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 63 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Tom Reed, 81 Reeds Beach Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210, (coturnicops@gmail.com) Shaibal Mitra, Department of Biology, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314, (shaibal.mitra@csi.cuny.edu) Robert O. Paxton, 460 Riverside Drive, Apt. 72, New York, New York 10027, (rop1@columbia.edu) Frank Rohrbacher, 5 Neva Court, Wilmington, Delaware 19810, (rohrbaf@aol.com) Jim Pawlicki (Niagara Frontier: jmpawli10@ gmail.com), Matt Perry (Oneida Lake Basin, NY: mperry63@gmail.com), Nick Pulcinella, Tom Reed, Derek Rogers, Tim Schreckengost, Robert G. Spahn (Rochester), Dave Tetlow, Mi - chael Tetlow, Lance Verderame (Sullivan, NY), David Wheeler (Oneida Lake Basin, NY: tig - ger64@aol.com), Angus Wilson, Christopher Wood, Will Yandik (Hudson-Mohawk, NY: wyandik@hotmail.com). n Robert G. Spahn (Genesee, NY: rspahn@prod- igy.net), Skye Haas, Alan Kneidel, William Kuk (Susquehanna, NY: ckennykuk@stny.rr.com), Nick Leone, Pat Lindsay (Long Island: pjlind - say@optonline.net), Linda Mack, Melinda Mc- Cormack (Adirondacks, NY: mruddyduck@ aol.com), Jay McGowan, Shaibal Mitra (Long Island: mitra@mail.csi.cuny.edu), Michael Morgante (Niagara Frontier: morgm@roadrun - ner.com), Jennifer Ottinger, Michael O'Brien, Middle Atlantic town Colonial Park, York, VA 22 Nov (JS), and Ocean City Inlet, Worcester, MD 30 Nov (RV); additional Nov records of 1-2 birds came from Chinc. and C.B.B.T. There were two records of Eared Grebes each from Virginia and Maryland, though perhaps none as notable as the breed - ing-plumaged bird at Lake Elkhorn, Howard 28 Aug (BL). A 23 Aug pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE turned up, among the more common species, 2 Leach's Storm-Petrels, 21 Band-rumped Storm- Petrels, 3 Bridled Terns, and 2 Long-tailed Jae - gers in Worcester (ML et al.). Green Herons are uncommonly seen in Maryland in Nov, which makes the individual at Riley's Lock, Montgom - ery, MD 30 Nov particularly notable (BS, KT). An imm. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at a pri - vate residence in Norfolk, VA was an uncom- mon Nov sight 6-17 Nov (RLAk); this species lingers in se. Virginia later and later into the autumn in recent years. Until recently, double- digit counts of White Ibis in Maryland were almost unheard of, making the four reports of focks containing 50 or more birds 21 Aug–15 Nov (m.ob.) a striking departure from the long- term norm. The only White-faced Ibis reported this season was a single at Chinc. 11 Aug (BH). RAPTORS THROUGH DOVES Ospreys uncommonly linger in Maryland into Nov, but a sighting in the w. part of the state at the Cumberland Terminus, Allegany 30 Nov was rare (DH). Reports of Golden Eagles were (AD) were a local frst and this sea - son's only record. There were at least eight reports of Greater White-front - ed Geese in the Region; 5 at Curles Neck, Henrico, VA (EO) made the high count. Though still rare, re - ports of Ross's Geese are becoming more frequent on the Western Shore of Maryland, a fact demonstrated by the single bird at Centennial Lake, Howard 16-24 Nov (WE et al.) being a fourth county record but the third this year. Rare away from the coast, a single Brant seen from Wharf Rd., Prince George's, MD 25-27 Oct (MR, m.ob.) and 5 at North East Community Park, Cecil, MD 2 Nov (TC, RJ) were notable. The fve unique records of single Trumpeter Swans in Maryland were the most ever for the state in a season: Lake Churchill, Montgomery 15 Nov+ (LW, m.ob.); White Swan Drive, Anne Arundel 21 Nov (WC); Cumberland Terminus, Allegany 27 Nov+ (ML, m.ob.); Lake Artemesia, Prince George's 29 Nov (RH, m.ob.); and Lake Ritchie, Washington 30 Nov (BS). Two Eurasian Wigeons at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA 21 Oct+ (TTa, m.ob.) made the season's only report. The King Eider at Poplar Island, Talbot, MD, originally found this sum - mer, continued to be seen through 25 Nov (TC, m.ob.); Virginia birders were able to enjoy a single ad. male at Queen Anne's Landing near Chinc. 15-28 Nov (JM, m.ob.). Six Common Eiders at Chinc. 29 Nov (D. Hunter, M. Bowman) were also notable for the refuge. A handful of Red- necked Grebe includ - ed 5 at Violette's Lock, Montgomery, MD 26 Oct (DR), plus singles at Cape St. Claire Beach, Anne Arundel 21 Nov (DHa), York - Arun Bose Robert Ostrowski –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– P recipitation in the Region this season was near the twentieth-century average, but temperatures fuctuated signifcantly from month to month. An unusually mild Au - gust in Maryland and Virginia were followed by a slightly warmer September and much warmer October. The season closed with a November several degrees colder than normal. This sea - son's highlights included Black-bellied Whis- tling-Duck, Black-legged Kittiwake, Sabine's Gull, inland Gull-billed Tern, Crested Caracara, Couch's Kingbird, and Couch's/Tropical King - bird. In addition to our many individual con- tributors, we thank Jo Solem for her assistance in compiling and interpreting this season's re - cords. The authors would also like to extend sincere gratitude to Mark Adams who has re - tired as regional editor. We thank Mark for his seven years of service in consistently upholding the high quality of the Middle Atlantic column. Abbreviations: C.B.B.T. (Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton, VA); Chinc. (Chin - coteague N.W.R., Accomack); Occoquan (Occo- quan Bay N.W.R., Prince William). WATERFOWL THROUGH IBIS Five Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, 2 of which were banded, at Hog Island, Surry, VA 6 Aug These fve Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were found by Adam D'Onofrio at Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, Surry County, Virginia on 6 August 2014. Photograph by Adam D'Onofrio.

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