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 338 ND. This provided the first nesting record for Cass (DM, KRC, DWR). SWIFTS THROUGH LONGSPURS Early White-throated Swifts were in Penning- ton, SD 9 Apr (KM). Unusually far west in North Dakota, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was in Beach 24 Apr (CDE). The Black-backed woodpecker reported at Denbigh Experimen - tal Forest, ND in the winter season remained to 2 Apr (REM). Rare in w. North Dakota, 3 Eastern Phoe- bes were tallied in Williams 19 Apr-2 May (AFA). The seventh report for North Dakota, a Plumbeous Vireo was seen in Fargo 23 May (p.a., KRC). Casual in South Dakota, a White- eyed Vireo was noted 26 May in Minnehaha (p.a., CA). Common Ravens continued to move south in North Dakota. Notable this season were three reports from Fargo 4 Mar-23 Apr. Unusually far sw. in North Dakota, a Purple Martin was seen in Beach 24 Apr (CDE). A Boreal Chickadee wintering in Benson, ND was photographed 21 Mar (p.a., REM, CDE). This furnished the fourteenth report for the state and the first since 2004. Pacific Wrens were re - ported again this year in Lawrence, SD 6 and 17 May (p.a., DGP, RDO). There seems to be a small breeding population in the higher portion of the Black Hills. A large number for mid-May, 600 Lapland Longspurs were still in Renville, ND 14 May (REM). McCown's Longspurs were noted again this spring in South Dakota with birds seen 6 Apr in Harding (p.a., ND). WARBLERS THROUGH OLD WORLD SPARROWS Casual in South Dakota, a Worm-eating War- bler was in Marshall 24 May (MO). Establish- ing a new early date by four days, a Black- and-White Warbler was at Westby, MT 27 Apr (TN). The fifth record for Montana, a Golden- winged Warbler was at Saco 20 May (p.a., DHM). The earliest record for South Dakota, a Tennessee Warbler was in Gregory 26 Apr (RM). Two Northern Parulas in North Dakota were both earlier than the previous early date. Singles were noted in McIntosh 16 Apr (CDE) and in McHenry 23 Apr (ESR). Casual in North Dakota, a Pine Warbler was at Denbigh Exp. Forest, McHenry 20 May (AFA). A rare migrant in North Dakota, an Audubon's Warbler was in Mountrail 3 May (ESR). Casual in South Dakota, a Hooded Warbler was in Hughes 10 May (DB, RDO, SS) and a Kentucky Warbler was in Roberts 22-24 May (p.a., MO). Very rare in spring, a Black-throated Blue Warbler was in Grand Forks, ND 21-22 May (TJJ). A few sparrows made early showings in South Dakota. These included a Vesper Spar - row 27 Mar in Charles Mix (ND), a Lark Spar- BH, RH). Glossy Ibis were reported from three South Dakota counties 11-13 May and from three North Dakota counties 1-15 May. An early White-faced Ibis was in Day, SD 8 Apr (BP). An early Turkey Vulture was at Theodore Roosevelt N.P., North Unit, North Dakota 6 Mar (AFA). Also ear - ly, an Osprey was in Pennington, SD 27 Mar (RSL). The eight record for South Dakota, a Mississippi Kite was in Union 11 May (p.a., DS). A rare migrant in North Dakota, a Red-shouldered Hawk was in Grand Forks 16-18 Apr (SJA). An early Broad-winged Hawk was tallied in Union, SD 3 Apr (GJS). A notable movement of Broad-winged Hawks oc - curred in Malta, MT 28 Apr (FP). Movements of more than a few individuals of this species in Montana are rare. A late Rough-legged Hawk was in Pennington, SD 8 May (JLB). SHOREBIRDS THROUGH OWLS A Black-necked Stilt was early 12 Apr at Ar- rowwood N.W.R., ND (PRS, MMJ). Two Black- necked Stilts were exhibiting nesting behavior 28 May in Watford City, ND (CDE, REM). This species appears to be establishing a foothold in the state. Casual in North Dakota, a Snowy Plover was in Grand Forks 6 May (SJA, DOL). A Snowy Plover 29 Apr in Gregory, SD provided the tenth record for the state (p.a., CA, JC). Rare in Montana, 2 Ruddy Turnstones were at Medicine Lake N.W.R. 31 May (DB). Rare across the Region, Red Knots were at Freezout Lake, MT 6 May (MS) and in Hughes, SD 13-16 May (RDO, DB). Accidental in North Dakota, a Ruff was photographed and seen by many in Burleigh 14-15 Apr (p.a., LG, PSF). This pro - vided the first record in the state west of the Red River Valley. Accidental in spring, a Black-legged Kitti- wake was documented in Stutsman, ND 15 Apr (p.a., MMJ). Now expanding rapidly in Mon - tana, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Fort Peck 22 Mar (p.a., CC). The eighth report for North Dakota, a Great Black-backed Gull was in Grand Forks 18-19 May (p.a., DOL). In South Dakota, a Great Black- backed Gull was at Pierre 6-21 Apr (RDO). Accidental in North Dakota away from the Missouri River, a Least Tern was a treat at Fargo 16 May (p.a., KRC). An early Cas - pian Tern was noted 8 Apr in Stanley, SD (RDO). The fourteenth record for South Dakota, a White-winged Dove was in Brown 24 Apr (p.a., BP). The earliest record for South Dakota, a Yel - low-billed Cuckoo was seen 1 May in Charles Mix (p.a., RM). Very rare in e. North Dakota, a Burrowing Owl was in Grand Forks 16 Apr (RW). A Barred Owl pair with 2 young were noted frequently 27 Apr to the EOP in Fargo, Ron Martin –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– M arch and April temperatures were arm weather made an early appearance in the spring season with open water in early March in North Dakota. Good numbers of waterfowl were in South Dakota in late Feb - ruary and into North Dakota in early March. Some shorebirds and swallows also made early showings. Shorebirds of interest included a Ruff in North Dakota and Snowy Plovers in both Da - kotas. A Black-legged Kittiwake was unusual for spring, and North Dakota had another Great Black-backed Gull. Other North Dakota notables were Plumbeous Vireo, Boreal Chick - adee, and Great-tailed Grackle. The second and third records for Eurasian Tree Sparrow occurred in North Dakota. South Dakota re - corded a Mississippi Kite and Montana had a Golden-winged Warbler and Summer Tanager. WATERFOWL THROUGH RAPTORS Trumpeter Swans continue their push into e. North Dakota from Minnesota. Six reports to - taling 20 individuals were received from the Red River Valley 8 Mar to the end of the sea - son. Accidental in w. South Dakota, an Ameri- can Black Duck was in Fall River 23 Apr (p.a., RDO). North Dakota reports included a single at Tewaukon N.W.R. 5 Mar (ESR, CDE), and a pair 22 May at Jamestown (LDI). An American Wigeon X Eurasian Wigeon was photographed in Billings, MT 16 Apr (DC). Early teal reports included a Cinnamon Teal 22 Mar in Han - son, SD (BP) and a Blue-winged Teal 19 Mar in McLean, ND (REM). Accidental in spring, 2 Black Scoters were on Mission Lake, Glacier, MT 29-30 Apr (p.a., TL). The earliest for North Dakota, three Horned Grebes were at Williston 7 Mar (AFA). Con - tinuing the trend of early water bird dates, an American White Pelican was in Meade, SD 3 Mar (EEM). Now seemingly regular in South Dakota, a Neotropic Cormorant was in Cod - ington 27 May (p.a., BP). Casual in Montana, a Green Heron was in Great Falls 1 May (p.a., Northern Great Plains

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