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 364 N E W E N G L A N D Middletown, RI 26 Mar (Brian Botelho). Two Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Massachusetts in Mar were the only ones reported. Observers: Jim Berry, Louis Bevier, Nick Bonomo, Geoff Dennis, Patrick Dugan, Ra - chel Farrell (Rhode Island), Dan Finizia, Greg Hanisek, Doug Hitchcox (DHi; Maine), David Hoag (DHo), Marshall J. Iliff, Tom B. John - son, Seth Kellogg (Massachusetts), Derek Lo- vitch, Jeannette Lovitch, Frank Mantlik (Con- necticut), Eric Masterson (New Hampshire), Stephen Mirick, Ted Murin (Vermont), Blair Nikula, Carlos Pedro, Dylan Pedro, Simon Perkins, Mike Resch, Marjorie W. Rines (Mas - sachusetts), Robert Stymeist (Massachusetts), Jeremiah Trimble, Ian Worley. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Greg Hanisek, 175 Circuit Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708 (ctgregh@yahoo.com) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wayne R. Petersen W eather in June was variable in the Boston area, with a high tempera - ture of 88° F and a low of 59° F on 28 June during a rare spring nor'easter, which saw the lowest since June temperature since 1995. Tornado warnings accompanied this storm and at least one gust of 68 m.p.h. was recorded. Partly because of this storm, Bos - ton rainfall totaled a little more than 12.7 cm (5 in.), which was 9.35 cm (3.68 in.) above average. By contrast, July was dry, and Boston's pre- cipitation amount of 5.56 cm (2.19 in.) was 2.39 cm (1.16 in.) below average. The first 90° F day was not reached until 19 July, and the high of 92° F was reached the next day. The lowest temperature of the month was 59° F on 16 July. Nesting highlights included the first nest - ing of Common Loon in Connecticut since the 1800s and a second state nesting record for Black Vulture in Rhode Island. More un - usual reports featured Fea's Petrel, Brown Booby, and Long-billed Curlew in Massachu - setts, Black Rail in Rhode Island, Burrowing Owl in Connecticut, and Western Meadow - lark in Vermont. WATERFOWL THROUGH ALCIDS Apart from the usual scattering of lingering freshwater ducks and coastal sea ducks at various locations ranging from Connecticut to coastal Maine, waterfowl provided little news this season. The continued breeding success Pirro et al.). Another of the season's note - worthy passerines, a male Smith's Longspur coming into breeding plumage made a one- day appearance at Allen's Meadow, Wilton, Fairfield, CT 1 May (Bruce Stevenson, ph. FM, m.ob.), the fourth state record. The only Worm-eating Warbler report from the Region's n. tier was in the se. corner at Kit - tery, York, ME 6 May (Gordon Smith.). Away from their last stronghold in w. Vermont, only 4 Golden-winged Warblers were reported elsewhere in New England. Massachusetts reported 5 Prothonotary Warblers and Con - necticut 3; the only ones in the n. states were in Maine at Monhegan 21 Apr (fide DH) and at Kennebunkport, York 3 May (Dave Double - day). Two n. Hooded Warblers were likely overshoots on the Maine coast in the sec - ond half of May, but Vermont had a potential breeding site in Bennington, where 2 arrived 9 May, with at least one remaining deep into the month (Eric Seyferth et al.). Rhode Island's third earliest Cape May Warbler arrived 30 Apr at South Kingstown (Charles Clarkson). Six Yellow-throated Warbler reports com - prised 2 each in Rhode Island and Massachu- setts, plus singles in Connecticut and Maine. Connecticut and Rhode Island missed Clay-colored Sparrow, but about a dozen were scattered around the Region, most of them in May except for 2 in Massachusetts, both in Apr. Lark Sparrow reports were on the coast in May, 2 in New Hampshire and one on Monhegan. A Le Conte's Sparrow found 14-15 Apr at Rumney was a third state record for New Hampshire (Susan Buttrick); this rep - resents a very rare spring record for New Eng- land, although New Hampshire has another from Isle of Shoals in May 2000. A Lark Bun - ting on Mount Desert Island, Hancock, ME 29 May was the highlight of the Acadia Birding Festival (Edison Buenano, ph. DHi, ph. LB, m.ob.). It was the third record for Mount Des - ert and about the thirteenth for Maine. A win- tering Harris's Sparrow at Bridport, Addison, VT, remained through at least 12 Apr (Alison Wagner et al.). The explosive two-year increase in spring Summer Tanagers, which resulted in a total of 40 in 2014, did not repeat itself in 2015. The seasonal total of 10 included just 3 in Maine, which tallied at least 20 the year before. Three were in Rhode Island, 2 in Massachusetts, and one each in Connecticut and New Hampshire. A modest arrival of Blue Grosbeaks included 3 each in Connecticut and Massachusetts and 4 in Maine. A long-staying ad. male Painted Bunting, found in Oct 2014 at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Stamford, CT, was hard to find for long stretches but stayed until at least 21 Mar (PD, m.ob., ph.). Another was at were believed to be the same bird. The very few older records in the Northeast were con - sidered escapees until the more recent flurry of reports n. of the species' normal range. Some of the old records, including one from Hali - fax, MA in Jan 1999, have been re-evaluated in light of this development. Massachusetts has just one other record, from West Tisbury in May 2007. After nearly a month's absence, a Gyrfalcon returned to Wells Harbor, York, ME 24 Mar and remained through 2 Apr (fide DH). Presumably the same bird showed up in Maine at Scarborough Marsh, Cumberland 1 Apr (ph. Barbara Karnik). It also visited Mas - sachusetts at Salisbury Beach, Essex 18 Mar (ph. Steve Grinley, Margo Goetschkes). North of Massachusetts, the few White- eyed Vireo reports were near the coast, with the northernmost at Monhegan 17-30 May (Don Heitzman et al.). Monhegan maintained its status as New England's premier spot for vagrant passerines with a well-photographed Bell's Vireo 26 May (ph. JT, BN et al.), Maine's fifth. Two Fish Crows, likely a pair, were at the species' northerly outpost in the Region 14 Apr, in a park in Burlington, VT (TM, Quing Ren). The only report of Sedge Wren involved a singing male at Stockbridge, Berkshire, MA 22-27 May (Rene Wendell, Jonathan Pierce et al.). The earliest Blue-gray Gnatcather was a bit ahead of the curve 11 Apr at South Kings - town, RI (CP). A female Northern Wheatear at South Sutton 3 May (ph. Fred Sladen) was New Hampshire's third but the second in two years. New Hampshire's 2 Varied Thrushes were the only ones reported. A moderate in - cursion of Bohemian Waxwings southward into Massachusetts included a high of about 300 from 15 Mar until 5 Apr at Gardiner (T. This Swallow-tailed Kite was one of two, and at times three, at Hope Valley, Hopkinton, Rhode Island 22-24 (here 22) April 2015. Photograph by Dylan Pedro.

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