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 4 517 A r k A n s A s & Lo u i s i A n A ert C. Dobbs, Pat Downey, Clint Harris, Donna Haynes, Robert Herron, Kyle Hess, Jay Huner, Ed Laster, Doug Liles, Michael Linz, Willie Mat- thews, Jean McConnell, Mike Mlodinow, Joe Neal, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, Northwest Arkansas Audubon Soci- ety, David Oakley, Dan O'Malley, Glenn Ous- set, Mitchell Pruitt, J.V. Remsen, Ryan Risher, Cameron Rutt, Dan Scheiman, Will Selman, Jody Shugart, Terry Stanfll, Christy Slay, Mike Slay, Becky Steele, Danny Townsend, Rhonda Townsend. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kenny Nichols, 44 Winners Circle, Cabot, Arkansas 72023, ( Paul Conover, 501 Adrienne street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506, ( shockers, including an unprecedented summer record of Yellow-rumped Warbler in St. Landry 22 Jun (JVR). A good count of 10 Lark Sparrows was made near Maysville, Benton, AR 6 Jul (JN). Another bizarre Louisiana Summer Bird Atlas discovery was the state's frst summer record of Savannah Sparrow in Jefferson Davis 6 Jul (PEC). A Bronzed Cowbird was outside of its expected Louisiana range in Vernon 18 Jun (JH). A male American Goldfnch was a bright surprise well s. of its breeding range at Laplace, St. John the Baptist, LA 24 Jun. Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Leif Anderson, Chance Baccigalopi, Sandy Berg- er, Terry Butler, Rick Carson, Paul E. Conover (Louisiana), Elizabeth and Robert Copper, Rob- Trinity Island, Terrebonne, LA 5 Jun (RCD) was likely a spring migrant, but the species has bred on rare occasions in the state. A good number for nw. Arkansas, 10 Loggerhead Shrikes, including both ads. and juvs., were counted near Maysville, Benton 14 Jun (JN). A Black-whiskered Vireo at City Park, New Orleans, Orleans, LA 4 Jul (JS) was from one of the very few non-coastal sites with records of this species. Considered a rare summer resident, 3 Cedar Waxwings were spot- ted at the Central Arkansas Water Grass Farm, Pulaski 17 Jun (DS, DH, RH). A very late Nash- ville Warbler was identifed near Dardanelle, Yell, AR 22 Jun (K&LN). Local and very uncommon, 2 Cerulean Warblers were in St. Francis N.F., Lee, AR 25 Jun (MP). Observers working on the Louisiana Summer Bird Atlas turned up several Northern Canada & Greenland Cameron D. Eckert –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T his season saw a number of observers reporting concentrations of birds on the Arctic seas and especially along the edge of Arctic ice, the foe edge. These habitats are critically important to a diversity of birds and marine life but are almost invariably outside the boundaries of established protected areas and have little in the way of effective conservation. Marine protected areas are only just beginning to address this shortcoming and could be a signifcant way for Arctic countries to protect these unique ecosystems and the rich bird and wildlife populations they support. WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS The season's high count of Snow Geese at "goose camp," sw. Bylot Island, Nunavut was 3000 on 15-16 & 25 Jun (DLB). A count of 44 Ross's Geese was recorded at Karrak Lake, Queen Maud Gulf Bird Sanctuary, Nunavut 12 Jun (SW). The season's high count of Canada Geese at Akimiski Island, Nunavut was 1000 on 22 Jun (WW). Totals of 70 Brant and 60 Cackling Geese were noted at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut 12 Jun (VJ). A late migrant Brant, well s. of its breeding ground, was at Tthe Ndu Lake, Yukon 6 Jun (CEc). American Black Duck is fairly common in the s. James Bay region; 32 were at Akimiski Island, Nunavut 26 Jun (EN, WW). Noteworthy eider reports included 550 King Eiders along the foe edge at Cape Crowford, Nunavut 7 Jun (CK); 195 King Eiders at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut 12 Jun (VJ); and 123 Common Eiders at Admiralty Inlet, n. of Ship Point, Nunavut 8 Jun (CK). The coastal waters of Herschel Island, n. Yukon is key summer habitat for molting seaducks, and numbers were building there in mid-Jun, with 400 Surf Scoters, 200 White-winged Scoters, and 200 Long-tailed Ducks estimated 22 Jun (CEc). An impressive raft of 850 Common Goldeneyes, almost all males, was near Byers Creek, Akimiski Island, Nunavut 27 Jun (WW, EN, JMc, PB). A seawatch at Collinson Head, Herschel Island, n. Yukon 17 Jun recorded 25 King and 70 Common Eiders as well as a male Barrow's Goldeneye, a frst for Qikqitaruk, with 4 Common Goldeneyes (CEc). A count of 110 Red-throated Loons and 133 Long-tailed Ducks was recorded along the foe edge at Repulse Bay, Nunavut 23 Jun (SB); and 15 Red-throated Loons were at Pauline Cove, Herschel Island, n. Yukon 23 Jun (CEc). Three Yellow-billed Loons were at Daring Lake, NWT 3 Jun (CEl), and 6 were at Hadley Bay, Nunavut 26 Jul (JS). A Pied-billed Grebe, n. of its range, at Gravel Lake, cen. Yukon was independently noted 6-7 Jun (CEc; TH, PP) and 14-16 Jul (JJ). An Eared

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