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 208 Florida Ewing). There are few winter reports of jae- gers in the panhandle, so 2 Parasitic Jaegers at Alligator Point 1 Jan (JMu) were noteworthy. After the amazing Razorbill invasion of Flori- da, winter 2012-2013 that brought thousands to the state, only a single bird was reported this winter, one at Flagler Beach, Flagler 13 Dec that was brought to the Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet (MBr; *FLMNH). Only the sixth record for Florida, a single Long-billed Murrelet found at Gulf Stream, Palm Beach 27 Dec later died (fde AKr, *FLMNH). DOVES THROUGH FALCONS Single White-crowned Pigeons were found n. at J. N. "Ding" Darling N.W.R., Lee 7 Dec and 25 Feb+ (Richard Hall, Sharon Stilwell, ph. JPJ), dates that do not suggest overwin- tering. A female Ruddy Quail-Dove banded at Bill Baggs Cape Florida S.P., Miami-Dade in fall 2013 remained through 5 Feb (RoD et al.); this was Florida's fourth record and ffth accepted report. Rarely reported in winter, a Mangrove Cuckoo was photographed on Bottle Key, Monroe 3 Jan (Peter Freeza). The only report of Groove-billed Ani came from the panhandle at Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands N.S., Escambia, where 2 were noted 2-30 Dec (B&JC et al.). A Snowy Owl remained in the extreme n. at Little Talbot Island S.P., Nassau 27 Dec–21 Jan (ph. Eric & Georgia Pourchot, m.ob.), providing Florida's third record of this species. A Short-eared Owl at Shired Island, Dixie 7 Feb (TR) made the only report this sea- son. Perhaps attempting to overwinter, a late Chuck-will's-widow was noted at Fort Pick- ens, Gulf Islands N.S. 27 Dec (JC). An uniden- tifed Chaetura swift was photographed at Jay B. Starkey Park, Pasco 28 Dec (Joe Colonto- nio). Fred Dietrich and Fred Bassett were busy, again, banding hummingbirds in the n. half of Florida. Their totals, about average for the season, included 2 Buff-bellieds at Tallahassee 6 & 27 Feb; 39 Ruby-throateds from Escam- bia to Polk; 14 Black-chinneds from Okaloosa to Alachua; 4 Calliopes, including singles at Lutz, Hillsborough 18 Dec–21 Jan (Tom & Anya Mason), High Springs, Alachua 3 Jan+ (Jack & Mary Lynch), Gainesville 18 Jan (RR), and Tallahassee 16 Dec and 29 Jan (ES); 92 Rufous from Escambia to Marion, including 42 in the panhandle and 40 in the big bend. In addition, another Buff-bellied Hummingbird was at Apalachicola 15 Jan–16 Feb (ph. MBe et al.), single Calliope Hummingbirds were at Blountstown, Calhoun from fall through 4 Dec (ph. Travis & Karen MacClendon) and Apalachicola, Franklin 15 Jan (ph. JMu), and as many as 2 Rufous Hummingbirds remained far s. at Castellow Hammock Park, Miami- Dade from fall through 22 Feb (RoD et al.). nam 5-27 Feb (Michael Dryden et al.), and lone Franklin's Gulls, some appar- ently migrants and others wintering, scattered throughout the state at Fort Myers Beach 2 Dec (VM), Port St. Joe, Gulf 2 Dec (AW), Cutler Wetlands, Miami-Dade 21 Dec (RoT), New Port Richey 5 Jan (Ken Tracey), Lakeland 21 Dec (CF), and Fort De Soto Park 2 Dec+ (Dan Irizarry). California Gull is rare in Florida, so 2 ads. at Daytona Beach Shores 6 Jan–24 Feb and a frst- cycle bird there 26-27 Feb (MBr et al.) were exceptional. Multiple Iceland Gulls continue to make an annual ap- pearance in Florida, with one frst-cycle bird at Huguenot Memorial Park 2 Jan (Mark Mc- Shane); as many as 2 at Daytona Beach Shores 3-26 Feb (MBr); and one at Matanzas Inlet, St. Johns 10 Feb (GDa). Increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls are apparently expanding from their winter stronghold along the Atlantic coast and appearing in greater numbers along the Gulf coast from the pan- handle—where singles were at Fort McRae, Escambia 4 Feb (David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter) and at Destin 23 Dec (MS), plus 2 at Gulf Breeze 25 Jan–1 Feb (L&RAD, T&SK)— s. to Sanibel Island, where 10 wintered (CE et al.). East of the panhandle and n. of Sanibel Island, 5 single Lessers were reported from as many locations in Citrus (K&KB), Hernando (A&BH), Pasco (DGa), Pinellas (EK et al.), and Hillsborough (CaC). Inland, single Lessers were identifed at Lake Okeechobee, Clewis- ton 6 Dec (DaS) and at Lake Apopka 15 Jan (HR). Glaucous Gulls are the most common white-winged gull in Florida; this winter, 6 were reported in as many locations along the Atlantic coast (KDi, Joseph Knoll, James Din- smore, MBr, Richard Becker) s. to Pompano Beach, Broward 14 Feb+ (Warren Parker) and South Dade Landfll, Miami-Dade 22 Feb (Trey Mitchell et al.). Very rare on the Gulf, single Great Black-backed Gulls wandered to the panhandle, with frst-cycle birds at Fort Pick- ens 14 Jan–14 Feb (L&RAD) and Gulf Breeze 24 Jan–6 Feb (L&RAD, T&SK) and an ad. s. on the Sanibel Causeway 15 Dec+ (CE et al.). A single Sooty Tern made an rare coastal mainland appearance at Fort De Soto Park 23 Feb (Mark Kenderdine). Common Terns lin- gered in numbers from fall, with as many as 11 at Fort De Soto Park 9-10 Dec (EP et al.) and 10 at Englewood Beach, Charlotte 15 Dec (ph. Stu Wilson); unexpected was a mid-winter re- port of one in the big bend at Bald Point S.P. 12 Jan (JMu). Very rare inland reports of Royal Terns included singles in Alachua at Paynes Prairie 4 Feb (Angus Wilson, Peter Polshek) and Gainesville 19 Feb (Samuel Ewing, Dean Feb (RSc, CoC et al.), respectively. In good numbers, as many as 44 Snowy Plovers win- tered at Anclote Key Preserve S.P., Pinellas (GDe et al.); 20 were discovered at Carlos Pointe, Fort Myers Beach, Lee 20 Feb (Keith Laakkonen). American Oystercatchers are rare in the panhandle, so 2 at Pensacola 11-17 Jan (J&BrC et al.) were unexpected. Long-billed Curlews are faithful to their wintering sites, and singles returned to Fort De Soto Park (fde RoS; more or less annual there since fall 1996) and Bunche Beach Preserve, Lee (more or less regular since at least 1992; one male for the eleventh consecutive year; CE et al.). In addi- tion, one wintered at Joe Overstreet (Joyce Ste- fancic) for the fourth consecutive winter. One of the rarities of fall continued throughout the winter season, an ad. Bar-tailed Godwit of the nominate subspecies, Florida's seventh, seen from Fred Howard Park n. to Key Vista Nature Park (Tom Mast, GDe et al.). Casual in winter, a Pectoral Sandpiper remained at Lake Apopka 8-20 Dec (HR). Purple Sand- pipers turned up at their regular winter loca- tions at jetties along the Atlantic coast, with as many as 2 at Jetty Park 14 Dec–19 Jan (MiH), their southernmost site this winter. Wintering American Woodcocks were discovered at both the n. and s. ends of the state, including 2 at Betz Tiger Point, Duval 28 Dec–1 Jan (Roger Clark); as many as 3 at Research Road, Ever- glades N.P., Miami-Dade 13 Jan (MBe); and one on a nest with four eggs at Camp Bland- ing, Clay 28 Feb (Daniel Greene). A late Red- necked Phalarope turned up at Merritt Island N.W.R. 5 Dec (MiH). Rare Black-legged Kittiwakes included sin- gles at Boynton Beach Inlet 16 Dec (Marcello Gomes), Sebastian Inlet, Brevard/Indian River 28 Dec (DaS), and Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia 9 Jan (GW et al.). Bonaparte's Gulls are regular in modest numbers during winter, but 440 at Lake Apopka 22 Jan (HR) was a high number there. Other rare gull highlights of the winter included an ad. Black-headed Gull at Welaka National Fish Hatchery, Put- This frst-cycle California Gull was one of three individuals at Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia County, Florida (here 26 February 2014) over the winter. Photograph by Michael Brothers.

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