North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 105 A R K A N S A S & LO U I S I A N A Preston, Mitchell Pruitt, Flip Putthoff, J. Van Remsen, Ryan Risher, Janine Robin, Randy Robinson (RRo), Dean Rossa, Adam Schaffer, Dan Scheiman, Samantha Scheiman, Don Si - mons (DSi), Gary Simpson, Kim Smith, Danny Townsend, Rhonda Townsend, Tim Tyler, Di - ane Marie Yates. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kenny Nichols, 44 Winners Circle, Cabot, Arkansas 72023, (kingbird@ymail.com) Paul Conover, 501 Adrienne Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506, (zoiseaux@lusfber.net) Don Eastman, Cindy Franklin, Jim Gann, Bob Harden, Van Harris, Donna Haynes, Govan Hornor, Stewart Hornor, Michael Linz, Danny Loyd, Mary Loyd (MLo), Dave Marrone, Delos McCauley (DMc), Jean McConnell, Karen Mc - Gee, Dustin Meadows, Mary Mehaffey (MMe), Mike Mlodinow, Steven G. Mlodinow, Charles Mills, Devin Moon, Kenny Nations (KNa), Joe Neal, Don Nelms, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, Gunnar Numme, Donald Oulette, Glenn Ousset, Stephen Pagans, Joanie Patterson, Dave Patton, Glen Perricone, Dick a Spotted Towhee visited a feeder at a home next to Gulf Mountain W.M.A., Van Buren, AR 22 Sep (DMY). An imm. male Black-headed Grosbeak was observed at a feeder in Center - ton, Benton 28-29 Sep (JBr, DS, SS), the frst sighting in Arkansas in over six years. Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Jennifer Bland, Devin Bosler, Matt Brady, Barry Broussard, Jacque Brown (JBr), Bill Burnham, Terry Butler, Paul E. Conover (Louisiana), Alyssa DeRubeis, Jim Dixon, Andrew Eastman, Northern Canada & Greenland Cameron D. Eckert –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T erritorial checklists needed some work following an incredible fall season that saw the addition of one new species for Northwest Territories and a remarkable four new species for the Yukon. Fortunately, these records came just in time to be included in the newly revised Checklist of Yukon Birds. Birders interested in receiving a free printed or pdf copy of the new checklist should send an email to: yukonbirdclub@gmail.com. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS A total of 3139 Greater White-fronted Geese along with 2074 unidentifed geese were noted passing Teslin Lake, s. Yukon 22-31 Aug (JJ). Forty Pink-footed Geese and 150 Barnacle Geese were reported from the King William and Scoresby Sound areas, Greenland 6 Sep (LP). Concentrations of Snow Geese in Nuna - vut included 2200 at Utuk Lake 29 Aug (WR), 1800 at Bylot Island 6 Aug (BLB), and 1500 at Uqsuriraluk 31 Aug (BZ). A fock of 207 Snow Geese was seen at Fort Simpson 27 Sep (DT). An ad. Brant, casual in fall in s. Yukon, lingered at Whitehorse 4-26 Oct (ph. CE, BD; JH). Also casual in fall in s. Yukon was a small dark Cackling Goose at Teslin 6 Sep (ph. JJ). Flocks of 500 Canada Geese and 1000 Mal - lards were at Nisutlin River Delta N.W.A., s. Yukon 14 Sep (BD, CE). Nunavut's seasonal high count of 400 Canada Geese was reported from Uqsuriraluk 30 Aug (BZ). The White - horse sewage ponds produced some notable waterfowl numbers, with peak counts of 450 Gadwalls 2 Oct (CE), 2000 American Wigeons 26 Sep–10 Oct (CE, BD; JH), 1000 Mallards 10 Oct (JH), and 100 Ruddy Ducks 13-23 Sep (CE). The season's high count for American Black Duck at Akimiski Island, Nunavut was 125 on 23 Sep (MO). A scan of Chan Lake, NWT produced 450 Lesser Scaup and 400 un - identifed scaup 20 Sep (DT). King Eiders are consistent in fall at Arctic Bay, Nunavut; and this season's high count there was 623 on 11 Aug (CK); elsewhere, 600 were recorded at Fairweather Bay, Baffn Island, Nunavut 1 Sep (WR). Four Black Scoters, rare in fall in interior Northwest Territories, were at Fort Simpson 27 Sep (DT); also rare were 1-2 Black Scoters at Whitehorse, s. Yukon 1-21 Oct (ph. CE, BD). A total of 800 Long-tailed Ducks was recorded at Repulse Bay, Nunavut 6 Sep (SB). A scan of Marsh Lake, s. Yukon 26 Oct recorded 630 Buffeheads and 365 Common Goldeneyes (JJ). A fock of 300 Common Mergansers, perhaps the largest recorded in s. Yukon, was on Marsh Lake 9 Nov (CE). An 80-km drive from Fort Simpson to Nd - ulee, NWT tallied a remarkable 100 Spruce Grouse 11 Oct (DT). Some 30 Willow Ptarmig - an were at Kam Lake, NWT 24 Nov (VSG). The annual Ptarmi-Trek up Montana Mountain, s. Yukon produced a Willow and 25 White-tailed Ptarmigan 21 Sep (BD, CE, AP, SVD). Unex - pected was a winter-plumaged White-tailed Ptarmigan on a rooftop in downtown White - horse, s. Yukon 13 Oct (ph. ER); 7 birds, rare in Northwest Territories, were at Shelf Lake, Nahanni N.P. 31 Oct (DB). Common Loon mi - gration in Yukon saw 90 on Marsh Lake 26 Sep (BD, CE) and 81 on Lake Laberge 28 Sep (BD, CE). Greenland produced two species that just make it into the e. edge of the Region: a Great Shearwater at Scoresby Sound 6 Sep (LP) and 3 Great Cormorants near Uummannaq 19 Sep (CG), plus one at Sisimiut 21 Sep (BM).

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