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 / 4 369 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E well in advance of the peak of migration at this latitude, was closely matched by that of a male Western Tanager at Jones Beach (Billy Hanly, m.ob.)—again, perhaps indicative of dispersal after successful over-wintering by fall vagrants. In contrast, another Western Tanager at Prospect Park, Kings, NY 12 May (Shane Blodgett, Rob Jett), and a Painted Bun - ting on Coast Guard property at Robert Mo- ses S.P. 8 May, occurred during the full flow of Neotropical landbird migration, on dates appropriate for the latitude. Yellow-headed Blackbird is a hardy species, proven to winter on occasion, and then detected over a variety of dates. This spring featured four records, il - lustrating this pattern quite nicely: Henrietta, Monroe, NY 6-8 Mar (Brad Carlson et al.); Opie Rd., Somerset, NJ 30 Mar (Frank Sench - er, Jr.); Springport, Cayuga, NY 13 Apr (Jay McGowan, Livia Santana); and Cazenovia, Madison, NY 25 Apr (Paul Weiskotten). His - torically very rare in spring, a Lark Sparrow was photographed at Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, NY 23 May (Tom Preston et al.), and another was found at the Florham Park fields, Morris, NJ 27 May (Dominic Garcia-Hall). Observers (subregional compilers in bold- face): Deborah Allen, Seth Ausubel (Long Island & New York City: sausubelnyc. rr.com), Pete Bacinski, Andrew Baksh, Scott Barnes (northern New Jersey), Jessie Barry, Sue Barth, Mike Blasenheim, Shane Blodgett (SBl), Michael Bochnik (Hudson-Delaware, NY: BochnikM@cs.com), Jeffery S. Bols - inger (St. Lawrence, NY: jsbolsinger@yahoo. com), Tom Boyle, Mike Britt, Chris Brown, Michael Burgess (Adirondack-Champlain, NY: michael.b.burgess@plattsburgh.edu), Thomas W. Burke (New York City area); Warren Cairo, Brad Carlson, Jim Clinton, Willie D'Anna, Christina Davis, Glen Davis, Andrew P. Ednie, Brendan Fogarty, Dominic Garcia-Hall, Candy Giles, Doug Gochfeld, Paul Grabe, Derek Green, Susan Gruver, Andy Guthrie, Ethan Gyllenhaal, Billy Hanly, Kathleen Horn, Rob Jett, Tom Johnson, Art Kirsch, Robert J. Kurtz, David Larsen, Greg Lawrence, Patricia J. Lindsay, Brian McCaf - frey, Curt McDermott, Jay McGowan, Joe Mitchell, Shaibal S. Mitra, Mike Morgante (Niagara Frontier, NY: morgm@roadrunner. com), Jim Pawlicki (Niagara Frontier, NY: jmpawli10@gmail.com), Deb Payson, Ste - phane Perrault, Matt Perry (Oneida Lake Ba- sin, NY: mperry63@roadrunner.com), Care- na Pooth, Tom Preston, Tom Reed (southern New Jersey), Derek Rogers, Livia Santana, Mike Scheibel, Mason Seiges, Frank Sench - er, Jr., Jeff Seneca, Sean Sime, Tom Smith, Robert G. Spahn (Genesee, NY: rspahn@ it was missing its left eye. A Black-backed Woodpecker photographed at Cheektowaga, Erie, NY 26 May was an exceptional record away from the Adirondacks. The area where the bird was seen featured many infested ash trees, a hint that other such areas, sadly nu - merous now, deserve special attention. A Say's Phoebe at Conewango Swamp W.M.A., Cattaraugus, NY 12 Apr (Joe Mitch - ell) was just the second record for New York's well-studied Niagara Frontier region. Records of this species have increased greatly over the past decade or so, to the point where it is now annual along the coast in Sep/Oct, but this spring's record adds to a growing number of Apr occurrences in the Northeast, presumably deriving from fall vagrants that overwinter in e. North America. Cape May hosted 2 Scissor- tailed Flycatchers, on 1 (Tom Reed) & 22-23 May (Deb Payson, m.ob.). A Bell's Vireo was a remarkable find in cen. New York at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary, Oneida 12-13 May (Matt Perry). Each state in the Region produced a Sedge Wren record this spring: Big Stone Beach, Kent, DE 11 May (An - drew P. Ednie); Beach Avenue, Manahawkin, Ocean, NJ 9 May (Pete Bacinski); and Mon - tezuma (Carncross Rd.) 13 May (fide Dave Wheeler, Matt Perry). A Varied Thrush visited feeders in East Irondequoit, Monroe, NY 26- 28 Apr (Candy Giles, ph.; m.ob.). Toward the end of the harsh winter, Gray Catbirds were much scarcer than usual, with Mar records concentrated, as expected, along the coast, but also weighted mostly to the first half of the month, suggestive of ongoing diminution. The only Mar reports from n. of se. New York involved singles from Lime Hollow, Cortland, NY 2 & 13 Mar (Derek Green) and nearby Ithaca, Tompkins, NY 21 Mar (JMc, LS). The species' unusual scarcity at this season made it much easier to discern not only its charac - teristically abrupt and widespread (n. to the Great Lakes) mass arrival 26-30 Apr but also a much sparser but also relatively widespread series of records from the first half of April. Some of these surely wintered locally, such as individuals at Bridgehampton, Suffolk, NY 4 Apr (PJL et al.) and Kissena Corridor Park, Queens, NY 12 Apr (Stephane Perrault); but others appeared in areas farther n. that lacked winter records and probably represented sur - vivors that began moving around when con- ditions improved—but still long before the arrival of true, long-distance migrants: Eso - pus Bend, Ulster, NY 6 Apr (Jim Clinton) and Buttercup Farm and Sanctuary, Dutchess, NY 6 Apr (Carena Pooth). A Black-throated Gray Warbler was pho - tographed at Hawthorne, Westchester, NY 23 Apr (Jeff Seneca). The date of this vagrant, STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS USED IN THE REGIONAL REPORTS * specimen collected + bird(s) seen through end of period † written details on file A.F.B. Air Force Base acc. accepted by records committee A.R.C. Avian Records Committee b. banded B.B.S. Breeding Bird Survey B.O. Bird Observatory B.R.C. Bird Records Committee C.A. Conservation Area C.B.C. Christmas Bird Count C.P. County Park cm centimeter(s) Fwy. Freeway G.C. Golf Course Hwy. Highway imm. (imms.) immature(s) Jct. Junction juv. (juvs.) juvenile(s) km kilometer(s) mm millimeter(s) m.ob. many (or multiple) observers N.A. Nature Area, Natural Area N.F. National Forest N.M. National Monument N.P. National Park N.S. National Seashore N.W.R. National Wildlife Refuge p.a. pending acceptance P.P. Provincial Park ph. photographed (by + initials) R.A. Recreation(al) Area R.B.A. Rare Bird Alert R.P. Regional Park R.S. Regional Shoreline Rd. Road Rte. Route S.B. State Beach S.L. Sewage Lagoon S.F. State Forest S.G.A. State Game Area S.P. State Park S.R.A. State Recreation Area S.R. State Reserve S.N.A. State Natural Area S.W.A. State Wildlife Area S.T.P. Sewage Treatment Plant/Pond subad. (subads.) subadult(s) Twp. Township v.r. voice recording (by + initials) vt. videotape (by + initials) W.A. Wildlife Area W.M.A. Wildlife Management Area W.T.P. (Waste)water Treatment Plant/Pond Italics indicate name of a county, parish, or municipality.

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