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 514 a l a b a m a & m i s s i s s i p p i mer but was ultimately unsuccessful (ECS). A singing Alder Flycatcher was a very rare fnd at Larkin Fork, Jackson 21 Jun, making the frst summer record for Alabama (†GJH, m.ob.). Willow Flycatchers have maintained a small summer presence in the Region in re- cent years. A singing individual was in poten- tial breeding habitat at Columbus Lake, Clay, MS 3-9 Jun (TLS). Up to 4 were at a known breeding site near Decatur, Morgan, AL 7-14 Jun (SRM, JCA, MSG). A Gray Kingbird was photographed nw. of Hartford, Geneva 27 Jul (RI, SD), furnishing Alabama's second inland record. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was s. of Spring Hill, Coffee 22 Jun, a location that is not a regular site in Alabama (MB), and a pair was probably nesting at Canton, Madison, MS 6-14 Jul (BS, GK, JH et al.). A male Warbling Vireo was on territory at Columbus Lake, Clay, MS 3 Jun–3 Jul (TLS, MS, JH, J&DP), providing the frst strong evidence of breeding for the local area. A nesting pair of Tree Swallows returned to Limestone Park, Shelby, where they are in- creasing in the M.R. (m.ob.). Participants of the Talladega S.B.C. found a House Wren 7 Jun, a rare breeder in this area of the M.R. (PAR, LR). Cedar Waxwings are rare breeders for much of the Region. Up to 2 were seen regularly w. of Adaton, Oktibbeha, MS 7 Jul+ (TLS), and a pair was found nesting at Chandler Mountain, St. Clair, AL mid-Jul (B&JG). A Yellow Warbler was heard singing 6 Jun during the Talladega S.B.C., where they are rare (BCG). A surprise this season was a male Chestnut-sided Warbler photographed 14 Jun at Gulf Islands N.S./Davis Bayou, Jackson, representing the frst summer record for Mis- sissippi (DH). A Lark Sparrow was found nest- ing 12 Jun in Talladega, marking the second confrmed breeding record for the M.R. and the frst record for the local area (RS&DCH). Mississippi had 14 individuals detected in the Black Belt Prairie region, where the species is uncommon but increasing. As part of an effort An impressive 219 American Avocets were in Lefore, MS 5 Jul (G&SK). Late departing Spotted Sandpiper singles were at Oktibbeha County Lake, MS 3 Jun and W.P.S.L. 9 Jul (TLS). Dauphin had two reports of Whimbrels, with one present 28 Jun–5 Jul (ML, LH) and up to 3 on 14-16 Jul (AHaf, EC). A Long-billed Curlew was rare at Seaman 31 Jul (m.ob.). A Marbled Godwit was on Dauphin 28 Jun (ML, LH) and 14 Jul (AHaf). An early or summering Stilt Sandpiper was at Dauphin 28 Jun (ML, LH). Uncommon on the coast in mid-Jun, 6 West- ern Sandpipers were at Pelican Island/Dauphin 17 Jun (LFG). Mississippi had two species of phalaropes this summer. A Wilson's Phalarope was at W.P.S.L. 28 Jul (TLS), and an ad. Red Phalarope was photographed along the Mis- sissippi River at Palmyra Lake/Davis Island, Warren 19 Jul (LL), marking the frst summer record for the state. GULLS THROUGH COWBIRDS Mississippi had two inland Laughing Gull sight- ings. Singles were at Oktibbeha County Lake 3 Jun and in adjacent Lowndes at Columbus Lake 10 Jun (TLS). A Franklin's Gull was at W.P.S.L. 30 Jul, an early arrival date for the area (TLS). An imm. Herring Gull stayed for much of the reporting period at Avondale Park, Jefferson 5 Jun+ (ph. KW, m.ob.), marking the fourth sum- mer record for the M.R. Inland Caspian Terns were noted from three locations in the Region. In Alabama, one was on the Triana B.B.S. route s. of Huntsville, Madison 4 Jun (JAT). In Mis- sissippi, 4 were at Columbus Lake, Lowndes 9 Jun, and 2 were at Oktibbeha County Lake 23 Jun (TLS). A moribund Pomarine Jaeger was found on at Courthouse Ave. Beach, Harrison, MS 4 Jun and taken to a wildlife rehab facil- ity where it later died (ph., *MMNS, BP). This furnished the state's sixth record and only the second summer record. Less common inland, a White-winged Dove attended a feeder in Brookhaven, Lincoln, MS 9 Jul (BB), and 5 were at a now-regular site in Excel, Monroe, AL 28 Jul (AA). Up to 3 Inca Doves were at a feeder in Pascagoula, Jackson, MS 13 Jun+, indicating continued eastward ex- pansion (BJ). An American Kestrel was at Tombigbee N.F., Winston, MS 2 Jun (WL), in an area where they have declined sig- nifcantly in recent years. Alabama had reports of several individuals throughout the state, but the only breeding confrma- tion was of a pair at the Coosa W.M.A., Coosa. A nest with eggs was originally found 21 May and continued into sum- that were probably nesting 25 Jun+ (N&BC et al.). They also continued to nest at Noxubee, where up to 8 were seen 16 Jul (TLS, JH). Last year, the Region had a good showing of Ameri- can White Pelicans, with several hundred indi- viduals (400+) reported. Numbers were down this year, but birds persisted throughout the reporting period, with seven locations in both states reporting a combined 170 individuals. Nesting Brown Pelicans have become well es- tablished in the Mississippi Sound on Cat Is- land, Mobile, AL, with 200 nesting pairs count- ed in Jun (RC). BITTERNS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS The wetland habitat at Limestone Park, Shelby produced several notable marshbird sightings this summer for the M.R., including 3 Least Bitterns that were frst found in the spring and continued through 28 Jun (SC, PHF, KW). Up to 12 Black-crowned Night-Herons were likely nesting at Noxubee 5 Jun–16 Jul, a site that has not had any Jun records in the past (J&DP, TLS, MS, JH). The sixth Glossy Ibis for the I.C.P. was of an ad. nw. of Hartford 3 Jun (†RW). Swal- low-tailed Kites were present at Danway, Cham- bers, AL again this year, with a maximum of 4 seen 24-25 Jul (LW). Several M.R. sightings of Mississippi Kites were reported; in Talladega, 9 were seen 4 Jun (RS&DCH) and 2 on 22 Jun (TKe). A maximum of 45 was a very high count for Danway, Chambers 23-25 Jul (LW), which continues to be a good site for the M.R. The summer maximum for the G.C. was set at 21 at the Clearwater Tract in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Baldwin 6 Jul (MJJ). Rarely found in the M.R., up to 3 King Rails were at Limestone Park, Shelby, AL 2-21 Jun (KW, SC). Purple and Common Gallinules were present at regular inland sites at Noxubee and Ross Barnett Reservoir, Madison, MS. Rare in n. Alabama, a Common Gallinule was at Wheeler 17 Jul (SRM). The only summer American Coot record for Alabama was at Town Creek Marsh, Colbert 23 Jun (AHar). In Mississippi, breeding for this species was confrmed for the second consecutive year at Seaman (m.ob.), marking the fourth breeding occurrence for the coast. Rare for inland portions of the Alabama and Mississippi region in summer, this male Red-breasted Merganser was at Short Creek, Marshall County on 23 June 2014. Photograph by Jerry D. Greene. Information on Pomarine Jaeger status and distribution in Mississippi is limited. This individual was found wrecked on a beach in Harrison County 4 June 2014. The bird was taken to a rehabilitation center, where it later perished. Prior to this encounter, there were only fve sight records for Mississippi. This represents the state's sixth record and the frst specimen collected in the state. Photograph by Alison Sharpe.

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