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 85 E A S T E R N H I G H L A N D S & U P P E R O H I O R I V E R VA L L E Y er-Haley, Larry Lewis, Mike Lipinsky, Wendy Lipinsky, Geoff Malosh, Holly McChesney, Andy McGann, Jerry McWilliams, Zachary Mil - len, August Mirabella, Judy Mirabella, Drew Mortensen, Michael Murphy, Ted Nichols II, Matt Orsie (MO), Kelly Parsons, Jeff Payne, Bri - an Quindlen, Tom Raub, Dan Richards, Keith Richardson, Theo Rickert, Kevin Ripka, Melissa Roach, Rick Robinson, Michael Rosengarten, Katelyn Ruth, Corinne Campbell Schall, Mi - chael Schall, Larry Slomsky, Bob Snyder, Ar- thur Steinberger, Ruth Swanev, Brandon Sway- ser, Shannon Thompson, Neil Troyer, Anthony Ulrich, Marge Van Tassel, Mark Vass, Steve Walthius, Mike Weible, Scott Weidensaul, Au - drey Wells, Lee Wells, Frank Windfelder, Car- ole Winslow, Eric Witmer, Rosie Yoder. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Victor W. Fazio, III, 18722 Newell Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 (bcvireo@sbcglobal.net) Tom Johnson, 24 Meadowood Drive, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania 17036 (tbj4@cornell.edu) Equally scarce, a White-winged Crossbill was in Hancock, OH 26 Nov (ph. Chris Collins). Two Evening Grosbeaks in Ashland, OH 30 Oct (John Herman) were likewise standouts, with other reports came from the Pennsylvania/New York borderlands in Nov (ph. Nancy VanCott). Observers: George L. Armistead, Kathy Beck - er, Tim Becker, Dick Bell, Larry Bernhardt, Ed Bernot, Don Billett, Florence Billett, Jen Brum - feld (JB), Gail Bush, Bruce Carl, Lee Carnahan, William Clifton, Claudine Cutler, Robert Cut - ler, Stephanie Dean, Mike Defna, Tom Dick, Frank Dickman, Roger Donn, Paul Driver, Mike Epler, Vic Fazio (VF), Todd Fellenbaum, George Franchois, Kevin Fryberger, Ian Gard - ner, Michael Gardner, Jan Getgood, Bonnie Ginader, Scott Godshall, Dick Hart, Deuane Hoffman, Chad Hutchinson, Bruce Johnson, Tom Johnson (TJ), Diane Kallor, Chad Kauff - man, Bill Keim, Arlene Koch, Mike Lanzone, Ronald Leberman, Andrew Leidig, Karin Leiss - ers, a Harris's Sparrow was located at the Hu- ron impoundment, Erie, OH 14-30 Nov (Mary Warren, ph. Donna Owe, Mary Gustafson, ph. Jason Parrish, m.ob.). First reported during the spring of 2009, presumably having wintered lo - cally, the Hancock, OH Golden-crowned Spar- row, once more graced our Region, arriving 10 Oct (fde Robert Sams), comparable to the 9 Oct 2010 arrival date but earlier than in some years (e.g., 19 Nov 2013 or 17 Nov 2009). A late Summer Tanager was well docu- mented at Swan Creek Preserve, Lucas, OH 14 Nov (ph. Valerie Govannucci). Single Yellow- headed Blackbirds along Lake Erie were at East Sandusky Bay Metropark, Erie, OH 1 Nov (Josh Stapleton, Kystle Malbouf) and the Lorain im - poundment, Lorain, OH 9 Sep (ph. Paul Hurta- do). Two Brewer's Blackbirds were described from Stark, OH 30 Oct (Kent Miller) and one from Mahoning, OH 20-21 Nov (Jeff Harvey). A single Red Crossbill in Richland, OH 19 Oct (Gary Cowell) was the only migrant reported. Illinois & Indiana River N.W.R., Carroll, IL 15 Nov (C&OK). A Mottled Duck was observed at Chautauqua 29 Aug (ph. ASA, JL). A Northern Pintail at Cane Ridge (MW) and an American Black Duck at Goose Pond (DRW) were early 21 Aug. A fne tally of 1900 Green-winged Teal was made at Goose Pond 4 Nov (DW). Out of season was a male Redhead in Will, IL 4-28 Aug (ph. ASA). A notably large fock of 1900-2100 Redheads was observed on Lake Michigan at Wilmette, Cook, IL 6-9 Nov (RJD, GAW, m.ob.). The season's frst Harlequin Ducks were 4 at North Point Marina, Lake, IL 18 Oct (ph. EWW). One on the Fox River at Elgin, Kane, IL 9 Nov+ (PR, ph. MMC, m.ob.) was unusual away from Lake Michigan. Three others were seen along the Lake Michi - gan lakefront. Five Surf Scoters at Mich. City 21 Sep (SLL) tied Indiana's earliest autumn date; 4 inland birds were on Brookville Reservoir, Union, IN 17 Oct (WHB). Scoter sightings in Aug are very rare, making a White-winged Sco - ter at Chicago's 68th Street water intake crib on Lake Michigan 5 Aug (TBL) quite unexpected. Also quite early were 3 White-winged Scoters seen on a boat trip about 11 km off Chicago on Lake Michigan 14 Sep (ph. GAW et al.). Size - able inland groups of Black Scoters included 6 on Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie, IL 8 Nov (TDF et al.) and 5 at Wolf Creek S.P., Shelby, IL 8 Nov (TDF et al.). A nice inland tally of 4 Long- tailed Ducks was made at Lake Lemon, Mon - roe 7 Nov (J&SH et al.). Common Mergansers seemed to arrive in good numbers earlier than Abbreviations: Cane Ridge (Cane Ridge W.M.A., Gibson, IN); Carlyle (Carlyle Lake, Bond, Clinton, and Fayette, IL); Chautauqua (Chautauqua N.W.R., Mason, IL); Dunes (Indi - ana Dunes S.P., Porter, IN); Emiquon (Emiquon N.W.R. and The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve, Fulton, IL); Fort Sheridan (Fort Sheri - dan F.P., Lake, IL); F.P. (Forest Preserve); F.W.A. (Fish and Wildlife Area); Goose Pond (Goose Pond F.W.A., Greene, IN); Greene Valley (Greene Valley F.P., DuPage, IL); Hennepin (Hennepin- Hopper Lake Restoration Area, Putnam, IL); Il - linois Beach (Illinois Beach S.P., Lake, IL); Mich. City (Michigan City Harbor, LaPorte, IN); Miller (Miller Beach, Lake, IN); Montrose (Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park). WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Nine Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were spotted at Rochelle, Ogle, IL 11-12 Aug (ST, ph. KML). Early Greater White-fronted Geese included one in Henderson, IL 23 Aug (DH) and another at Spunky Bottoms, Brown, IL 31 Aug (NS, ph. CW, PB). A fock estimated at 50,000+ Snow Geese and 12 Ross's Geese at Baldwin Lake, St. Clair, IL 22 Nov (WCR, ph. DM, MAM) was impressively large; 20,000 Snow Geese at Cane Ridge 30 Nov (DC) pro - vided a record fall count for Indiana. The 118 Mute Swans at Banner Marsh, Fulton, IL 19 Nov (MHB) made the second highest fall count for Illinois. An impressive 900+ Tundra Swans were at Spring Lake in the Upper Mississippi James D. Hengeveld Keith A. McMullen Geofrey A. Williamson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– O verall, the Region experienced a cool and wet fall. Much more precipitation than average fell in August and October, and September and especially November were cooler than normal, primarily the result of the dreaded polar vortex, which descended into the Region in mid-November. One of the effects of the frigid temperatures late in the period was a noticeable decrease in the quality of November migratory fights on the Lake Michigan lake - front. Rarer species seen in the Region included White Ibis, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Fal - con, Cassin's Sparrow, and Bullock's Oriole.

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