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 2 271 I D A H O & W E S T E R N M O N TA N A was in Gooding 13 Feb, and one was at Boise 26 Feb (JT). Swamp Sparrows were unusually nu - merous, and they were observed in Montana's Flathead 20 Dec (DC) and Lake 21 Dec (MS), along with Idaho's Gooding 1 Jan–13 Feb (ph., †SH, AY), Elmore 3 Jan (JC), Owyhee 3 Jan (JC), and Canyon 12 Feb (†DT). A Golden-crowned Sparrow in Gooding, ID 1 Jan (DT) was rare; the species is unexpected after fall migration. Both states hosted casual Rose-breasted Gros- beaks, with singles at Ketchum, ID 1-7 Dec (PWP) and Missoula, MT 28-30 Dec (RL). Espe - cially surprising was a record-late Lazuli Bunting at Boise, ID 14 Dec (ph., †CK). A tardy Yellow- headed Blackbird near Kalispell 4 Jan (PF) added to very few Montana winter records. Rare Rusty Blackbirds made an excellent showing in Mon - tana, with one at Bozeman 5-7 Dec (JP), 2 near Ennis 17 Dec (RW), 2 in Ravalli 27 Dec (TF), 2 near Bozeman 17 Jan (SK), and singles near Bel - grade 17 Jan (SK), in Missoula 26 Jan–2 Feb (ER, LW), and in Flathead 7 Feb (CHo). A flock of 53 Brewer's Blackbirds near Willow Creek 26 Dec (JP) represented a record count for sw. Montana. Common Grackles, usually not present after au - tumn, were seen in Montana at Missoula 13 Dec (RL) and Ronan 14 Feb (JO). Idaho's Great-tailed Grackle numbers were astonishing: a record 21 were at Burley 14 Jan (LA), 17 were at Roberts 28 Jan (DCl), and a pair overwintered at Grand View (CH). Very stunning was a Brambling dis - covered near Stevensville 1-27 Dec (ER) that fur- nished Montana's eighth record. Although Lesser Goldfinch is increasingly reported in the Region, a single at Missoula, MT 6 Feb (SH) and up to 5 in Blaine, ID throughout the season (KC) were noteworthy. Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Bruce Ackerman, Larry Arnold, Missi Baker (MBa), Mike Becker, Ned Bixler, Amanda Boyd, Kathleen Cameron, Jay Carlisle, Dan Casey, Darren Clark (DCl), Steve Corn, Rab Cummings, Bob Danley, Paulette Epple, Vic Fesolowitz, Pete Fischer, Tom Forwood, Scott Hampton, Kris Hazelbaker (KHa), Kathryn Hiestand, Steve Hofhine, Craig Hohenberger (CHo), Cheryl Huizinga, Jon Isacoff, Mark Johnston, Thomas Kallmeyer, Bob Kemp, Sam Koenen, Can Kolsky, Debbie Krantz, Dave Lawrence, Rose Leach, Terry Little, Carl Lun - dblad, Marilyn McIntyre, Robin Maggadino, Neal Miller, Laurie Norberg, Jim Oates (JOa), Kim Obbink, Janet Olsen, John Parker, Jared Peck (JPe), John Powell (JPo), Eric Rasmussen, Linda Rebich (LRe), Sue Reel, Larry Ridenhour, Forrest Rowland, Mason Sieges, Delores Smith, Andy Stepniewski, Kate Stone, Shirley Sturts, Ann Swanson (ASw), Charles Swift, Jason Talbot, Tim Teal, Dale Toweill, Britta van Dijk, Doug Ward, Zeke Watkins, Larry Weeks, Cliff Weisse, Eve Wills, Robin Wolcott, Poo Wright- Pulliam, Austin Young, Lewis Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Trochlell, 2409 East N Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850 ( 8 Jan (MLW, ph. NH, ph. WE, ph. RN). On the exotic front, a Mute Swan was at R.G.N.C. 11 Feb (ph. NH). Wood Ducks were found statewide, including 310 at Albuquerque 21 Dec (RV); notable outliers were 3 at Hobbs 5 Jan (CL), 38 at Dexter's Lake Van 8 Feb (CR), and 11 near Cliff 27 Dec (LM). A male Eur - asian Wigeon was at Clovis 26 Dec (CR), and another, continuing from Nov, was at E.B.L. 1 Jan (CR, WE). Noteworthy for the desert locale, 2 Greater Scaup were at the Waste Iso - lation Pilot Project, e. Eddy 29 Jan (ph. RN). A good White-winged Scoter season found one continuing from Nov at Quemado Lake 7 Dec (ph. NH, CR, WE), plus additional singles at Bluewater Lake 12-19 Dec (JT, ph. CC, CR) and Bosque N.W.R. 7 Feb (D. Ligon). A Long-tailed Duck at Lake Carlsbad 14 Feb (ph. RN, ph. SW) continued into Mar. Win - Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he winter of 2014-2015 brought gen- erally above-average temperatures to New Mexico, but that was frequently interrupted by widespread rain and snow, plus occasional cold snaps, over much of the state. Following increased rainfall this sum - mer and fall, habitats, and especially grass- lands, appeared in excellent condition. As has been the theme for many winters, the birding season was characterized by species lingering late and/or returning early, and wintering farther and farther north. Among New Mexico the rarities were the continuing Black Vulture and Common Crane in the Roswell area, a Red-bellied Woodpecker west to Los Alamos, and a bright male Summer Tanager in the snow at Albuquerque. Abbreviations: B.L.N.W.R. (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque N.W.R. (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); E.B.L. (Elephant Butte Lake); R.G.N.C. (Rio Grande Nature Center, Albu - querque); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); R.S. (Rattlesnake Springs area including Washing - ton Ranch, Eddy). WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS Greater White-fronted Goose has increased in numbers and distribution in New Mexico in recent years; this season, high counts in Al - buquerque's south valley area were 37 on 27 Dec (JO-W) and 34 on 24 Feb (DH). A Black Brant in Albuquerque's south valley 11-16 Feb (DH, m.ob., ph.) provided the third re - cent Albuquerque area record. Among 28,950 "white" geese at Bosque N.W.R. 20 Dec, 4350 (15%) were Ross's and the remainder Snows (DH); of 15,124 white geese at B.L.N.W.R. the same day, 9831 (65%) were Ross's (JIS). An imm. Trumpeter Swan made a relatively quick visit to Bosque N.W.R. 4-10 Jan (ph. CS, ph., JH). An imm. Tundra Swan at Bosque N.W.R., first seen 21 Nov, continued through 18 Feb (CS, m.ob.,; an ad. Tundra at Maxwell N.W.R. 15 Nov continued through Rare in New Mexico, with fewer than fifteen records overall, this Black Brant was at Albuquerque, Bernalillo County 11-16 (here 13) February 2015. Photograph by Nancy E. Hetrick.

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