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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 483 n e w e n g l a n d Hummingbirds is now routine in the Region: singles were at Townsend, Middlesex, MA 20-25 Jul (ph. T. Rossbach) and at Kent, Litchfeld, CT 29 Jul+ (C. Makarewich, fde GH). Nonbreeding Red-headed Woodpeckers were at two localities in Connecticut (fde GH) and at Ipswich, MA (J. Berry). An American Three-toed Woodpecker was seen along Ellis Pond Rd., Piscataquis, ME 8 Jun (BS). Merlins continued their expansion as breed- ers in s. New England, as suggested by an ad. carrying food into the woods at Woodbridge, New Haven, CT 7 Jun (F. Gallo, fde GH); at least one pair nested at Nantucket again this year (fde VL). A partial summary of Peregrine Falcon breeding success included 11 nests that fedged 25 young in New Hampshire (fde TV); 27 nests that fedged 50 young in Vermont (fde MF); and 24 nests that fedged 44 young in Massachusetts (fde TF). Notable among fycatcher reports were Scis- sor-tailed Flycatchers at Eastham, MA 3 Jun (J. Bradford), Wells, York, ME 9 Jun (K. Janes), and Charlestown, Washington, RI 13 Jun (ph. D. Finizia, J. St. Jean). Always rare in spring in New England, Western Kingbirds appeared at North Hampton, Rockingham, NH 8 Jun (E. Williams), at Newington, NH 6 Jul (SM), and at Napatree Point, Westerly, Washington, RI 21 Jun (T. Auer). White-eyed Vireos were fnally con- frmed as breeders in Maine when 2 juvs. were observed with ads. present throughout the summer at Phippsburg, Sagadahoc (M. Viens et al., fde PV). At the n. limit of their breeding range, one or more Fish Crows were present at Burlington, Chittenden, VT this season (fde TM), where the species was frst confrmed nesting in 2012. Common Ravens continued their range expansion into se. Massachusetts by successfully nesting in Plymouth at Rochester and Halifax (Bird Observer). Sedge Wrens prob- ably nested at Shelton, Fairfeld, CT (ph. FM, fde GH), a notable event, as most (all?) of the most recent nesting records in Connecticut oc- curred in the 1970s. WARBLERS THROUGH BLACKBIRDS Golden-winged Warblers are in a serious state of decline in many parts of their range, includ- ing s. New England, where the species is all but extirpated. A report from Vermont's Champlain Valley, where 27 males and 2 females were re- corded as part of an organized Golden-winged Warbler survey, made exciting news (fde TM). In addition to what were judged to pheno- typically pure Golden-winged Warblers, an additional 27 hybrid individuals were tallied. With a population of this size, the conserva- tion implications and management possibili- ties are considerable, and undoubtedly Green Mountain State conservationists and birders Terns, including at least 4-5 birds in Maine, 6-12 Jul (m.ob., fde LB); single Sandwich Terns at Plum Island 10-14 Jul (ph. RH, m.ob.) and Nauset Beach, Eastham 11 Jul (ph. M. Keleher); and 11 Black Skimmers at Milford Point in ear- ly Jun (S. Spector, fde GH) and 8 at Napatree Point 8-25 Jun (CR, m.ob. fde RF). A South Polar Skua at Stellwagen Bank 11 Jul (ph. T. Factor) was unusual inshore; an- other was off Mount Desert Island in the Gulf of Maine 20 Jun (fde Z. Klyver), and 2 were se. of Nantucket Island 29 Jun (VL). Twelve Para- sitic Jaegers at Provincetown 1 Jun (BN) was a respectable late spring tally, but a Long-tailed Jaeger there 2 Jun (BN) was signifcantly more unusual. Two Common Murre reports from waters off Cape Cod in late Jun (Bird Observer) were upstaged by an Atlantic Puffn at Nan- tucket 1 Jul (VL). A beautifully documented Tufted Puffn off Machias Seal Island, NB 17 Jun–22 Jul (ph. R. Eldridge, m.ob.), a Cana- dian-claimed island off Maine set in waters of unclear jurisdictional status, was arguably the most extraordinary report of the season. The only previous record of this species off the Atlantic coast of North America (apart from Greenland) comes from the coast of Maine in winter 1831-1832; none other than John James Audubon used that specimen for his painting of the Tufted Puffn in his epic Birds of North America (1827-1838). DOVES THROUGH WRENS White-winged Doves made appearances at Crane's Beach, Ipswich, Essex, MA 27 Jun (ph. N. Dubrow), Newbury, Essex 13 Jul (ph. L. Wa- ters), Nantucket 18 Jul (VL), and Winterport, Waldo, ME 25-28 Jul (J. Wyatt). Snowy Owls lingered in Maine at no fewer than eight loca- tions (although duplication is possible) from 2 Jun–20 Jul (fde LB); 2 in the vicinity of Bos- ton's Logan International Airport 5-6 Jul (fde N. Smith) were pushing the envelope for the Bay State's latest record ever. The presence of at least a single Long-eared Owl at Grand Isle, VT 15 Jun–15 Jul (DH) suggests the possibility that this rare Regional breeder may have nested there. Not a single report of Short-eared Owl was re- ceived, once again echoing how scarce both of these species continue to be in New England. No report of Common Nighthawk was received for Massachusetts, a state that also failed to have any confrmations during its second breeding bird atlas completed in 2011, and the Region's only report was a summering individual at New Haven, CT (M. Aronson, fde GH). There were two Jul reports of Chuck-will's-widow in the Bay State (Bird Observer); a singing bird at South Kingstown, RI 6 Jun+ (H. Leeson) made the ffth year in a row at this location. The mid- summer appearance of early migrating Rufous STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS USED IN THE REGIONAL REPORTS * specimen collected + bird(s) seen through end of period † written details on fle a.F.B. air Force Base acc. accepted by records committee a.R.C. avian Records Committee b. banded B.B.S. Breeding Bird Survey B.O. Bird Observatory B.R.C. Bird Records Committee C.a. Conservation area C.B.C. Christmas Bird Count C.P. County Park cm centimeter(s) Fwy. Freeway g.C. golf Course Hwy. Highway imm. (imms.) immature(s) Jct. Junction juv. (juvs.) juvenile(s) km kilometer(s) mm millimeter(s) m.ob. many (or multiple) observers n.a. nature area, natural area n.F. national Forest n.M. national Monument n.P. national Park n.S. national Seashore n.w.R. national wildlife Refuge p.a. pending acceptance P.P. Provincial Park ph. photographed (by + initials) R.a. Recreation(al) area R.B.a. Rare Bird alert R.P. Regional Park R.S. Regional Shoreline Rd. Road Rte. Route S.B. State Beach S.l. Sewage lagoon S.F. State Forest S.g.a. State game area S.P. State Park S.R.a. State Recreation area S.R. State Reserve S.n.a. State natural area S.w.a. State wildlife area S.T.P. Sewage Treatment Plant/Pond subad. (subads.) subadult(s) Twp. Township v.r. voice recording (by + initials) vt. videotape (by + initials) w.a. wildlife area w.M.a. wildlife Management area w.T.P. (waste)water Treatment Plant/Pond Italics indicate name of a county, parish, or municipality.

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