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 / 4 423 A R K A N S A S & LO U I S I A N A Doves were spotted at Springdale, Washington, AR 1 Jul (DO) and Bentonville, Benton, AR 21 Jul (BT). Rare in summer in Louisiana, a Buff- bellied Hummingbird was at Bluebonnet Na - ture Center, East Baton Rouge 22 Jun (NLN). A singing male Yellow-green Vireo on Grand Isle, Jefferson, LA 5 Jun–18 Jul (EJ, m.ob.) raised hopes of nesting, as did 1-2 individu - als at Peveto Woods, Cameron, LA 10-13 Jun (DP, JW). Black-whiskered Vireos, rare but regular in Louisiana, were detected at widely scattered locations throughout the state, in - cluding Grand Isle, Jefferson 8 Jun (MMe, JR), Pass-a-Loutre W.M.A., Plaquemines 8 Jun (DO'M), and Peveto Woods, Cameron 12 Jun (MP). No doubt the most bizarre Louisiana Black-whiskered Vireo sighting of the sum - mer, and indicative of the species' increasing presence in the state, was a singing individual that turned up in Van Remsen's backyard in - land at St. Gabriel, Iberville 14 Jul. A Horned Lark on 1 Jun near Arnaudville, St. Martin, LA was well outside of its limited Louisiana breeding range (GB). An unprecedented 24 Cave Swallows were counted near Garland City, Miller, AR 12 Jul (CM). Rare and declin - ing in Arkansas, a Bewick's Wren was seen and heard on the Mount Magazine B.B.S., Lo - gan 8 Jun (K&LN). There were three Arkansas reports of Swainson's Warbler: one on the Havana B.B.S., Yell 7 Jun (K&LN) was a county first; one at Lake Fayetteville 2 Jun (MM) was the first for Washington since 2002; and 9 were counted on the Crowley's Ridge B.B.S., Lee/Phillips 8 Jun (LA). An American Redstart offshore in Terrebonne, LA waters 8 Jun was a very late migrant (LD). Exceptionally late feeder birds at Abbeville, Vermilion, LA included a Dark- eyed Junco 4 Jun and an American Goldfinch 24 Jun (SD). Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Leif Anderson, Will Britton, Gary Broussard, Paul Conover, Sandra DeHart, Robert C. Dobbs, Laurie Dugan, Karen Garrett, Erik Johnson, Paula Jugenheimer, Steve Liffman, Michael Linz, Charles Mills, Mary Mehaffey (MMe), Mike Mlodinow, Allan Mueller, Da - vid Muth, Joe Neal, Nancy L. Newfield, Ken- ny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, David Oakley, Dan O'Malley, Dave Patton, Matthew Pontiff, R. Dan Purrington, Yancey Reynolds, Janine Robin, Terry Stanfill, Butch Tetzlaff, David Whipple, John Whittle, Peter Yaukey. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Paul E. Conover, 501 Adrienne Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506 (zoiseaux@lusfiber.net) Kenny Nichols, 44 Winners Circle, Cabot, Arkansas 72023 (kingbird@ymail.com) at Craig Fish Hatchery, Benton 4 Jul (KG, PJ). Boobies continued to impress in Loui- siana, with offshore Terrebonne reports of Masked Boobies 2 & 8 Jun and Brown Boo- bies 2 & 6 Jun (LD). The inland Louisiana Brown Booby invasion that started out as a few scattered birds in the s. part of the state beginning in 2013 took perhaps its strangest turn yet when the intermittent (or perhaps continuing?) flock in Lake Ponchartrain, St. Tammany and Jefferson reached an astound- ing peak of 20 individuals by 26 Jul (PC, RCD, DP); this one-day total eclipsed the to- tal number of individuals previously record- ed in the state! Rare and very local during the nesting season in Arkansas, 3 ad. Tricol- ored Herons were flushed from three sepa- rate nests containing eggs in Hempstead 3 Jul (CM, AM, YR). Two White-faced Ibis at Bald Knob N.W.R., White, AR 18 Jul (ML, AM) were unexpected, and a Roseate Spoonbill there 7 Jun (WB) was just the second ever Jun record for the state. An ad. spoonbill was in Hempstead 3 Jul (CM, AM, YR). Possibly just the second for Baxter, AR, a Mississippi Kite was at Mountain Home 27 Jun (ML). Singles Swainson's Hawks, rare and very local in Arkansas during the breeding season, were reported in Benton at North - west Arkansas Regional Airport 20 Jul (JN), n. of Maysville 1 Jul (JN), and near Gentry 4 Jul (ph. TS). A long-staying Sora that ap - peared to have taken up residence in the large garden section of a hardware chain store in Metairie, Jefferson, LA was noted again 2 Jun (DW). Rare in summer in Arkansas, an ad. male American Avocet was at Treadway's Min - now Farms, Prairie 17 Jun (K&LN). Rare but annual in Arkansas, a Piping Plover was pho - tographed at the state fish hatchery at Center- ton, Benton 22 Jul (JN, MM). Rare in any sea- son in Arkansas and the first ever Jun sight- ing, a Hudsonian Godwit was photographed at Bald Knob N.W.R., White, AR 5 Jun (WB). Dunlin is rare in summer in Louisiana; one on 18 Jul at Trinity Island, Terrebonne was clearly summering (D'OM, RCD). Two Com - mon Terns were on Lake Dardanelle, Yell, AR 19 Jun (K&LN). Common Terns are rare breeders in Louisiana that nest only in the Chandeleur Islands, and no accounts of their presence there have been published since Hurricane Katrina impacted these islands in 2005; 66 were noted in the Chandeleurs at Breton N.W.R., St. Bernard 8-10 Jul (DO'M). An Arctic Tern photographed at Breton N.W.R., St. Bernard 10 Jul furnished a rare se. Louisiana record for this species, the only Jul record for the state, and the state's first record since 2000 (SL, DPM, RDP, PY). Rare, but increasing, single White-winged Yell 26 Apr, plus a single at the same location 10 May (both K&LN). A Purple Finch near Mooringsport, Caddo, LA 4 Apr was a late winter holdover (TD). Red Crossbill is a rare and irregular visitor to Arkansas. Seven were seen at Hobbs S.P., Benton 7 Mar (MP, KS, ADR), and 3 were identified while conduct- ing the Sims B.B.S. in Ouachita N.F., Yell 31 May (LA). Present since late Feb, a Common Redpoll was last seen near Scotland, Van Bu- ren 15 Mar (DMY), about the twentieth re- port for Arkansas. Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Ken Adams, Trish Adams, Leif Anderson, Bill Beall, Bob Beaton (BoB), Jim Belote, Sasha Bowles, Than Boves, Matt Brady, Jacque Brown (JBr), Jay Carlisle (JCa), Jer- emy Chamberlain, Jonathan Clark (JoC), Paul Conover, Jennifer Coulson (JCo), Terry Davis, Alyssa DeRubeis (ADR), Robert Dobbs, Ashley Dowling, Laurie Dugan, Erik Enbody, Chuck Ferris, Michael Fulbright, Karen Garrett, Mike Harris, Donna Haynes, Marion Haynes (MaH), Katrina Hucks, Jay Huner, Erik Johnson, Billy Jones, Chris Kell- ner (CKe), John King, Chelsea Kross, Tim Lindblom, Michael Linz, Kay Malan, Mike Miller, Charles Mills, Michael Musumeche (MMu), David Muth, Kenny Nations (KNa), Joe Neal, Bruce Neville, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, Jim Nieting (JNi), Dan O'Malley (DO'M), Donald Ouel- lette, Joanie Patterson, Dave Patton, Robert Pearrow, Mitchell Pruitt, Doug Raybuck, Ryan Risher, Lance Runion, Cameron Rutt, Van Remsen, Adam Schaffer, Dan Scheiman, Lindsay Seely, Craig Shirley, Don Simons (DSi), Kim Smith, Mike Stage, Phillip Ste- phenson, Paul Sweet (PSw), Roger Tate, Phil Vogrinac, Phillip Wallace, Sarah Wilcox, Al- exander Worm, Glen Wyatt, Michelle Wyatt, Diane Marie Yates. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer 2015 was a tale of two halves in Louisiana, with the first half notable for high rainfall and the second half remarkable for the absence of rainfall. High - lights for Louisiana were Arctic Tern and large numbers of Brown Boobies. Seasonal high - lights for Arkansas were Roseate Spoonbill and Hudsonian Godwit. WATERFOWL THROUGH FINCHES Just the second Jul record in the past 10 years in Arkansas, 2 Blue-winged Teal were

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