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 T H E C H A N G I N G S E A S O N S : O U T P O S T S on the research vessel on which he was stationed, which was positioned southeast of the Kamtchatka Peninsula of Russia (in international waters) and continued eastward, passing off Unalaska Island, in the eastern Aleutians, then southward. The last of these six birds was still on the ves - sel 20 October, off San Mateo County, California. For the frst time ever, Brambling reached southern California, with two birds detected at feeders (Figure 15), and the fight stretched as far east as Ontario in November, with a few birds noted into winter (Table 1). Although the ship- riding birds caused quite a stir on the internet, with many speculating that some Bramblings on the West Coast of the United States could have been once been stowaways, the spatial and temporal pattern of this fight overall seems consistent with past fights of this species (the vaunted "Si - berian Express," coined in the 1980s; Lehman 1984), con- sistent with the magnitude of the autumn 2014 fight far- ther north, and ftting the general tenor of the Asian bird fight to western North America, which also produced a frst Olive-backed Pipit for southern California. Outposts but inland: James Bay to Lake Superior James Bay, off the southeastern corner of vast Hudson Bay, acts as a natural funnel for migrants. Perhaps best known for being one of the most important staging ar - eas for southbound shorebirds in North America (e.g., daily counts of up to 30,000 White-rumped and 10,000 Semipalmated Sandpipers there in mid-August 2014), a Figure 14 (top). The frst documented White Wagtail for the interior of British Columbia was photographed on the mudfats at Salmon Arm 21 September 2014, the only day the bird was seen. Photograph by Don Cecile. Figure 15 (middle). This Brambling at Rolling Hills, Los Angeles County 9-22 (here 20) October was the frst ever found in southern California and one of two found there in autumn 2014. Photograph by Christine Wojtowich. Figure 16 (bottom). Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is very rare on southern James Bay, but autumn 2014 saw two individuals at Netitishi Point, Ontario, including this individual on 30 September (here) through 2 October. Photograph by Alan Wormington. Table 1. Bramblings in North America south of Alaska, autumn/winter 2014-2015. Location Date(s) Mount Tolmie, Victoria, BC 25-29 September Sandspit Golf Course, Haida Gwaii, BC 30 September, 1 November Rolling Hills, Los Angeles County, CA 9-22 October Neah Bay, WA 31 October–8 November Point Hudson, WA 5-6 November Trabuco Oaks, Orange County, CA 6-10 November Arcata, CA 11 November and later Saratoga, WY 22-23 November North Bay, ON 27-28 November north of Stevensville, MT 1-27 December Lincoln County, NE 16-30 December 42

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