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 4 535 i d a h o & w e s t e r n m o n ta n a Jacob Socolar, Shirley Sturts, Dan Sullivan, Chuck Trost, Josef Uyeda, Phil Waring, Cliff Weisse, Poo Wright-Pulliam, Austin Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Trochlell, 2409 east n avenue, La Grande, oregon 97850, ( Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Larry Arnold, Mike Becker, Steve Butterworth, Kathleen Cameron, Jay Carlisle, Dan Casey, Sha- ron Dewart-Hansen, Terry Gray, Craig Hohen- berger, Denise Hughes, Carl Lundberg, Jim Oates, John Parker, Eric Rasmussen, Forrest Rowland, Curlew National Grasslands 11 Jul (JC), rep- resenting the frst verifed record of breeding in Idaho. Extralimital reports of Lesser Gold- fnches seem to continue unabated, with one near Manhattan, MT 28 Jun (JP) providing a second record for Gallatin. New Mexico in Hidalgo and Eddy. Unusually scarce in recent years, a Common Gallinule at Bosque N.W.R. 21 Jun (WE) provided the only report state- wide. Unexpected was a bright Hudsonian Godwit at the Lordsburg treatment ponds 17 Jun (DG); lingering were single Marbled God- wits at Engle 2 Jun (ph. DC) and Brantley Lake 10 Jun (SW). Early were 11 Stilt Sandpipers at B.L.N.W.R. 9 Jul (FA); others began arriving at multiple sites 23 Jul and later. Early fall Baird's Sandpipers were 3 at Engle 30 Jun (DC) and one at Acomita Lake 5 Jul (CR). The last of the spring White-rumped Sandpipers were 2 at Engle 2 Jun (ph. DC), 2 at Morgan Lake 7 Jun (ph. MB), and one at Stubblefeld Lake 8 Jun (NP). Nicely documented was a Semipalmated Sandpiper w. to Otto, Santa Fe 22 Jul (ph. RC). GULLS THROUGH FALCONS Eleven California Gulls were at Heron Lake 6 Jun (WE), where nesting was frst confrmed in 2013; 37 were at Eagle Nest Lake 11 Jul (WE). Another poor year for New Mexico's breeding Least Terns—at B.L.N.W.R., fve pairs made Bear Mountains n. of Magdalena 6 Jul (DH); at least 2 were in the Sacramento Mountains at Fort Stanton 8-9 Jul (WW), where seldom reported. A White-tailed Ptarmigan was on the Santa Barbara Ridge near Jicarita Peak 5 Jul (JP et al.), a consistently reliable locale for the spe- cies. A female Dusky Grouse with 2 young was s. to Glorieta Baldy, San Miguel 17 Jul (WW). Unexpected in midsummer, 2 Common Loons were at Sumner Lake 25-26 Jun (ph. JL). Note- worthy for Lake Avalon, Eddy was a Pied-billed Grebe with a chick 27 Jul (SW). A Western Grebe and a Clark's Grebe were together and presumably paired at Sumner Lake 29 Jun (ph. JL). An ad. Neotropic Cormorant at Charette Lake 19 Jul (WE) may be the frst for Mora. A Brown Pelican at Sumner Lake 27-30 Jun (ph. JL) provided the lone summer report. Seven active Great Blue Heron nests were at Gila Hot Springs 27 Jun (SOW); in the lower Pecos River Valley, two nests were at Six Mile Dam in Jun (SW). A Great Egret was n. to Cor- rales 12 Jul (DK, JR). About 35 Cattle Egret nests were at two Las Cruces sites 7 Jun (DG). An ad. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at Las Vegas 9 Jun (ph. K. Kroesen) and another there 31 Jul (K. Herzenberg), and one was in a fooded pecan orchard at Las Cruces 28 Jun (ph. R. Castetter); the species has nested at both locales in recent years. Unusual for mid- summer, a Glossy Ibis was at Bosque N.W.R. 4 Jul (ph. NP). A White-tailed Kite was n. to Bosque N.W.R. 8 Jun (W. Washam). Continu- ing its spread in e. New Mexico, 3 Mississippi Kites were in Mosquero Canyon, Harding 22 Jun (ph. RC, WE), and another was along Ute Creek at Gallegos, Harding 1 Jun (MB). An ag- gressive pair of Northern Goshawks was in the Black Range n. of Kingston 21 Jun, where a juv. was found 28 Jul (ph. DC). An ad. Red- shouldered Hawk at the Apache Creek Camp- ground, Catron 12 (CR, ph. NH) & 21 Jul (ph. V. Dern) represented the California subspecies elegans (fde J. Liguori, B. L. Sullivan); it was the frst of the species for New Mexico from w. of the R.G.V. Surprisingly far n., an imm. Gray Hawk was at Zuni's Blackrock bosque 7 Jun (JT); in the s., the species again occupied sites Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer 2014 witnessed the prolonged drought of recent years continuing into June but being interrupted in July by gen- erous rainfall across much of the state. Impor- tant discoveries included the frst confrmation of nesting by Short-eared Owls, the continued documentation of breeding by Carolina Wrens, and the seemingly relentless shifting in the breeding ranges of many species, primarily northward and westward. Abbreviations: B.L.N.W.R. (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque N.W.R. (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); E.B.L. (Elephant Butte Lake); P.O. Canyon (Post Offce Canyon, Peloncillo Moun- tains); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS The breeding Canada Goose population at E.B.L. numbered at least 120 ads. and young 29 Jun (ph. DC). Mexican Ducks were suc- cessful at the Deming treatment ponds, with 9 ads. and 16 young there 3 Jul (LM). A Com- mon Merganser was s. on the Pecos River to Villanueva 16 Jul (WW). Both Scaled and Gam- bel's Quail experienced improved reproduction across the s. portion of the state as well as in the e. portion. A Montezuma Quail was n. to the This adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico 9 June 2014 was near a location where the species has nested in recent years. Photograph by Kendall Kroesen.

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