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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 192 included single Long-billed Dowitchers in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Semi- palmated Plover in Rhode Island, and a Wilson's Snipe well n. and inland at Salis- bury, Addison, VT 20 Jan (I. Worley, R. Payne). On 23 Feb, the frst arriving Ameri - can Oystercatchers were re- ported from Plum Island and Nantucket. Bonaparte's Gulls were relatively scarce after the end of Dec, with a high count of 5000 on Nantucket 1 Jan. In contrast, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls seemed more numerous than in most win- ters, including higher-than- usual counts from inland locations. Among the expected white-winged gulls were up to 4 Thayer's Gulls, with likely candidates in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, plus a more problematic one in Maine. Connecticut's second photographi - cally documented Mew Gull was at South - bury, New Haven 30 Jan through at least 10 Feb (P. Comins), while another, possibly L. c. kamtschatschensis, was on Nantucket 30 Dec–1 Jan (F. Gallo, P. Dugan, S. Mirick, ph. V. Laux, m.ob.) Good offshore coverage of the Gulf of Maine in Feb revealed exceptional numbers of Dovekies and good numbers of Com- mon Murres. Most noteworthy were totals of 713 and 466 Dovekies from a fshing in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, they were often observed roosting on chimneys to keep warm. Golden Eagles are getting predictable in Maine: a possible pair near Wilson's Mills, Oxford were not far from a historic aerie, while another was regularly seen at the Bath landfll, Sagadahoc. Also in Maine, single Purple Gallinules were found dead at Trenton, Hancock 8 Jan and at Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland 28 Jan (both fde WT). Sandhill Crane reports included 2 each in Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. PLOVERS THROUGH ALCIDS Lingering shorebirds were few and far be- tween, perhaps another case of birds being pushed out early by the Dec chill. Highlights N e w e N g l a N d boat off New Hampshire 12 & 23 Feb (S. Mirick, m.ob.); the same trips tallied 20 and 16 Common Murres. The only large shore-based total of Common Murre was 13 at P'town 1 Feb (m.ob.). Connecticut had 2 Common Murres in Long Island Sound, with the farthest w. at Hammonasset 9 Jan (S. Faulkner). Also rare in the Nutmeg State and also at Hammonasset was a Black Guil- lemot 1 Jan (D. Rottino, J. Marshall). DOVES THROUGH FALCONS A White-winged Dove was a one-day won- der at Dorchester, Suffolk, MA during the Greater Boston C.B.C. 21 Dec (M. Garvey), and another was at Biddeford Pool, York, ME 25-29 Dec (S. Stoddard, m.ob., ph.). A Barn Owl entertained hordes of birders at Sachuest Point, Newport, RI 8 Jan–Mar (Bob Weaver, m.ob., ph.); another was found dead at the same location 23 Feb (fde RF). Long- eared Owls seemed a little more common than usual, with 8 in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island, and at least 16 in Connecticut, including a roost of 8 at Shelton, New Ha- ven (fde GH). Long-staying Northern Hawk Owls were at Waterbury, Washington, VT and Lincoln, Penobscot, ME. Maine hosted other singles in Franklin 31 Dec and Knox 1 Jan. This season's only hummingbird was a Ru- fous Hummingbird that continued from the fall through 19 Dec at Brewster, Barnstable, MA (S. Finnegan). Red-headed Woodpeck- ers were widespread, with 2 wintering birds in Connecticut, one each in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, plus 8 more individuals seen for shorter periods of time. Red-bellied Woodpeckers continue to march northward, with outliers including a pair in Coos, NH—the second winter in a row that the species has been recorded n. of the White Mountains. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are now regularly found throughout the s. three states, up the coast and Connecticut Valley into s. New Hampshire, and in the This gull that wintered at Westbrook, Maine (here 27 January 2014) generated much discussion as to its identifcation; although its wingtips are starkly white, its structure does not suggest an Iceland Gull of the nominate subspecies. Photograph by Derek Lovitch. Connecticut's second photographically documented Mew Gull joined a large fock of gulls on the Housatonic River at Southbury from 30 (here 31) January through at least 10 February 2014. The gulls in the area were attracted by supermarket produce waste that was dumped in felds of an adjacent pig farm. Photograph by Frank Mantlik. Ushering in the New Year in style, Vermont's frst Prairie Falcon was photographed at Addison on 1 January 2014. Photograph by Tyler Pockette.

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