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 1 127 I D A H O & W E S T E R N M O N TA N A voir, MT 24 Sep (ML) and 1-4 at Warm Springs, MT 2-5 Oct (SDH, GS). With only four accepted records in Idaho, an Upland Sandpiper docu - mented at Priest Lake 26 Aug (ph., †RB) was exciting. A Ruddy Turnstone at Sandpoint 23 Aug (ph., †CL) made Idaho's eighth record. A total of 7 Stilt Sandpipers was documented, representing an above-average year. Four rare Short-billed Dowitchers were in Owyhee, ID 21 Sep (ph., †CL). The Little Gull discovered near Kalispell, MT 31 Jul was last reported 29 Aug (DC). The tally of rare-but-annual gulls was well below the norm and included about 16 Sabine's Gulls, 2 Mew Gulls, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. A Band-tailed Pigeon, a casual visitor to the Region, was at L.P. 12 Oct (ph., †JC). A sensation of the season was a Red-bellied Woodpecker that showed up at Eureka 24-30 Oct (LY), representing w. Montana's frst record. If accepted, a Red-breasted Sapsucker near Don - nelly 28 Sep (ph. JR) would be Idaho's ffth re- cord. The only Gyrfalcon of the season was near Bozeman, MT 29 Oct (GK). Idaho's tenth East - ern Phoebe visited Hailey 1-2 Oct (†RA). It was the best showing of Blue Jays in Idaho in many years, with a total of 17 reported throughout the season. A wandering Western Scrub-Jay was a sensation at Parma, ID 28-29 Oct (ph., †WF, DL). Providing only the second record for sw. Mon - tana since 1908 was an Eastern Bluebird docu- mented n. of Bozeman 5-6 Oct (CF). Northern Mockingbirds, rare but regular in s. Idaho, were identifed near Chester 4 Oct (DCl) and at Twin Falls 17 Nov (JT). A Brown Thrasher at Hailey 17-23 Sep (ph., †ZW) represented Idaho's ninth record and frst in fall. Montana's fourth Curve- billed Thrasher was near Ennis 8-11 Aug (WI). Especially rare in autumn was an Ovenbird discovered at Stevensville, MT 6 Sep (MB). For Idaho, the bird of the season was the state's third Cape May Warbler banded at L.P. 10-13 Oct (ph., †JC). A Magnolia Warbler documented at Camas 13-15 Sep (ph. SB, DCl) was Idaho's elev - enth verifed record. Both states enjoyed Chest- nut-sided Warblers: one was at Missoula, MT 15 Sep (ER), and another was banded at L.P. 18 Sep (ph., †JC). The only reported Blackpoll Warbler was near St. Anthony, ID 22 Sep (CW). A Palm Warbler discovered at Creston, MT 15 Oct (CH) was about the seventh record for w. Montana. Noteworthy was a Hermit Warbler x Townsend's Warbler hybrid banded at L.P. 18 Sep (ph. JC). A Clay-colored Sparrow at Boise 16 Sep (ph., †JN) marked Idaho's ninth record. Record late by two weeks was a Savannah Sparrow at Cres - ton, MT 28 Oct (CH). The only reported Swamp Sparrows away from sw. Idaho were in Flathead, MT 25 Sep (CH) and at Buhl, ID 26 Nov (ph, †AY). Reports of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were unusually scarce; the only sightings were from Camas 6 Sep (SB) and Troy, MT 5-6 Oct (DJ). All Rusty Blackbird appearances were in Mon - tana this season, with 1-2 at Creston 9-15 Oct (CH) and 2 in Missoula 12 Nov (TT). A Purple Finch at Garden Valley 10 Nov (ph., †JP) made Idaho's ninth. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Ryan Anderson, Larry Arnold, Martin Bell, Wil - liam Fields, Robert Bond, Steve Butterworth, Kathleen Cameron, Jay Carlisle, Brian Car - rigan, Dan Casey, Darren Clark (DCl), Sharon Dewart-Hansen, Paulette Epple, Cheryl Farmer, Andrew Guttenberg, Lou Ann Harris, Craig Hohenberger, Denise Hughes, Cheryl Huizinga (CHu), Will Inman, Don Jones, George Kelly, Dave Lawrence, Mike Lesnick, Kurt Lindsay, Carl Lundberg, Mike Myers, Junice Neubauer, John Parker, Jared Peck, Jordan Ragsdale, Eric Rasmussen, Carl Rundeen, Shirley Sturts, Gary Swant, Terry Toppins, Chuck Trost, Jack Trot - ter, Zeke Watkins, Larry Weeks, Cliff Weisse, Robin Wolcott, Poo Wright-Pulliam, Austin Young, Lewis Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Trochlell, 2409 East N Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850 ( SA Since the 1970s, Anna's Hummingbird has been a rare, sporadic, and mainly autumn visitor to the Region; in fact, fall reports of Anna's between 1986 and 2000 averaged only about 1.3 sightings per season. For unknown reasons, this species has been increasingly reported in the Region since 2001, with fall sightings up dramatically to an average of 6.3 per season. Autumn 2013 marked a record season, with a total of 9 Anna's reported, but even that count was topped this year, with an incredible 11 sightings in 2014. Of the autumn 2014 reports, the most intriguing featured the capture and banding of 2 juv. An - na's at Featherville, ID 16 Aug (CR). Although breeding by Anna's has not yet been confrmed any- where in the Region to date, the presence of these juvs. suggests the possibility of local nesting. E.B.L. (Elephant Butte Lake); N.R.T. (n. Roo- sevelt migrant trap w. of Melrose); P. O. Can- yon (Post Offce Canyon, Peloncillo Moun- tains); R.G.N.C. (Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); R.S. (Rattlesnake Springs area, including Washing - ton Ranch, Eddy); V.D.O. (Valle de Oro N.W.R., Albuquerque). WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS A Black Brant made a brief visit to R.G.N.C. 15 Nov (ph. R. & M. Weisz); the species has oc - curred in New Mexico in four of the past fve years. An ad. Tundra Swan was at Maxwell N.W.R. 15-17 Nov (CR, WE), and an imm. was at Bosque N.W.R. 21-30 Nov (ph. J. Cook, ph. JS, ph. NH). A Eurasian Wigeon was found among thousands of ducks at E.B.L. 18 Nov Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he generous rains that began in July con- tinued into August and beyond, with most of New Mexico receiving above- average precipitation for the season, including widespread, persistent rains resulting from the remnants of two Pacifc hurricanes, Odile in mid- September and Simon in mid-October. Grass - lands, shrublands, forests, lakes, and streams responded positively, providing seemingly excel - lent habitat conditions for migrant and resident birds. Many rarities were documented during the season, including the state's frst confrmed Common Crane and second Black Vulture. Abbreviations: Bitter Lake (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque N.W.R. (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); New Mexico

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