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 258 S O U T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S (JRi), Justin Rink, Gary Roberts, Kent Skaggs, Sam Manning (SMa), Steve Morris, Susan Quinn, Lanny Randolph, Ken Schuster (KSh), Rueben Siegfried, (RSg), W. Ross Silcock, Jerry Toll (JTo), T.J. Walker, Michael Willison. KANSAS: Nic Allen, Henry Armknecht, Aaron Austin, Brett Budach, Andrew Burnett (ABu), Jeff Calhoun, Donna Chance, Nancy Clark, Judith Collins (JCo), Corey Entriken, Tom Ewert, Malcom Gold, Kevin Groeneweg, Jen - nifer Hammett, Mary Herold, Robert Highgate (RHi), Kristy Hughes, Pete Janzen, Barry Jones, Don Kazmaier (DKz), Jeff Keating (JKe), Jon King, Dave Klema, Jim Koeliker (JKo), Rob - ert Kruger, Douglas Lamoureaux, Mark Land, Jonathan Lautenbach, Ethan Maynard, Christi McMillen, Don Merz, Andrew Miller, Chuck Otte, Robert Penner, Galen Pittman, Mike Rader, Debbie Reasoner, Ben Rogers, Brett Sandercock, Al Schirmacher, Tom Shane, Terry Swope (TSw), Max Thompson, Adam Vesley, Art Weigand, Emily Weiser, Bryan White, Cur - tis Wolf. OKLAHOMA: Bill Adams, Linda Ad- ams, Dave Arbour, James W. Arterburn, John Ault, Tricia Brown, Bill Carrell, Sandy Berger, Kelly Bostian, Cyndie Browning (CBr), Chris Butler, Cameron Carver, Jeff Cox (JCx), David Dowell, Melinda Droege, Sarah Durant, Bob El - lis, Kevin Groeneweg, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Larry Handcock, Ford Hendershot, Glen Hens - ley, Michael Husak (MHu), Tomasz Kudor, Scott Loss, Larry Mays, Kurt Meisenzahl, Kim Metz (KMe), Steve Metz (SMe), Tim O'Connell, Hollis Price, Rebecca Renfro, Paul Ribitzki, Tif - fany Rice, Dan Robinson (DRo), Leila Schultz, Heather Shaffery, Randy Soto, John Sterling, John Tharp, Max Thompson, Lou & Mary Truex, Ken Williams, John Willson (JWi), Doug Wood, Jimmy Woodard, Rachel Wrenn, Eugene Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Joseph A. Grzybowski, 715 Elmwood Drive, Norman, Oklahoma 72072 (j_grzybowski@sbcglobal.net) W. Ross Silcock, P. O. Box 57, Tabor, Iowa 51673 (silcock@rosssilcock.com) mer Tanager in Johnson, KS 7 Dec (BR), a Black- headed Grosbeak in Riley, KS 23 Jan (JKo), and single Indigo Buntings in Johnson, KS 28 Dec (CE) and McCurtain, OK 12 Feb (FH). A Yellow-headed Blackbird was northerly in Washington, NE 3 Jan (JTo); other singles were in Atchison, KS 3 Dec (DM) and in Miami, KS 9 Dec (JH). Rusty Blackbirds wandering west - ward were 2 in Scotts Bluff, NE 12 Dec (KD) and singles at McConaughy 26-27 Dec (SJD) and in Cimarron, OK 10 Jan (JAG, DRo). Up to 300 Rusty Blackbirds at Red Slough 4 Dec (DA) was a welcome count for this declining species. A Baltimore Oriole was noted in Seward, NE 14 Dec and 10 Jan (ph. JG). Nebraska's third Brambling, a female, at - tended a se. Lincoln feeder 14 Dec–31 Jan (LD, TJW, ph. PD). An exceptional 200 Gray- crowned Rosy-Finches were at Scotts Bluff N.M., Scotts Bluff 29-31 Jan (KD, m.ob.). Of 12 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches noted in Sioux, NE 9 Feb, one was of the littoralis subspecies, often called Hepburn's (PMH). Pine Grosbeaks were noted in Furnas, NE 11 Feb (LO), Geary, KS 28 Dec (EW), and in Finney, KS 19 Feb+ (AV). Four westerly Purple Finches were at two loca - tions in Scotts Bluff, NE (AD, RSg). Some 50+ Cassin's Finches appeared 10 Jan at three loca - tions in Scotts Bluff, NE (BP, KD, RSg, AK), with others in Ellis, KS 18 Jan+ (HA) and up to 6 in Cimarron, OK (DD, LM, L&MT). Scattered Red Crossbills were noted this season: 17 in Lincoln, NE 15 Feb (MBe) and singles in Douglas, KS 14 Feb (GP), Riley, KS 26 Feb (BB), and Osage, OK 28 Dec (SMe, KMe). Single Common Redpolls made it to Kansas in Johnson 9 Dec and 28 Feb (NC, DR), McPherson 15 Jan (RK), and Brown 1 Feb (DM). Becoming unexpected anywhere, 3 Evening Grosbeaks appeared in Oklahoma, OK 1-24 Feb (HP et al.), with 8 in Cleveland, OK 31 Jan (TB), up to 15 in Scotts Bluff 14 Feb (KD, SMa), 2-4 in a Scotts Bluff yard 10 Jan+ (AK), and 2 in Hitchcock, NE 13 Feb (PD). Observers (subregional editors in boldface): NEBRASKA: Noah Arthur (NAr), Elliott Bedows, Mark Bernt (MBe), Mark Brogie, Linda Deeds, Kathy DeLara, Stephen J. Dinsmore, Ann Duey, Paul Dunbar, Larry Einemann, Larry Falk, Tessa Fiore, William Flack, Andrew Furman, Bob & Kathie Gerten, Joe Gubanyi, Tim Haj - da, Robin Harding, James Haver (JHa), Dave Heidt, Peter M. Hill, Jan Johnson, Joel G. Jorgensen, Alice Kenitz, Donna M. King, Wayne Mollhoff, Linda Ollinger, Loren & Babs Padelford, Brian Peterson, Al Reyer, Juanita Rice Dodge 14-27 Feb (GR), Douglas 16 Feb (SMa), and Furnas 12-16 Feb (PD, JGJ). A Townsend's Solitaire managed to wander eastward to John - son, KS 11 Jan (TSw), and singles were in Knox, NE 1 Jan (MB) and at two Lancaster, NE sites 15 Dec (JG) and 3 Feb (LE). Another half-har - dy species, single Hermit Thrushes were in An- telope 15 Jan (JJ) and Dundy, NE 13 Feb (PD). A Gray Catbird was exceptionally far n. in Sarpy, NE 30 Jan (L&BP), with others in Sedgwick, KS 4 Feb (DL), and Reno, KS 18 Dec (AM). Single Brown Thrashers were in Loup, NE 2 Jan (DH) and Clay, NE 3 Feb (JRi). The winter range of Smith's Longspur is easterly in the Region; a w. outlier was in Comanche, KS 23 Jan (JL). Rare in Kansas, 2 Snow Buntings were in Riley 7 Dec (JKe), and a single was in Barton 17 Feb (RP). Orange-crowned Warblers were found as far n. as Riley, KS 11 Jan (BS) and Johnson, KS 3 Dec (BW). Yellow-rumped Warblers were more common this season in Nebraska than usual (fide WRS). Westerly Eastern Towhees in Kansas were 2 in Barber 3 Jan (KG, PJ) and one in Lincoln 17 Feb (DK). Northerly sparrow reports included 2 Chipping Sparrows in Lincoln, NE 21 Dec (TJW) and one in Johnson, KS 13 Jan (BB); 2 Field Sparrows in Otoe, NE 10 Dec (SQ) and one at McConaughy 27 Dec (SJD); a Black- throated Sparrow in Cimarron, OK 28 Dec (EY, MT); a Le Conte's Sparrow in Geary, KS 12 Dec (JKe), 2 in Barber, KS 3 Jan (KG, PJ), and one in Kiowa, KS 28 Jan (JL); a Nelson's Sparrow at Cheyenne Bottoms 8 Dec (MR); a Song Spar - row in Dawes, NE 27 Dec (MW); a Lincoln's Sparrow in Saunders, NE 3-4 Feb (WM); and 3 Swamp Sparrows in Washington, NE 7-9 Feb (SMa, JR) and one in Cimarron, OK 6 Dec (DD). White-winged Junco winters on occa - sion in w. Nebraska; one was in se. Lincoln 3 Jan (TJW). Reports of Gray-headed Junco now are almost annual in Nebraska; one was in Scotts Bluff 20 Dec (AK). Two Northern Cardinals appeared westerly in a Scotts Bluff yard 3 Jan (KD). Among the rarer cardinalids were a Sum - This female Brambling, Nebraska's third, frequented the cedar canyons of southeastern Lincoln County 14 (here 16) December 2014 th rough 31 January 2015. Photograph by Paul Dunbar. This Summer Tanager attending a feeder in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas 7 December was among a short list of semi-half-hardies in the Southern Great Plains region in winter 2014-2015. Photograph by Ben Rogers.

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