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 61 HUDSON-DELAWARE 25 Nov (Steve Taylor). Southbound Razorbills did not arrive at Avalon until Dec (SH, TR), and Long Island's only report consisted of 4 at Mon - tauk 30 Nov (Joseph DiCostanzo). New York's second Common Ground-Dove entertained numerous birders at Jones Beach 2 Nov+ (Sam Jannazzo, m.ob.). At least 2 Eur - asian Collared-Doves remained through Nov at Cape May (m.ob.), where multiple birds have occupied the residential portion of Cape May Point since the frst arrived during Jun 2011. Another few past Hamlin Beach 21 Sep (AG, Brian Morse), and 2 appeared in New York City (fde SA), but those were the only other reports. White-winged Dove continues to be - come a more regular visitor. Sightings occurred in all three states and spanned the duration of the season: singles at Rehoboth Beach, Sussex, DE 8 Aug (Alissa Kegelman), at Hilton, Mon - roe, NY 31 Aug (CW), at Fort Tilden 15 Nov (CF), and at East Quogue, Suffolk, NY 16 Nov (Dave Klauber, Bobby Rossetti). Multiple sight - ings at Cape May 11 Aug–30 Oct referred to a minimum of 3 birds (m.ob.). Much to the delight of the Region's birders, Snowy Owls again appeared in all three states, particularly upstate New York, beginning in early Nov. New York's frst appeared at Wolcott, Wayne 4 Nov (Wade & Melissa Rowley), while New Jersey birders enjoyed 8 Nov arrivals at both Island Beach S.P., Ocean (m.ob.) and at Bay - onne, Hudson (MB). Many birds appeared to be paler, after-hatch-year birds, perhaps some of the individuals involved in last year's mas - sive southbound fight returning for another winter? Northern Saw-whet Owls appeared to move through in slightly higher numbers than in fall 2013. A total of 69, including 53 hatch- at Cupsogue Beach C.P., Suffolk, NY 24 Aug (ph. AB, m.ob.). It represents New York's second re - cord of this species, the frst coming from Ja- maica Bay in Sep 2005. A remarkable total of 239 American Golden-Plovers was obtained at Eastport, Suffolk, NY 8 Oct (Patrick Palladino), recalling totals of decades past, when Long Is - land had 70,000 acres of potato felds tended by over 1000 farmers. Otherwise, the species was scarcer than usual across much of the re - porting area. Ruff continues to become less regular through our Region, particularly as a southbound transient. The season's only report was of one at Pillar Point 6 Oct (NL). Notable shorebird maxima at Montezuma included 122 Stilt Sandpipers 13 Aug (AG), 480 Lesser Yel - lowlegs 24 Aug (AG), 12 Baird's Sandpipers and 60 White-rumped Sandpipers 3 Sep (JM), and 460 Pectoral Sandpipers 27 Sep (MT). A late Red Phalarope appeared at Cuba Lake, Allegany, NY 24 Nov (Karl Schmidt). Long-tailed Jaegers were again noted from shore just as the calendar turned to meteo - rological autumn, providing more evidence that late Aug and early Sep represent the best time to seek the species in the Region. Juve - niles were noted at Fort Niagara S.P., Niagara, NY 24 Aug (ph. JP), at Greece, NY 1 Sep (ph. CW), at Cape May 1 Sep (ph. TR, m.ob.), and at Noblewood Park, Essex, NY 14 Sep (GC). Southbound Parasitic Jaeger migration was not nearly as spectacular as during the previous fall, yet Avalon's season total was a very strong 393, punctuated by daily maxima of 48 on 8 Oct and 43 on 15 Oct (SH). Twelve passed Derby Hill 12 Sep (Kevin McGann). Interior Frank - lin's Gull reports consisted of an imm. near Ol- cott, Niagara, NY 23 Sep (Willy D'Anna) and an ad. at Greece, Monroe, NY 8 Oct (Jim & Allison Healy). Less expected on the coast, an imm. passed Avalon 17 Nov (ph. TR). Sabine's Gulls were exciting fnds 13 Sep at Montauk (Pe - ter Polshek) and at Stewart Park, Itha- ca, Tompkins (Gerard Phillips, Chris Tessaglia-Hymes) and 3+ were in the Buffalo area 5-8 Oct (m.ob.). Alcids were apparently sparse along the At - lantic coast for a second straight Nov. Exceptional was the report of an un - identifed murre, most likely a Thick- billed, that whirred past Hamlin Beach of 9 at Big Stone Beach, Kent 5 Sep (AL, Tim Schreckengost). Cape May also got in on the ac - tion, with singles noted 3 (ph. Don Freiday) & 12 Aug (Tom McParland, m.ob.). White-faced Ibis continues to make increasingly regular late-summer appearances; a single was at Brig 3-21 Aug (Steve Kacir, ph. Harvey Tomlinson). Mississippi Kite has become an annual visitor or migrant to s. portions of the Region through Aug and early Sep, such as one that passed Ashland Nature Center, New Castle, DE 21 Aug (ph. Joe Sebastiani). Even more outstanding was a juv. that few w. past Derby Hill 5 Sep (DW, Jim Tarolli), representing just the fourth area record (fde Matt Perry, DW). Swainson's Hawks missed Cape May for just the second autumn since 2000 and also went unreported through the Region. Ahead of a strong winter showing, Rough-legged Hawks materialized at many locations during Nov, and one migrant traveled as far s. as Cape Henlopen by 27 Nov (JO, Susan Gruver). RAILS THROUGH FALCONS The declining Black Rail has become a highly coveted fnd through its former footholds in s. portions of our Region, with a vast majority of reports fled during the May–Jul timeframe. An individual was heard calling at Bombay Hook on the interestingly late date of 29 Aug (Brian Moyer). Another of the season's showstoppers was an ad. Common Ringed Plover discovered SA North America's third Whiskered Tern made for a stunning fnd at Cape May 12 Sep (AH, LZ, NP, m.ob.). This ad. was enjoyed by thousands of birders during its prolonged stay, which lasted un - til 20 Sep. Incredibly, all three North Ameri- can records of this species have occurred (at least in part) at the same location, with the marshy, freshwater pools of Cape May Point apparently serving as a very attrac - tive stopover location. SA One of the season's highlights was a Zone-tailed Hawk that quickly passed over both Cape May and Cape Henlopen on light northeasterly winds 27 Sep. The bird was frst noted at Cape May around 10:45 a.m. (ph. Steve Bauer, MR, m.ob.) and was last seen depart - ing Cape May Point toward the sw. (MO'B, LZ). About 20 minutes later, the bird was noted at Cape Henlopen (JO et al.), ca. 18 km away, at the opposite side of Delaware Bay. Given a pau - city of records in the East, it seems reasonable to speculate that this was the same individual seen earlier in 2014 in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. Among a blizzard of Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels and a White-faced Storm-Petrel, this Fea's Petrel stood out, a state frst, on a pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon, New York 12 August 2014. Photograph by Sean Sime. Present at Moriches Inlet, Sufolk County, New York for just one day, 24 August 2014, this Common Ringed Plover furnished the second state record and the frst seen by multiple observers. Photograph by S. S. Mitra.

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