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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 176 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 6 5 4 7 8 9 1 2 1 • This Painted Bunting, one of two in New England in autumn 2014, spent its time in a weedy corner of a cemetery in Brighton, Sufolk County, Massachusetts 28 October through 3 November (here). Photograph by Jeremiah Trimble. 2 • This adult Red-shouldered Hawk at the Apache Creek Campground, Catron County, New Mexico 12 July through 17 August (here) 2014 represented the western subspecies B. l. elegans. Photograph by Jerry R. Oldenettel. 3 • This Costa's Hummingbird faithfully visited a feeder in Manistee, Michigan from at least early October through 18 (here 1) November 2014. This was a frst record for Michigan and one of the easternmost records in North America; the species has shown very little pattern of vagrancy eastward, unlike many western hummingbird species. Photograph by Darlene Friedman. 4 • Providing Washington's second record, and only the third for the Lower 48 states, this Eurasian Hobby inhabited the Waatch River Valley, Clallam County from 26 (here 29) October through 1 November 2014. The extensive birder coverage over a period of two weeks led to other outstanding fnds in the town of Neah Bay, tucked in the far northwestern corner of the state. Photograph by Doug Schurman. 5 • Among the most extraordinary species ever to appear in Michigan was this Beryl- line Hummingbird near Grand Marais, Alger County 17-22 (here 21) September 2014. Photograph by Darlene Friedman. 6 • An unexpected Canadian Thanksgiving Day visitor to the La Ronge, Saskatchewan area 12 October 2014 was this Northern Pygmy-Owl. It remained for about ten min- utes perched on a feeder, few of, and was not seen again, providing the province with its frst documented record. Photograph by Christi Gruchy. 7 • Roseate Spoonbills have become a nearly annual vagrants to the Tennessee and Kentucky region over the past two decades. This juvenile was present at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Trigg County, Kentucky 3-12 (here 4) August 2014. Photograph by Mel Cunningham. 8 & 9 • These Black-winged Stilts at Petite-Terre Nature Reserve, Guadeloupe 4-26 (here 5) August 2014 provided the frst record of the species for the Caribbean; the only other New World records are from Alaska. Photographs by Anthony Levesque, Alain Saint Auret, and Sophie Le Loch. 3

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