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 / 4 377 Southern Atlantic icbirds, and a single Red-tailed Tropicbird was enjoyed on the 1 Jun trip. Four Magnificent Frigatebirds were associat - ed with the passage of Ana 10-13 May over the Carolinas, while later in the season four more sightings between 27 May and 5 Jul probably represented normally wide-ranging birds; one of these was a juv. off Crescent Beach, Horry, SC 13 Jun (ph. RQ). A Brown Booby was seen off North Topsail Beach, Onslow, NC 16 May (ph. JA), and another was noted forag - ing among a flock of shearwaters on the 25 Jul pelagic trip (BP et al.). Rare summer sightings of Great Cormorants came from North Topsail Beach, Onslow, NC 5 Jun (GG) and at Little River Inlet, Horry, SC 20 Jul (S. Cooper). A White-faced Ibis at Lake Brandt, Guilford, NC 4 Apr (ph. MW) was a fantastic find, the first ever in the Piedmont; all previous records of this species in the Carolinas are from the coast. Another was seen, in more typical habitat, on Raccoon Island, Carteret, NC 15 May (ph. GP); in Georgia, single individuals were observed at Altamaha W.M.A., McIntosh 27 Mar (ph. RS, m.ob.) and along Mizpah Rd., Grady 24 Apr (WS). Fifty-two Roseate Spoonbills around Hog Island Pond at Bear Island W.M.A., Col - leton, SC 26 Jul (LB et al.) was an unusually high number. A White-tailed Kite was an exciting find at Bear Island W.M.A., Colleton, SC 7-8 Mar (ph. CM et al.), the first sighting of this vagrant in the Region in seven years. Of almost equal rar - ity, an imm. Northern Goshawk was photo- graphed attempting to prey on Northern Pin- ed in Louisiana in Feb 2014 (fide PL). The flock of 8 Tundra Swans that wintered on Turkey Pond, Burke, GA was last observed 3 Mar (PM et al.). Most scoters that linger into the summer are Black Scoters, but a Surf Scoter was seen in Bogue Sound, Carteret, NC 9 Jun (CH, JOF). Two Harlequin Ducks were seen in North Carolina, an ad. male at Oceana Pier, Carteret 23 Mar–3 Apr (JOF, SH) and an imm. male at Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover 26 Mar (S. Cooper). At the s. edge of their breeding range, Hooded Mergansers with ducklings were observed at Greensboro, Guil - ford, NC 2 May (ph. MW) and at Lake Crabtree Wake, NC 25 May (TB). A count of 7 Ring- necked Pheasants on Cape Lookout N.S., Cart - eret, NC 18 Jul (KL) was an encouraging sign for the Core Banks population. An impressive concentration of 720 Common Loons gathered off Johnnie Mercer's Pier, New Hanover, NC 14 Apr (S. Cooper). Off Hatteras, Dare, NC 20 May–6 Jun, Pat - teson's pelagic trips produced 1-2 Trindade Pe- trels were seen on four occasions between 21 May and 6 Jun, while the rarer Bermuda Pe - trel was seen on 25 May (ph. BP et al.). Black- capped Petrels were seen on every trip, with a high count of 85 on 22 May. Likewise regular and abundant, 261 Cory's Shearwaters and 164 Great Shearwaters peaked 29 May. Thirty-five Sooty Shearwaters was the peak count on 27 May, while 5 were seen off Oceana Pier, Cart - eret , NC 30 May (JOF). A total of 17 Manx Shearwaters were seen on six of the spring trips off Hatteras. Three Wilson's Storm-Petrels were seen just beyond the breakers off Kill Devil Hills, Dare, NC 3 Jun (JG), and a Leach's Storm-Petrel was photographed in flight over Mason Inlet, New Hanover, NC during the pas - sage of Ana 10 May (S. Cooper). Leach's were seen on 12 of the pelagic trips, with a high count of 25 on 1 Jun. Band-rumped Storm- Petrels totaled 41 for the spring season off Hat - teras. Four trips yielded 1-2 White-tailed Trop- Robert Sattelmeyer Josh Southern David & Meghan Hedeen –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING + SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– F or this combined spring and summer 2015 report, weather conditions largely fell within normal ranges. Although it was a strong El Niño year in much of the coun - try, especially the West, the Southeast experi- enced only mildly warmer and drier conditions than average throughout the period. The only significant anomaly was Tropical Storm Ana, which came ashore near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on the exceptionally early date of 10 May, generating numerous sightings of pelagic species—especially Magnificent Frigatebirds— in the Carolinas. No other tropical systems ap - proached the coast during the summer. A late report from winter 2014-2015 high - lighted a well-photographed Northern Gos- hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and for the first time in seven years, a White- tailed Kite was seen and photographed in the Carolinas. Although they have been regular at artificial nesting sights in Atlanta for several years, Peregrine Falcons nested naturally in Georgia for the first time in 80 years, success - fully fledging two chicks at Tallulah Gorge on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge in the northeastern part of the state. WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continued to spread northward, being seen in small numbers throughout the Carolinas dur - ing the spring and summer. Notable were 7 on Linville Land Harbor Lake in Av - ery, SC 27 May (PB, DM), a first for that county and only the third record for the mountain region; and an individual seen in Carteret, NC 17-18 Jul had been band - This pair of Sandhill Cranes spent a week in a relatively urban area of Lee County, North Carolina in early (here 10) May 2015. Photograph by Jeff Beane. Part of a rapidly increasing trend of northward dispersal, this immature Brown Booby was seen during a pelagic trip out of Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina 25 July 2015. Photograph by Irvin Pitts.

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