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 2 251 A R K A N S A S & LO U I S I A N A Raybeck, J. Van Remsen, Joan Reynolds, Janine Robin, Karen Rowe, Dan Scheiman, Samantha Scheiman, Adam Sell, Amy Shutt (ASh), Don Simons (DSi), Terry Singleterry, Kim Smith, Danny Townsend, Rhonda Townsend, Jeff Tra - han, Phillip A. Wallace, Lizette Wroten, Glen Wyatt, Diane Marie Yates, Colton Zirkle. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Paul Conover, 501 Adrienne Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506 ( Kenny Nichols, 44 Winners Circle, Cabot, Arkansas 72023 ( son, Oscar Johnson, Billy Jones, Florinus Kooy- man, Don Kyle, Dan Lane, Ed Laster, Michael Linz, Charles Lyon, Teresa Matthews, Mike Mlodinow, Charles Mills, Devin Moon (DeM), Bernard Morris, Don Mott, Pauline Morris, Michael J. Musumeche, B. Mac Myers, Kenny Nations (KNa), Joe Neal, Kenny Nichols (Ar - kansas), LaDonna Nichols, David Oakley, Dan O'Malley (DO'M), Kim O'Neill, Donald Ou - lette (DOu), Joanie Patterson, Gaynell Perry, Michael Powers (MPo), Dick Preston, Chris Price, Mitchell Pruitt, Larry Raymond, Doug Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Leif Anderson, Steven Bakker, Andie Blevins, Thomas Blevins (ThB), Alan Bowers (AlB), Carol Bowers, Jean Bratton, Will Britton, Bill Burnham, Terry Butler, Steven W. Cardiff, Jeremy Chamberlain, Mary Ann Creamer, Jim DeVries, Cathy DiSalvo, Donna L. Dit - tmann, Jim Dixon, Robert C. Dobbs, Minor Domangue, Rob Doster, David Finch, Cindy Franklin, Alan Gregory, Terri Gregory, Judith Ann Griffith, Gypsy Hanks, Donna Haynes (DoH), Diane Herron, Jay Huner, Erik I. John - Northern Canada & Greenland Cameron D. Eckert –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C hristmas Bird Counts are both a primary source of information about northern bird populations in winter and a cata - lyst for community spirit—citizen science at its best! Tracking winter birds through the sea - son produces fascinating trends for common winter birds, as well as an impressive list of winter rarities, which this season included both Common and Yellow-billed Loons, two unseasonable corvids, a suite of sparrow spe - cies, and a new finch for the Yukon. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS A flock of 46 Trumpeter Swans, record high for winter, along with 9 Mallards, 2 Com- mon Goldeneyes, and 11 Common Mergan - sers were at Johnson's Crossing, s. Yukon 26 Dec (AS). Elsewhere, a single Trumpeter Swan with 2 Mallards were at Fox Lake, s. Yukon 14 Dec (BD, CE); and 7 Trumpeters with one Mallard, one Bufflehead, and 4 Common Goldeneyes were at Nares Lake, s. Yukon 17 Jan (CE). Four Mallards, push- ing the limits of their winter range, were at Dawson, cen. Yukon 21 Dec (fide SJ), while a record-high count of 75 came from the Whitehorse C.B.C. 26 Dec (fide JH). The only Common Eider reported this season was a single at Rankin Inlet, Nunavut 17 Dec (MP, BZ), and 32 there 4 Jan (BZ). A Buffle- head, rare in winter, was at Tagish Narrows, s. Yukon 4 Feb (JH). High counts for Com- mon Goldeneye this season were 36 at Lake Laberge, s. Yukon 14 Dec (BD, CE), and 31 at Tagish Lake 20 Dec (CE, AP, PS, SVD). Barrow's Goldeneye is scarce in s. Yukon in winter; one was at Marsh Lake 21 Dec (CO) and one at Whitehorse 26 Dec (fide JH), with 4 there 4 Feb (ph. GN). Willow Ptarmigan are thin in s. Yukon; reports this winter included 7 at Teslin 14 Dec (fide BS), 21 at Tagish 21 Dec (DK), and 18 at the Teslin River 26 Dec (AS). A total of 30 Willow Ptarmigan was counted along the Con Rd. in Yellowknife, NWT 1 Jan (VSG, RH), and 86 were recorded on the Yellowknife, NWT C.B.C. 3 Jan (fide RB). Two Rock Ptarmigan added to a fairly short winter list at Kugluktuk, Nunavut 25 Jan (ML). Five White-tailed Ptarmigan, rarely seen in winter, were on Montana Mountain, s. Yukon 21 Dec (DK), and 16 were seen at Thomson Creek Valley, s. Yukon 15 Feb (MM). Sharp-tailed Grouse reports included one at Range Lake, NWT 19 Dec (RP) and 7 at Norman Wells 27 Dec (fide SB). Two lingering Common Loons and a single Yel - low-billed Loon were at Lake Laberge, s. Yukon 3 Dec (CE); though more impressive was an ad. Common Loon swimming con - tinuously in the current on a short stretch of open water on the Yukon River in White- horse, s. Yukon 26 Dec – 31 Jan (ph. CE). A Horned Grebe, casual in winter, was at Lake Laberge, s. Yukon 6 Dec (ph. CE). The Whitehorse C.B.C. produced a re- cord-high count of 39 Bald Eagles, along with a rare winter Golden Eagle 26 Dec (ph. CE; fide JH). A Sharp-shinned Hawk, casual in s. Yukon in winter, was reported from Teslin 14 Dec (fide BS). Snowy Owls winter in the far n. but are rarely reported; singles were seen at Arviat, Nunavut 20 Dec

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