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 410 T E N N E S S E E & K E N T U C K Y Percy Priest Lake, Nashville 12-16 Mar (RCo; FF); and one at Elm Hill Recreation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Nashville 21 Mar (MP). Sin - gle Pacific Loons were reported on Woods Res- ervoir, Franklin, TN 3 Mar (SNM) and at Watts Bar Lake, Meigs, TN 5 Apr (RH, DMy). Modest peak counts of Common Loons included 87 on Lake Cumberland, Pulaski, KY 3 Apr (RD). Small numbers of Pied-billed Grebes lin - gered at McElroy Lake and Morgan Pond well into May, with nest-building observed at both but without evidence of successful nest - ing (m.ob.). A Western Grebe was reported at Morgan Pond 27 Mar (†DMo). A Horned Grebe in breeding plumage on the Watauga River, Carter, TN 20 May (H&SF) established the second latest departure date for the state. Two Red-necked Grebes in Greene, TN 11 Apr (†DDi) established a county first. An Eared Grebe lingered at the regular winter location on South Holston Lake, Sullivan, TN through 9 Apr (RLK, m.ob.). Two others were reported from Tennessee: one at Seven Points Recre - ation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Nashville 2-7 Mar (JA, PC, m.ob.) and one at Radnor Lake S.N.A., Nashville 20 Apr (ph. JTr). Reports of American White Pelicans farther e. than nor - mal included 3 on the Bluegrass Army Depot, Madison, KY 15-16 Mar (†KMo, JSu); 23 on the Ohio River opposite Dayton, Campbell, KY 26 Mar (ph. SCr); one over Shaker Village, Mercer, KY 4 May (LE, CLa et al.); and 3 on the Ohio River at Louisville 23 May (ph. BPa et al.). Breeding Double-crested Cormorants continue to increase in ne. Tennessee, primarily in as - sociation with Great Blue Herons. An Anhinga at John Sevier Lake, Hawkins, TN 5 May (MHu, ph. SHu) established the easternmost record for the state. A male was observed in display flight at Macedonia Bottoms, Gibson, TN 10 Apr (MG); several appeared to be nesting in that area in 2014. Reports of American Bitterns originated from four Kentucky locales 12 Apr–6 May with a peak of at least 3 and probably 4 at Sauer - heber 12 Apr (BPa, ph. SG, BBC). In Tennes- see, one to 2 were reported from six locations on 12 dates 1 Mar–16 May. At least 2 calling Least Bitterns at Standifer Gap Marsh, Hamil - ton, TN 30 May (DJ, KC) suggested that the species resumed breeding at this location after a several-year absence. One was also at Phipps Bend, Hawkins, TN 29 May (RP). In Kentucky, one to 3 Least Bitterns were encountered at five mostly traditional locales 28 Apr–22 May. Three ad. Little Blue Herons, including 2 on nests, were in a large mixed-species heronry at Barker Island, Watts Bar Lake, Rhea, TN (ph. CA). A Tricolored Heron was at Britton Ford, Tennessee N.W.R., Henry, TN 27 May (RW). Yellow-crowned Night-Herons remain scarce present were 61 on the Ohio River at Six-Mile Island, Jefferson, KY 8-9 Mar (BPa et al.), with 55 still there 12 Mar (AM); one on Owsley Fork Lake, Madison, KY 8 & 15 Mar (RB, RFo); 4 on the Ohio River opposite Fort Thomas, Camp - bell, KY 8 Mar (BW, GW), with 26 counted in the same area astride the Ohio state line 12 Mar (FR); 10 on the Ohio River off Chi lo, OH/ Bracken, KY 13 Mar (SCl); 34 on the Ohio River upstream of Hig gins port, OH, Bracken, KY 17 Mar (SCl); a total of 56 on the Ohio River from Mel dahl Dam upstream to below Ripley, OH, Bracken/Mason, KY 21 Mar (BPa, BW); and 6 on Lake Cumberland, Pulaski, KY 26 Mar (ph. RD). In Tennessee, 30 on South Holston Lake, Sullivan 12 Mar (RLK) established a new high count for the ne. part of the state, and one to 19 were found at 10 other middle and e. Tennes - see locations 1-20 Mar. The imm. male Black Scoter that wintered on the Ohio River at Lou - isville lingered through 23 Mar (TBa, m.ob.); an ad. male was in the company of a large flock of White-wingeds on the Ohio River at Six-Mile Island, Jefferson, KY 8-11 Mar (ph. BPa et al.). An imm. male on South Holston Lake, Sullivan, TN 10-14 Mar (RKn, RLK, m.ob.) was the only one reported in Tennessee. Long-tailed Ducks staged a late movement into the Region, with reports from six Ken - tucky locales: an ad. male on the Ohio River at Covington, Kenton 1-4 Mar (FR et al.); an ad. male on Lake Linville, Rockcastle 21 Mar (ph. JSo, CS); an ad. male at Lexington 23 Mar (ph. RO et al.); a female/imm. in w. Henderson 4-11 Apr (BY, ph. MY, CC); an ad. male on Lake Lib - erty, Cas ey 16 Apr (ph. RD); and a remarkably tardy imm. male on Lake Barkley, Lyon 2 May (†BPa, TQ). In Tennessee, there were reports from two locales: 12 on South Holston Lake, Sullivan 28 Feb–6 Mar (RLK, m.ob.) and one to 3 on Old Hickory Lake, Wilson 5-14 Mar (m.ob.). Small numbers of Common Mergan - sers con tin ued from the winter season at sev- eral locales in Kentucky and e. Tennessee; re- ports of interest included up to 36 on John Se- vier Lake, Hawkins, TN through 10 Mar (SHu); 93 on Lake Cumberland, Pulaski, KY 4 Mar (RD); 45 on Cedar Creek Lake, Lincoln, KY 7 Mar (RD); and 80 on the Ohio River off Chilo, OH/Bracken, KY 13 Mar (SCl). There were three reports of Red-throated Loon in Kentucky: the bird found on the Ohio River at Louisville during late Feb lingered until 1 Mar (ph. BJ et al.); 2 were on Green River Lake, Taylor 2 Mar (†LCu); and a very tardy individual was on Lake Bark ley above the dam, Lyon 2 May (†BPa, TQ, MQ). In Ten - nessee, there were four reports: one on Woods Reservoir, Franklin 3 Mar (SNM); one at Tyree Access, Old Hickory Lake, Wilson 7 Mar (SZ, JZ); one to 2 at Seven Points Recreation Area, J. established a new high count for ne. Tennes - see; ca. 1000 Redheads along the Ohio River at Louisville 11 Mar (BPa et al.); 318 Greater Scaup at Watauga Dam, Carter, TN 5 Mar (TM) that established a new high count for ne. Ten - nessee; and at least 1000 Ring-necked Ducks on McEl roy Lake 11 Mar (JSo). Tardy waterfowl included an American Wi - geon at Frankfort, Franklin, KY 23 May (ph. RCh); pairs of Gadwall at Spindletop Farm, Fayette, KY through 14 May (DSv, SP et al.) and at Som erset, Pul as ki, KY through 17 May (RD); 2 Redheads on Cedar Creek Lake, Lincoln, KY 22 May (RFo, RB); a male Redhead at Ensley 19-28 May (PBr; BF) that established a new late departure for Tennessee; a male Greater Scaup, perhaps injured, that lingered on the Ohio River at Louisville until 29 May (TBa, ph. BPa); 2 male Lesser Scaup in e. Union, KY 24 May (BPa, CBs); a pair of Common Mergansers on the Watauga River, Carter, TN 4 & 19 Apr (RCr, RLK et al.), with the female remaining through May; and a pair of Ruddy Ducks that lingered at McElroy Lake through 28 May (JH). A male Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler hybrid was present at Louisville, KY 27 Mar (ph. BPa, JBa). Scoters were well reported. One to 2 Surf Scoters continued along the Ohio River at Lou - isville and were seen at var ious points through 19 Mar (DSt et al.), with one last seen there 20 Mar (SW); the only other reports were of one on Melton Hill Lake, Anderson, TN 2 Mar (CE); one on Cedar Creek Lake, Lincoln, KY 13 Mar (ph. RD); an imm. male op posite Fort Thom - as, Campbell, KY 26 Mar (ph. BW); and 2 on the Ohio River off Chilo, OH/ Bracken, KY 26 Mar (SCl). Small numbers (up to 4 per site) of White-winged Scoters lingered from the win - ter season at several locales on the Ohio River at Louisville into mid-Mar (m.ob.). However, numbers increased during the month, with peak counts of 18 total at a few different points on the Ohio River at Louisville 18 Mar (BPa et al.), and 21 last seen there 23 Mar (RFa). Also The presence of Great Black-backed Gulls in the Tennessee and Kentucky region was unprecedented during the winter 2014- 2015 season. Two first-cycle birds lingered into early March on the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, with this individual last seen 8 March 2015 (here). Photograph by Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr.

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