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 / 4 379 S O U T H E R N AT L A N T I C nah Spoil Site, Jasper, SC 9 May (SC). A Com- mon Redpoll visited a feeder in West Colum- bia, Lexington, SC 3-19 Mar (ph. SA, m.ob.) Contributors: Jamie Adams, Susan Audé, Rex Badgett, Jeff Beane, Thierry Besançon, Ken Blankenship, Lewis Burke, Patricia Burns, Steven Bullock, Luke Cannon, Steve Calver, Sam Cooper (SCo), Ricky Davis, John DeLuca, Jim Flynn, Pam Ford, Wayne Forsythe, John Fussell (JFussell), Aaron Given, Jim Gould, Gilbert Grant, John Haig, Craig Harms, Steve Howell, Alicia Jackson, Nathan Klaus, Rick Knight, Kyle Lee, Henry Link, Paul Link, Mer - rill Lynch. Dwayne Martin, Greg Massey, Patty McLean, Joel McNeal, Carl Miller, Bob Olthoff, Brian O'Shea BO'Shea), Jim Ozier, Brian Pat - teson, Greg Perry, Rhett Quigley, Jack Rogers, Dick and Dorothy Rosche, Robert Sattelmeyer, Wayne Schaffner, Paul Serridge, Mark Simp - son, Mary Austin Smith, Ron Storey (R. Sto- rey), Barbara & Steve Thomas, Mark Vukovich, Martin Wall. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert Sattelmeyer, 1158 East Peachtree Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 (engrds@gsu.edu) Josh Southern, 203 Hyannis Drive, Holly Springs, North Carolina 27540 (joshsouthern79@gmail.com) David & Meghan Hedeen, 3189 Center Street SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (chrysoptera@yahoo.com) breeding in the area, with 4 males singing on Roan Mountain, Mitchell, NC 8-23 Jun (RK). Finally, a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler was also seen and heard along Black Balsam Rd., Haywood, NC 5 Jun (MS, MW). Seventeen Clay-colored Sparrows made a fine spring count at North Riv - er Farms, Carteret, NC 19 Apr (JOF et al.), and an ad. Lark Sparrow at Lake Junaluska, Haywood, NC (ph. BO et al.) was a great find for the mountain re - gion and a possible first for that county; another was on Fort Bragg, Hoke, NC 26 Apr (AJ, RB). From spring 2007, an ad. male Black-headed Grosbeak was photo - graphed at a feeder in Boone, Watauga, NC 11 May (SB), the first confirmed sighting of this vagrant in the state's mountain region. Dickcis - sels continued to be found in good numbers at North River Farms, Carteret, NC, with 25 sing - ing birds 24 May (JOF et al.). A notable spring count of 932 Bobolinks came from the Savan - The high elevations with spruce-fir forests in North Carolina provide islands where more northerly breeders occasionally show up: a Swainson's Thrush was heard singing along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe, NC at dif - ferent times in Jun (MW, LC), suggesting an attempt to breed. Also in the same area, three reports came of Hermit Thrushes singing during the breeding season: around Black Balsam Knob, Haywood, NC 4 Jun (HL); along the Blue Ridge Park - way near Balsam Gap, Bun- combe NC 22 Jun (LC); and Roan Mountain, Mitchell, NC throughout the season (RK). Interestingly, for the sixth consecutive year, a reclusive Con - necticut Warbler was found throughout May in a marshy area of Henderson Park, DeKalb, GA, in the midst of metro Atlanta (m.ob.). For the second consecutive year, a Mourning War - bler was seen and heard in the area near Black Balsam Knob, Haywood, NC 4-26 Jun (HL, MV). Magnolia Warblers were also possibly A record from 2007, better late than never, this adult male Black-headed Grosbeak at a feeder in Boone, Watauga County on 11 May made North Carolina's first mountain record and one of few from spring. Photograph by Steven Bullock. Review species reported in spring and summer included an impressive four re - ports of Red-billed Tropicbird, Neotropic Cormorants from three different locations, a first-cycle Thayer's Gull, multiple reports of Inca Dove in the Panhandle, a continu - ing Key West Quail-Dove, Cassin's Kingbird, Yellow-green Vireo, a singing Kirtland's War - bler, two Audubon's Warblers, a Black-faced Grassquit, a Lazuli Bunting, and a continuing Bullock's Oriole in Gainesville. In mid-April, all of the birds abandoned the important rookery at Seahorse Key, Levy County, where pelicans, cormorants, and waders have nested for decades. Some of the birds (fewer than half according to U.S.F.W.S. flight-line counts) moved to Snake Key 3 kilometers away and nested successfully, but the cause of their withdrawal from Seahorse Key re - mains unknown. Abbreviations/denitions: Big Bend (the part of Florida from the Apalachicola River and through Jefferson); C.W.A. (Critical Wildlife F lorida weather was moder- ate throughout both spring and summer. Average tem - peratures were well above normal across the state in March through July. Rainfall totals were well be - low normal across the state in March, above normal in April, varied across the state in May, and then were below normal in June and July. The major weather-re - lated effect came from a series of cold fronts, beginning on 10-11 April, that produced three fall - outs over the next three weeks. The western Panhandle enjoyed the best spring in recent years, with 31 species of warblers, and the northeastern region nearly matched that with 27. The winter irruption of Pine Siskins continued through early May, with numbers as high as 240 in Escambia County. Summer weather was unremarkable, with no major weather events. Michael Brothers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING + SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Florida

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