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 / 4 385 O N TA R I O males were found a bit farther e. near the Essex Transport Museum 24 Jun (Jeremy L. Hatt). Considerably farther n. was the individual at Plummer, Algoma 26 Jun (Tyler L. Hoar). Up to 4 birds were seen at Oakville, Halton, the first noted 30 Jul (Wayne E. Renaud, m.ob.). Always rare for s. Ontario, a Western Mead - owlark was at Bethany, Kawartha Lakes 16 May–26 Jun (Kim Clark, James Clark, m.ob.). A male Yellow-headed Blackbird at Cranberry Marsh 9 Jun (m.ob.) was locally rare. A Red Crossbill at Pinery P.P., Lambton 2 Jul (Peter S. Burke) was notable for summer in the south. Contributors (subregional editors in bold - face): Christopher T. Bell, Michael V. A. Burrell, David H. Elder, Clive E. Goodwin, Marcie L. Jacklin, Stuart A. Mackenzie, Blake A. Mann, Martha L. Miller, Brian D. Ratcliff, Mark D. Read, Peter A. Read, Maureen Riggs, Roy B. H. Smith, R. Terry Sprague, Barbara L. Taylor, Ronald G. Tozer, Alan Wormington, Gregory Zbitnew. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Blake A. Mann, 171 Margaret Avenue, Wallaceburg, Ontario N8A 2A3 ( Speculation was high for this potentially new breeding site! A singing Blackpoll Warbler at Toronto (Withrow Park) 4 Jul (Gavin C. Platt) was certainly a peculiar record for the date. Very late Yellow-rumped Warblers included singles at Point Pelee 6 Jun (Adam C. Pinch) and Bronte Harbour, Halton 8 Jun (Tom Mill - er). A territorial male Yellow-breasted Chat was at Fishing Lake Rd., Frontenac 15-27 Jun (Mark K. Peck, Emily R. Rondel), well n. of the nor - mal breeding range. Uncommon for the area, singing Clay-colored Sparrows were found in suitable breeding habitat near Blenheim, Cha - tham-Kent , 2 on 13 Jun and 3 on 26 Jun (Ken- neth G. D. Burrell). A male Summer Tanager at Carp 9 Jul (Benjamin F. Di Labio, Bruce M. Di Labio) was the first record for the Ottawa Birding Area in over 10 years. Remarkable for the coast of Hudson Bay was a male Scarlet Tanager at Burntpoint Creek 13-23 Jun (Timo - thy M. Haan). Up to three Dickcissel pairs re- turned to the traditional site at Wheatley, Cha- tham-Kent (m.ob.). In Essex, a territorial male was at Leamington 9 Jun (Todd R. Pepper). A single male was near the Essex landfill 20 Jun (Jeremy M. Bensette, m.ob.), while 2 territorial ern Mockingbirds are uncommon n. of Lake Superior; one was near Dorion 27 Jun (Allan F. Gilbert), a second at Whitefish Lake, Thun - der Bay 2 Jul (Brian D. Ratcliff), and another at Longlac, Thunder Bay 4 Jul (Gary S. Emms). Farther n. was an individual at Moosonee S.T.P., Cochrane 4 Jun (Roxane D. Filion, An - dré F. Filion), and rare for Rainy River was one in Dawson Township 16 Jun (Michael S. Dawber). The Sage Thrasher photographed at Sauble Beach 23 Jun was a one-day wonder (Robert N. Taylor, Claude King, Linda Fraser- Waldmann). Exceptionally late for s. Ontario was an American Pipit at the Tip of Long Point 10 Jun (Mark A. Conboy, J. Burke Korol). A Nashville Warbler at Rondeau P.P. 12-13 Jun was a very late migrant (Stephen R. Char - bonneau). The Hooded Warbler at Malcolm Bluff, Bruce 1-21 Jun (Alfred Raab, m.ob.) was notable for the northerly location. A Kirtland's Warbler was observed at the Carden Alvar, Kawartha Lakes 2 June (Eric Cole, Bob John - son, Nigel Parr). A singing male Kirtland's Warbler was at Starr Island, Muskoka 8-13 Jul (Thomas F. Jackman), the second year run - ning that it returned to the particular location. Eastern Highlands & Upper Ohio River Valley late with increasing frequency in the e. part of the Region in Pennsylvania, with reports of about 15 birds from nine counties. The late departure of Snow Geese provided for surprising Apr numbers from the high- lands, including 75 at Clearfield, PA 3 Apr (Tom Glover, Elyse Fuller) and 46 in Craw- ford, PA 2 Apr (Rusty Shackleford). Singles could be found in cen. Ohio through 11 Apr in Franklin (Wendy Becker), 14 Apr in Auglaize (Carlton Schooley), and 12 Apr in Marion (Josh Stapleton, Krystle Malbouf). Ross's Geese followed this pattern of late sightings in Logan 3 Apr (2; Jason Sulli- van, Chris Zacharias) and in Clark 11-17 Apr (ph. Brian Menker, ph. Steve Jones, m.ob.). Far later was a Ross's at the ma- rina of Hueston Woods S.P., Preble, OH 6 May (Kaitlyn Gerken). While Pennsylvania lacked Apr records of Ross's this spring, the species has become relatively expected now, with Mar records from at least eight counties. One at Cherry Valley in Monroe, PA 23 Mar furnished a first county record (Rick Wiltraut, Mike Schall). An apparent Snow Goose x Ross's Goose hybrid in Lo- gan, OH 29 Mar–1 Apr (Stefan Minnig), 3 at Middle Creek W.M.A., Lancaster, PA erage, and precipitation totals were mostly high, almost triple the average in West Vir- ginia and southeastern Ohio, and double in north-central Pennsylvania, but below average in southeastern Pennsylvania. May warmed quickly, with temperatures mostly 3º above long-term averages but some areas (eastern Pennsylvania, Lake Erie shore) 6º above for the month; precipitation was gen- erally reduced, with below-average values across the Region, nearest long-term aver- ages along Lake Erie. WATERFOWL THOUGH IBISES Verging on annual status in the Region, 2 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were in a n. Columbus, Franklin, OH suburb 18 May (ph. Irina Shulgina, m.ob.). Greater White- fronted Geese were slow to depart, with singles lingering in Clark, OH 11 Apr (ph. Brian Menker), Lucas, OH 12 Apr (Tom Kemp), Auglaize, OH 18 Apr (ph. Donna Kuhn, Lisa Phelps), Northampton, PA 15 Apr (ph. Michael Schall), and Hancock, OH 26 Apr (ph. Robert Sams). The Hancock, OH bird remained through 9 May (Sue and Mike Baxter, Liz Harner). Greater White- fronted Goose records continue to accumu- Victor W. Fazio, III Tom Johnson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he bitter winter held on into March, when temperatures ranged from 2º (West Virginia, southern Ohio) to 4º (southeastern and central Pennsylvania) to 6º F (northern Pennsylvania) below long- time averages, making it a top-ten coldest March for some counties. April temperatures showed a typical wide range, though many parts of the Region averaged cooler than av-

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