North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 279 Great Basin Neotropic Cormorants were reported from Duck Creek Wetlands 8 Jan (JB) and Las Vegas Wash 20 Feb (DH). Only the second Brown Pelican documented in Utah in the past 20 years turned up at Quail Creek 5 Jan (KW, ph. RF) and near - by Sand Hollow 6 Jan (RF, SG et al.). A first-winter Red-shouldered Hawk turned up at pecan orchard in Hurricane, Washington, UT 14 Dec–15 Jan, where one was seen in the previous winter (SG, ph. RF et al.). A flock of 7 American Avocets at Overton W.M.A., Clark, NV 5 Dec was a bit late (ph. SW), and a Semipalmated Plover at Damonte Ranch Wetlands, Washoe, NV 20-21 Dec (DHu, MM, DM) was certainly out of season. Nevada's first American Woodcock was found in a Las Vegas, Clark, NV backyard 23 Dec (BH). The injured woodcock was collected and sent to a rahabilitator but unfortunately died 24 Dec. Utah's first confirmed Laughing Gull was photographed at Lee Kay Ponds, Salt Lake, UT 14 Jan (†MP); the gull was observed infrequently through 17 Jan (ph. MH). A Western Gull was observed at Lee Kay, Salt Lake, UT 15-24 Jan (TA, KF). Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported from Lee Kay 13 Dec–15 Jan (KWa et al.), Utah Lake, Utah, UT 20 Dec (ph. JC), Lake Park, Salt Lake, UT 2 Jan (KWa), Hemenway Harbor, Lake Mead 13-19 Jan (ph. GS, RS), Virginia Lake, Washoe, NV 17-25 Jan (ph. FP), and Farming - ton Bay 24 Jan (ML et al.). Glaucous Gulls were observed at Spark Marina, Washoe, NV 10-16 Jan (PH, MM et al.) and Las Vegas Bay, Lake Mead 14-15 Jan (GS, MM). After fledging young in early Dec from its first nesting attempt, a Costa's Hummingbird at Mes - quite, Clark, NV commenced sitting on a second nest on the remarkable date of 12 Dec (†NB). A juv. Red-headed Woodpecker spent the win - ter in a pecan orchard in Hurricane, Washington, UT 14 Dec–14 Feb (ph. RF, m.ob., SH). There were several Nevada sightings of wayward Acorn Woodpeckers, including 2 at Caughlin Parkway, Reno, Washoe 12 Dec–9 Apr (AdQ, AW et al.), singles at Floyd Lamb Park, Clark 20 Dec (JR), Idlewild Park, Washoe 3 Jan–10 Mar (PH, DK et al.), Sunset Park, Clark 23 Jan (AWu, BZ), and 4 at Spring Mountain Ranch S.P., Clark, NV 7 Feb–29 Mar (AWu). Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were found at Corn Creek 12 Dec (D&RS) and Searchlight, Clark, NV 14 Jan (ph. RF). Wash - ington, UT Red-breasted Sap- suckers were at Lytle 19 Dec–17 Jan (RF et al.) and Rockville 3-15 Jan (MS, ph. MSc et al.). PASSERINES The highlight of the season was Nevada's first Couch's Kingbird found at Clark Rick Fridell –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I t was a relatively mild winter in the Great Basin, characterized by higher-than-typical numbers of waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, and shorebirds reported in northern portions of the Region and an unusually high diversity of warblers and other seldom reported wintering species such as House Wrens in the south. This winter provided some remarkable state firsts, including American Woodcock and Couch's Kingbird in Nevada and Laughing Gull in Utah. Additional Utah winter highlights were Brown Pelican, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown- capped Rosy-Finch, and Purple Finch. Abbreviations: Antelope Island (Antelope Is- land S.P. and Causeway, Davis, UT); Corn Creek (Corn Creek Unit, Desert N.W.R., Clark, NV); Farmington Bay (Farmington Bay W.M.A., Da - vis, UT); Lake Mead (Lake Mead N.R.A., Clark, NV); Lytle (Lytle Ranch Preserve, Washington, UT); Quail Creek (Quail Creek S.P., Wash - ington, UT); Sand Hollow (Sand Hollow S.P., Washington, UT). WATERFOWL THROUGH WOODPECKERS Trumpeter Swans made a rare appearance in Clark, NV, where a family group of 6 lingered at Overton W.M.A. 9 Dec–15 Jan (†NP et al.). Three Surf Scoters were observed at Boulder Beach, Lake Mead 26 Dec–15 Jan (CL et al.), and a Black Scoter lingered there 6-15 Jan (RL et al.). A Black Scoter was also at Antelope Is - land along with a high count of 9 Long-tailed Ducks 3 Dec (MSl). More unexpected were 2 Long-tailed Ducks continuing at East Canyon S.P., Morgan, UT 3 Dec (WS), and singles were at Salem Pond, Utah, UT 3 Jan (BS), Truckee River, Reno, Washoe, NV 16 Jan (CN), and Sum - mit Creek Reservoir, Utah, UT 27 Feb (TW, KM). Winter Red-throated Loons lingered at Las Vegas Bay, Lake Mead 5-19 Jan (JS et al.) and Quail Creek 26 Jan–15 Feb (RH, JK et al.). A Pacific Loon was also at Quail Creek 5 Dec–27 Jan (RF et al.). The only Red-necked Grebe reported in the Region this winter was at East Canyon S.P., Morgan, UT 3 Dec (WS). Las Vegas, Clark, NV Utah's first Chestnut-sided Warbler in the winter season visited Lytle Ranch Preserve, Washington County 15-22 (here 15) December 2014. Photograph by Rick Fridell. This Red-headed Woodpecker wintered at a Hurricane, Washing - ton County, Utah pecan orchard from 14 December 2014 through 14 February (here 31 January) 2015. Photograph by Rick Fridell. Lesser Black-backed Gulls sightings continue to increase throughout the Great Basin. This bird was photographed 17 January 2015 at Virginia Lake, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada. Photograph by Fred Petersen.

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