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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 316 This apparent Blue-winged X Cinnamon Teal hybrid was at Lyon's Bend, Knox County, Tennessee 19 Mar and is the first of this hybrid to be reported from Tennessee. Photograph by © Susan Hoyle This Horned Grebe at Edgar Evins State Park, DeKalb County, Tennessee established a new record late date for the state. Photograph by © Mark Taylor Morgan Pond to 30 May (JHa), 8 Red-breasted Mergansers on Cave Run Lake, Bath/Rowan, KY 14 May (RCr), and a male Ruddy Duck on the se. side of Lexington, KY 22 May (ph. LCo). A Greater Scaup at Paddle Creek Pond, Sullivan, TN 17-19 May (RLK, RCa) established a new late date for ne. Tennessee and the third latest for the state. Five Surf Scoters at Lake Tansi, Cumberland, TN 29 Mar (EKL) and 6 on the Ohio River at Six-Mile Island, Jefferson, KY 19 Apr (ph. LF) were the only scoters reported. Breeding reports of Hooded Merganser of interest in Kentucky included broods of yg. at Land Between the Lakes, Trigg 25/29 Apr (ph. BLi/ ph. RD) and 24 May (JSo) and a brood of 10 yg. with a female along Chamberlain Lane, ne. Jefferson 3 May (PB). In Tennessee, Hooded Mergansers are rare breeders away the w., so a female with 2 yg. at Watauga River, Wash - ington, TN 21 & 30 Apr (RP, KB / RLK) was noteworthy. Four sightings of pairs of Common Mergansers in appropriate breeding habitat are further evidence that they are now breeding in the mountains of e. Tennessee: a male and 2 females on the Nolichucky River, Washington 13 & 21 Apr (GE, PR & RLK); a pair at Bea - ver Creek, Sullivan through 5 May (RKn, RCa, RLK, m. ob.), with an apparent juv. nearby 17 May (RLK); a pair on the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River, Sevier through 3 Apr (OC, KWa), with the female still present 12 May (KWa); and a pair on the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River, Sevier (different specific location from the previously mentioned pair) on 12 May (KWa). LOONS THROUGH IBIS Three tardy Common Loons were on both Old Hickory Lake, Nashville, Davidson, TN (CA) and Morgan Pond (JHa, SA) 20 May, with one lingering at the latter location to at least 29 May (MT). One to 2 Red-throated Loons and 1 to 2 Pacific Loons were seen on multiple dates on J. Percy Priest Lake, Davidson, TN 4-9 Mar. Single Pacific Loons were also reported from Bruton Branch Rec. Area, Pickwick Lake, Har - din, TN 2 & 12 Mar (RS, DJS), Woods Reser- voir Dam, Franklin, TN 3 Mar (CW), and at Britton Ford, Tennessee N.W.R., Henry, TN 26 highlights included Brown Pelican, Snowy Plover, Inca Dove, Great- tailed Grackle, Common Redpoll, and a hybrid Blue-winged X Cin - namon Teal. Abbreviations: Duck River (Duck River Unit, Tennessee N.W.R., Hum- phreys, TN ), Ensley (Ensley Bot- toms, including the EARTH Com- plex, Shelby, TN), McElroy Lake (Warren, KY), Melco (Melco Flood Retention Basin, s. Jefferson, KY), Morgan Pond (transient pond w. of Oak Grove, Christian, KY), Sauerheber (Sauerheber Unit Sloughs W.M.A., Henderson, KY). WATERFOWL Four Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were pres- ent on a pond at Iuka, Livingston, KY 22 May (ph. NE). One at Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake, Davidson, TN 3 May (PHa, ph. JHi) furnished a first county record and one of only a handful of records in Tennessee e. of the Mississippi River. Three likely injured Greater White-fronted Geese were still at Bal - lard W.M.A., Ballard, KY 1 May (RCr). One at Cornelia Fort Airpark, Nashville, TN 4 May (JA, JHi, FF, MSm) established the fourth latest spring date for the state. A Cackling Goose was at Liberty Park and Marina, Montgomery, TN 26 Mar (JHa). Peak counts of waterfowl of interest includ - ed at least 750 Blue-winged Teal on the slough along KY 268 nw. of Sauerheber 7 Apr (BP, TQ); at least 1,000 Northern Shovelers in the Upper Hickman Bottoms, Fulton, KY 18 Mar (JSo); ca. 1,000 Green-winged Teal in the Upper Hick - man Bottoms, Fulton, KY and at least 1,050 total in the Lower Hickman Bottoms, Fulton, KY both 18 Mar (JSo) with at least 1,230 in the latter area 1 Apr (BP, EHu, TGr, SG). An appar - ent hybrid male Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal was found at Lyon's Bend, Knox, TN 19 Mar (ph. SHo, MM). Tardy waterfowl included 2 Gadwall at Spin - dletop Farm, Fayette, KY 14 May (TS, DSv) and a pair at Morgan Pond 18 May (BP, TG, SG) with a male there to 25 May (BP, RF), a male American Wigeon at Oak Grove, Christian, KY 20 May (JHa, ph. SA), 4 males and a female Northern Shoveler at Morgan Pond 18 May (BP, SG, TG, JHa) with 2 males last seen there 25 May (BP, RF), a male Northern Shoveler at Sugar Tree Bottoms, Perry, TN 18 May (VS), a Green- winged Teal at Duck River 3 May (SY), a Greater Scaup at Tennes - see City, Dickson, TN 28 Apr (RS, VS), a male Ring-necked Duck at Chris Sloan Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C limatic conditions during spring 2016 were relatively normal in Kentucky. Temperatures during April and May were not far from normal, although most ma - jor stations recorded mean temperature 5-7°F above normal during March. Precipitation was not particularly variable during the period, although Bowling Green recorded about one- half normal precipitation during April, and Paducah recorded nearly one-and-a-half the normal amount of rainfall during March. In Tennessee, conditions varied more widely across the season and state. In March, tem - peratures were above average statewide, with precipitation in the west well above average, normal in middle Tennessee, and well below average in east Tennessee. In April, tempera - tures statewide were above average, with pre- cipitation average in the west but below av- erage elsewhere. In May, temperatures were below average in the west and middle part of the state. Precipitation was average to slightly below average across the state. Rarity highlights in Kentucky during the season included Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, White-faced Ibis, two Ruffs, two White-winged Doves, three Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, West - ern Tanager, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and three Common Redpolls. In Tennessee, rarity Tennessee & Kentucky

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