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 4 487 Hudson-delaware at Connetquot S.P., Suffolk, following last year's nesting record there, the frst for the New York City area. Farther w., they continue at Allegany S.P., Cattaraugus, NY, the n. Regional limit. The frst known nest at Cape May was discovered 12 Jun (WC, Chuck Slugg). The only verifed breeding location for de- clining and localized Vesper Sparrows s. of cen. New York this season was Gabreskie Airport, Westhampton Beach, Suffolk, NY 1 Jun+ (ph. Anthony Collerton et al.). A Lark Sparrow was far out of place 21 Jun near Ithaca (Ryan Can- dee). A few Henslow's Sparrows hold out in Jef- ferson, NY, including Perch River (maximum 16 males), Fort Drum, and nearby areas. A Land- owner Incentive Program provided habitat for 11 males in Jul (JBo). Surveys are complicated by late arrivals, mostly in Jul. A Nelson's Spar- row was locally rare at Dryden, Tompkins, NY 1 Jun (JMcG), though the early Jun date fts well with migration dates along the Atlantic coast, where singing migrants can be encountered into Jun as far s. as North Carolina. Dickcissels in New Jersey were detected at a private prop- erty in Hunterdon 16 Jun (FS, David Harrison); at Pilesgrove, Salem 1-28 Jun, where the land- owner decided not to mow (Jim Austin-Cole, Marilyn Henry, Jeff Kiger, ph. John McElroy, Mary DeLia, Marc Chelemer); and at Negri- Nepote Meadows, Franklin, Somerset 7-29 Jul (Robert Skrabal, m.ob.). Delaware also had three sites: near Dover, Kent; Charles Price Me- morial Park, Middletown, New Castle; and Oak Grove, in w. Sussex (David Fees). None were reported in New York. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird was photo- graphed at a feeder at Derby, Erie, NY 15 Jun (Joe Swiatkowski), the third summer record for the Buffalo area and the third record overall this year. A female was at a feeder in Rochester, NY 20-23 Jun (Christine Young), and one of un- specifed sex was at Tonawanda 24-25 Jul (BM, BP, Joe Mitchell). The only Rusty Blackbird re- port was of 2 at Madawaska Pond, Franklin, NY 16 Jun (Alan Belford). Observers (subregional compilers in bold- face): Deborah Allen (Central Park, New York City), Seth Ausubel (Long Island, NY: sausubel@nyc.rr.com), Matthew Bailey (MBa) (D.N.R.E.C.), Andrew Baksh, Chris Bennett (D.N.R.E.C.), Scott Barnes (Voice of New Jersey Audubon), Michael Bochnik (Lower Golden-winged Warbler populations remain relatively intact only at the Region's n. edge. Bolsinger found 22 Golden-wingeds and only one Blue-winged in n. Jefferson and w. St. Law- rence, NY, while not far w. (and downslope), at Fort Drum, he found 58 male Golden-wingeds and 97 male Blue-wingeds, the lowest ratio yet. Between 17% and 20% of all "winged" war- blers censused by Bolsinger in Fort Drum have been phenotypic hybrids since these surveys began in 2008 (JBo). A remnant population of Golden-winged Warblers persists in power- line cuts in nw. New Jersey and adjacent New York. Three were in Sterling Forest, Orange, NY, and one was banded there 1 Jun (Carole Hughes); on the New Jersey side, singles were in the Pequannock watershed, Passaic 14 Jun (Carole Hughes) and along Old Mines Rd., Sussex 24 Jun (Barbara Hiebsch). Single Brew- ster's Warblers were reported from two loca- tions in St. Lawrence, NY 15 Jun (JBo) and at Westdale, Oneida, NY 8 Jun (Robert, Joshua, & Josiah La Celle). A Lawrence's Warbler was banded at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, North Java, Wyoming, NY 24 Jul (Tom Kerr et al.), and others were in New York at Hastings, Oswego 8-30 Jul (BP); Bristol Twp., Ontario 1 & 15 Jun (Kathy Kirsch, ph. Arthur Kirsch); Harriman S.P., Rockland 20 Jun (Alan Wells, Mike Kravatz); and Ward Pound Ridge Reser- vation, Westchester 14 Jun (Laura Kosoki). In New Jersey, a male spent the third consecutive summer at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center, Chester, Morris. Tennessee Warblers ignored the calendar, as they did last summer. A very late individual was at Braddock Bay 22 Jun, while 4 early returnees were banded there 23-26 Jul (Andrea Patterson, Emily Patterson). Other extremely early fall Tennessees included one that struck a window at Orchard Park, Erie, NY at the end of Jul (ph. David Schueckler) and another at Hammond Hill S.F., Dryden, Tomp- kins, NY 29 Jul (JMcG, Shawn Billerman, Brad Walker). A Northern Parula feeding young at Cape May 13 Jun (MO'B) provided one of very few breeding records there. Three males sang nearby at Head of River, Atlantic, NJ 17 Jun (MC, TR). Another lowland bird was at the Cemetery of the Resurrection, Staten Island, NY 29 Jun (Anthony Ciancimino). Yellow War- blers were migrating by 27 Jul, when 27 were counted in "morning fight" at Cape May (TR). Yellow-throated Warblers were territorial again 3-4 were reported: one in lower Manhattan 22 Jun–21 Jul (David Ringer, ph. DA, Sean Sime et al.); a recurring bird or pair at Cape May (WC, TR, Catherine Busch, Jesse Amesbury); and one at Fowler's Beach, Sussex, DE 9 Jul (Eric Hartshaw). Escaped cage birds complicate the picture; a bird at two sites in Manhattan was believed to be an African Collared-Dove (Strep- topelia roseogrisea), and a very similar pale avicultural variant ("Ringed Turtle-Dove") at- tended a feeder in Madison, NY 3 Jul (ph. Dana Lukowski). A White-winged Dove paused at Cupsogue 10 Jun (WD'A et al.). Another re- mained from May at Wells Mills C.P. feeders, Waretown, Ocean, NJ until 15 Jul (SW, Roger Horn et al.), and still another visited Cape May 11-15 Jul (Emelia Oleson et al.) A Snowy Owl inhabited the Great Northern Mall, at Clay, a suburb of Syracuse, NY, from 14 Jul until it was hit by a car in Nov and died of other ailments in rehabilitation (JBr). This is the third mid-summer record of Snowy Owl in cen. New York in recent years. Black-backed Wood- peckers were reported to eBird from about 22 sites across four Adirondack counties, but Amer- ican Three-toed Woodpecker went unreported. New Jersey now has 28 active pairs of Peregrine Falcons; 25 of them produced 44 young. Un- fortunately, three of the four natural aeries on the Hudson River Palisades failed (KC). Merlins keep spreading southward, breeding this sum- mer at Ithaca (John Confer, Suzanne Broderick) and Syracuse (Meredith Leonard). A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher overshot to Brig 6 Jun (Yong Kong, ph. Peggy Cadigan, Jim Aus- tin-Cole, Jesse Amesbury, Anne-Marie Morri- son). Common Ravens can be encountered just about anywhere now. They are newly present in High Acres Nature Area, Perinton, Monroe, NY 3 Jul (Bruce Cady). In e. Long Island, they bred again at Hampton Bays. A new nest at Blue Point, Suffolk, NY interfered with equipment and was dismantled (LO). A Brown-headed Nuthatch crossed Delaware Bay again to Cape May 5 Jul (MO'B, LZ) to establish the fourth New Jersey record, all at Cape May since 2005. Scarce Sedge Wrens were highly localized in upstate New York at Tonawanda 17 Jun (Greg Lawrence, Joe Mitchell); Bath, Steuben (Tommy Persico); South Sandy Creek, Jefferson (JBo); and Fort Drum (JBo, SSM, PL). A pair of Ruby- crowned Kinglets on Plateau Mountain, Greene, NY 1 & 7 Jun suggested possible breeding in the Catskills, where still unproven. Also pres- ent there were 26 Bicknell's Thrushes and 20 Swainson's Thrushes (Steve Chorvas). LONGSPURS THROUGH FINCHES An ad. male Lapland Longspur in breeding plumage was a surprise under the Lake Cham- plain bridge, Essex, NY 31 Jul (Scott Varney). sa Classy feld work by Andy Guthrie produced a singing male Kirtland's Warbler at Hamlin Beach 1 Jun, seen by many fellow observers that day (AG, m.ob.). Amazingly, another male sang in a young plantation of Red Pines at Fort Drum 4-18 Jun (ph. JBo). Al- though there are a half-dozen or more sight records, mostly in nw. New York near this species' likely migration route between the Bahamas and current breeding areas (see North American Birds 66: 382-427), these are the frst documented records for the state and the Region.

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