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 89 Western Great Lakes Nov (†JM). Michigan attracted 3 Pacifc Loons, including an early arrival at Whitefsh Point 11 Sep (†ER) and a late one in Berrien 28 Nov (ph. CSc, TB). Whitefsh Point tallied 1908 Common Loons, including 202 on 11 Sep, and 20,879 Red-necked Grebes, with a peak of 2587 on 31 Aug (ER). Wisconsin welcomed Western Grebes in two Lake Michigan counties, while Michigan had one in Keweenaw 8 Oct (ph. EM). Furnishing Minnesota's third record was a second-year Wood Stork in Washington 1-11 Aug (ph., †ELC). A modest showing of Snowy Egrets in two Wisconsin and three Minnesota counties was balanced by singles in fve Michi - gan counties but was overshadowed by a peak of 20 birds at Pte. Mouillee 9 Aug (AMB). A Tricolored Heron from summer was still at Pte. Mouillee 2 Aug (AMB, ST), and another was at Horicon 24-26 Aug (†DT). High counts of Cat - tle Egrets included 22 in Bay, MI 8 Aug (JMS) and 100 in Calumet, WI 30 Aug (DSc, KSc). An ad. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was found at Pte. Mouillee 2-21 Aug (ph. AMB, ph. ST). In Wisconsin, summer's imm. Yellow-crowned lingered in Marathon through 23 Aug (DB, ph. AGe). White-faced Ibis breeding was confrmed for the frst time in Wisconsin when up to 2 juvs. were photographed with 4 summering ads. in Winnebago 14-30 Aug (MWa). Michigan recorded a Black Vulture at Wet - nigrum) and arrived after the remnants of Su- per Typhoon Nuri crossed the Aleutian Islands and entered the heart of this taxon's range. Two showed up at Duluth 10 Nov (ph., †KJB), and one visited the Bayside Marina in Silver Bay, Lake 13-15 (ph. BMy, ph., †JWL, ph., †BAF). One of the Duluth eiders disappeared after 15 Nov, but the other wintered in the Duluth- Superior area. Michigan reported 7 Harlequin Ducks, all singles, including an early male in Keweenaw 12 Sep (LD). Above average for the Badger State was a total of 300+ Surf Scoters in 12 Wisconsin counties; more than 90% of these were at two Lake Michigan hotspots. Scoter to - tals at Whitefsh Point included 680 Surfs, 1836 White-wingeds, and 248 Blacks (ER). In Wis - consin, Tessen estimated 20,000 Long-tailed Ducks in Manitowoc 8 Nov (DT). Whitefsh Point tallied 22,586 Long-tailed Ducks, includ - ing an early peak of 8359 on 18 Oct (ER). A total of 537 Red-throated Loons at White - fsh Point included 76 on 21 Sep (ER). Num- bers were relatively low in Wisconsin (29 in nine counties along the Great Lakes), and one in Duluth 16 Oct (J&LK) was the only Minnesota report. Pacifc Loon was also scarce in Minne - sota, with two reports from Mille Lacs Lake and only one bird at Duluth 13 Nov+ (m.ob.). Wis - consin reported Pacifc Loons on Lake Michigan in Ozaukee 18 & 28 Oct (DT) and Milwaukee 19 Peder H. Svingen –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ugust started out cool and wet across the Region, with temperatures at or be - low average until November, which was frigid with several major snowstorms. Raptor migration was very good at Detroit River Hawk - watch in Wayne County, Michigan, where a to- tal of 266,931 raptors included above-average numbers of Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red- shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Gold - en Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. Raptor migra- tion was less eventful at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, Minnesota, but the Hawk Ridge/Lester River Census tallied more than 358,000 non-raptors! Hummingbirds took center stage in Michi - gan, though the Wolverine State also attracted Black Vulture, Black-headed Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Gray Kingbird, and a long list of other rar - ities. Wisconsin had two Anna's Hummingbirds and a banded Western Wood-Pewee. Three Common Eiders were Minnesota's frst since 1966; Wood Stork, Mew Gull, and 2 Least Terns were also noteworthy for the Gopher State. Abbreviations: Detroit River (Detroit Riv- er Hawk Watch, Wayne, MI); Hawk Ridge (Hawk Ridge B.O., Duluth, MN); Horicon (Horicon N.W.R., Dodge/Fond du Lac, WI); North Shore (North Shore of Lake Supe - rior, ne. Minnesota); Pte. Mouillee (Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, Monroe, MI); Shiawassee (Shiawassee N.W.R., Saginaw, MI); U.P. (Upper Peninsula, MI); Whitefsh Point (Whitefsh Point B.O., Chippewa, MI); Wisconsin Point (Wisconsin Point, Douglas, WI). Most rare birds in the Region are seen by multiple observers; citations herein refer to the discoverers of the bird and/or those providing documentation. WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Summer's Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in Ozaukee, WI was last seen 3 Aug (ph. VG). A juv./female King Eider at Good Harbor Bay, Cook, MN 1 Nov (†KRE, ph. ANy, ph. JHi, †RMD) was followed by no fewer than 3 female/juv. Common Eiders along the North Shore. All 3 showed bill shape consistent with the Pacifc race (v- One of two Common Eiders found at Duluth, Minnesota 10 November 2014, this individual disappeared after 15 November (here), but the second bird successfully wintered in the Twin Ports. Photograph by Ted R. Keyel.

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