North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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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481 V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 New England This gadfy petrel corpse found on Ogunquit Beach, York County, Maine 10 June 2014 appears to be a Trindade Petrel, which would be a frst state record if confrmed. Photograph by Doug Hitchcox. servation efforts in several New England states are seemingly showing rewards. A tally of 89 Common Loons in Buzzards Bay off Falmouth, MA 14 Jun (RF) is a reminder of the numbers of subad. loons that spend their adolescence on salt water. A Pacifc Loon at Rye, Rockingham, NH 12 Jul (ph. SM) was most notable although not a Regional frst occurrence in summer. A Red-necked Grebe at Christina Reservoir, Fort Fairfeld, Aroostook, ME 22 Jul (BS) was a sea- sonal and geographical outlier. Some 2500 Cory's Shearwaters were off Truro, MA, 25 Jul (BN), 4350 Great Shearwa- ters at Tillies Bank 11 Jul (K. Mueller), and 14 Audubon's Shearwaters on s. Georges Bank 19 Jul (B.B.C.). Two White-faced Storm-Petrels were near Hydrographer Canyon 29 Jun (VL), another was there 19 Jul (B.B.C.), and 8 Band- rumped Storm-Petrels were documented there 19 Jul (B.B.C.). Audubon's Shearwater, White- Barnstable, MA), Scarborough Marsh (Scarbor- ough Beach area, Cumberland, ME), South Beach (Chatham, Barnstable, MA), Stellwagen Bank (Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary), U.S.F.W.S. (U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service), V.C.E. (Vermont Center for Ecostudies). WATERFOWL THROUGH IBISES In what has become practically an annual event somewhere in the Region, a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck made an appearance at South- bridge, Worcester, MA 21 Jun (ph. V. Brooks). Two Mute Swans at Phippsburg, Sagadahoc 12 Jun+ may possible represent the only wild pair in Maine. Among the other notable waterfowl in New England this summer was a nesting pair of Gadwalls at Trustom Pond N.W.R., Washing- ton, RI, where the species has not bred in over a decade (fde RF). An unprecedented summer- ing Eurasian Wigeon and at least two nesting pairs of Redheads were at Lake Josephine 3-28 Jul (ph. BS), while a most unseasonable Can- vasback was at Barn Island, Stonington, New London, CT 15 Jun (M. Deeds), and a Greater Scaup lingered at West Haven, CT, through Jul (fde GH). Unusually large numbers of sum- mering Black Scoters were again detected on the coast this season; a second-hand report of 50 dead at Woods Hole in early Jun warrants investigation (fde J. Renfrew). A White-winged Scoter was still at Charlotte Beach, VT 19 Jul (TM et al.). Less unusual, summering Buffe- heads were at three Connecticut localities (fde GH), and a tardy Common Goldeneye was at North Haven, CT 7 Jun (C. Loscalzo). Also in the Nutmeg State, Hooded Mergansers con- tinue to increase as breeders (fde GH), a trend now consistent throughout the Region. A status report on Regional nesting Common Loons included 83 pairs in Vermont, which set a new state total (fde CR); 289 territorial pairs in New Hampshire that produced 152 chicks (fde TV), an increase from 2013 but close to the long-term average; and 27 successful nest- ing pairs in Massachusetts that fedged 18 sur- viving young (fde TF). Aggressive loon con- Wayne R. Petersen –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– J une's weather was nearly picture perfect, with overall conditions generally ideal for breeding bird activity. In fact, temperatures in the Boston area averaged 67° F, which match- es the long-term average for June. Precipitation in Boston for the month was 6.65 cm (2.62 in.), only 2.69 cm (1.06 in.) below normal. July temperatures averaged 74° in Boston, typical for the month, and the month's high temperature of 92° occurred 2 July. Hurricane Arthur slammed the southern New England coast on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, bringing high winds, torrential rains, and even several scattered tornados. Late in the month on 28 July, a tornado touched down in Revere, Massachusetts, causing a swath of destruction about two miles long. In central and western Massachusetts, several communities sustained serious damage and fash fooding. If this storm had hit several weeks earlier, the damage to nesting birds, especially coastal nesters, could have been considerable. Breeding highlights this summer included frst state nesting records of Least Bittern and Sandhill Crane in New Hampshire and White- eyed Vireo in Maine, and a possible breeding record of Merlin in Connecticut. Other notable records were Yellow-nosed Albatross, Trindade Petrels, Fea's Petrel, and Zone-tailed Hawk in Massachusetts. Abbreviations and locations: Bird Observer (Bird Observer of Eastern Massachusetts), Cha- tham, (Barnstable, MA), C.D.E.P. (Connecti- cut Department of Environmental Protection), H.B.S.P. (Hammonasset Beach S.P., Madison, New Haven, CT), Lake Josephine (Easton, Aroos- took, ME), M.N.H.E.S.P. (Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program), Plum Island (Parker River N.W.R., Newbury/ Rowley, Essex, MA), Race Point (Provincetown, SA The New England seabird season was brisk. An ad. Yellow-nosed Albatross was at Tillies Bank e. of Gloucester, MA 1 Jun (ph. J. Frontierro, J. Oferman, S. Selesky). Diferent Trindade Petrels were on Georges Bank 26 Jul (at 39.952° N, 67.602° W; M. P. Force, ph. J. Aschettino,) and 28 Jul (at 40.06° N, 67.873° W; M. P. Force). A dead Pterodroma picked up at Ogunquit Beach, York, ME 10 Jun (ph. DH) and currently under evaluation by the Maine Bird Records Committee is thought to be a Trindade Petrel (fde LB). A Fea's Petrel was documented from Stellwagen Bank 24 Jun (43.18° N, 70.34° W; ph. C. Otto). Although there is considerable precedent for Yellow-nosed Albatross in the Region, the occurrence of Trindade Petrel and Fea's Petrel, both frst records for Massachusetts and New England, is remarkable, especially in the same season. The increasing interest in the oceanic frontier, both by researchers and birders, is partly responsible for the growing plethora of notable pelagic records on both coasts of North America.

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