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 71 FLORIDA let 20 & 28 Oct (MBr), Nassau Sound 30 Oct (KDi), Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.), East Lake, Hillsborough 14 Nov (Richard Cressman), Hillsborough Bay 15 Nov (JGu), Matanzas Inlet, St. Johns 15 Nov (S. Simmons), Hudson Beach Park 16 Nov (BPr, VPo), and Alligator Point 30 Nov (JMu). Very rare in summer, a lone Iceland Gull spent much of the summer at Huguenot Memorial Park through 15 Aug (KDi). Florida continues to be an important wintering area for Lesser Black-backed Gull, with 81 at Crandon Park 19 Sep (RoD). A few were noted along the Gulf Coast: one at Key Vista Nature Park 8 Sep (BPr, DGa), 2 at Hudson Beach 10-17 Nov (DGa), and one at South Manasota Key, Charlotte 22 Nov (Joel Wilcox). A single frst- cycle Glaucous Gull was found on Bonita Beach 19 Nov (John Haas). Three Bridled Terns were seen 80 km s. of Pensacola, Escambia 1 Sep (JPf). Some 95 Sooty and 23 Bridled Terns were found off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.). About 350 Least Terns were at Gandy Beach 3 Aug (CaC). Four Gull-billed Terns were noted at St. Marks N.W.R. 2 Aug (BPh), and singles were at Siesta Key Beach 13 Sep (RoS, R. Harrod), Snake Bight, Everglades N.P. 15 Sep (BSh), Ponce de Leon Inlet 24 Sep (MBr et al.), and Merritt Island N.W.R. 30 Aug (S. Simmons), with 2 there 29 Sep (T. Dunker - ton). An impressive 125 Caspian Terns were found at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.). Black Terns were widespread, with 400 at Fort De Soto Park 20 Aug (RoS), 680 at Gandy Beach 30 Aug (EPl), 4 at Ocean Pond, Baker 2 Sep (BoR), 190 off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.), 2000 at Honey - moon Island S.P. 2 Oct (DSa), 4000 at Fort De Soto Park 13 Oct (RoS), and one late at Sebas - tian Inlet S.P. 18 Nov (BiW). A single Roseate Tern at Tigertail Beach 29 Aug (O. Strickland) provided the frst Collier record. Uncommon inland, the report of 3 Sandwich Terns at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 14 Sep (CFr et al.) was signifcant, as was an impressive 3500 at Fort De Soto Park 13 Oct (RoS). An appar - ent Sandwich Tern x Elegant Tern hybrid was present at Siesta Key 28 Oct–1 Nov (Claire Herzog), and an Elegant Tern was there 27 Oct (RiG). DOVES THROUGH FALCONS A White-crowned Pigeon was found well n. of its usual range in the Florida Keys at J. N. "Ding" Darling N.W.R., Lee 3 Oct (France Paulsen). Diamond Dove is a native of Aus - tralia and considered a non-established exotic in Florida. One photographed at Leesburg 14 Aug (LSt) was a frst for Lake. White-winged Dove reports included singles at Fort De Soto ly reported inland, a Dunlin along McKendree Rd., Pasco was unexpected 6 Nov (DGa, Steve Mann), as were 2 at Tram Rd. S.T.F. 6-13 Nov (AWr) and one at Ocklawaha Prairie Resto - ration Area, Marion 21 Nov (Douglas Rich- ard). Thirteen hundred were estimated at St. Marks N.W.R. 10 Nov (DBr). At Lake Apopka N.S.R.A., 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were noted 6-8 Aug and one there 3 Oct (HRo); singles were at Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P. 10 Aug (Matt O'Sullivan, RxR) and Fort De Soto Park 30 Aug (Gary & Janet Leavens); and 2 were w. of Bunnell 21-27 Sep (MBr et al.). A Long-billed Dowitcher was at Okaloosa S.T.F. 5 Aug (MSw); other notable reports included 20 at Shell Key Preserve 26 Oct (BAh et al.), 2 at Honeymoon Island S.P. 29 Oct (EPl), 75 at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.), and 20 at St. Marks N.W.R. 10 Nov (DBr). An American Woodcock was at Lake Mirror, Polk 6-8 Nov (Wally Barnes) and another at Alligator Point 29 Nov (JMu). Wilson's Phala - rope reports included one at Browns Farm Rd. 23 Aug (L&RSm); 2 at Merritt Island N.W.R. 29-30 Aug (EKw) and 18-20 Sep (MiH); 7 at Okaloosa S.T.F. 30 Aug (AWr et al.); 2 at Timucuan Preserve 31 Aug (R. Clark); as many as 2 at Brookridge S.T.F. 4-10 Sep (MuG, Steve Mann); 6 at 3D Spoil Island 7 Sep (JGu); one w. of Bunnell 7 Sep (MBr); 3 at Snake Bight, Everglades N.P. 15 Sep (BSh); one at Siesta Key Beach 5 Oct (K. Abbott); and one at Okaloosa S.T.F. 13-15 Nov (MSw). Red-necked Phalaropes sightings along the coast included one at Siesta Key Beach 10-20 Sep (RiG et al.) that provided the frst Sarasota record; 2 at Snake Bight, Everglades N.P. 15 Sep (BSh); one at Merritt Island N.W.R. 18-20 Sep (MiH); and one at Fort Myers Beach, Lee 8-9 Oct (M. Di Rosa); 5 off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.) were seen on a pe - lagic trip. Pomarine Jaeger reports included one at Siesta Key Beach 1 Nov (M. Press) and 39 at Apollo Beach, Canaveral N.S. 22 Nov (MBr). Parasitic Jaeger sightings included one juv. at Ponce de Leon Inlet 24 Sep (MBr et al.), 2 there 28 Sep (MBr et al.), 6 at Apollo Beach, Canaveral N.S. 22 Nov (MBr), and one at Stump Pass Beach S.P. 30 Nov (MiM et al.). A rare frst-cycle Little Gull was at Nassau Sound, Duval 28 Oct (P. & D. Leary). Reports of Franklin's Gulls were scattered around the coast, with up to 2 at Bonita Beach, Lee 14-20 Nov (KLa), 4 at Huguenot Memorial Park 4-29 Oct (KDi), up to 7 at Port Orange 27-30 Oct (MBr), and up to 10 at Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia 30 Oct–17 Nov (MBr). Reports of singles came from Jetty Park, Bre - vard 28-29 Oct (MiH), Merritt Island N.W.R. 21 & 31 Oct (MBr et al.), Ponce de Leon In - Dade 2-3 Nov (BSh). Rare on the Atlantic Coast, a single Snowy Plover at Little Talbot Island S.P., Duval 20-23 Aug (Patrick Leary) was noteworthy. In addition, there were 2 at Shell Key Preserve, Pinellas 26 Aug (DSa); 15 at Three Rooker Bar, Pinellas 28 Aug (DSa); and an impressive 74 at s. Anclote Key, Pinel - las 28 Oct (DSa). Ponce de Leon Inlet hosted 40 Wilson's Plovers 24 Sep (MBr et al.). Sig - nifcant numbers of Piping Plovers were re- corded, with 32 at Three Rooker Bar 28 Aug (DSa), 42 at s. Anclote Key 28 Oct (DSa), and 32 at Crandon Park, Miami-Dade 20 Nov+ (RoD). Solitary Sandpiper sightings included 5 at Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P. 7 Aug (D. Segal), 7 e. of Brooksville, Hernando 16 Aug (Al & Bev Hansen), 8 at Brooker Creek Preserve 3 Sep (Tom Mast), and 2 at Taminco 20 Oct (LaG et al.). A Western Willet was noted at Lake Hancock Outfow Wetland 24 Aug (CFr). Up - land Sandpiper reports included one at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 10 & 17 Aug (HRo); up to 2 at Homestead, Miami-Dade 10-17 Aug (LaM et al.); 4 at Apalachicola, Franklin 11 Aug (Steve Mullin, JMu); and 14 at Browns Farm Rd. 23 Aug (L&RSm). A scattering of Whim - brel reports for the Gulf Coast included 3 at s. Anclote Key 20 Aug (DSa) and singles at Cockroach Bay Preserve 7 Sep (CaC), Cedar Point Park, Charlotte 31 Oct–16 Nov (Brant Julius et al.), and Stump Pass Beach S.P., Char - lotte 15-24 Nov (Jeff Bouton et al.). Bunche Beach Preserve continues to be a dependable spot for Long-billed Curlew, with one there 22 Nov+ (B. Hargrove et al.); another was at Indian Pass, Franklin 26 Nov (JMu). An early Marbled Godwit was at Huguenot Memo - rial Park 23 Aug (KDi); 90 were at Fort De Soto Park 18 Oct (P. Plage) and 80 at Cedar Key 9 Nov (Patricia Burns). High counts of Red Knot were 300 off Fort De Soto Park 10 Sep (DSa) and 500 at Caladesi Island, Pinel - las 2 Oct (DSa). An unusual inland report of a Sanderling came from Tram Rd. S.T.F. 15 Sep (ESc). White-rumped Sandpipers were reported statewide, with 2 at Spoonbill Pond, Duval 2-10 Aug (KDi); as many as 2 at Brookridge S.T.F., Hernando 19-30 Aug (MuG et al.); one at Merritt Island N.W.R., Brevard 31 Aug (Tom Dunkerton); one w. of Bunnell 7 Sep (MBr); one at Deanville, Flagler 10 Sep (EKw); up to 6 at Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota 14-17 Sep (BAh et al.); one at Marathon Air - port 15 Sep (AxH); and one at Virginia Key 23 Sep (RoD). Scare Baird's Sandpipers were at Tram Rd. S.T.F. 25-27 Aug and 12-15 Sep (AWr et al.) and at Cockroach Bay Preserve 7 Sep (CaC), with 2 at Okaloosa S.T.F. 30 Aug (AWr et al.). A Purple Sandpiper favored the rocks at Fort Clinch S.P. 23 Nov+ (PaL). Rare -

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