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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 194 N e w e N g l a N d ole lingered from fall at Carlisle, Middlesex, MA through 9 Dec (S. Spang) before moving 2 km n. to a feeder in Chelmsford through 25 Jan (J. Smith, m.ob.). And then there weren't the fnches. With the exception of 16 Pine Grosbeaks near the Canadian border at Pittsburg, NH 16 Dec (R. Quinn) and one on Mount Mansfeld, Lamoille, VT 1 Feb (G. Fabbri), all records of this species came from n. Maine (Piscataquis, Aroostook), and and all reports were of 6 or fewer birds. Purple Finches were perhaps the most common species, and even they didn't make it s. of the mountains in groups of more than 2-3 birds. A handful of cross- bills, Common Redpolls, and Evening Gros- beaks were scattered across the north, and low numbers of Pine Siskins were reported from throughout the Region. Corrigenda: In the report for winter 2012- 13, I indicated that 2 presumed Rufous Hummingbirds were the frst hummingbirds to winter successfully in the Region. In fact, another Rufous wintered in Rhode Island in 2005-2006. Also in that report, the observer of the Rhode Island Pine Grosbeaks should be J. St. Jean. Subregional editors (boldface), contribu- tors (italics), and observers: Jim Berry, Ra- chel Farrell (Rhode Island), Greg Hanisek (Connecticut), David Hoag (DHo), Derek Lo- vitch, Ted Murin, New Hampshire Bird Records, Marjorie Rines (Massachusetts), Bill Shee- han, William Townsend (Maine). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pamela Hunt, 26 whitewater drive, Penacook, New Hampshire 03303, (biodiva@myfairpoint.net) 8-24 Dec (R. LaFontaine), while a Harris's Sparrow persisted until 11 Jan not too far away at Wenham, Essex (B. Busby). A few Nelson's Sparrows are typically found in s. New England during most winters, but one on the New Hampshire coast at Hampton 18 Dec was atypical for the Gulf of Maine (M. Harvey). There were 2 Oregon Juncos each in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and a scattering of Lincoln's Sparrow's included a long-staying individual at Portland, ME 4 Dec–16 Jan (R. Lambert, m.ob., ph.). Of 3 Western Tanagers in Massachusetts, 2 lingered at Rockport from Nov, a female last seen 4 Dec (S. Perkins, m.ob., ph.) and a male last seen 29 Dec (G. Leavitt); a male at Gloucester 2 Jan (K. Limone) was probably the same bird; and another was at Truro 30 Jan (K. Skowron). A female-plumaged Rose-breasted Grosbeak visited a feeder in Lin- coln, Addison, VT 20 Dec (ph. Z. Cota). An ad. male Painted Bun - ting at Newport, RI 21-28 Feb (B. Smith) may have been the same bird present at the same feeder the previous winter. Dickcissels were scarce, with the only records being one at Saco, Cumberland, ME 28 Dec–2 Jan (m.ob., ph.) and a wintering bird at Amherst, Hampshire, MA (B. Lagasse). It was a good season for Yellow- headed Blackbirds, with 2 each in Connecticut and Rhode Island and one in se. Massachusetts, while Rusty Blackbirds seemed less common than in recent win- ters. An imm. male Bullock's Ori- vray's Warbler at Lakeville, Plymouth, MA 29 Dec–1 Jan (M. Faherty, m.ob., ph.); a female Hooded at Biddeford Pool, York, ME 5 Dec (DL, m.ob.); a Hermit Warbler (second state record) at Harpswell, Cumberland, MA from fall through 13 Dec (R. & C. Hewson, DL, ph.); and a Townsend's Warbler at Rye, Rockingham, NH 7-14 Dec (A. Moser, m.ob., ph.). Amazingly, the latter was at the exact same location as the Cape May War- bler that wintered there in 2011-2012, but the Townsend's likely succumbed during a snowstorm on the last day it was seen. Only 8 km down the road, New Hampshire's fourth Spotted Towhee was also at Rye 25 Jan–Mar (J. Smith, m.ob., ph.). The season's only Lark Sparrow Trimwas at Medford, Middlesex, MA Aiden Moser found this Townsend's Warbler at New Hampshire's Odiorne Point State Park 7 (here 13) December 2013, nearly in the spot where a Cape May Warbler had wintered two years previously. It remained through the Christmas Bird Count 14 December. Photograph by Aiden Moser. New Hampshire's fourth Spotted Towhee appeared at Rye 26 (here 27) January 2014 and lingered into March. Photograph by Steve Mirick. Mark Faherty found and photographed this MacGillivray's Warbler in Lakeville, Massachusetts on 27 December 2013; the bird was last seen on 1 January 2014. Photograph by Mark Faherty.

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