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 / 4 329 A L A B A M A & M I S S I S S I P P I bama (JAT, ECS). A Gray Catbird on Dauphin 3 Jun was late for outer coast of Alabama where they are not known to nest (BCG, PR). The summer high count in s. Alabama for Prothonotary Warbler was set at Eufaula N.W.R. with 20 tallied 1 Jun (GEH). The maxi - mum summer count in the M.R. for Hooded Warbler was established at 36 in Chambers 12 Jun (LFG, LW). Two Cerulean Warblers were at Larkin Fork, Jackson 18 Jun, one of the few breeding localities in Alabama (GJH et al.). Breeding season occurrences for Yellow War - bler in northern Alabama are sparse, so an individual at Larkin Fork, Jackson 18 Jun was notable (GJH et al.). A Bachman's Sparrow seen and heard nw. of Hillsboro, Lawrence 10 Jul provided a new site for this rare species in the T.V. (RJK, RLK). Un - common in the B.B.P., Alabama had 9 Lark Spar- rows in Perry with breeding confirmation 10 Jun (JAT). In Mississippi 12 were sighted in Clay, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha throughout the reporting period (TLS). Rare in the M.R., one was in Blount 7 Jun providing the first record for that county (RS&DCH). Grasshopper Sparrows are also un - common in the B.B.P.; one was at Black Swamp Mitigation Bank, Monroe, MS 26 Jun (WP) and 2 were at a regular site ne. of West Point, Clay, MS 20 Jun–12 Jul (TLS). Song Sparrows are local breeders in the Birmingham area, so a pair at a new site 6 Jun was noteworthy at Railroad Park, Jefferson (GJH). A late White-Throated Sparrow was also at Railroad Park 2 Jun (GJH). The summer maximum for Blue Grosbeak in the M.R. was set at 32 in Blount 5 Jun (DPG, PAR, LB). High numbers of Painted Bun - tings were detected in the B.B.P. in both states throughout the report period. Alabama tallied 9 individuals at seven locations in Hale, Marengo, Montgomery, and Sumter (m.ob.), while Missis - sippi had an impressive 12 individuals at mul- tiple locations in Clay, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha (m.ob). The first summer record in the M.R. was represented by a female or first-year indi - vidual at Inverness W.T.P., Shelby 20 Jul (RJK). Initialed Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Andrew Arnold, Lisa Bailey, Charles Boley, Dick Bruer, Michael Buntin, Bill & Audrey Chambers, Matt Crunk, Harry Dean, Duston Duffie, Lawrence F. Gardella, Ben C. Garmon, David P. George, Doris Gertler, Andrew Haffen - den, Thomas M Haggerty, R. Stan & Dana C. Hamilton, Jan Hansen (JHan), Greg J. Harbor, J. Milton Harris, Jeffrey Harris (JHar), Kathy Hicks, Geoff E. Hill, Mary Hooper, Mark & Lisa Hughes, Greg D. Jackson (Alabama), Michael J. Jordan, Rick L. Kittinger, Ronald J. Kittinger, June Ladner, Rodney McCollum, Anne G. Mill - er, Leif Milliron, Sue R. Moske, Diane & Jim Patterson, Wayne Patterson, Gina Perrin, Ash - ley S. Peters, Thomas V. Ress, Emma Rhodes, Ben Rosenkrans, Pelham A. Rowan, Patsy Russo, Marion Schiefer, Terence L. Schiefer (Mississippi), Don & Judy Self, Damien J. Sim - beck, Renea Simpson, Eric C. Soehren, Barry Tillman, John A. Trent, Alan Troyer, Kenneth Ward (KWa), Lorna West, Mark Wetzel, James White, Ken Wills (KWi). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– John A. Trent, 4819 Pleasant Hill Road, Midway, Alabama 36053 • Arkansas & Louisiana Paul E. Conover Kenny Nichols –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he season started off wet, as a storm stalled over the middle of the region, dumping over 20 inches of rain in some areas in less than a week. Temperatures over the season were above average. Seasonal highlights were Brown Pelican, Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, and Lesser Gold - finch for Arkansas, "Great White" Heron and Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher for Louisiana. Abbreviations: B.K.N.W.R. (Bald Knob N.W.R, White, AR), WMA (Wildlife Manage - ment Area). Significance for Arkansas records is based on Arkansas Birds, their distribution and abundance (James and Neal 1986) and the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) on - line bird record database (for records since 1986). The significance of Louisiana records is based on trends derived from the database of bird record cards archived at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS). Records were taken from cards submitted to LSUMNS and rare bird reports submitted to the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC). Records of Review List species included below have either been ac - cepted by or are pending review of the LBRC. WATERFOWL THROUGH RAILS Notable Arkansas Black-bellied Whistling Duck reports were 34 near the Alma Sewer Plant, Crawford 31 Mar (JN), seven (includ - ing five young) near Scott, Lonoke 3 May (JB), seven in Jonesboro, Craighead 6 Apr (TBo), and two near Humphrey, Arkansas 18 May (TaB). Rare and early for Arkansas, 20 Ful - vous Whistling-Ducks were photographed at B.K.N.W.R. 14 Mar (RP, PP). Louisiana's only Long-tailed Duck report for the period was a freshly dead female on Broussard Beach, Cameron 25 May (AT). Rare but increasing in Arkansas, a Neo - tropic Cormorant was at Alex Smith County Park, Miller 16 Apr (CM). About the twenty- second for the state, an adult Brown Pelican was at Lake Dardanelle, Pope, AR 22 May (K&LN). Rare, local and possibly a first for Logan, AR, a Least Bittern was near Caney Creek Rec Area 7 May (LA). A Great White Heron on Grand Isle, Jefferson 18 April-5 May 2016 (DG, PG, JG, m.ob,) provided Louisi - ana's first accepted record for this form. Sev- enteen transient White-faced Ibis were count- ed at Queens Plantation, Miller, LA 20 Apr (JenT, JefT, CL). Rare in Arkansas but slowly increasing, single Swallow-tailed Kites were reported from southwest Miller 20 Apr (JenT, JefT, CL), Greenbrier, Faulkner 7 May (KD), and in Johnson 8 May (CF)—the latter of which was photographed. There were multiple Swainson's Hawk reports for Arkansas for the season; most significant were the 12 seen east of Van Buren, Crawford 6 Apr (SBe). A vocalizing Black Rail recorded at Lighthouse

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