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 224 er, Wayne Schaffner, Ken Scott, Paul Serridge, John Mark Simmons, Paul W. Sykes, Jr. (PSy), Andrew Theus, Steve Thomas, Don Thompson, Simon Thompson (STh), Andrew Thornton (ATh), Peter Vankevich, Craig Watson, James White, Jim Yarborough. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert Sattelmeyer, 1158 East Peachtree Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 ( Richard Hall, Odum School of Ecology, 140 Green Street, Athens, Georgia 30602 ( Josh Southern, 4100-A Revis Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606 ( Fortenberry, John O. Fussell III, Aaron Givens, Krista Gridley, Angie Jenkins, John Haire, Jim Hanna (JHa), Frederic Hareau, Theresa Hartz, Rene Heidt, Rachel Holzman (RHo), David Hollie, David Howell (DHo), Matthew Janson, Rebecca Kelley, Tim Keyes, Bobby Koch, Aija Konrad, Nathan Klaus, Josiah Lavender, Doug LeQuire, Jeff Lewis, Michael Linger, Henry Link, Bill Lotz, Tricia Mack, Ann Maddock, Sidney Maddock, Dwayne Martin, Keith McCullough, Joel McNeal, Pat Moore, Deborah Nelson, Brian Patteson, Brian and Jacquie Penney, Jesse Pope, Keith Ramos, Chuck Saleeby, Robert Sattelmey - ange, NC 16-18 Feb 2013 (ph. BBr), especially notable as there are few records from the Pied - mont region. Contributors: Jamie Adams, Giff Beaton, Bill Bendoritis, Bill Bracey (BBr), John Brammer, Thierry Besancon, Ken Blankenship, Har - rol Blevins, Lucas Bobay, Steve Calver, Susan Campbell (SCa), Sam Cooper (SCo), David Chamberlain, Ron Clark, Sherry Coughlin (SCou), Ricky Davis, John DeLuca, Chris Depkin, Caroline Eastman, Jim Elder, Nathan Farnau, Shannon Fair, Wayne Forsythe, Lynn S O U T H E R N AT L A N T I C Dairy, Duval through 25 Dec (DaF et al.), one at St. Marks N.W.R., Wakulla 1 Jan (R&LSm), one at Myakka River S.P., Sarasota 29 Jan (Bente Torvund ), and one at Hague Dairy, Alachua 22 Feb+ (LiD et al.). Snow Geese were widespread, with 39 individuals found at 13 locations, from one at Alligator Point, Franklin 3 Dec (JMu) to as far s. as 4 at Oil Grade Rd., Collier 1-3 Dec (MHi). A Ross's Goose was found at St. Marks N.W.R. through 1 Dec (AWr et al.). Always rare in Florida, a lone Brant wondered very far s. to Flamingo, Everglades N.P., Monroe 28 Feb (Mark McShane). A report of a Canada Goose x Cack - ling Goose hybrid at Riverview, Hillsborough 15 Dec (C&LC, BPr et al.) is intriguing. Eurasian Wigeon reports included singles at Cape Coral, Lee all season (fide CEw; thought to be of captive origin), Merritt Island N.W.R., Bre - vard 5 Dec (CaC, AKe et al.), and Coot Bay Pond, Everglades N.P., Monroe 10-13 Jan (BRa et al.). A male American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hy - brid was found at Merritt Island N.W.R. 5 Dec–21 Jan (CaC, AKe et al.), where one was detected sev - eral winters previously (28 Jan 2012). Rare in cen. Florida, a single American Black Duck appeared at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 14 Dec, and 2 were there 25 Jan (HRo). A male Cinnamon Teal wintered at South Bradenton, Manatee (K. Doddridge et al.). Three Common Eiders were found along the At - lantic coast, including one at Nassau Sound, Nas- Abbreviations/denitions: Big Bend (the part of Florida from the Apalachicola River e. through Jef - ferson); Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. (North Shore Restoration Area) Orange unless otherwise stated); N.E.R.R. (National Estuarine Re - search Reserve); N.S. (National Sea- shore); N.W.R. (National Wildlife Refuge); Panhandle (that part of Florida from the Apalachicola River through Escambia); Paynes Prairie (Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P., Alach - ua); record (only those reports veri- fiable from photograph, videotape, or specimen evidence); report (any observation); S.T.A. (Stormwater Treatment Area); S.T.F. (Spray Treat - ment Fields); Viera Wetlands (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, Viera, Brevard); W.M.A. (Water Management Area). WATERFOWL THROUGH HAWKS The populations of Black-bellied Whistling- Duck continue to expand in n. Florida, with as many as 90 near Monticello, Jefferson 10 Dec–7 Feb (Carol Miller et al.), while a stronghold of the species continues in cen. Florida, where 115 were at Brooksville, Hernando 20 Dec (Darcy Love, Al & Bev Hansen), 290 at Circle B Bar Re - serve, Polk 19 Jan (Daniel Estabrooks), and 155 at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A., Lake/Orange 25 Jan (HRo). Central Florida also stands as the popula - tion center for Fulvous Whistling-Duck, with as many as 350 at T. M. Goodwin W.M.A., Brevard 8 Dec–12 Feb (MiH), 37 at Lake Hancock Out - flow Wetland, Polk 27 Jan (CFr et al.), and 350 at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 25 Jan (HRo), while a sin - gle bird was recorded at Harns Marsh, Lee 5 Dec (David & Tammy McQuade et al.). Although there were relatively few geese recorded in the state, Greater White-fronted Geese were re - ported from four locations, including 5 at M&M Michael Brothers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A lthough much of the United States and Canada was gripped with cold and snow, Florida's winter was relatively warm. In February, temperatures finally dropped in South Florida. Precipitation was below normal in South Florida, normal or somewhat above normal in Central Florida, and several inches above normal in North Florida. The warm weather contributed to the presence of 20 species of warblers in the state this season. The season contained many highlights for every corner of the state. The Pan - handle had a Long-eared Owl and Florida's third Allen's Hummingbird, the Big Bend had the state's first Cordilleran/Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and North Florida had a Bullock's Oriole and a Little Gull. The hotbed of gull activity, Daytona Beach Shores, had two California Gulls and four Thayer's Gulls. South Florida highlights includ - ed Neotropic Cormorant, Flammulated Owl, La Sagra's Flycatcher, Bananaquit, Western Spinda - lis, Black-faced Grassquit, and an astounding 4 Key West Quail-Doves. Florida Rare in Florida, this female Common Merganser visited the Halifax River in Port Orange, Volusia County from 2 (here 10) December 2014 through 7 February 2015. Photograph by Michael Brothers.

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