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 328 A L A B A M A & M I S S I S S I P P I 25-26 Jul (JHar, TLS, MS) and one observed 28 Jul (TLS) providing the eighth and ninth records for the sur - rounding area, respectively. An Upland Sandpiper at Ha - zel Green, Madison 16 Jul was rare for July in the T.V. (ph., HD, DB). A Marbled Godwit was at Pelican Pen./Dauphin 19 Jul+ (ph., B&AC) where they are uncommon in July on the G.C. A Stilt Sandpiper was early at Seaman 7 Jul (m.ob.), and one at Montgomery 27 Jul provided a rare July occurrence for the I.C.P. (LFG). Montgomery also had a Sanderling and a Baird's Sandpiper 27 Jul representing the second and first July records for the I.C.P., re - spectively (LFG). West of Florence, Lauderdale, 4 Baird's Sandpipers 28 Jul and one Buff-breasted Sandpiper 25 Jul were early (DJS). Notewor - thy Pectoral Sandpiper observations included an early individual at O.C.L. 7 Jul (TLS), 20 in the M.R. at L. Purdy, Shelby 31 Jul (KWi), and 36 in the T.V. w. of Florence, Lauderdale 28 Jul (DJS), the latter two setting summer high counts for their respective regions. Four Semipalmated Sandpipers 15 Jul and 4 Western Sandpipers 7 Jul were early at O.C.L. (TLS). A Spotted Sand - piper at O.C.L. 9 Jul was early (TLS) while 12 set the maximum summer count for Alabama at Gainesville, Sumter 29 Jul (RJK, RLS). Early Solitary Sandpipers were at Noxubee N.W.R., Winston, MS 9 Jul (TLS) and Tupelo S.T.P., Lee, MS 9 Jul (WP). A new early arrival record for Greater Yellowlegs in the I.C.P was set at Eu - faula N.W.R. with one observed on 1 Jul (RJK, RLK). At O.C.L., a Willet 5 Jul (TLS) and 22-23 Jul were rare (TLS, MS, JHar) and 25 Lesser Yel - lowlegs were early 5 Jul (TLS). A Laughing Gull was at O.C.L. 29 Jul (TLS), always a nice find inland. The high summer count of Ring-billed Gull in Alabama was es - tablished with 32 at Wheeler Dam, Lauderdale 20 Jul (DJS). Inland Caspian Terns included 3 at Coffeeville Lock and Dam, Choctaw , AL 16 Jul (RJK, RLK), 2 at O.C.L. 27 Jul (JHar), and 2 at West Point L., Chambers 30 Jul, the latter providing the first summer record for the M.R. (JW). Early inland Black Terns in Mississippi comprised of 2 at Columbus L., Lowndes 19 Jun and one at O.C.L. 24 Jun (TLS). Inland Com - mon Loons this summer in Alabama included 2 at Wilson Dam, Colbert 7 Jun (DJS) and one at Chambers County L.11 Jun (RM, LW). An adult Brown Booby undoubtedly caught the at - tention of observant motorists as it perched on the railing of a narrow bridge over the Mulberry Fork at Cordova, Walker 6 Jun just feet from passing vehicles (ph., GP). This represented the first inland record for Alabama. The maximum summer count for Double-crested Cormorant in the M.R. was set at 125 at Logan Martin Dam, St. Clair/Tallapoosa 28 Jul (RJK). Multiple re - ports of American White Pelicans were received. In Mississippi a group summered at O.C.L. with a high of 75 observed 1 Jun (TLS, MS, JHar), representing the first ever summering occur - rence for the area. Ninety was a good count at St. Catherine Creek N.W.R., Adams 3 Jul (BT). Increasing statewide in Alabama but becoming regular in the B.B.P., 66 were at Sledge, Hale 10 Jul (D&JS). A maximum of 3 at Logan Martin Dam, St. Clair/Tallapoosa 20-28 Jul, (LM, RJK) furnished the third summer record for the M.R. A new Least Bittern high count in Alabama was established with 18 at Little Bateau Bay, Baldwin 27 Jul (KH, ER, MW). Twenty-five Green Herons at Eufaula N.W.R. 1 Jun pro - vided the maximum summer count for s. Ala- bama (GEH). North Alabama had two reports of White Ibis at Wheeler N.W.R where they are uncommon, with up to 3 in Morgan 5-23 Jul (TVR, M&LH, DG) and one in Madison 30 Jul (CB, MH). A Roseate Spoonbill continued from the spring through 26 Jun at O.C.L. providing the only spring/early summer re - cord for that area (TLS, JHar), while 2 imms. were at Dauphin 27 Jul (ph., AH, PR et al.). The maximum count for Tur - key Vulture in the M.R. was set at 54 on 19 Jun in Blount (GJH). Os - prey abounded at Eufaula N.W.R. where 25 established the maximum summer count for Alabama 1 Jun (GEH). Forty-seven Swallow-tailed Kites was a good number n. of Uniontown, Perry, AL 30 Jul (BCG). One hundred Mississippi Kites was also an impressive count at Tus - caloosa on 10 Jun (TLS, MS), and summer high counts were set in the M.R. and G.C. with 70 at Danway, Chambers 13 Jul (LW et al.) and 30 n. of Stockton, Baldwin 24 Jul (MJJ), respectively. KINGFISHERS THROUGH BUNTINGS Twelve Belted Kingfishers at Bear Creek Reser- voir, Franklin 28 Jun set the maximum sum- mer count for the T.V. (DJS). Seven American Kestrels were counted in Blount 3-19 Jun where they are uncommon and local breeders in the M.R. (GJH, DPG, AGM). Willow Flycatchers are very rare and local breeders in the Region. In Alabama birds continued at known lo - calities at Hartselle, Morgan 7 Jun (SRM) and F.W.F.T.A. 1-23 Jun (m.ob.). Mississippi had 2 counter-singing individuals at a new location at McLeod, Noxubee 10-22 Jul (vt., JHar et al.). Scissor-tailed Flycatchers successfully nested w. of Prairie Point, Noxubee, MS with fledging confirmed on 28 Jun (TLS, MS, D&JP). Nest - ing was also confirmed near Aberdeen, Monroe, MS where fledged young were seen 30 Jul (ph., JHar, WP). At the only regular breeding site in north Alabama, 7 birds at Hazel Green, Madi - son 30 Jul set the maximum summer count for the T.V. (JMH, KWa, SRM). A Warbling Vireo continued from spring through 20 Jul for the third consecutive year at Columbus L., Lowndes, MS (JHar, TLS), a rare breeder in much of the Region. Tree Swallow nesting continued at F.W.F.T.A. with active nests and fledged young observed 1-23 Jun (JAT, JHan, LFG). This site is at the southern extent of this species' range in Alabama where nesting was first documented in 2013. Two individuals were observed 3 Jun even further south at Gas - tonburg, Wilcox, a possible indication of con- tinued expansion (JAT). An estimated 1,000+ Cliff Swallows at Spring Cr., Lawrence 6 Jul set the maximum T.V. count (DJS). Up to 2 White- breasted Nuthatches continued throughout the report period se. of Midway, Bullock at the southern edge of their breeding range in Ala - Alabama had its first inland Brown Booby at Cordova, Walker on 6 June. The bird was pho- tographed on a bridge over the Mulberry Fork, but not relocated in subsequent days. This added to the multiple inland sightings for this species in recent years in the eastern United States. Photograph by © Gina Perrin Since 2014, central portions of our Region in the Black Belt Prairie physiographic region have hosted isolated locations of nesting or territorial Willow Flycatchers. The individual seen here, 21 Jun, represented a continuation of this species at the Forever Wild Field Trial Area, Hale, the only known nesting site in south Alabama. Photograph by © Jan Hansen Numerous Painted Buntings were detected in both Alabama and Mississippi this summer in the Black Belt Prairie physiographic region. The individual seen here was photographed near Faunsdale, Marengo 21 June and was one of 21 observed throughout the report period in this ecoregion. Photograph by © Jan Hansen

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