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 510 I o wa & m I s s o u r I m.ob.). The rapid range expansion noted for this species several decades ago appears to have stalled in Iowa. Eurasian Tree Sparrows contin- ued to expand their Iowa range. With reports of 2 in Tama 3 & 14 Jun (MP, Bill Tollefson), one in Poweshiek 5 Jun (BE), and one in Delaware 27 Jul (BSc), it now has been reported in 24 of Iowa's 99 counties, mostly in the se. quarter of the state. Cited contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Pam Allen, Reid Allen, Kathleen Anderson, Michael Beck, John Bissel, Michael Brown, Charles Burwick, Jeff Cantrell, Bill Clark, Dan Cowell, Varick Cowell, Larry Dau, Karen Davis, James J. Dinsmore (Iowa), Ste- phen Dinsmore, Ryan Douglas, David Eastman, Bruce Ehresman, Jim Forde, Jim Fuller, Al- len Gathman, Rita Goranson, Mark Haas, Paul Habiger, Susan Hazelwood, Paul Hertzel, Brad Jacobs, Timothy Jones, Steve Kinder, Andrew Kinslow, Greg Leonard, Sherry Leonardo, Pat Lueders, Charlene Malone, Jim Malone, David Marjamaa, Mary Anne Marjamaa, Debbie Mar- tin, Steve Martin, Kristi Mayo (Missouri), Wolf Oesterreich, Mark Proescholdt, Larry Reis, Mark Robbin, Bill Rowe, Emily Samuel, Greg Samuel (GSa), Bill Scheible (BSc), Pat Schlarbaum, Lee Schoenewe, Brian Sevy, Stephanie Shepherd, Greg Swick (GSw), Joshua Uffman, Gerald Von Ehwegan, Doug Willis, Chris Wood. Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM). An additional 48 uncited individuals made contri- butions to this report; all have our thanks. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– James J. Dinsmore, 646 mallory Hill Drive, The Villages, Florida 32162, (oldcoot@iastate.edu) (†GSw) was Missouri's second summer record. Single Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at Yount, Perry 15 Jun (MH, AG) and at Hawn S.P., Ste. Genevieve 15 Jun (Nicholas March) were at the edge of their usual Missouri range. Blue Gros- beaks continued to move eastward from their traditional range near the Missouri River in w. Iowa, with reports of an ad. carrying food 29 Jun in Cerro Gordo (Betty Lucas, Carolyn Fisch- er, RG), an imm. 3 & 11 Jul in Johnson (MB), and singles in Carroll, Greene, Jasper, and Ring- gold (Doug Harr, SJD, MSIM). Painted Buntings had a good showing, with up to 5 in six counties mostly in sw. Missouri but n. to Pettis and Henry and e. to Oregon (m.ob.). Dickcissels were com- mon in Iowa this summer; good counts of 123 came from Mills 9 Jun (MSIM) and 87 from Polk 29 Jun (Bery Engebretsen). Bobolinks also seemed to be fairly common in n. Iowa, but 16 in Ringgold 20 Jun (MSIM) near the Missouri border and 82 across the border in adjacent Harrison, MO 8 Jun (m.ob.) attest to its abundance in good habitat near the s. limit of its range. Up to 5 in Benton, Johnson, and Moniteau, MO were s. of the Missouri River at the s. lim- its of its range. The 8 Eastern Meadowlarks in Palo Alto 4 Jun and 4 in O'Brien 5 Jun (MSIM), both in nw. Iowa, provide evidence of a recent westward movement into areas that historically were occupied mostly by Western Meadowlarks. Yellow-headed Blackbirds continued at their nw. Missouri outpost, with up to 4 at Squaw Creek 15-18 Jul (BS, m.ob.) and 2 farther s. in Cass 9 Jul (MB). Great-tailed Grackles were reported from four widely scattered Iowa counties, but nesting was reported only from Union (SJD, in Bates, Montgomery, and St. Charles, MO were outside of the species' usual range in the Ozarks (MB, RD, Stan Chapman, BR). Iowa's only Hooded Warblers were 2 or 3 at Shimek S.F., Lee 11 Jun and 16-17 Jul (JFu, SJD, BSc). Iowa had reports of Cerulean Warblers from fve coun- ties, with 5 at Yellow River S.F., Allamakee 10 Jun the most (MP, m.ob.). Rare in s. Missouri, up to 3 Yellow Warblers were found 11 & 22 Jun at Roaring River S.P., Barry (Tom Gannon, Joe Beckwell), and singles were in fve other coun- ties s. of the Missouri River (m.ob.). A male Pine Warbler with a fedgling in Shimek S.F., Lee 16 Jul (SJD) constituted Iowa's third report of nest- ing from that site since 2004. Two at Thousand Hills S.P., Adair 7-20 Jun (Edge Wade, SK) and one at Knob Noster S.P., Johnson 13 Jun (D&VC) were n. of the species' usual Missouri range. A few Clay-colored Sparrows were found in fve n. Iowa counties, including an ad. feeding a young bird at Pilot Knob S.P., Hancock 2 Jul (DE). A male Lark Bunting at Lansing, Allamakee 4 Jun (ph., †Tura Fisher) made Iowa's frst record since 2005. A Savannah Sparrow in Moniteau, MO 23 Jun–3 Jul (†Chris Barriger) was s. of its usual range. Henslow's Sparrows were found in 15 Iowa counties, mostly in the se. quarter of the state (m.ob.). The most was 19 in Van Buren 11 Jun (MSIM). In Missouri, they were found in 17 counties (m.ob.), mostly in the sw. quarter of the state, with 25 at Hi Lonesome Prairie, Benton 20 Jul (Marge Lumpe) making the highest count. Both states had lingering Zonotrichia sparrows: a White-throated Sparrow in Boone 2-8 Jun (LD) was Iowa's frst summer report since 2009 and a White-crowned Sparrow in Lawrence 3 Jun Tennessee & Kentucky Creeper. In Tennessee, a White-winged Scoter and a Yellow-headed Blackbird established frst summer records. Least Terns appeared to have a relatively successful nesting season due pri- marily to the lack of high water events. Abbreviations: Adkins Swamp (Sinclair Unit Peabody W.M.A., Muhlenberg, KY); Duck River (Duck River Unit, Tennessee N.W.R., Hum- phreys, TN); Ensley (Ensley Bottoms, includ- ing the EARTH Complex and TVA Lake, in sw. Shelby, TN); Falls of the Ohio (Jefferson, KY); Roan Mountain (Carter, TN). WATERFOWL THROUGH RAPTORS Two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in Gibson, TN 13 Jun (ph. MG) were a county frst; could this be a sign of further northward expansion from the now-established breeding population peratures at most stations were close to normal to slightly above-average statewide during June, but during July, average temperatures were a bit cooler than normal, with most stations recording temperatures 2-3° F below average. The amount of rainfall was variable during June; much of the Region was close to normal, although Paducah received about one and a half times normal precipitation and Memphis received almost four times normal precipita- tion. During July, most of the Region received a below-normal amount of rainfall; Jackson, Kentucky was the exception, with wetter-than- normal conditions. Rarity highlights in Ken- tucky included White-winged Dove, nesting Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and nesting Brown Chris Sloan Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W eather conditions during June and July 2014 were somewhat variable across the Region. The average tem-

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