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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 216 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E at Indian River Inlet 31 Jan (ph. Mike Gallaway) and one at Rehoboth Beach 11 Feb, a live bird photographed resting in a cardboard box, the image posted to Facebook; the fate of the bird and the photographer's name are unknown. Del - aware's previous records consisted of specimens from 1896 and 1987 and a bird photographed in 2005. A few Black-legged Kittiwakes were seen on the Niagara River, NY and from shore from Cape May to Montauk, but most were seen from boats offshore. At least 17 were in Ocean, NJ waters 21 Dec (LS, ADF, MCh), 8 were off Freeport, Nassau, NY 11 Jan, and 2 were off Cape May, NJ 4 Feb (both PAG et al.). Seven Black-headed Gulls reported were in New York, one in New Jersey, and 4 in Delaware, all typical numbers, but only 5 Little Gulls were reported along the coast, with one reported from Long Island and New Jersey and 3 from Delaware; the Niagara River had 8-10 seen from Buffalo to Tonawanda W.M.A. this season. A few Laugh - ing Gulls lingered well into Dec, with singles at Dunkirk, Chautauqua, NY 21-24 Dec (WW), on the Quogue-Watermill C.B.C., Suffolk, NY 14 Dec (fide Ian Resick), and on the Sagaponack C.B.C., Suffolk, NY 21-30 Dec (fide HM, PP). Two were reported on the Lakehurst C.B.C., Ocean, NJ 20 Dec (AT). Single Mew Gulls of the American subspecies brachyrhynchus (Short- billed Gull) were found at Brooklyn, Kings, NY by Shane Blodgett, an ad. e. of the Verrazano Bridge off the Belt Parkway 21 Jan–1 Feb and a first-cycle bird on the Veterans Memorial Pier 24 Jan–9 Feb. On the Atlantic coast, almost all Mew Gulls reported have been of the European nomi - nate subspecies; the only photographic records of Short-billed Gull come from Knox, ME (Aug 2013, Jan − Feb 2016), Essex, MA (Mar 2015), and Northampton, VA (Dec 2002). DOVES THROUGH CHICKADEES The three small colonies of Eurasian Collared- Doves in our Region are barely hanging on. The oldest colony in Selbyville, Sussex, DE started in 1997 and reached a total of 19 birds in 2004 but is now no more than 3 birds, with only 2 seen this season, on 2 Jan (Alan Kneidel). The second colony, detected in 2005 in the Town of Hamlin, Monroe, NY, increased to 4-5 birds but is now down to 2 this winter, seen 24-31 Jan (Matt Voelker). A single bird attended a feeder in Braddock Bay, Monroe 2 Feb (Brad Carlson), and another was at Wilson, Niagara at Wilson-Tuscarora S.P. in early Aug (Betsey Potter) and at a feeder nearby 26 Dec–6 Jan (C. & A. Horton). Two or 3 remained at least through Dec at Cape May, NJ, where the species has been reported regularly since at least 2011. A Common Ground-Dove lingered 2 Nov–7 Dec at Jones Beach S.P., Nassau (Sam Jannazzo, m.ob.), only the second for New York. White- SHOREBIRDS THROUGH GULLS The Oceanville C.B.C., Atlantic, NJ 14 Dec (fide Brian Moscatello) counted 74 Western Willets, 160 American Oystercatchers, and 27 Marbled Godwits. Other common wintering shorebirds along the coasts such as both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, Dunlin, Western Sandpipers, Purple Sandpipers, and Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers ap - peared to manage well despite the cold. A Piping Plover was on the Barnegat C.B.C., NY 28 Dec (fide Rick Radis), and a Least Sandpiper was on the Rehoboth C.B.C., Kent, DE 3 Jan (fide SO). There were no reports of Parasitic Jaeger, but a Pomarine Jaeger was seen during count week on Cape May C.B.C. 14 Dec (fide LZ). Com - mon Terns are almost unknown in the Region in winter, but one the Rehoboth C.B.C., Sussex, DE 3 Jan (BGP, Ed Sigda) was well documented. Alcids were well represented this season. Off Ocean, NJ, 338 Dovekies, 10 Common Murres, and 11 Razorbills were seen 21 Dec (LS, ADF, MCh). Off Freeport, Nassau, NY, 87 Dovekies, 8 Common Murres, and 37 Razorbills were counted 11 Jan (PAG et al.). Off Cape May, NJ, 22 Dovekies, 10 Common Murres, and 4 Atlan - tic Puffins were seen 4 Feb (PAG et al.). From shore, Razorbills were plentiful s. to Delaware. A Dovekie at Indian River was seen by 20 birders under the bridge on the Rehoboth C.B.C. 3 Jan (BGP). A Common Murre was at Jones Beach, Nassau, NY 11 Jan (SA). Thick-billed Murres were far more numerous than usual. Rather than appearing gradually, from New York to Dela - ware, they showed up along the entire coast be- tween late Jan and mid-Feb. Four were reported in New York: one on Lake Montauk, Suffolk 20 Jan–7 Feb (Mike Scheibel) that became 2 on 7 Feb (SSM, PJL); one off Tiana Beach, Suffolk 8 Feb (Ken Feustel); and one off Coney Island, Brooklyn, Kings 12 Feb (Shane Blodgett). Seven in New Jersey included one at Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean 19 Jan (Alex Tongas), 2 at Bar - negat 11 Feb (fide ADF), 2 at Manasquan Inlet 12 Feb (Greg Prelich), and one at Bradley Beach, Monmouth 13 Feb, plus one corpse found on the beach there (SB). Delaware had one Thick-billed Lenz), at Long Point S.P., Cayuga, NY 22 Jan (Susan Fast), and at Point Lookout, Suffolk, NY 10-21 Jan (Tim Lenz, Michael J. Anderson). For the first time in years, no Western Grebe was reported. Single Northern Fulmars were off Barnegat, NJ during the Island Beach C.B.C. 14 Dec (Vincent Nichnadowicz), off Ocean, NJ 21 Dec (LS, ADF, MCh), and off Wildwood, Cape May, NJ 7 Feb (PAG et al.). A Manx Shearwater was also seen on the 21 Dec pelagic. The usual number of Great Blue Herons tried to winter into Dec, but the numbers quickly fell as the cold set in. A Least Bittern stayed at least until 14 Dec, noted on the Bombay Hook C.B.C., Kent, DE (fide APE). Great Egrets on the C.B.C.s were about normal, with 9 reported on four counts in New York, 13 on five counts in New Jersey, and 27 reported on four counts in Delaware, but virtually all of these left short - ly after the C.B.C. season. The C.B.C.s also showed that the diversity of the other egret and heron species was good but the overall num - ber of birds very low. A Snowy Egret on the Bronx-Westchester C.B.C., Bronx, NY 28 Dec (fide MB), a Tricolored Heron on the Cape May C.B.C., NJ 14 Dec (fide LZ), a Cattle Egret on the Salem C.B.C., NJ 14 Dec (fide JH), and a Green Heron on the Rehoboth C.B.C., Sussex, DE 3 Jan (fide SO) were the only representa - tives of their respective species reported during the season. Two counts had single Little Blue Herons, the Southern Nassau County C.B.C., NY 3 Jan (PJL, SSM) and the Middletown C.B.C., New Castle, DE 21 Dec (fide Anthony Gonzon). A Common Gallinule was noted on the Salem C.B.C., NJ 14 Dec (fide JH). Winter 2014-2015 saw a modest southward irruption of Thick- billed Murres, including this bird at Montauk Point, Suffolk County, New York 7 February 2015. Photograph by Shai Mitra. This first-cycle Mew Gull at Gravesend Bay, Kings County, New York 21 January 2015 was identified as the North American subspecies brachyrhynchus, very rarely recorded in eastern North America. Photographs by Shai Mitra.

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