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 240 S o u t h e r n g r e at p l a i n S in winter; this season, one lingered in Osage, KS until 29 Dec (JMa), up to 2 were at Hefner 1-8 Jan (L&MT, JT), one was in Comanche, OK 9 Jan (JAG), and 2 were in Cherokee, OK 21 Feb (JWA). Only 34 Western Grebes were at McCo- naughy 28 Dec (fde SJD), where 100-200 usu- ally remain into early Jan. A Western Grebe was accompanied by a Clark's Grebe in Custer, OK 24 Jan (DO). The only other Clark's reported was northerly at McConaughy 29 Dec (SJD). American White Pelicans winter at the generat- ing plant at Sutherland Reservoir, Lincoln, NE most years; 4 were there 16-17 Feb (JGJ, TJW). A Neotropic Cormorant was in Coffey, KS 19 Dec (JM), where the species has wintered pre- viously. An imm. Black-crowned Night-Heron in Lancaster, NE 11 Jan (LE) made only the sec- ond Jan record for Nebraska. Also tardy was another at Quivira 16 Dec (MR), and 1-2 at Hefner 16 Dec–8 Feb (JH, S&MD) likely win- tered. A White-faced Ibis at Quivira 1 Dec (fde JK) and 8 in Reno, KS 14 Dec (MPe) were quite tardy. The highest Jan count of Bald Eagles for Nebraska was 250 in Harlan 19 Jan (KS); peak counts occur around mid-Feb. The only North- ern Goshawk reported was in Harvey, KS 4 Jan (fde JK). Rough-legged Hawk numbers were high in Nebraska this winter; several Christ- mas counts and feld observers reported more Rough-leggeds than Red-taileds (fde WRS). In recent years, the winter range of Rough-legged Merganser has appeared in lower numbers in Ne- braska in recent years; the 4300 at McConaughy 28 Dec (fde SJD) paled in comparison with the state's previous high counts of 36,000 to 48,000 in the years 1994-2003, and the counts of 5000 at each of two Kansas locations (JVK, MT) also were low relative to their previous count range there of 15,000 to 25,000. LOONS THROUGH FALCONS Away from Lake Tenkiller in ne. Oklahoma, Red- throated and Pacifc Loons are noteworthy; at least one Red-throated was at Hefner through the period (JAG, VF, m.ob.), and a Pacifc put in a brief appearance at He- fner 29 Dec–1 Jan (JWA, JAG, KW, JH). An- other Pacifc in Russell, KS lingered from fall through 15 Dec (MR). A tardy Common Loon was at McConaughy 28 Dec (fde SJD). A Red- necked Grebe, a rare migrant in nw. Nebraska, was located at McConaughy 20-29 Dec (PD, SJD). Eared Grebes mostly depart the Region Slough 16 Dec (DA). American Black Ducks with varying levels of Mallard genes are to be expected in the e. por- tion of the Region (JK); probables were noted in Douglas, NE (JR) and Wyandotte, KS (MG). The uncommon Great- er Scaup can be locally more abundant; a high count of 94 came from Hefner 8 Feb (JAG), but more exception- al were the 900 on Sooner Lake, Noble/ Pawnee, OK 21 Jan (JWA). Notable Surf Scoter reports included 2 at McConaughy 20 Dec (PD) and singles in Ellsworth, KS 8 Dec (MR) and Russell, KS 3-15 Dec (DK). A White- winged Scoter was in Dodge, NE 17 Dec (KS), with 1-2 in Russell, KS 22 Nov–15 Dec (MR), 2 in Tulsa, OK 8-13 Jan (DW, m.ob.), and one at a second Tulsa location 31 Jan–25 Feb (L&DP, JD, m.ob.). Rounding the list were Black Scoters, 2 from Sedgwick, KS 28 Nov–3 Dec (KG), up to 4 in Russell, KS 24 Nov–15 Dec (MR), and 2-3 in Noble/Pawnee, OK 15 Jan–7 Feb (MP, m.ob.). A few Long-tailed Ducks winter in the Region almost annually; a good count of 8 was at Mc- Conaughy 20 Dec (PD), with 2 still there 15 Jan (SJD, SM, m.ob.); 7 in all were at fve Kansas locations (fde JK); and a good showing in Oklahoma were the 8 birds at six locations (fde JAG). The tally of 2000 Common Goldeneyes in Noble/ Pawnee, OK 21 Jan (JWA) was impressive, as was the count of 6500 in Russell, KS 5 Jan (MR). Barrow's Goldeneye is rare in the s. portion of the Region. An ad. male was seen at two locations in Tulsa 27 Dec–4 Jan (BC, m.ob) and 10 Jan–12 Feb (PS, JL), possibly the same in- dividual; another was at Sooner Lake, Pawnee/Noble, OK 21 Jan–7 Feb (JWA; JW, LM). A female Barrow's was in Scotts- bluff, NE, where more regular, 24 Dec–21 Jan (fde AK, RMa, KD). A Buffehead x Common Goldeneye hybrid was in Tulsa, OK 11-16 Jan (JWA). Common Very rarely reported in Oklahoma, this dark-morph Ross's Goose was spotted at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Sequoyah County 8 January 2014. Photograph by Ken Williams. During winter 2013-2014, at least 12 Thayer's Gulls (images on bottom row, 12 December) were present at Lake Hefner, Oklahoma County, Okla- homa, along with at least two Kumlien's Iceland Gulls (images at top row, 17 December). Several puzzling intermediate types were also present at this location. Photographs by Joe Grzybowski and James W. Arterburn.

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