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 1 141 A L A S K A a male and 2 females were regular at a Ketchikan feeder 14 Nov+ (JW, HW). Observers: B. A. Agler, J. B. Allen, J. F. Baichtal, G. S. Baluss, R. B. Benter, J. Boone, L. K. & T. A. Burke, F. Clemens, R. M. Corcoran, A. C. Court - ney, L. H. DeCicco (eBird), B. H. Demerjian, T. J. Doyle, N. K. Drumheller, S. Dubois, S. W. Eagle, D. Erickson, C. Feeney, D. D. Gibson, J. Gilliam, D. Gochfeld, M. R. Goff, S. Golodoff, C. Goodrich, C. A. Griswold, N. R. Hajdukovich (eBird), N. Hayward, S. C. Heinl (Southeast), I. Helmericks, B. L. Hunter, J. Huntington, C. Irrigoo, W. Keys, J. F. Koerner, L. A. Lamm, A. J. Lang (South-coastal Alaska), P. E. Lehman, J. D. Levison, J. H. Lewis, R. E. Lowell, G. Lyons, R. A. MacIntosh, D. K. MacPhail, K. Morgan, J. Murphy, T. O'Leary. B. B. Paige, R. Parsons, G. Peebles, B. Pierce, T. Pino, L. Pizzuto-Phillips, A. W. Piston (Southeast), S. Rice, R. M. Rich - ardson, K. M. Ripley, P. A. Rose, G. H. Rosen- berg, C. L. Ross, W. T. Sampson, R. L. Scher, S. Schuette, P. Scully, M. K, Schwan, D. Shirley, J. Smith, D. W. Sonneborn, M. St. Pierre, St. Paul Tour (S. Schuette et al.), K. Stolzfus, C. P. Suzie, T. Tobish, D. M. Troy, B. Tweit, G. B. van Vliet, H. West, J. West, E. L. Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Thede Tobish, 2510 Foraker Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99517 (tgtljo@gmail.com) it to Southeast, at Ketchikan 20 Oct+ (SCH, TJD, GHR) and at Juneau 15 Nov (ph. LAL). There are only two previous Juneau records of this casual migrant. Another Brewer's Blackbird showed 22 Oct into mid-Nov around Ketchikan (CPS, ph. SCH), where roughly half of the state's 25 records have been made. Bering Sea outposts noted a strong showing of Bramblings, with frst arrivals at St. Paul Island 13 Sep and peaks of 18 daily 15-30 Sep and 50 on 19 Sep (St. Paul Tour); Gambell logged a record-high 15 over the period 14 Sep–7 Oct (JB, PEL, CF et al.). Single Common Rosefnches at both Gambell 5-6 Sep (ph. JH et al.) and at St. Paul Island 9 Sep (ph. St. Paul Tour) were described as each site's eighth fall record. The season's only Purple Finch sightings both came from South-coastal sites, one each from Middleton Island 22 Sep (CWW, LHD, NRH), a second ever there, and Seward 22 Nov+ (ph. CAG et al.). A male Eur - asian Siskin, Alaska's third, was located with Pine Siskins and 2 White-winged Crossbills, all of which arrived after the passage of the rem - nants of Tropical Storm Nuri 13 Nov (ph. SG). This group remained together, drawn to spruce trees in both Unalaska and Dutch Harbor through the winter. Evening Grosbeaks made a decent foray into Southeast, where they appear sporadically, mostly in late fall. A male visited a Petersburg feeder 18-24 Oct (ph. SR, TO), while which there are now 13 Alaska records, mostly in Southeats. Rare Bering Sea Lincoln's Sparrows included singles at Gambell 26 Sep (PEL) and at St. Paul 29-30 Sep (St. Paul Tour). A Swamp Sparrow reports was at Ketchikan 30+ Oct (SCH et al.) and another at Gustavus 7 Nov (NKD). One White-throated Sparrow as notable at Beth - el 30 Oct–29 Nov (KM), and up to 6 were at Middleton Island 6-14 Oct (LHD, NRH, CWW). Gambell produced a record high seasonal count of 20 Golden-crowned Sparrows 21 Aug–21 Oct (PEL, CI et al.); St. Paul added 50 for the sea - son there 23 Aug–12 Oct (St. Paul Tour); both localities noted near-record-early dates for the species. Of the season's 11-15 Dark-eyed Juncos making landfall at St. Paul Island, an Oregon Junco 16-17 Oct (St. Paul Tour) was notably rare for the Bering Sea. Lehman noted that the 2 Little Buntings at Gambell 28-30 Sep (ph. PEL et al.) brings the running fall total to 26 from that site since 1993. Rustic Buntings staged a wide - spread showing across the Region, with singles located at Adak 15 Sep (FH, BH), Gambell 29 Sep–6 Oct (ph. PEL, ph. CI, CF), St. Paul Island 13 Oct (St. Paul Tour), and Middleton Island 13 Oct (ph. NRH, LHD, CWW), the last being a frst for that site; other records came from Ju - neau 23 Oct–6 Nov (ph. GBV) and Gustavus 23 Nov (ph. NKD). Two different Western Meadowlarks made British Columbia Booby sightings. A female was photographed perched on the mast of a fshing boat at the mouth of the s. arm of the Fraser River near Vancouver 14 Sep (Tom Forge). Another was seen on the continental shelf off Tofno, Van - couver Island, along with a Laysan Albatross, 20 Sep (John Forde, John Reynolds et al.). Single Cattle Egrets appeared at several loca - tions in coastal British Columbia this fall, with one near Kitwanga in the Skeena Valley near Terrace 3 Oct (Sandy Schreven), one near Vic - toria at Cattle Point 7 Nov (Michael Shepard), one at Esquimalt Lagoon 7 Nov (John Costello, Chantal Jacques), and one near Ucluelet at the village of Itattsoo 10-15 Nov (Adrian Dorst). A rare fall migrant, an ad. Hudsonian Godwit was at the Reifel Refuge in Ladner 15-21 Sep (Kim Eckert, m.ob.). Also at the Reifel Refuge, a juv. Ruff was noted 28 Aug and remained un - til 2 Sep (Liron Gertsman, Josh Brown, Logan Lalonde, m.ob.); another was at the Iona Sew - age Ponds, Richmond 13-15 Sep (Mike Tabak, m.ob.). Victoria's frst Little Stint, a juv., was at the Tseum Harbor in Sidney 3-9 Sep (James Bradley, m.ob.). While Sharp-tailed Sandpipers Chris Charlesworth –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he hot, dry summer weather continued through the frst two weeks of August. In mid-August, the strong area of high pressure that had dominated British Columbia began to weaken, especially along the coast and over the northern half of the province. But even over these sections, precipitation was minimal until the frst autumn front moved in from the Pacifc the last days of the month. Brisk northwesterly winds were widespread across the Region through September, giving southbound migrants a boost. September saw some temperature swings as fronts passed, but generally the month was warmer than aver - age. Temperatures remained above seasonal through October, especially over the southern half of the province, and conditions were fre - quently windy. Some coastal stations received copious rainfall for the month (Terrace record - ed 31.1 cm). November was more like fall than winter, with northern stations only beginning to report snow accumulating after mid-month. Winter fnally showed up during the last few days of the month, bringing an icy blast of Arc - tic air to all inland areas. BOOBIES THROUGH WOODPECKERS Unprecedentedly high ocean surface tempera- tures in the North Pacifc this fall may have been the driving force between two Brown

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