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 Yellow-rumpeds in the early C.B.C. period as far n. as coastal New Hampshire and Lake Champlain, but these and the rarities rarely made it past the end of the month. Note- worthy for the length of its stay was a Black- and-white Warbler at a feeder in Darien, Fairfeld, CT 10 Dec–5 Feb (B. Chamberlin, ph.). Otherwise, the out-of-season warblers almost never made it into Jan: a MacGilli- 193 N e w e N g l a N d scarce even in early Dec, with a few early migrants reaching Connecticut and Massachusetts 22-23 Feb. As Red-bellied Woodpeckers continue to overwinter ever farther north, so do Carolina Wrens. This season, there were at least 3 in Coos, the northernmost county in New Hampshire, including one just 10 km from the Canadian border at Pittsburg (K. Wymarth, A. Athena). Another was well n. of usual at Lincoln, ME (B. Way). These re- cords follow a particularly success- ful breeding season, at least based on the number of records at the species' consolidated range front to the south. Half- hardies such as Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, and Brown Thrasher continue to seem more common than in the recent past, this despite the more typical winter conditions that ad- versely affected swallows, shorebirds, and waterfowl. After last winter's "invasion," the Region's only Varied Thrush was at Well- feet, Barnstable, MA 25 Dec (N. Rabke, ph.). Bo- hemian Waxwings were almost entirely in Maine, mostly late in the season, and in relatively small numbers. LONGSPURS THROUGH FINCHES For the second year in a row, Lapland Longspurs seemed more common than usual along the coast and in the major river valleys. Lingering war- blers were off to a good start, with double-digit Champlain Valley of Vermont. Only Maine now totals single-digit reports of this spe- cies. An American Three-toed Woodpecker was a good fnd w. of Baxter S.P., ME 8 Feb (B. Duchesne). A Prairie Falcon photo- graphed at Addison, Addison, VT 1 Jan (T. Pockette, TM, K. Pollander) appeared to be a wild bird and would constitute a frst record for the Green Mountain State. At the other side of the Region, an imm. Gyrfalcon was at Hampton, Rockingham, NH 14-18 Dec (W. Fogelman, m.ob., ph.). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH WAXWINGS Connecticut's Fork-tailed Flycatcher lin - gered at Lyme, New London through 11 Dec (m.ob., ph.). Other than scattered Eastern Phoebes, all the other fycatchers in the Re- gion this season were in Massachusetts: an Empidonax at Plymouth 2 Dec (M. Faherty), a Least Flycatcher at Wayland 7 Dec (B. Har- ris), a Say's Phoebe at Fairhaven 7 Dec (C. Longworth, ph.), and a Western Kingbird at Marion 12 Dec (R. Sawyer). For the frst time in several years, Northern Rough-winged Swallows did not winter in Connecticut, presumably because of the early and pro- longed cold. Similarly, Tree Swallows were Sa Snowy Owls stole the show this season. It is impossible to enumerate the birds present this season, although Rachel Farrell estimated that perhaps 40 passed through Rhode Island during the winter. The eBird map for the species shows wall- to-wall Snowy Owl records from mid-coast Maine s. along the coast to Connecticut, with another huge concentration in the lower Champlain Valley of Vermont. In the latter area, a coordinated multi-observer search of Addison yielded 24 birds on 16 Feb (I. Worley et al.). Smaller concentrations were found in extreme ne. Maine (Aroostook) and along the Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers, although few birds in the latter loca- tions stayed put. At Logan Airport in Boston, Norm Smith caught, banded, and relo- cated a remarkable 106 birds over the course of the winter. The causes and composition of this irruption have been much discussed, but the general consensus was that there was a large exodus of the species from the e. Cana- dian Arctic following an exceptional breeding season. As testament to the magnitude of the movement, there was at least one Snowy Owl still in the Region in early Aug! One of two long-staying Northern Hawk Owls in New England this winter, this bird spent the season in Lincoln County, Maine, where it was photo- graphed on 25 February 2014. Photograph by by Jeannette Lovitch . Maine's second Hermit Warbler lingered from fall 2013 through 13 (here 12) December at a feeder in Harpswell. Photograph by Derek Lovitch. This Black-and-white Warbler was one of Connecticut's few unseasonable lingerers in winter 2013-2014. The bird patron- ized a Darien feeder from 10 (here 13) December 2013 through 5 February 2014. Photograph by Brooks Chamberlin.

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