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 452 I D A H O & W E S T E R N M O N TA N A Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Bruce Ackerman, Larry Arnold, Mike Becker, Jay Carlisle, Dan Casey, Darren Clark (DCl), Kirsten Dahl, Stoddard Davenport, Dave Faike, Cheryl Farmer, Tom Forwood, Ed Harper, Craig Hohenberger, Cheryl Huizinga (CHu), Richard Johnson, Alex Lamoreaux, Carl Lundblad, Amy Maggi, Jack Oar, John Parker, Jim Rogers, Bob Rost, Mary Rumple, (JRu), Mike Scott, Ruth Shea, Shirley Sturts, Terry Toppins, Chuck Trost, Stephen Turner, Cliff Weisse. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Trochlell, 2409 East N Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850 (dtrochlell@gmail.com) record was an ad. male Black-throated Blue Warbler that graced Boise 6 Jul (ph., †JC). A wayward Yellow-breasted Chat in Flathead, MT 9 Jun (CH) represented only the second or third county record. A good find anywhere in Idaho was a Clay-colored Sparrow at Bon - ner's Ferry, ID 17-22 Jun (†AM); although not annual, most reports originate from the state's panhandle area. Rare Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were only recorded in Montana in Ravalli 20 Jun (TT) and at Harrison 30 Jul (MB). A Hood - ed Oriole, Idaho's third record and the state's first ad. male, wandered to Butte 21 Jun (ph., †JO); another, Montana's third, was a sensa - tional find at Somers 28 Jul (DC). ing the breeding season in the Gallatin Valley. Northern Mockingbirds in Idaho included one in Owyhee 4 Jun (CL) and 3 in Oneida 15 Jun (SD). Single Brown Thrashers, not annual in the Region, were discovered in both states. One in Clark 6 Jun (ph., †DCl) will provide Idaho's tenth record and another in Flathead, MT 8 Jun (CH) represented a first county record. An outstanding event of the season was a vagrant Phainopepla that showed up in Boise 30 Jul (ph., †MR) and provided Idaho's first re - cord. A Blackpoll Warbler was documented at Camas N.W.R. 3 Jun (ph., †DCl), the location for most of the Gem State's spring migration records. Representing Idaho's ninth accepted Grebes where seldom encountered included singles at Santa Fe 11 Apr (ph. BF, ph. JB) and Mescalero Lake 2 May (WW). Owing to fluc - tuating water levels and recreational distur- bance, successful breeding by Aechmophorus grebes is rare in the E.B.L.–Caballo Lake area; this season, two pairs of Westerns produced young at E.B.L. by 26 May (ph. DJC), and one pair of Clark's had young at Caballo Lake 24 May (ph. JS). Neotropic Cormorant continued to populate the Albuquerque bosque, includ - ing 25 there 30 Mar (DH), but breeding re- mained unconfirmed. An ad. Brown Pelican was a popular attraction at a Las Cruces golf course 6-14 Mar (ph. NS, m.ob., m.ph.); an - other was at E.B.L. 7-27 Mar (JP, ph. DJC, ph. MB). Northerly Least Bitterns were one sing - ing at Fort Sumner's Bosque Redondo Lake 12 May (JP) and another at R.G.N.C. 28-29 May (S. Williamson, ph. WM). Scarce in recent years, single imm. Little Blue Herons were at Lake Avalon 6 Apr (SW) and B.L.N.W.R. 18 May (CC). Noteworthy for Lincoln was a Cattle Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S pring 2015 saw continued above-average precipitation across most of New Mexico, with May ranking as one of the wettest on record for that month, and returning and resident birds experienced generally excellent habitat conditions statewide. Stormy weather often made birding a challenge, but a good number of rarities were documented, includ - ing the state's fourth Western Gull and first California Condor since the Pleistocene. 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); N.R.T. (n. Roosevelt migrant trap w. of Melrose); P. O. Canyon (Post Office Canyon, Peloncillo Moun- tains); R.G.N.C. (Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); R.S. (Rattlesnake Springs and vicinity, Eddy); V.D.O. (Valle de Oro N.W.R., Albuquerque). WATERFOWL THROUGH IBISES An impressive 80,000 Snow Geese flew north- ward over B.L.N.W.R. 11 Mar (FA). Wood Ducks where seldom encountered were 2 each at Apache Creek, Catron 18 Apr (CR), Virden 9 May (CR), and Zuni's Tekapo 31 May (JT, CR). Mexican Ducks n. of usual areas included single males at two Chama sites 3 May (ph. WE) and a pair there 14 May (ph. WE). The Long-tailed Duck at Lake Carlsbad since Feb continued until 22 May (RN, m.ob., ph.); it had an injured leg and could not dive and subsisted on handouts from park visitors. On the exotic waterfowl front, a Bar-headed Goose was in the desolate Laguna Grande area 30 Mar (ph. R. Mathews), a Mute Swan was at R.G.N.C. Apr–May (ph. M. Weisz), and a Mandarin Duck found the Lenore Curtin Pre - serve near Santa Fe 31 Mar (L. Brennan). Re- flecting generally excellent habitat conditions, Scaled Quail numbers were reported as vastly improved throughout the range, and Northern Bobwhite appeared to be making a comeback on the e. plains; unusual was a Northern Bob - white w. to the Mesa Rest Area 27 Mar (SW). Noteworthy for the Sacramento Mountains were 5 Montezuma Quail on Stanton Mesa 2 May (WW); one at Dripping Springs 24 Apr (WE) represented one of the few Organ Moun - tains reports ever. The Pacific Loon that wintered on Mescalero Lake was still present 2 May (WW); notewor - thy for Santa Fe was another at Glorieta 9-19 May (LH, ph. RC, ph. JB, ph. WE). Horned New Mexico One of two adult Brown Pelicans in southern New Mexico during spring 2015, this one entertained many at a golf course in Las Cruces, Doña Ana County 6-14 (here 14) March 2015. Photograph by Dan Allen Belcher.

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