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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 484 n e w e n g l a n d of nesting Boat-taileds at H.B.S.P., Madison, CT 21 Jun (ph. R. Smiley fde GH) was noteworthy. Subregional editors (boldface), contribu- tors (italics), and cited observers: Tom Auer, Jim Berry, Louis Bevier, Brookline Bird Club (B.B.C.), Connecticut Department of Environ- mental Protection, David Hoag, Rachel Farrell (Rhode Island), Margaret Fowler, Tom French, Greg Hanisek (Connecticut), Rick Heil, Doug Hitchcox, Mary Keleher, Vern Laux, Derek Lo- vitch, Frank Mantlik, Steve Mirick, Carolyn Mostello, Ted Murin, New Hampshire Fish & Game, Blair Nikula, Kaylee Pollander, Chris Raithel, Marj Rines (Massachusetts), Bill Shee- han, Tony Vazzano (New Hampshire), Ver- mont Center for Ecostudies, Peter Vickery. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wayne R. Petersen , P. O. Box 686, Hanson, Massachusetts 02341, (wpetersen@massaudubon.org) restoration can be important to grassland bird conservation (J. Weeks, fde GH). A Nelson's Sparrow at Barn Island, CT 7 Jun (C. Elphick) was assumed to be a late migrant, while a Har- ris's Sparrow at the Isles of Shoals, Rockingham 5 Jun (ph. D. Hayward) was likely a wander- ing individual that wintered somewhere e. of normal range. A Summer Tanager at Kingston, Rockingham, NH 20 Jun (D. Finch) was likely either a very late migrant or a wanderer. Blue Grosbeaks at New Milford, New Haven, CT 4 Jul (D. Mer- curio), at East Rock Park, New Haven in early Jun (D. Barvir, fde GH), and at South Carver, Plymouth, MA 5 Jul (ph. J. Mason) possibly be- long in the same category. A Painted Bunting was at Brookfeld, Fairfeld, CT 8 Jul (fde M. Robbins). Given the highly sedentary nature of New England's only breeding Boat-tailed Grack- les at Stratford, Fairfeld, CT, the confrmation will put these optimistic results to good use. Other warblers of note included Hooded War- blers at Newington, NH 24 Jun (P. Hunt) and at Bennington, Bennington, VT 22 Jul (TM); sev- eral Cape May Warblers on territory at Allagash Lake, Piscataquis, ME 8 Jun (BS, PV); unseason- able Palm Warblers in New Hampshire at Brad- ford, Merrimac 14 Jun (PH) and on Star Island, Isles of Shoals 29 Jun (ph. C. Lentz); and single Yellow-throated Warblers at Southbury, New Haven, CT 16 Jun (K. Elkins) and at Hingham, Plymouth, MA 21 Jun (P. Edmundson). Yet again, at least one Clay-colored Spar- row was singing throughout the season at Newington, Rockingham, where the species has been present since at least 2010 without any confrmation of breeding, long anticipated in New Hampshire (fde TV). Five Grasshop- per Sparrows at a habitat mitigation project at Suffeld, Suffeld, CT demonstrated that habitat sey focks was 127 off Brig 28 Jun (Jon Stip- pick); the Cape May fock rose to about 100 by mid-Jul (m.ob.). Delaware's maximum was 30 around Henlopen 30 Jun (Bill Fintel). Expand- ing Common Mergansers established a frst Westchester, NY breeding record on the Croton River (Larry Trachtenberg). The Delaware Wild Turkey population, re- launched by the release of 34 wild-trapped birds in 1984, reached about 4000 in 2013 (M. DiBona, D.N.R.E.C.). Red-necked Grebes were widespread, following the winter incursion. In addition to early Jun lingerers, singles were at Hamlin Beach 27 Jul (AG, Chris Wood); Me- cox Bay, Suffolk, NY 30 Jul (HMcG); Toms River, Ocean, NJ 18-27 Jun (Larry Zirlin, ph. MBr, SW, Alyssa Della Fave); Ocean Terminal, Bay- onne, Hudson, NJ late Jun into fall (Pat Hillard, Mike Ruscingo, MBr, m.ob.); and Little Creek W.M.A., Kent, DE until late Jun (CB et al.). Tubenoses were not conspicuous from shore, but we understand their fuctuations poorly. Six Northern Fulmars were notable at the continen- tal shelf s. of Shinnecock Inlet, Suffolk 11 Jun (John Shemilt, Derek Rogers, Lynne Hertzog). A moribund Great Shearwater found in the woods near de Ruyter Reservoir, Madison, NY 18 Jul (Gian Dodice) was astonishing. It died the next day in a rehabilitation facility. The re- cord was possibly related to Hurricane Arthur, which passed offshore 5 Jul. Of two previous inland New York records, one on the Hudson River near Albany on 14 Jun 1976, and another on Alcove Reservoir, Albany 23 Sep 1989, only the latter was clearly storm-related (Hurricane watch, se. corner Lake Ontario, Mexico, Os- wego, NY); D.N.R.E.C. (Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Con- trol); Fort Drum (Fort Drum U. S. Army Mili- tary Reservation, Jefferson, NY); Hamlin Beach (Hamlin Beach S.P., Lake Ontario w. of Roch- ester, NY); Henlopen (Cape Henlopen S.P., Sussex, DE); Jamaica Bay (Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York City); Little Galloo (island in Lake Ontario off Jefferson, NY); Montezuma (N.W.R., Seneca, NY); N. Montezuma (W.M.A., Wayne, NY); N.J.D.F.W. (New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife); N.Y.S.D.E.C. (New York State Department of Environmental Conserva- tion); Pea Patch (island in Delaware River, New Castle, DE); Perch River (W.M.A., Jefferson, NY); Tonawanda (W.M.A., Niagara, NY). WATERFOWL THROUGH CORMORANTS Trumpeter Swans are settling in; they added a new nesting site on Drury Rd., Wayne, NY (RGS). Six exploring Black-bellied Whistling- Ducks passed through Morningside Park, Falls- burg, Sullivan 24 Jun (Renée Davis, m.ob.) for a county frst and the most ever in New York. They have visited the Region almost annually for a decade. The highest Wood Duck count reported was 219 at Montezuma 2 Jul (JMcG). A Eurasian Wigeon summered at Montezuma for the second consecutive year (Sheryl Grace- wski, Teresa Pegan, Eric Gulson). Black Scoters summered abundantly again. Eastern Long Island focks numbered about 100 off Davis Park 10 & 13 Jul (LO) and 110 off Georgica 29 Jul (HMcG). The biggest of several New Jer- Robert O. Paxton Shaibal Mitra Tom Reed Frank Rohrbacher –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer weather was uneventful. Grass- land species and beach nesters continue to experience declines, as their habitats experience negative impacts of development, modifcation, and climate change. Unusual ob- servations this season included Neotropic Cor- morant, European Golden-Plover, Sooty Tern, South Polar Skua, and Kirtland's Warbler. Abbreviations: Bombay Hook (N.W.R., Kent, DE); Braddock Bay (B.O., Monroe, NY); Brig (Brigantine Unit, Edward P. Forsythe N.W.R., Atlantic, NJ); Cupsogue (C.P., e. of Moriches Inlet, Suffolk, Long Island); Derby Hill (hawk- Hudson-Delaware

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