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 / 4 313 I O WA & M I S S O U R I tler (DRS), Robert Spahn (RSp), Karen Viste- Sparkman (KVS), Gerald Von Ehwegen (GLV), Dan Watkins (DW), Matt Wetrich (MTW), Warren Wicks (WWI). MISSOURI: Corne - lius Alwood (CA), Chris Barrigar (CBa), Lisa Berger, David Blevins (DBl), Barbara Blevins (BBl), Charley Burwick (CBu), Jeff Cantrell (JC), Dan Cowell (DC), Tony Elliott (TE), Mark Haas (MH), Shari Harden (SH), Jill Hays (JH), Brad Jacobs (BJ), Tim Jones (TJ), Andrew Kinslow (AK), Steve Kinder (SK), Pe - ter Kondrashov (PK), Charlene Malone (CM), Jim Malone (JM), Debbie Martin (DM), Steve Martin (SM), Chrissy McClarren (CMc), Paul McKenzie (PM), Lisa Owens (LOw), Andy Reago (AR), Mark Robbins (MR), Bill Rowe (BR), Greg Samuel (GSa), Greg Swick (GSw), Joshua P. Uffman (JU), Edge Wade (EW). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Joshua P. Uffman, 707 Ashton Way Circle, Eureka, Missouri 63025 • –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– James J. Dinsmore W eather conditions were similar in both states. June was hot and dry with Missouri experiencing its ninth warmest June and low rainfall lead - ing to drought conditions. Iowa temperatures were the 14 th highest on record, and rainfall was below average with moderate drought over parts of the state. The conditions were reversed in July as both states experienced above-average rainfall and moderate temper - atures. It was the fifth wettest July on record in Missouri and the 16 th wettest July on re- cord in Iowa. Neither state reported any ex- tensive flooding nor extreme severe weather events. The dry conditions in June resulted in little shorebird habitat available in mid- summer in Missouri. Regional highlights were a nesting record of Inca Dove and two Merlin nests in Iowa, the first since 1908 for the latter. A Lesser Black-backed Gull in Missouri was a second summer record for the region, and a Snowy Plover and Ruff were good finds in Iowa. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were again found in the region, and several southern species including Northern Bobwhite, North - ern Mockingbird, and Summer Tanager were found further north than usual. Abbreviations: Clinton spoil islands (spoil islands in Mississippi River, Clinton, IA); Eagle Bluffs (Eagle Bluffs C.A., St. Louis, 3 May (CM) and 71 in the w. at Squaw Creek 24 May (MR). Iowa's earliest ever Blackpoll Warbler was in Dallas 21 Apr (MaryJo Puce - lik). The first of the three Black-throated Blue Warblers reported in Iowa, was their earliest on record in Clinton 29 Apr (BRM). A Palm Warbler at Bacon Creek Park, Woodbury was Iowa's earliest ever 15 Apr (FLR), while one at Lamine River C.A., Cooper set a second latest Missouri record 25 May (EW). Peak counts were impressive, with 40 along the Cedar Val - ley Nature Trail, Black Hawk, IA 24 Apr (Con- nor Langan) and 32 in Dunklin, MO 1 May (TJ). A single Pine Warbler at Shimek S.F., Van Buren, IA was the second earliest Iowa record 28 Mar (POR). Yellow-rumped Warbler mi - gration peaked with counts of 128-252 across three Iowa sites 24-29 Apr. In Missouri, the first 2 Prairie Warblers at Busiek S.F., Christian tied the second earliest record 13 Apr (DBl), and singles in Ralls 19 Apr and Pike 21 Apr were the most n. in the Region (Cory Gregory, Ashley Casey). Iowa hosted an ad. male Western Tanager at Ledges S.P., Boone 5 May (ph., †DCH) and an ad. male Black-Headed Grosbeak at Curt Nelson's Farm, Cerro Gordo 11-12 May (ph., †BVL, ph., †PH, ph., †POR, ph., †RGo, CJF). An Indigo Bunting in Des Moines tied the earli - est Iowa record 20 Apr (ph. Kaitlyn Murphy, ph., Bobby Wilcox). Two Painted Buntings re - turned to their Conco Quarry stronghold in Greene, MO 1 May (DBl, BBl). Wrapping up this report, a Dickcissel count of 260 set an all- time high for Missouri in Dunklin 1 May (TJ). Contributors (subregional compilers in bold- face): IOWA: Danny Akers (DAk), Pam Allen (PHA), Reid Allen (RIA), Dick Bierman (DB), John Bissell (JBi), Jessica Bolser (JBo), Aaron Brees (AB), Mark Brown (MHB), Brandon Caswell (BCC), Adam Ciha (AC), Raymond L. Cummins (RLC), Therese Cummiskey(TC), Stephen J. Dinsmore (SJD), Seth Dudley (SD), David Eastman (DGE), Chris R. Ed - wards (CRE), Jesse Ellis (JE), Carolyn J. Fischer (CJF), James Forde (JF), James L. Fuller (JLF), Jacob Gilliam (JG), Rita Go - ranson (RGo), Cory Gregory (CJG), Damon Haan (DH), Tyler M. Harms, Douglas Harr (DCH), Paul Hertzel (PH), Eric Hough (EH), Thomas Johnson (TNJ), Joe Jungers (JDJ), Betty Lucas (BVL), Kelly McKay (KMc), Tony Moline (TM), Susan Nixon (SN), Wolfgang Oesterreich (WO), Eric Ollie (EEO), Diane Porter (DCP), Mark Proescholdt (MP), Billy Reiter-Marolf (BRM), Paul Roisen (POR), Frederick Ruckersfeldt (FLR), Linda Rudolph (LGR), William Scheible (BSc), Tom Schilke (TSS), Lee A. Schoenewe (LAS), Bill Tollefson (BT), Dennis Thompson (DTh), Dean Schet - A count of 280 Bobolinks in Dunklin, MO 1 May was the Region's highest (TJ). Two Eastern Meadowlarks 28 Feb and 2 Mar at Neal Smith N.W.R., Jasper (KVS) were the earliest reports on record for Iowa (KVS). An ad. male Hooded Oriole viewed and photographed for just ten minutes at a nectar feeder in Columbia, Boone was a first Missouri state record 20 May (ph., †Louise Flenner, George Flenner). A Bullock's Oriole in Cerro Gordo 1-3 May was a high - light for Iowa birders (ph., †BVL, ph., †PH, ph, †POR, ph., †RGo, CJF, RIA, PHA). Rusty Blackbirds were observed in good numbers, with peak counts of 180-600 at three Missouri and one Iowa site 6-18 Mar. Missouri's high - est Brewer's Blackbirds count included 300 in Dade 19 Mar (DBl, BBl), while Iowa birders found them to be far more widespread than last spring across 17 Iowa counties. WARBLERS THROUGH DICKCISSEL An Ovenbird in Linn 20 Apr tied the second earliest Iowa record (BSc). Five Worm-eating Warblers along Sugar Camp, Barry (DBl, BBl) and a single in Gasconade (Jack Foreman) tied Missouri's second earliest 14 Apr. Iowa's most n. Louisiana Waterthrush was at Evan's Park, Cerro Gordo 10 May (RGo). Missouri's earliest Northern Waterthrush was at Graham Cave S.P., Montgomery 4 Apr (†PM). A Golden- winged Warbler in Winneshiek tied Iowa's ear - liest on 27 Apr (Lee Zieke). Missouri's record high count of 53 Black-and-white Warblers was tied at Sugar Camp, Barry 14 Apr (DBl, BBl). Greer Springs, Oregon, MO is the Re - gion's most reliable place for Swainson's War- bler and that is exactly where 3 were 30 Apr- 1 May (Bill Eddleman, BJ, m.ob.). A single Tennessee Warbler at Lacey-Keosauqua S.P., Van Buren was Iowa's earliest ever 17 Apr (ph. CJG, AC). Connecticut Warblers were found in seven Iowa counties n. of a line from Polk to Johnson with the first in Black Hawk tying the second earliest 7 May (Alan Orr, Karen Orr). Iowa's first Mourning Warbler tied the third earliest record in Dallas 8 May (JG). Eleven Hooded Warblers were already at Sugar Camp, Barry 14 Apr (DBl, BBl), but the high - est count came 13 May, with 29 at the same location (Chris Hobbs, John Bollin, MR). Out - side the Ozarks one was in Adair, MO 18 May (PK) and four Iowa counties e. of Boone. A sin - gle American Redstart at Port Louisa N.W.R., Louisa 26 Apr was Iowa's earliest ever. A Cape May Warbler at Carondelet became Missouri's earliest spring record 5-6 Apr (†CMc, ph., †AR). Cerulean Warblers were found in ten Iowa counties, mostly e. of Boone, and high counts of 9 came from single sites in each state. Missouri Yellow Warbler high counts included 27 in the e. at Busch C.A., St. Charles

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