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 / 4 373 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E 14-27 Jun (Bill Stewart, APE et al.), the latter a first for the Delaware Piedmont. New York and New Jersey had no reports. An Orchard Oriole 2 Jun at Galop Island S.P., Saint Lawrence (GL) signaled this spe - cies' expansion northeastward along the Saint Lawrence River. Declining Rusty Blackbirds were reported to eBird from five Adirondack sites, the most being 4 at Dickinson, Franklin 14 Jun (Rodney Woodin). Observers (subregional compilers in bold- face): Deborah Allen (Central Park, New York City), Bob Anderson, Matthew Bailey (MBa) (D.N.R.E.C.), Chris Bennett (D.N.R.E.C.), Scott Barnes (Voice of New Jersey Audu - bon), Michael Bochnik (Lower Hudson Val- ley: bochnikm@cs.com), Jeff Bolsinger (JBo) (St. Lawrence, NY: cadybols@gisco.net), Jo - seph Brin (JBr) (Syracuse, NY, RBA), T. W. Burke (NYC Rare Bird Alert), Kathy Clark (N.J.D.F.G.W.), John Confer, Willie D'Anna, Gail Benson, Christina Davis (N.J.D.F.W.), Joe DiCostanzo (Great Gull Island), Andrew P. Ednie (Birdline Delaware), Susan Elbin (NYC Audubon), Ken & Sue Feustel, Kate Fleming, D.N.R.E.C.), Doug Gochfeld, Sue Gruver, Paul Guris, Andy Guthrie, Marshall Iliff, Kev - in Jennings (N.Y.D.E.C.), Sandra Keller, Alan Kneidel, R. J. Kurtz, Greg Lawrence, Patricia J. Lindsay, Irene Mazzocchi (N.Y.D.E.C.), Jay McGowan (Finger Lakes, NY: jwm57@ cornell.edu), Michael Morgante (Niagara, NY: morgm@roadrunner.com), Brian Morse, Dave Nutter, Michael O'Brien, Luke Ormand, Jim Pawlicki (Niagara, NY: jmpawli@gmail. com), Matt Perry (Oneida Lake Basin, NY: mperry@roadrunner.com), Todd Pover (Con - serve Wildlife Foundation of NJ), Bill Purcell, Don Riepe (Jamaica Bay), Derek Rogers, Livia Santana, Mike Scheibel, Tim Schreckengost, Robert G. Spahn (Genesee, NY: rspahn@ prodigy.net), Lance Verderame (Sullivan, NY), R. T. Waterman Bird Club (Dutchess, NY), David Wheeler (Oneida Lake Basin, NY: tigger64@aol.com), Tod Winston (NYC Audubon), Will Yandik (Hudson-Mohawk, NY: wyandik@hotmail.com), Robert P. Yu - nick, John Zarudski . n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert O. Paxton (summer lead author) 460 Riverside Drive, Apt. 72, New York, New York 10027 (rop1@columbia.edu) Shaibal Mitra (spring lead author) Department of Biology, College of Staten Island , 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York, 10314 (shaibal.mitra@csi.cuny.edu) Tom Reed, 81 Reeds Beach Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210 (coturnicops@gmail.com) Frank Rohrbacher, 5 Neva Court, Wilmington, Delaware 19810 (rohrbaf@aol.com) Bicknell's Thrush censuses were curtailed by cold and damp, but a good 19 were de - tected on Whiteface Mountain, Essex, NY 25 Jun (Joan Collins). Swainson's Thrushes are breeding ever higher in the Adirondacks, perhaps supplanting Bicknell's Thrushes. At the summit of Wakely Mountain, Hamilton, NY, 14 Swainson's Thrushes outnumbered one Bicknell's 2-3 Jul. "A few years ago, all of these would have been Bicknell's" (Chris Wood). WARBLERS THROUGH FINCHES Though a few southerly Golden-winged War- blers cling to powerline habitats in se. New York and nw. New Jersey, their stronghold in the Region is the Indian River Lakes area of ne. Jefferson and w. Saint Lawrence, near the Canadian border, where Blue-wingeds remain scarce (JB). A male Lawrence's Warbler re - turned to last summer's site at Bristol, Ontario, NY (Kathy Kirsch). Others were at Kakiat County Park, Montebello, Rockland, NY from mid-May into Jun (Mike Kravatz et al.) and at Hammond, Saint Lawrence, NY 7 Jun (GL). Once again, Tennessee Warblers were very early at Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Reserve, Tompkins, NY 29 Jul (JMcG, LS) and at Brad - dock Bay 30 Jul (Andrea Patterson). Yellow- throated Warblers seem established on the s. shore of Long Island, where 3 different males sang 29 Jun at Connetquot River S.P., Suffolk (Andrew Baksh). Breeding was first proven there last year. Two Wilson's Warblers at Stony Point, Jefferson 28 Jun (Dennis Vroman), on Lake Ontario, were far from the species' Ad - irondack toehold. Clay-colored Sparrows now breed uncom- monly but broadly across the Lake Ontario plain and around the Finger Lakes of cen. New York. At Fort Drum, 44 were counted 4 Jul (JB). Two midsummer Lark Sparrow re - cords surprised: 2-7 Jul at the Wilton Wildlife Reserve, Saratoga, NY (ph. John Kent, Bren - don Hathaway, Will Raup, Rich Guthrie) and 21-23 Jul at Robert Moses (PJL, Joan Quin - lan, Peter Reisfeld et al.). Henslow's Sparrows make their last Regional stand in Jefferson, NY, with up to 13 males at Perch River, 7 at Fort Drum, and 11 in two private fields enrolled in a N.Y.D.E.C. incentive program (JBo). A late Nelson's Sparrow sang at French Creek W.M.A., Clayton, Jefferson, NY 19 Jun (JBo). A Painted Bunting was unseasonable at Cape May 6 Jun (Scott Reynolds). Dickcissels were down to four localities in Delaware: Mid - dletown, New Castle, 5 Jun+ (Rodney Murray et al.), Prime Hook 1 Jun–2 Jul (Richard Clif - ton, m.ob.), the Allee House, near Bombay Hook 12 Jul (Kelley Nunn, Hannah Green - berg), and Brandywine Creek S.P., New Castle At least 5 South Polar Skuas enlivened the overnight pelagic trip out of Brooklyn 1 Jun (PG et al.). OWLS THROUGH THRUSHES A Snowy Owl terrorized a tern colony in Buf- falo Harbor, NY 3 Jun (ph. Jacquie Walters, fide Alec M. Humann), the fourth Regional summer record in 10 years. Three pairs of Short-eared Owls at Fort Drum constituted the first confirmed nesting there in several years (JBo), whereas 40 years ago they bred s. to Long Island. An ad. male Rufous Hum - mingbird was early 22-23 Jul at a feeder in Hopkinton, Saint Lawrence, NY (Eileen Cardi - nale, Nick Leone, ph. Eileen Wheeler). Red- bellied Woodpeckers continue to advance northward; a nest at Noblewood, Clinton, NY 20 Jun (Matt Medler) was believed the first for the Champlain Valley. American Kestrels were reported to eBird from only 21 localities in New Jersey in Jun and from only nine sites in Delaware. New Jersey's 28 active pairs of Peregrine Falcons fledged 63 young; one suc - ceeded again at the historic natural site on the Hudson River Palisades (KC). Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were at Pharsa- lia, Chenango, NY 2-3 Jun (ph. Gail Benedict, m.ob.), Cape May 17 Jun (ph. Sam Galick), and Harbeson, Sussex, DE 27 Jun (Bob Edel - son), more than usual. Continuing their re-estabishment in the lowlands, Common Ravens nested in lower Manhattan (m.ob.) and at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Suffolk, NY (Dan Wilson, Bob Adamo). The only Sedge Wrens reported outside Jefferson and Saint Lawrence, NY were at Three Rivers W.M.A., Onondaga 4-12 Jun (Gregg Dash - nau, Joseph Brin, Jim Tarolli); the maximum at Fort Drum was 13 territorial males (JBo). SA Merlins continue their southward march, having first nested in New York in 1992 and s. of the Adirondacks since 1999. This season, seven pairs nested around Cayuga Lake: five at or near Ithaca, singles at Dryden, Tompkins and Aurora, Cayuga (JC), plus an eighth nearby at Auburn, Cayuga (DN). Three nests were depredated; the principal prey item was House Sparrows (JC). Confer noted a real urban preference; searching revealed no rural nests. An ad. with a dependent young at the For- syth Nature Center, Kingston, Ulster, NY 23 Jul (Mark DeDea) set a new southerly record in the Region.

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