North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 412 T E N N E S S E E & K E N T U C K Y blers along the Barren River and Long Creek, e. Allen, KY 15 May (MBy) represented a state high count. A Swainson's Warbler at Radnor Lake S.N.A., Nashville, TN 30 Apr (FF) was a rarity for middle Tennessee. Golden-winged Warblers were scarce in Kentucky, with only four reports of single birds 5-14 May. It was a good season for Orange-crowned Warblers in Kentucky, however, with reports of one to 2 individuals at no fewer than 14 locales 12-29 Apr; singles at Wilmore, Jessamine 10 May (SP) and at Jefferson Memorial Forest, Jef ferson 14 May (†PBe, JBe) were partic ularly tardy. Single Black-throated Blue Warblers, always rare away from e. Tennessee, were reported from Radnor Lake S.N.A., Nashville, TN 30 Apr and 5 & 13 May (FF, m.ob.). An Audubon's War - bler in Hamilton, TN 26 Apr (ph. CBl) made approximately the tenth state record but was the first to be photographically documented. There were reports of Connecticut Warblers from five Kentucky and four Tennessee locales 9-25 May and reports of one to 2 Mourning Warblers at a dozen Kentucky and six Tennes - see locales 3-28 May. A Bachman's Sparrow had returned to Fort Campbell, Montgomery, TN 24 Apr (DMo); this is currently the only known breeding location in the state. In Tennessee, there was a small in - flux of American Tree Sparrows consisting of one to 6 individuals at 22 different locations 5-11 Mar. A Vesper Sparrow at the Eastpark Industrial Park, Greenup, KY 21 May (RL) was either a particularly tardy migrant or perhaps on territory. Lark Sparrows were found at three Kentucky locales: one along McDonald Land - ing Rd., w. Henderson 12 Apr (CC), with 2 there 14 May (CC); one in s. Warren 25 Apr (BPa, CWo, BW); and 2 along Frost burg Rd., Hopkins 26 Apr (BPa, CWo, BW). In Tennessee, Lark Sparrows were reported in typically small numbers from scattered localities. A few Savan - nah Sparrows se. of Salvisa, Mercer, KY 19 & 22 May (FM) may have been on territory; also tardy or on territory were 2 at the Eastpark In - dustrial Park, Greenup, KY 21 May (RL). There were three reports of Le Conte's Sparrow: one at Tennessee River Bottoms, Montgomery, TN 1 Mar (JH); one at Sauerheber 12 Apr (BPa, ph. SG, ph. JBa, BBC); and one at Fort Camp - bell, Montgomery, TN 23 Apr (DMo). At least 4 territorial Henslow's Sparrows at McNeely Lake Park, s. Jefferson, KY 9 May+ (BPa, CBs et al.) made a local first. Three Harris's Spar - rows were reported, all from Kentucky: the ad. that wintered n. of Dot, Logan was last seen 4 May (ph. FL); an ad. was at the Vogue Unit of Pea body W.M.A., Muhlenberg 26 & 30 Apr (ph. CWo, ph. BW, ph. BPa); and a very tardy ad. was reported at Bronston, Pulaski 24 May (†JPe; under B.R.C. review). For the second time in three years, a pair of Common Ravens nested at the Bristol Mo - tor Speedway, Sullivan, TN (MK, WC, m.ob.), once again enduring the noise and crowd of a major NASCAR race! A Cave Swallow at Boothspoint, Dyer, TN 14 May (†MG) fur - nished the state's sixth record. Following the near-absence of Red-breasted Nuthatches dur - ing the winter season, there were only a few re- ports of possible migrants; in Tennessee, these reports came almost entirely from the e. part of the state. Brown-headed Nuthatches contin - ued at the Marshall, KY nesting area through the season (m.ob.) with the ob ser vation of a nest with nestlings being fed during early May (ph. FR) and up to 6 (presumably including fledglings) present during late May (MC et al.). The period of harsh late-winter weather ap - parently resulted in at least some mortality of Carolina Wrens in scattered portions of the Region (m.ob.). A Bewick's Wren along Alsup Mill Rd., Rutherford, TN 8-12 May (TW, m.ob.) is among the last of the remnant e. population that has declined in recent decades. Only one Sedge Wren was found in Kentucky, at the Bluegrass Army Depot, Madison 2 & 9 May (AC, CLi et al.; DHr). The extremely cold late- winter conditions apparently resulted in mor - tality of Eastern Bluebirds in some portions of Kentucky; specific reports of dead birds in roost/nest boxes included the Blue Grass Army Depot, Mad ison (GR); Todd (DHm); Lake Bark - ley S.R.P., Trigg (R&JPk); and Land Be tween the Lakes (R&JPk). Six Hermit Thrushes at Radnor Lake S.N.A., Nashville, TN 30 Apr (CAS et al.) represented an unusually high number for so late in the season. A Gray Catbird at Indepen - dence, Kenton, KY 16 Mar (GD) was either a wintering bird or very early migrant; next earli - est in Kentucky was one at Glasgow, Barren 1 Apr (LCr). Very few Cedar Waxwings lingered through late winter into early spring; num bers began reappearing during the last week of Apr, and the number of migrants peaked during the third week of May. Quite unexpected was a singing Lapland Longspur (not seen, but heard overhead) sw. of Jewell City, Hop kins 26 Apr (†CWo, BPa, BW). Early warblers included a Worm-eating Warbler at Foothills Parkway, Blount, TN 1 Apr (NM) that established the third earliest ar - rival date for the state; a Swainson's Warbler in Wolfe, KY 18 Apr (FR); a Kentucky Warbler in Washington, TN 16 Apr (RLK) that tied the early arrival date for ne. Tennessee; single Common Yellowthroats at Clarks River N.W.R., Marshall, KY (JPo) and at Mount Zion, Pul aski (JD, fide RD), both 4 Apr; an American Redstart at Jen - ny Wiley State Resort Park, Floyd, KY 8 Apr (TL); and a Wilson's Warbler at Lexington, KY 28 Apr (SP). A tally of 106 Prothonotary War - DOVES THROUGH FINCHES A White-winged Dove at Clarksville, Mont- gomery, TN 14 Apr (ph. MO) furnished ap- proximately the eighteenth record for the state but the second for that yard! It was a good season for Black-billed Cuckoos in Kentucky: one to 2 were reported on at least 15 occa - sions 24 Apr–20 May; in Tennessee, there were a surprising 29 reports. There were only four reports of Barn Owl in Kentucky from the fol - lowing counties: Barren (DSn), Franklin (HH), Har rison (SD, fide HH), and Marion (fide LCu). Short-eared Owls were reported from three lo - cales: one at the Sinclair Unit Peabody W.M.A., Muhlenberg, KY 8 Mar (MY, BY), one in Over - ton, TN 23 Mar (SJS), and 2 at Spindletop Farm, Fayette, KY that were seen off and on through 4 Apr (DL, RO, AX, MT et al.). Two likely breeding Northern Saw-whet Owls were on Unaka Mountain, Unicoi, TN 9 May (JMc, DK). Single Merlins were reported from five Kentucky locales 7 Mar–21 Apr. Peregrine Fal - cons were found at about a dozen Kentucky locales away from known breeding territories during the season. Olive-sided Flycatchers were found on sev - en occasions in Kentucky and two occasions in Tennessee 9-21 May. Yellow-bellied Flycatch - ers were found at seven Kentucky locales and three Tennessee locales 12-31 May. An Acadian Flycatcher heard at William B. Clark S.N.A., Fayette, TN 25 Mar (ATy) represented the sec - ond earliest arrival date for the state. Away from localized breeding areas in ne. Tennessee, one to 2 Alder Flycatchers were found at seven locales in Kentucky and one in Tennessee, 12- 24 May. An Eastern Kingbird along J. C. Jones Rd., Hart, KY 27 Mar (†JSo) was extremely early. A Western Kingbird in Lauderdale, TN 19 May (DP) suggests that this species, which cur - rently is only known to breed in Shelby, may be expanding its foothold in the state. There were two reports of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers away from known breeding locations in Tennes - see. Bell's Vireos were unreported away from known breeding locations in Kentucky and at Fort Campbell, Montgomery, TN. This Audubon's Warbler in Hamilton County, Tennessee 26 April 2015 was the first to be photographically docu- mented in the state, which has nine previous reports. Photograph by Clyde Blum.

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