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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 421 A L A B A M A & M I S S I S S I P P I beth Lima, Rodney McCollum, Sue R. Moske, J. Brent Ortego, Wayne Patterson, Ashley S. Pe - ters, James V. Remsen, James R. Rigby, Pelham A. Rowan, Terence L. Schiefer (Mississippi), Don & Judy Self, Damien J. Simbeck, Eric C. Soehren, Grace Sprehn, Matthew Stephenson, Bill Summerour, John Thornton, John A. Trent, Mark S. Woodrey. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– John A. Trent, 4819 Pleasant Hill Road, Midway, Alabama 36053 (john.trent@dcnr.alabama.gov) Blackburn, Thomas Blevins, Matt Brady, Dee Chancey, Karen Chiasson, John & Margaret Cole, Carl DelFavero, Jim Dickerson, Robert A. Duncan, R. Scot Duncan, Eric Enbody, Law - rence F. Gardella, Ben C. Garmon, Jeff T. Garner, David P. George, Andrew Haffenden, Thomas M. Haggerty, R. Stan & Dana C. Hamilton, Amber Hart (AHa), Lynn Hathaway, Howard E. Horne, Greg D. Jackson (Alabama), Odis H. Johnson, Michael J. Jordan, Rick L. Kittinger, Ronald J. Kittinger, Monika K. Lapinski, Mary - v.r. ECS, ph. MS). A summer high count in Ala- bama for Boat-tailed Grackle was established by the count of 165 at a roost along the Span - ish River, Mobile 10 Jun (JAT, MKL). The first confirmed nesting of Scaly-breasted Munia in Alabama was documented at Lillian, Baldwin 22-30 Jun (ph., †BS, JD). Two active nests were found, both containing eggs. Initialed observers (subregional editors in boldface): Lisa Bailey, Lloyd Bennett (LBe), Bill Arkansas & Louisiana Paul E. Conover Kenny Nichols –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he season was marked by above-aver- age temperature and precipitation in much of the Region. Seasonal high- lights for Arkansas were Swallow-tailed Kite, Ruff, Lazuli Bunting, and the state's long overdue first Crested Caracara. For Louisi- ana, spring 2015 was very much along the lines of recent springs, with no major migra- tion events or obvious patterns of vagrancy. Significance for Arkansas records is based on Arkansas Birds, Their Distribution and Abundance (James and Neal 1986) and the Arkansas Audubon Society online bird re- cord database (for records since 1986). The significance of Louisiana records is based on trends derived from the database of bird record cards archived at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS). Records were taken from cards submitted to LSUMNS and rare bird reports submitted to the Louisiana B.R.C. Records of Review List species included below have ei- ther been accepted by or are pending review by the committee. WATERFOWL THROUGH TERNS There were four Arkansas Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reports for the season: a single near Clarksville 21 Apr (RR) was the first for Johnson; one at Craig Fish Hatchery 24 Apr (AS, JN) was the third for Benton and one of just a handful for nw. Arkansas; 16 at Little Rock, Pulaski 12 May (ML) made a high count; and 4 were at a farm pond just outside Cabot, Lonoke 27 Apr (GW, MW). Very late, 3 Greater White-fronted Geese were spotted near Des Arc, Prairie, AR 17 Apr (K&LN). Two ad. Egyptian Geese with 4 young were seen near Craig Fish Hatchery, Benton, AR 9 May (JP, DO), one of few Re- gional nesting records of this slowly expand- ing species. Rare in migration in Arkansas, 2 Surf Scoters were identified on Lake Darda- nelle, Pope 10 Apr (K&LN), while a single White-winged Scoter was at the same loca- tion 10 Mar (SB). Rare but annual, a Long- tailed Duck was photographed on Lake Con - way, Faulkner, AR 6 Mar (JB). Uncommon and very late, an Eared Grebe was photographed at Bentonville, Benton, AR 15 May (KG). A Masked Booby was found dead in the surf at Holly Beach, Cameron, LA 11 May (PC), while 2 birds were observed offshore 13 May, one on 29 May, and anoth- er on 30 May, all in Terrebonne, LA (LD). The Louisiana Brown Booby invasion saga con- tinued unabated, with inland reports of up to 5 individuals throughout the period from Lake Ponchartrain, Jefferson/St. Tammany (m.ob.) and offshore reports of one on 23 Mar in Terrebonne (PSw) and 2 on 11 May, also in Terrebonne (LD). Possibly just the sec- ond for Cleburne, AR, an American Bittern was found e. of Heber Springs 26 Mar (KNa); another was at Woolsey Wet Prairie, Fayette- ville, Washington, AR 10 May (PV, CK, JN), where it is considered a very uncommon mi- grant, and one was late 29 May at Lacassine N.W.R., Cameron, LA (KH, MF). A Reddish Egret in a flooded field w. of Abbeville, Ver- milion, LA 29 May (MMu) provided a rare re- cord away from the immediate coast. Rare at any season in Arkansas, an ad. White-faced Ibis was discovered feeding in a marshy area e. of Van Buren, Crawford 10 May (K&LN). Just the second and third spring records for Arkansas, a Roseate Spoonbill was s. of Mc- Crory, Woodruff 15 May (PS), while 3 were at Bald Knob N.W.R, White 22 May (RP). Very rare in Arkansas, lone Swallow-tailed Kites were spotted at Sulphur River W.M.A., Mill- er 2 May (MH) and Wilmar, Drew 24 May (KM). Late Louisiana Sharp-shinned Hawks were at Grand Isle, Jefferson 18 Apr (DO'M), Catahoula N.W.R., LaSalle 2 May (JoC), and Slidell, St. Tammany 11 May (JCo). Single Swainson's Hawks were reported from Holla Bend N.W.R., Pope, AR 16 Apr (RR) and Dar- danelle, Yell 2 May (K&LN). Rare and late, a Golden Eagle was spotted flying along the s. rim of Mount Magazine, Logan, AR 23 Apr (DSi). There were six American Avocet reports for Arkansas, most unusual being 21 at Craig Fish Hatchery, Benton 18 Apr (KG) and 2 s. of McCrory (K&LN), a first record for Wood- ruff. There were four Arkansas Willet sight- ings for the period: 4 perched on a log on Lake Dardanelle, Yell 30 Apr; 6 at the same location 3 May; 2 at a fish farm in DeVall's Bluff, Prairie 27 Apr; and one in a flooded field e. of Van Buren, Crawford 10 May (all K&LN). Rare in spring in Arkansas, a Ruddy

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