVO, m.ob.). Single Parasitic Jaegers were in Chippewa, MI 21 May (TK) and St. Louis, MN 28-29 May (JWL, JLK). An imm. Black-legged Kittiwake in Emmet, MI 12 Apr (JN) was a rare spring record. Wis - consin had Little Gulls in Douglas 2-3 May (PHS, CN), Manitowoc 22 May (TW), and Kewaunee (AS), while Minnesota had 2 ads. in St. Louis 18 May (PHS, m.ob.). Unusual for Michigan were inland Little Gulls in Jackson/Lenawee 24-29 Mar (PO, m.ob.) and Ingham 4 May (DPa); other reports came from Delta and Monroe. The only Laughing Gull was in Racine, WI 18 Mar (TJ). Michigan had Franklin's Gulls in five counties and Wisconsin had a California Gull in Kenosha 10 May (JD). Thayer's and Iceland gulls are ex - pected in St. Louis, MN, but Thayer's in 5 s. coun- ties and an Iceland in Scott 26 Mar-3 Apr (BAb, RMD, m.ob.) were noteworthy; Michigan had reports from three and nine counties, respective - ly. Lesser Black-backed Gulls were found in six Minnesota counties, including a first record for Sherburne, which consisted of 3 ads. 27-29 Apr (TL, DWK, m.ob.). A Caspian Tern in Beltrami, MN 15 Apr (DPJ) was early. Wisconsin hosted its second state record of a White-winged Tern in Manitowoc 21 May (MHo); the first record was back in 1873! Common Terns peaked at 1,600 in Monroe, MI 14 May (AMB, CP, JH). Monroe 23 Mar (AMB) and 4,110 in Bay (RE), both Michigan. Sporadic reports of a female Harlequin Duck in Lake, MN 30 Mar & 19 Apr (JWL) were possibly of the same individual found at the end of the winter season. Michi - gan had Harlequins in three counties, including an odd inland record in Jackson 2 May+ (DP, m.ob.). Surf and White-winged scoters were found in two and three Minnesota counties, respectively. Minnesota birders found no Black Scoters and their only Long-tailed Duck away from Lake Superior was a male in Hennepin 15 Mar–1 Apr (AN, m.ob.). An impressive flight of 8,423 Long-tailed Ducks in Iosco, MI 24 Apr (JB) was a record total for the Saginaw Bay area. Noteworthy were 426 Western Grebes in Douglas, MN 2 May (JLK). Eurasian Collared- Doves continue to expand across Minnesota, with first county records in Anoka 7 May (REn), Pine 15-16 Apr (SM), and Red Lake 27 May (SC). By contrast, the only collared-doves in Michigan were a lingering pair in Berrien. White-winged Doves were found in Wiscon - sin's La Crosse 9 May (JT) and 25 May (BVV) and Dane 22 May (ES), as well as in Grand Tra - verse, MI 22 Apr (KW). A Chuck-will's-widow returned for the sixth season in Jackson, MI 13 May+, while Wisconsin had reports between 16-29 May from Walworth and Jefferson. Besides the expected observations from Crex Meadows, Burnett, Yellow Rails were heard in Wisconsin's Marquette 11-22 May (TS, RA) and Bayfield 24 May (NA). Michigan's only Yellow Rails were two in Delta 24-29 Apr (TP, RR), one in Roscommon 21 May+, and an exhausted bird found on a residential lawn in Huron 7 May (JL). A Yellow Rail in Todd, MN 10 May (SE) was a first county record. Minnesota's only Common Gallinules were singles in Grant and Hennepin, and 3 in Wabasha. Following a long cold spell, Whitefish Point, Chippewa, MI re - corded a major Sandhill Crane movement with 2,086 on 15 Apr and 4,916 on 16 Apr. SHOREBIRDS THROUGH TERNS Black-necked Stilts moved into Michigan in un- precedented numbers, with reports from Hills- dale (2) 25 Apr (DJ), Tuscola 29 Apr – 16 May (TAK), Berrien 29 Apr (RW) & 18 May (MO), Washtenaw 7-11 May (RWo, m.ob.), and Sagi - naw 17 May (JS). Minnesota had a single stilt in Lyon 31 May (DF, GW). Early were 6 Ameri - can Avocets in Crow Wing, MN 20 Apr (EG); not too far behind were 35 in Muskegon, MI 22 Apr (KS, LC, BH). An early push of American Golden Plovers brought birds to Faribault 17 Mar (WAF) and Carver 18 Mar (JW), both in Minnesota. A month later, a huge push of gold - en-plovers moved into Michigan, with 61 in Berrien (MH), 75 in Muskegon (SG), and 134 in Branch (FZ), all on 25 Apr. Piping Plovers were –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adam M. Byrne G enerally speaking, temperatures were above average across the Region. Min - nesota had a warm March, cool start to April, and then a return to warm weather that peaked with temperatures above 90 F in early May. In Wisconsin, March and April temps were well above average, while May was closer to normal; precipitation totals were way above average in March, while April and May were below normal. After a very warm March, Mich - igan temperatures returned to near normal for April and May. March was wet, with most of the state receiving double the normal rainfall, while April was somewhat above normal and May slightly below, except in the western Up - per Peninsula. The warm season ushered in quite a few record early migrants, especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A White-winged Tern in Wis - consin won the prize for most outstanding find of the season. Other seasonal highlights in - cluded a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in Wiscon- sin, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Burrowing Owl, and Golden-crowned Sparrow in Minne - sota, and Black-billed Magpie, Rock Wren, and Golden-crowned Sparrow in Michigan. WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES Two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were in Le Sueur, MN 19-23 May (m.ob.). Michigan re - ported Greater White-fronted and Ross's geese at an above average number of locations, but not in spectacular numbers. Mute Swans were more widespread than usual in Minnesota, including a first county record in Redwood 8 May (DFN). Michigan birders found a record number of Eurasian Wigeons, with reports in Monroe 12-25 May (JF, m.ob.), Bay 19-20 (KO, RB), Tuscola 23-29 Apr (RD, VT), Saginaw 29 Apr (p.a., JS), Chippewa 30 Apr-1 May (RB, m.ob.), and Marquette 5 May (BO). Wiscon - sin's only Eurasian Wigeon was in Kewaunee 12 Mar (AS). The only Cinnamon Teal was a drake in Lac qui Parle, MN 30 Apr-1 May (CS). Noteworthy Greater Scaup totals were 4,221 in

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