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 340 frey S. Palmer, Barry Parkin, Kelly Preheim, Scott Stoltz, Dave Swanson, Cheryl Vellenga. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ron Martin, 2708 Academy Road, Minot, North Dakota 58703-1600 • jrmartin@srt.com E. Martin, Evan Obercian, Zach M. Poetzsch, Mike J. Rabenberg, Denise J. Ray, E. Scott Ray, Dean W. Riemer, Breanna L. Wagner. SOUTH DAKOTA: Doug Chapman, Roger N. Dietrich, Todd Jensen, Ran Mabie, Ricky D. Olson, Jef - Marks, Ron Martin, Craig Miller, Gail Moser, Barry Southard. NORTH DAKOTA: Bob J. An - derson, Sandy J. Aubol, Courtney L. Comer, Corey D. Ellingson, Candace Fleck, Steve Howell, Noah Kuck, Dave O. Lambeth, Ron N O R T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S Southern Great Plains Joseph A. Grzybowski W. Ross Silcock –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he mid-continent nature of the Region always makes note for vagaries of the season's weather and climate. Average conditions are almost as exceptional as the ex - tremes. And it makes for an array of species being rare but predictably irregular. This season seemed to hold that rare but regular normalcy. Water conditions were okay, not extreme. However, the overwhelm - ing pattern of our recent times is for earlier and earlier arrivals in spring, sometimes not distinguishable from individuals that may have wintered, and the push of more wood - land species extending ranges northwestward. As Regional rarities and "zooties" go, it was a good spring. Abbreviations: Cheyenne Bottoms (Chey- enne Bottoms W.M.A., Barton, KS); Hackberry Flat (Hackberry Flat W.M.A., Tillman, OK); Hefner (Lake Hefner, Oklahoma, OK); McCo - naughy (L. McConaughy Res., Keith, NE); Qui- vira (Quivira N.W.R., Stafford, KS); Red Slough (Red Slough W.M.A., McCurtain, OK). (JC). Similarly, White-winged Scoters were in Geary, KS 23 Mar (CO, JO) and Douglas, KS 7 Apr (JK); 2 first-year birds were in Sarpy, NE 2 Apr (EB). Four Long-tailed Ducks were report - ed; wintering singles continued in Labette, KS to 5 Apr (ABu) and Geary KS to 27 Mar (CO) and 2 were at McConaughy 30 Mar (JJJ). More tardy waterfowl included a Common Golden - eye at Red Slough 23 Apr (FH), with late Red- breasted Mergansers in Lancaster, NE 22 May (ER) and at McConaughy 28 May (2; SA). An amazing 250 Horned Grebes were on Hefner 5 Mar (JAG). Three early Horneds were in Lancaster, NE 4 Mar (BH), while one in Tulsa, OK 1 May (TMi) was tardy. A rarity in Kansas was a Red-necked Grebe in Hodgeman 15 Mar (TC), while two alternate birds at McConaughy 1-27 May (RG fide JGJ, MW photo, m.ob.) suggested potential nesting there. A molting Eared Grebe (black-tipped bill) in Lancaster, NE 5 Mar (MW) was very early. Easterly West - ern Grebes were in Douglas, KS 10 Apr (SN), Payne, OK 4 Mar-23 Apr (1-2; SL), Hefner 5 Mar-3 Apr (JAG, JE, ZP), and Johnston, OK 12 Apr (JRc). Clark's Grebe is an Oklahoma "zoo - tie," even in the Panhandle, where one was in Cimarron 7 May (BPe et al.); 4 at McConaughy 3 Apr (CGo) were early. Inca Doves are local along the southern edge WHISTLING-DUCKS THROUGH HUMMINGBIRDS Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is regular at Red Slough, where up to 25 were present 6 Apr-26 May, including a white bird 26 May (CM, DA, m. ob.). Beyond Red Slough, 2 made it as far as Harvey, KS 27 May (GF), with 2 at Hack - berry Flat 10 May (L&MT), 2-8 in Canadian, OK 20-24 May (PH), and 4 in Payne, OK 22 May (CR). Always a Regional "zootie," 4 Ful - vous Whistling-Ducks were at Hackberry Flat 10 May (L&MT) and 2-10 were noted at Red Slough 27 Apr-12 May (DA). Single Greater White-fronted Geese lingered in Payne, OK 12-21 May (CR) and Washington, OK 15 May (JE), as did a Snow Goose 22 Apr (GS) and Cackling Goose 26 Apr (CR) in Payne, OK, and Cheyenne Bottoms 1 May (AM, JMi), with 2 at Quivira 28 Apr (KMD, MP). The only re - port of Tundra Swan was of 9 in Thayer, NE 4 Mar (CNK). Far too southerly for the date was a Trumpeter Swan in Tulsa, OK 1 May (TH); most depart in Mar. Cinnamon Teal strayed eastward as far as Red Slough 22 Mar-5 Apr (DA), Washington, OK 29 Mar (2; JE), and Lancaster, NE 5 Apr- 31 May (HF, LE). An early spring record for Nebraska was a male in Webster 1 Mar (GW). Intriguing was a hybrid American X Eurasian Wigeon in Cleveland, OK 6 Mar (JAG). An impres - sive 8,000 Redheads were in Cedar, NE 11 Mar (CV). Four Ring-necked Ducks lingered into late May in Oklahoma; last were singles in Payne (ET) and Cleveland (JTh, DS), both on 23 May. Late were 3 Greater Scaup at McCo - naughy 27 May (DH) and one in York 31 May (JGJ). Scoters are generally rare in the Region. This sea - son, three Surf Scoters were found in Geary and Douglas, KS through 16 Apr (CMo, SN, fide CO), while a fourth lingered until 14 May in Ford, KS Fulvous Whistling-Ducks have begun to fringe an area in southern Oklahoma in recent years. However, the 10 noted at Red Slough W.M.A., McCurtain County, Oklahoma beginning 27 Apr (here) to 12 May was a clear high count. Photo by © David Arbour

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