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 58 N E W E N G L A N D each at Westport and Truro 9 Nov (E. Nielsen; B. Harris et al.). The total of about 23 Connecti - cut Warblers reported was down considerably from the past three autumns; a single bird was found at Penacook, Merrimack, NH 22 Sep (PH), and the others were about evenly divided between Connecticut and Massachusetts, where one lingered at Wayland, Middlesex through 17 Oct (B. Harris). Hooded Warblers, with about 20 total, were better reported than usual: 2 were on Monhegan 4-5 & 10 Oct (ph. DH et al.; JT), one was at Acadia N.P., Hancock, ME 24 Oct (J. Casamento), and the rest were in Massachusetts (5), Connecticut (9), and Rhode Island (3). The lone Kentucky Warbler was at Westport, MA 29 Aug (PC). Two Cerulean Warblers were report - ed, the frst at Marblehead Neck, MA 14 Aug (D. Noble, D. Ely et al.) followed by a female on Monhegan 17 Sep (ph. T. Johnson et al.). With the exception of Yellow-rumped Warbler (with 758 on 12 Oct), numbers of the commoner warblers did not set any records at Cousin's Is - land this season, although observers were kept busy counting 93 American Redstarts 4 Sep, 52 Blackpoll Warblers 12 Sep, 247 Northern Paru - las and 34 Magnolia Warblers 19 Sep, and 36 Palm Warblers 6 Oct (DL et al.). Numbers of Yellow-rumpeds were also astonishing on 19 Oct, when 1500 were estimated at Westport, MA (Gd'E et al.) and over 1200 passed Bluff Point (NB et al.). Nov warblers have become routine in coastal locations in recent years, al - though participants on the annual Southern Maine Rarity Roundup probably did not pre - dict that they would fnd nine species when the count was postponed until 9 Nov by a snow - storm; most unexpected were a Prairie War- bler at York and an American Redstart at Saco, which remained through 23 Nov (DL, B. Marvil et al.). Regionally, 19 species of warblers were reported in Nov, most notable being a Yellow at West Haven, CT 9 Nov (NB), a Bay-breasted e. of Quabbin Reservoir 8-11 Nov (J. Kraus), a Magnolia at Old Orchard Beach, York, ME 13 Nov (F. Mitchell), a Cape May at Wilder, Wind - sor, VT 16 Nov (CRi), a Wilson's at Hampton, NH 22-29 Nov (S. Heron, J. Lambert), a Prairie at Squantum, MA (SW) and another at Kittery, ME (ph. R. Miller) 29 Nov, and an Audubon's at Hingham, Plymouth, MA 21 Nov–19 Dec (SW). Several Yellow-breasted Chats were found away from the coast, including 2 in Vermont at Grand Isle, VT 1 Sep (DJH) and Windsor 2 & 8 Nov (M. Foster) and one at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctu - ary, Northampton, Hampshire, MA 9 Sep (LT). SPARROWS THROUGH FINCHES In Oct, when a big nocturnal fight is followed by an overcast morning on the Maine coast, Derek Lovitch often heads to an area known as the Eastern Promenade in Portland. He was also in Maine, the frst on an Audubon feld trip to Hermit Island, Phippsburg, Sagadahoc 25 Oct (ph. J. Berry, GeS et al.) and the second a long- staying bird at Florida Lake Park, Freeport 22 Nov through at least 23 Dec (Z. Baker, m.ob.). Two in Massachusetts showed a similar pattern, with the frst seen one day only at Halibut Point, Rockport 4 Nov (H. Galbraith, ph. S. Sullivan) and the second lingering in a cemetery in Mari - on, Plymouth 29 Nov–31 Dec (V. Zollo, m.ob.). Catharus thrush reports of note included a tardy Swainson's Thrush at Westport, Fairfeld, CT 22 Nov (FM) and a count of 200 Hermit Thrushes at Bluff Point 19 Oct (NB et al.). Watchers at Cousin's Island established a new record with 882 American Robins counted 27 Oct (DL). Bo - hemian Waxwing reports were again limited to Maine, with the frst 3 at Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P. 21 Oct (S. Benz) and a maximum of only 10 at Charleston, Penobscot 22 Nov (C. Almy). A record 515 Cedar Waxwings were on the move at Cousin's Island 21 Oct (DL). A Smith's Longspur showed itself just long enough to be photographed at Nahant, Essex, MA 9 Nov (A. Trautmann) but did not remain. Weather conditions this year did not concen - trate large numbers of migrant warblers at tra- ditional coastal watch points at Cousin's Island and Lighthouse Point, and there were few no - table high counts reported from Massachusetts. Worm-eating Warbler reports were limited to states with breeding populations; maxima of 4 at Bluff Point 7 Aug (G. Williams) and 3 at Ux - bridge, Worcester, MA 9 Aug (N. Paulson) were supplemented by singles at three Bay State loca - tions, one in Rhode Island, and about 23 others in Connecticut. A Golden-winged Warbler at Fairfax, Franklin, VT 5 Aug (N. Desnoyers) was likely still in breeding habitat, while 3 singles on the Connecticut coast 16-24 Aug were mi - grants. Blue-winged Warblers were well distrib- uted across the three s. states and along the coast n. to Monhegan, plus one somewhat inland at Searsmont, Waldo 12 Sep (F. Kynd), with two Champlain Valley reports and two from inland New Hampshire. More than the usual number of Prothonotary Warblers appeared, reaching into Maine as far n. as Rachel Carson N.W.R., Biddeford 16-17 Aug (S. Keefer, S. Morris et al.) and Cousin's Island 15 Sep (ph. DL, B. Marvil); additional singles were found in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts in Aug, fol - lowed by a tardy bird on Nantucket 10 Oct (TP et al.). The only other vagrant warblers found in the Region were a Yellow-throated Warbler at Marblehead Neck, Essex, MA 12-14 Aug (J. Smith et al.) and a Black-throated Gray War - bler photographed on Gooseberry Neck, West- port, MA 23 Sep (D. Logan). Orange-crowned Warbler reports in Massachusetts included maxima of 5 at Westport 12 Oct (PC) and 4 Oct was high for the date (B. Harris); the latest migrants detected were 7 at Lighthouse Point 19 Oct (NB). A count of 150 Bank Swallows at Longmeadow, Hampden, MA 8 Aug was note - worthy (S. Kellogg). Tardy Cliff Swallows were encountered at McCuen's Slang, Addison, VT 19 Oct (D. Hof) and Lighthouse Point 24 Oct (NB), but for the frst time since 2000, no Cave Swal - lows were reported from New England. A count of 62 migrant Black-capped Chickadees at Cousin's Island 12 Oct set a record for the loca - tion (DL). A pair of Sedge Wrens at Middlebury, Addison, VT was observed repeatedly carrying food to a fxed location 7 Aug (†TGM et al.); up to 4, including 2 juvs., were seen there in mid- Sep (m.ob.), and one remained until 5 Oct (D. Jones). More than the usual number appeared elsewhere in the Region, with 2 in Rhode Is - land, 3 in Massachusetts, and one in Maine. GNATCATCHER THROUGH WARBLERS The latest and most northerly of 4 late Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were nicely photographed at Saco, York, ME 20 Nov (D. Thompson) and Squan - tum, Norfolk, MA 29 Nov (SW). The seasonal high counts of kinglets at Cousin's Island came 12 Oct, with 31 Golden-crowneds and an im - pressive 421 Ruby-crowneds making the water crossing there (DL); 50 Golden-crowneds and 30 Ruby-crowneds were at Westport, MA 19 Oct (G. d'Entremont et al.). Vagrant thrushes were diverse if not numerous this season. The frst of 3 Northern Wheatears was an imm. at Charlotte 12 Sep (J. Osborn), followed by one at a landfll in Nashua, Hillsborough, NH 10 Oct (M. Medeiros) and one at Warner, Merrimack, NH 12 Oct (ph. J. Lambert). Maine birders en - countered other unexpected thrushes, an imm. male Mountain Bluebird at Lincoln, Penobscot 23 Nov (T. Oliver) and a Varied Thrush at Whit - neyville, Washington 19 Nov (ph. W. Sawyer). Two of a record 4 Townsend's Solitaires were This Townsend's Solitaire found the abundance of winterberry and other fruit at Florida Lake Park, Freeport, Cumberland County, Maine to its liking. Discovered 22 November 2014, it remained through at least 23 (here 20) December. Photograph by Derek Lovitch.

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