North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 2 267 B r i t i s h C o lu m B i a cord for the archipelago (Peter Hamel et al.). Rare in winter in s. British Columbia, a male Yellow- headed Blackbird was with thousands of starlings and assorted blackbirds at the Kelowna Landfll 27 Jan (Chris Charlesworth). On Vancouver Is- land, a female Yellow-headed was at a feeder in Courtenay 6 Dec (Heather Flemming). An imm. male Hooded Oriole visited feeders in Port Mc- Neill 5 Dec–18 Feb (Jackie Hildering, m.ob.). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Charlesworth, 571 Yates road, #106, Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 2V5, ( with just one found along the waterfront in Nelson 3 Jan (Janice Arndt). In the Okanagan Valley, Golden-crowned Sparrows are rare win- ter visitors, so an imm. along the Kettle Valley Railway at Sage Mesa in Penticton 16 Dec (Ryan Tomlinson, Mike Force, Chris Charlesworth) was notable. Another imm. was found on the Osoyoos C.B.C. 31 Dec at Road 22 (Ryan Tom- linson, Chris Charlesworth, Yousif Attia). An imm. male Dickcissel visited a feeder in Port McNeill 28 Dec–30 Jan (Alex Grey, m.ob.). At Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver, a Black-headed Grosbeak was seen 14-28 Dec (Derek Killby, m.ob.). A green Painted Bunting was photographed at a feeder in Bowser on Van- couver Island 3 Dec (Penny Marshall), for the seventh provincial record. On Haida Gwaii, a Western Meadowlark seen on the Skidegate Inlet C.B.C. 15 Dec was apparently just the ffth re- but it was not identifed from the photograph until much later. A Northern Mockingbird at the Little Qualicum River estuary in Nanoose Bay remained 7-27 Feb and was seen by many (Guy Monty et al.). A female Black-and-white Warbler was a nice fnd at Stanley Park in Van- couver 7-12 Dec (Karen Barry, m.ob.). A winter- ing Wilson's Warbler was at the Mackay Creek estuary in North Vancouver 5 Dec (Rob Lyske). At Rathtrevor Beach on Vancouver Island, a Clay-colored Sparrow was photographed 25 Feb (Russell Cannings et al.). In the s. Interior, where Lincoln's Sparrows are rare in winter, one was seen along McLean Creek Rd. in Okana- gan Falls 22 Dec (Michael Bezener). A frst for the Kelowna C.B.C., a Fox Sparrow was at the Summerhill Winery 14 Dec (Logan Lalonde et al.); another was photographed at a feeder in Knutsford near Kamloops 3 Feb (Glenn Dre- ger, Rick Howie). This winter was a good one for Harris's Sparrows in the province. Along Kitchen Rd. in Chilliwack, an imm. remained 15 Dec–5 Jan (Mike Toochin, Sharon Toochin et al.). At Port McNeill, Vancouver Island, a Harris's Sparrow visited a feeder 11 Dec (Chris- topher Stephens), and another accompanied Golden-crowned Sparrows at the Summit Hill Reservoir in Victoria 22 Dec–20 Jan (Bill Katz, m.ob.). At Metchosin, near Victoria, a Har- ris's Sparrow visited two different locations with feeders between 11 Jan and 1 Feb (Cathy O'Connor, m.ob.). In the Gulf Island Chain, an imm. was on Quadra Island 5 Feb (Rod Hall). Interior records of Harris's Sparrow were few, British Columbia's seventh Painted Bunting visited a feeder in Bowser on Vancouver Island from the end of November through 3 December 2013 (here). Photograph by Penny Hall. British Columbia's frst Redwing was photographed at Victoria 16 December 2013, but the bird was not identifed until March 2014, and it was not seen again. Photograph by Ken Orich. Oregon & Washington multiple locales, and four different crosses of ducks were reported. Swallows continue to recalibrate our notions of what is normal for a winter season. Other temperate species, like tanagers, Neotropical grosbeaks, and icterids also showed well. After a several consecutive strong showings, northern irruptives such as redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, and White-winged Crossbills were conspicuous by their absence. Even Pine Siskins were few and far between, particularly in Oregon. Abbreviations: McNary (McNary N.WR., Walla Walla); Nisqually (Nisqually N.W.R., Thurston); O.S. (Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor, WA); P.N.P. (Point No Point, Kitsap); P.S.B. (Port Susan Bay, Snohomish); P.T. (Puget Trough); Ridgefeld (Ridgefeld N.W.R., Clark); W.V. (Willamette Valley); W.W.R.D. (Walla Walla River delta, Walla Walla). T his winter started with a very severe cold snap in early December, but otherwise temperatures were near normal through the remainder of the period. Precipitation was below average for the third consecutive winter, with this season being the driest overall since 2004. December and January were exceptional- ly dry, continuing a mostly rain/snow-free pat- tern that commenced in October. Even though the skies opened across the Region late in the period—resulting in the wettest February since 1999 —it was generally too little and too late to produce much needed snow pack, particularly in southern Cascades and Siskiyou Mountains. Aside from a holdover Regional frst, this season was devoid of headline birds and note- worthy events. Negative data ("where are all the fnches?") was often a topic of discussion. Ever-increasing legions of Arctic-breeding geese pushed record-high counts upwards at David Irons Brad Waggoner Ryan Merrill ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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