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 218 (Dutchess County, NY), Mark Chao (Finger Lakes Region, NY: markchao@imt.org), Marc Chelemer (MCh), Andy P. Ednie, (Voice of Bird - line Delaware), Alyssa Della Fave, Sam Galick, Isaac Grant, Paul A. Guris, Jerry Haag, Laurie Larson (New Jersey Birds listserve), Pat J. Lind - say (Long I. and New York City: pjlindsay@ optonline.net), Hugh McGuinness, Melanda McCormack (Adirodack-Champlain Region of New York: Mruddyduck@aol.com), Shaibal S. Mitra (Long Island, NY: mitra@mail.csi.cuny. edu), Mike Morgante (Niagara Frontier Region, NY: morgm@roadrunner.com), Sally O'Byrne, Matt Perry (Oneida Lake Basin Region, NY): James Pawlicki, Bruce G. Peterjohn, Peter Pol - shek, Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club, Rick Radis, Will Raup, Frank Rohrbacher (Delaware), Lar - ry Scacchetti, John Shemilt, Robert G. Spahn (Genesee, NY: rspahn@prodigy.net), Alex Ton - gas, David Wheeler (Oneida Lake Basin Re- gion, NY:tigger64@aol.com), Lance Verderame (Sullivan County Bird Notes), William Watson, Will Yandik (Hudson–Mohawk Region, NY: wyandik@hotmail.com), Matthew A. Young (Susquehanna, NY: wyandik@hotmail.com). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Frank Rohrbacher, 5 Neva Court, Wilmington, Delaware 19810 (rohrbaf@aol.com) Robert O. Paxton, 460 Riverside Drive, Apt. 72, New York, New York 10027 (rop1@columbia.edu) Shaibal S. Mitra, Department of Biology, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314 (Shaibal.mitra@csi.cuny.edu) Tom Reed, 81 Reeds Beach Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210 coturnicops@gmail.com) In Nov and Dec, a steady flow of Purple Finches and Pine Siskins was detected s. to Delaware. By early Jan and through Feb, however, their numbers were well below an average year over - all, and few feeder birds were reported. Com- mon Redpolls were seen throughout New York, but the numbers were overall rather low. Small numbers moved along the coast of New Jersey in Dec and by mid-Jan were seen at Cape May in n. coastal Delaware, where a flock of 40 win - tered at Cape Henlopen. A Hoary Redpoll was reported at Fort Drum, Jefferson, NY 11 Feb (fide JB). Three Pine Grosbeaks were on the Clinton C.B.C., Oneida, NY 23 Dec (fide MP), and a White-winged Crossbill was at Geneva, Ontario, NY 3 Jan (fide Lisa Rouse). No C.B.C. recorded Red Crossbill. Evening Grosbeaks went virtually unreported in New York for most of the winter, although 44 were reported on the Elizabethtown C.B.C., Essex 21 Dec (fide Charlotte Demers), 44 on the Johnstown-Gloversville C.B.C., Fulton 27 Dec (fide Pamela Hunt), and 16 on the New Woodstock-South Highlands C.B.C., Madison 30 Dec (fide Peter Harrity, MAY). Contributors (subregional compilers in bold- face): Deborah Allen (Central Park, New York City), Seth Ausubel (Long Island, NY: ssausub - el@nyc.rr.com); Patrick Belardo, Scott Barnes (Voice of New Jersey Audubon), Michael Boch - nik (Lower Hudson Valley, bochnikm@cs.com), Jeffrey S. Bolsinger (JBo) (St. Lawrence, NY: jsbolsinger@yahoo.com), Joseph Brin (Syra - cuse, NY Rare Bird Alert), Thomas W. Burke (New York Rare Bird Alert), Barbara Butler Carlson), at Fort Edward, Washington, NY 14-25 Dec (Jeanette Roundy), and on the Long Branch C.B.C., Monmouth, NJ 3 Jan (fide PB). A Le Con - te's Sparrow from fall persisted at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn until 1 Dec (Heydi Lopes). Lin - coln's Sparrows were widely noted through Dec, with most records from C.B.Cs. An Oregon Junco was at Newfield, Gloucester, NJ 15-17 Jan (Susie & Jon Stippick); another returned for the third year to a feeder in Colden, Erie, NY 20 Dec+ (Jim & Karen Landau). A Western Tanager patronized a feeder in Rocky Point, Suffolk, NY 28 Jan–8 Feb (Sean Keenan). An Indigo Bunting and a Rose- breasted Grosbeak were on the Bronx-Westches - ter Region C.B.C., Kings, NY 28 Dec (fide MB). A rare Black-headed Grosbeak was photo - graphed at the F. Bliss Price Arboretum, Eaton, Monmouth, NJ 2 Jan (fide SB). A green-plumaged Painted Bunting was at Glasgow, New Castle, DE 19 Dec (Chihkang Cheng), and an ad. male was at Andover Borough, Sussex, NJ 4 Feb–14 Apr (Alan Boyd). Single Yellow-headed Blackbirds were at Upper Pittsgrove, Salem, NJ 1 Jan (fide SB), Northville, Suffolk, NY 1 Jan (OBSERVER), Rush, Monroe, NY 17-29 Jan (Jay Powell), and Middletown, New Castle, DE 21 Feb (Rodney Murray); 3-4 were found along School Bell Rd., New Castle, DE 8 Jan–20 Feb (Kitt Heckscher). The traditional Delaware and New Jersey flocks of Brewer's Blackbirds have not been found over the past several years, but for the second year in a row, a small flock of 4-9 was along Cods Rd. and Thirteen Curves Rd., Sussex, DE 4 Jan–26 Feb (BGP). Winter finches were in short supply. H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E Murre and Wilson's Phalarope in Virginia. In ad- dition to our many individual contributors, we thank Jo Solem for her assistance in compiling and interpreting this season's records. WATERFOWL THROUGH RAILS Greater White-fronted Geese continue to be un- common but regular visitors to the Region every winter: 21 were tallied in 12 Maryland counties, a slight increase over last winter's total (m.ob.); ironically, there were two fewer counties repre - sented in Virginia than in Maryland, but many more individuals were found, including high counts of 17 in Prince George, VA 21 Dec (ABr) and 17 also at Turkey Island Rd., Henrico (MB, GG, SR). Only 10 Ross's Geese were found in Maryland, over 40% fewer than last winter; many more were found in Virginia, with the sin - gle highest count being 12 at Old Fishersville Quarry, Augusta 10-28 Jan (AL, m.ob.). Two February bring temperatures approx - imately 8º F below normal. Wide- spread freezing of the Region's water bodies hampered birders searching for waterfowl but later provided op - portunities to witness impressive ice-outs. Snow was essentially a non- factor for most of the season, though late February had storms that pro - duced multiple inches of snow. Pre- cipitation totals were slightly below average across the Region. Locating two of the season's high- lights, Maryland's first Chestnut-collared Long- spur in over 100 years and Virginia's first Smith's Longspur, was made a lot easier thanks to snow cover concentrating field birds on grassy road edges. Other highlights this season included Mew Gull, Common Ground-Dove, and Ver - milion Flycatcher in Maryland, and Thick-billed Arun Bose Ellison Orcutt Robert Ostrowski –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– M ean temperatures in Maryland and Virginia were warmer than average to begin the season, but both states saw Middle Atlantic

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