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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 388 E A S T E R N H I G H L A N D S & U P P E R O H I O R I V E R VA L L E Y PA 22 May (ph. Dave Inman), and in Dau- phin, PA 6 May (Ed Bernot). Three (!) were at Marsh Road, Crawford, PA 18 Apr (Ron Leberman). Pennsylvania also led the way with Red-necked Phalaropes, with reports from the Penn-Warner Tract, Bucks 31 May (Devich Farbotnik), the Conejohela Flats, Lancaster 9 May (Eric Witmer), Mill Street, Lycoming 11 May (Eric Hartshaw), and the Dixon Meadow Preserve, Montgomery 28 May (Bill Murphy). Ohio's lone Red-necked Phalarope was in Sandusky 20 May (Greg Pasek), while West Virginia's was in Lewis 31 May (Steven Wilson). Black-headed Gulls made their now- routine appearance along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania in flocks of migrant Bonaparte's Gulls in late Mar and early Apr, with one at Marysville, Dauphin 27 Mar–10 Apr (Ted Nichols II, Vern Gauthier) and one in Lancaster 11 Apr (Mike Epler). An early Laughing Gull 18-20 Mar (ph. Sarah Lucas, ph. Eric Elvert, ph. Christopher Col- lins, m.ob.) was an unexpected sight in Greene, OH. One at Cleveland was more at home on Lake Erie's shoreline 11-14 Apr (ph. Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr., Jen Brumfield). Franklin's Gulls too came early, with one in sw. Ohio at Rocky Fork S.P., Highland 28 Mar (ph. Bill Stanley). The extended flight across the state involved 4 in Logan 24 May (ph. Troy Shively), 3 at Cleveland 30 May (Jen Bumfield, Rich & Karen Kassouf), and 2 e. to Trumbull 8 May (ph. Don Keffer). Holdovers from the extraordinary winter, Iceland Gulls remained at interior sites well into the spring. Ohio singles could be found in Montgomery through 13 Mar (ph. Bill Stanley, Eric Elvert), in Stark 27 Mar (ph. Kent Miller et al.), and in Mahoning 30 Mar (Kent Miller). In the Pittsburg area, 4 or more lingered into Mar, with singles through 11 Mar in Allegheny (Shannon Thompson), in Beaver 7 Mar (Mark Vass), and s. to Washington 6 Mar (Geoff Malosh). A Parasitic Jaeger away from Lake Erie was a shock at Bradford Dam, Bucks 31 May (ph. Devich Farbotnik). Eurasian Collared-Doves were reported from 10 Ohio counties, including new ter- ritory in Erie 15 May (ph. David Clark), at Cleveland 8 May (Jen Brumfield), in Hancock 4 Apr (2; Nic & Lynne Shayko), and at Waverly, Pike 1 May (Leroy E. Yo- der, Margaret Bowman). In Pennsylvania, collared-doves continue to be found in established areas, including in Berks, Ches- ter, Cumberland, and Franklin. Although their spread may be inevitable, critical ex- amination of these birds for look-a-likes is Kanawha, WV 29 Apr (Hullet Goode) and 65 at Lake Somerset, Somerset, PA 5 May and 7 there 12-13 May (Michael Lanzone). The Willet flight was just as strong in Ohio, led by 97 at Walborn Reservoir, Stark 2-3 May (Ben Morrison, ph. Kent Miller, ph. Jon Cefus, m.ob.). The dwindling Upland Sandpiper was noted in ones and twos across the Region, with 2 in Garrett 2-25 May (Jim Stasz, Patrick Newcombe, m.ob.) a rare find for West Virginia. A Whimbrel in Hamilton 17 May (Joe Kappa, ph. Brian Wulker) was exceptional for sw. Ohio. It was joined the next day by another. One at Lake Somerset, Somerset, PA 27 May (Michael Lanzone, Jeff Payne, Andrew Mc- Gann) was equally noteworthy. The kite and shorebird watch at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve in Chester, PA observed 6 Whim- brels migrating overhead 27 May (Larry Lewis). Flocks of 16 and 47 touched down in Logan, OH 18 May (Troy Shively) and in Wyandot 25 May (ph. Irina Shulgina), re- spectively. A Hudsonian Godwit in Lucas, OH 12-13 May (ph. Gabriel Mapel, Jacob Roalef, m.ob.) made the only report for the Region. Away from Lake Erie, single Mar- bled Godwits were located at Lake Somer- set, Somerset, PA 5 May (Michael Lanzone, ph. Jeff Payne, Andy McGann), in Warren, OH 7 May (Jeremy Dominguez, Eric El- vert), and a surprise find in Paulding, OH 23 Apr (Scott Meyers). Ohio's 2 Ruffs were well photographed, one within the Me- dusa Marshes, Erie 19 Apr (Sheryl Young, m.ob.), the other a rare find for the glaci- ated plateau at Grand River W.A., Trum- bull 27-28 Apr (ph. Jacob Roalef). White- rumped Sandpipers are rarely detected in West Virginia, so 2 within the s. highlands of Raleigh 9 May (Jim Phillips) and 2 within the e. Panhandle, Berkeley, 15-16 May (Matt Orsie, William Telfair) were welcome sights. Although frequently reported, documented spring records of Western Sandpipers are exceptional—and few of those so nicely illustrated as one photographed at East Fork S.P., Clermont, OH 27 Apr (ph. Don- ald Morse, Jr.). Documented Long-billed Dowitchers were located in Franklin, OH 11-12 Apr (ph. Ronnie Clark, Leslie Sours), in Ashland, OH 29-31 Mar (Gary Cowell), and in Crawford, PA 11-22 Apr (Kevin Par- sons, ph. Robert Scribner, Margaret Higbee, m.ob.). Away from Lake Erie, single Wil- son's Phalaropes appeared in Darke, OH 22 May (Regina Schieltz), in Wyandot, OH 15 May (Steve Jones), in Bucks, PA 16 May (August Mirabella), in Crawford, PA 18 May (Mark Vass, Geoff Malosh), in Lawrence, Mineral, WV 16 Apr (Roy Boyle) signaled a good showing for the state, with 3 more in May, all from the high country. Sandhill Cranes, long ubiquitous throughout w. and ne. Ohio, continue to infringe on the Up- per Ohio River valley, with 2 in Columbiana 22 Mar (Jeff Harvey). Equally rare in West Virginia, 2 remained in Preston 13 Mar (ph. Kyle Aldinger), where 1-2 had wintered, the last here 21 Mar (Derek Courtney). One, perhaps 2 American Golden-Plo- vers were found at Presque Isle S.P., Erie 9 & 12 May (Shannon Thompson, Mary Bird- song), providing a rare May Pennsylvania record. Remarkably, the Wilson's Plover that Mary Birdsong found on 26 May at Presque Isle S.P., Erie was the fifth county record for the species, very rare away from the coasts anywhere in its range. A migrant Piping Plover, now essentially annual in Erie, PA, was seen at Presque Isle S.P. 4-14 May (Mary Birdsong). Among the earliest spring records for Ohio, a Piping Plover ar- rived at Findlay Reservoir, Hancock 13 Apr (ph. Robert Sams, Dave Smith, Shane Mey- ers, Jeff Loughman). More typical were sin- gles along the Lake Erie shoreline 13 May in Lake, OH (ph. Linda McConnell) and 5-14 May at Presque Isle, Erie, PA (James Hill, Michele Rundquist-Franz). Ohio Black- necked Stilts stopped in at Killdeer Plains W.A., Wyandot 6 May (2; ph. Irina Shulgi- na), around Pickerel Creek W.A., Sandusky 11-23 May (2; Wes Hatch, Eric Liebold, m.ob.), and Metzger Marsh W.A., Lucas 7-10 May (2; Cynthia Norris, ph. Daniel DeLapp, m.ob.). One was also in Pennsyl- vania at Lake Redman, York 26 Mar (Dick Cleary). Some years see a sizeable flock or two of American Avocets downed in Ohio. This season surpassed all others. It began with a remarkable 52 at Sandy Ridge, Lo- rain 30 Apr (Ed Wransky, m.ob.). But what followed the next day had never been seen before, when 102 birds were counted at Metzger Marsh, Lucas (ph. Charles Owen, Matt Kemp, m.ob.). Neither flock was re- ported after the initial sightings, giving us a glimpse of what may typically pass over the Region. Generally noted elsewhere in Appalachian Ohio as 1-2 birds, a flock of 15 at Lake Logan, Hocking 2 May (ph. Todd Deal, Jennifer Allen) was significant. A few birds pulled up short on their way over the mountains including one in Tucker, WV 4 May (M. Kibler) and 6 at Beaver Run Res- ervoir, Westmoreland, PA 27 Apr (ph. Mark McConaughy, Steve Gosser). Always noteworthy, Willet flocks in the highlands included 14 at Coonskin Park,

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