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 55 N E W E N G L A N D coast at Damariscotta, Lincoln (T. Johnson et al.); in Vermont, 2 reached Rutland, Rutland (A. Burke), and 3 were seen sunning on a rocky cliff in North Pownal, Bennington 10 Oct (P. van Loon). A count of 30 Black Vultures from Shef - feld, Berkshire, MA 20 Sep (R. Wendell) would have been unheard of just a few years ago, as would a count of 354 migrant Turkey Vultures from Shelburne, VT 22 Oct (TGM, CRi). The pair of Mississippi Kites at Newmarket, Rocking - ham, NH was still attending one young in the nest 2 Aug (RS, ZC). An apparent Red-shoul - dered Hawk x Red-tailed Hawk hybrid was well documented with photographs at West Boylston, Worcester, MA 10 Nov (R. Schain), while one that has been present for several years continued to be seen at North Westmin - ster, Windham, VT (DC). This season's Broad- winged Hawk migration was modest compared to last year's record-setter. The daily maximum (7649 on 14 Sep) and season total (16,670) at Mount Wachusett, Worcester, MA were about half 2013's fgures (S. Olson et al.). A juv. Swainson's Hawk, found feeding on the ground in an orchard in Hollis, Hillsborough, NH 21 Sep, was unperturbed by a birder with a camera (C. McPherson). As with Broad-winged Hawk, catching the Red-tailed Hawk migration in New England can be a hit-or-miss affair. Observers at Shelburne Bay, VT had a hit 22 Oct, when they counted a minimum of 359 southbound birds, some in kettles of over 25 (CRi, TGM). Tradi - tionally, Golden Eagles are Oct/Nov migrants, so reports of 2 on 17 Sep were noteworthy: one was over Chichester, Merrimack, NH (J. Lam - bert), and the other was tracked by its satellite transmitter over several landmarks and its lo - cations reported to eBird: Rhododendron S.P., Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, NH; Wendell S.F., Frank - lin, MA; and Alton Forest, Litchfeld, CT, these sites forming a nearly straight line about 130 km long. The bird, a second-year female origi - nally trapped in nw. Alabama in Feb 2014 by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Gold - en Eagle Project, continued southward the next morning, passing over New Milford, Litchifeld. Hawkwatchers tallied 8 for the season at Putney Mountain, VT (DC et al.) and 7 at Pack Mo - nadnock, Peterborough, Hillsborough, NH over a more traditional time frame; about 25 were reported from s. New England. Reports of family groups or juv. Common Gallinules came from three Champlain Valley locations and from Lenox, Berkshire, MA in Aug (G. Hurley); a high count of 16 came from Missisquoi 23 Sep (TGM, RBL). The s.-cen. Maine nesting population of Sandhill Cranes has grown and dispersed in recent years; 2 were reported well e. at Carroll Plantation, Penobscot (ph. C. Alessi), and 9 frequented the Fryeburg, Oxford area near the New Hampshire border (B. count of 3457 migrants off Lone Rock Point, Burlington, Chittenden 14 Sep (EH, AW); in the Atlantic, an observer estimated 10,000 passing Duxbury, Plymouth, MA 24 Oct (R. Bowes). A frst for Rhode Island, a well-described Yellow-nosed Albatross few past Point Judith, Washington, RI during a storm watch 24 Nov (G. LeBaron, fde R. Farrell); most prior reports of the species off New England have been from Apr through Aug, but there multiple fall/winter reports from the mid-Atlantic southward. The only Least Bittern reports this year came from e. Massachusetts in Aug and Rhode Island in Sep. A Great Egret at Cupsuptic Lake, Oxford, ME 1 Sep (K. Betts) was well n. and inland from the species' usual coastal distribution in the state. The most isolated Snowy Egret of the season was at Silver Lake, Pittsfeld, Berkshire, MA 17 Sep (L. Lister). Three single Little Blue Herons strayed away from the coast to cen. Massachu - setts in Aug, while 2 other singles lingered late, at Quincy, Norfolk 18 Nov (J. Sweeney) and at Yarmouth, Barnstable, 25 Nov (S. Paventy). The usual few summering Tricolored Herons were found at their expected coastal hangouts, n. to Scarborough Marsh (DL). Two hybrid herons, thought to be Tricolored Heron x Snowy Egret, were at Scarborough Marsh again this summer, with one still present 8 Sep (M. Viens et al., ph. F. Lehman). Another apparent hybrid Tricol - ored, this one showing some Little Blue Heron characteristics, was at Hammonasset through 25 Sep (GH et al., ph. J. Schwarz, ph. PW). A single report from the small Lake Champlain nesting population of Cattle Egrets was of one bird seen at Shelburne, VT 13 Aug (P. Wieczoreck). Other reports of Cattle Egret in the Region spanned 24 Oct through 15 Nov, 3 each in e. Vermont and Connecticut, 4 in Massachusetts, one on Block Island, and a fock of 11 at Candia, Rockingham, NH 29 Oct (D. Philbrick). A juv. Black-crowned Night-Heron at Quechee, Windsor, VT 19 Aug and 1 Sep (ph. K. Jones, K. McFarland) was un - expected in the Connecticut Valley. A count of 35, mostly juv., Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Stratford, Fairfax, CT 18 Oct (FM) represent - ed local breeders. Young White Ibis dispersed to three states this season; one on the New Hamp - shire coast at North Hampton was seen by many observers through 16 Aug, another lingered at Old Lyme, New London, CT 3-23 Aug (S. Joffray, m.ob.), and the third reached Block Island 25 Aug and stayed until 30 Sep (CRa, ph. N. Grind - ley, m.ob.). Two summering White-faced Ibis just made the autumn season, at Hammonas - set through 1 Aug (m.ob.) and at Scarborough Marsh through 6 Aug (N. Gibb et al.). VULTURES THROUGH ALCIDS Black Vultures continue to push the limits in n. New England, with one well up the Maine STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS USED IN THE REGIONAL REPORTS * specimen collected + bird(s) seen through end of period † written details on fle A.F.B. Air Force Base acc. accepted by records committee A.R.C. Avian Records Committee b. banded B.B.S. Breeding Bird Survey B.O. Bird Observatory B.R.C. Bird Records Committee C.A. Conservation Area C.B.C. Christmas Bird Count C.P. County Park cm centimeter(s) Fwy. Freeway G.C. Golf Course Hwy. Highway imm. (imms.) immature(s) Jct. Junction juv. (juvs.) juvenile(s) km kilometer(s) mm millimeter(s) m.ob. many (or multiple) observers N.A. Nature Area, Natural Area N.F. National Forest N.M. National Monument N.P. National Park N.S. National Seashore N.W.R. National Wildlife Refuge p.a. pending acceptance P.P. Provincial Park ph. photographed (by + initials) R.A. Recreation(al) Area R.B.A. Rare Bird Alert R.P. Regional Park R.S. Regional Shoreline Rd. Road Rte. Route S.B. State Beach S.L. Sewage Lagoon S.F. State Forest S.G.A. State Game Area S.P. State Park S.R.A. State Recreation Area S.R. State Reserve S.N.A. State Natural Area S.W.A. State Wildlife Area S.T.P. Sewage Treatment Plant/Pond subad. (subads.) subadult(s) Twp. Township v.r. voice recording (by + initials) vt. videotape (by + initials) W.A. Wildlife Area W.M.A. Wildlife Management Area W.T.P. (Waste)water Treatment Plant/Pond Italics indicate name of a county, parish, or municipality.

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