North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 108 B R I T I S H C O LU M B I A Konczak, Nancy Krueger, Karen Krushelnick, Derek Kyiostia, Logan Lalonde (LL), Cindy Lawrence, Jim Lawrence, Douglas Leighton, Janna Leslie, Marcia Long, Kevin Louth (KL), Tom Lowery, Rob Lyske, Hilary Maguire, Mike & Barb McGrenere Guy Monty (GM), Robert Moore, Isaac Nelson, Ann Nightingale (AN), Geoffrey Newell, Linda Norman, Stephen Par - tington, Nathan Polak, A. Pont, Ilya Povaly- aev, Keith Richardson, Mary Robichaud, Craig Sandvig (CS), Ann Scarfe, Chris Saunders, Rod Sargent (RSarg) Rich Schortinghuis (RSch), Chris Siddle, Tak Shibata, Norbert Sharp, John Sprauge, Mike Tabak (MT), Nigel Tate, Scott Thompson, Mike Toochin, Rich Toochin (RT), Heather Tronsden, Danny Tyson, Dusty Veide - man, Alberto Vilca, John Vooys, Wayne Weber, Mike Wisnicki, John Woods, Ken Wright, Mark Wynia, Devin de Zwaan. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Chris Charlesworth, 4430 Trepanier Road, Peachland, British Columbia V0H 1X3 ince if accepted by the local rare birds record committee (Geoffrey Newell). Observers: Alicia Amerson, Janice Arndt, Yousif Attia, Alan Barnard, Daniel Bastaja, Kim & Roger Beardmore, Nicole Beaulac, Carney Bergman, Jay Brogan, Quentin Brown, Darlene Cancelliere (DC), Peter Candido, Richard Can - nings, Cathy Carlson, Dan Cecile, Pierre Cener- elli, Chris Charlesworth (CC), Trevor Churchill, Ben Clifford, Aziza Cooper, Katelyn Crisp, Ian Cruickshank, Linda Van Dammel Paul Deneu - verville, Wayne Diakow, Daniel Donnecke, Adrian Dorst, Ivan Dubinsky (ID), Alan & Reba Dupilka, Camille Faubert, Michael Force (MF), Gord Gadsden (GG), Christine Galliano, Jer - emy Gatten, David Gibson, Jim Ginns, Carola Giovanella, John Gordon, Paul Graham, Me - lissa Hafting, Ted Hillary (TH), Neal Hughes, Howard Humicht, Steve Juhasz, Malcolm Jolly, Laura Jordison, Ivan Kaderbeck, Ben Keen, Mi - chael Kennedy, Gail Kenner, Ed Klassen, Frank (Linda Norman). An immature male Rose- breasted Grosbeak was found along the Mats - qui Dyke Trail in Abbotsford, 5 Nov (RT). Another first for British Columbia, this time a female Blue Grosbeak, was at Rocky Point Bird Observatory near Metchosin, 25 Aug (AN). A Bobolink found at Harrison Lagoon in Harrison Hot Springs, 2 Sep provides a rare local record for this species, found mostly in the interior of the province (RT). A female Orchard Oriole was photographed at the Scarlett Point Lighthouse on Balaklava Island, NW of Port Hardy, 28 to 30 Sep (ID, et al). A Bullock's Oriole was found 28 Nov and remained into the winter period in the Point Holmes neighbourhood of Comox at a private residence (Malcolm Jolly). The only report of a Brambling this period came from Cole Road in Abbotsford, where an immature was found 21 Oct (RT). An Oriental Green - finch found and photographed on Vancouver Island at the Victoria Golf Course, 9 Nov would provide the first accepted record for the prov - Oregon & Washington cross are few. Six Ross's Geese were noted in e. Washington (4 would be typical). Rare away from salt water on the westside, a Black Brant visited Ridgefield 18 Oct (BF). Though now de - tected near annually in Washington, a Bewick's Swan at Dodge Valley, Skagit 27 Nov (ph. RM, EH) provided only the third fall record. A Gadwall X American Wigeon visited Get- ty's Cove, Kittitas 21 Nov (ph. E. Heisey); there are very few records of this cross in the Region. A Tufted Duck, not annual during fall in Wash - ington inhabited Neah Bay 29 Oct+ (A. Akma- jian). A King Eider at Tacoma 4-29 Nov (BL) provided the twenty-second record for Wash- ington; most records have occurred late-Oct– early-May. Surf Scoters showed poorly in e. Washington with only 16 noted 17 Oct–6 Nov. A White-winged Scoter at Bateman I., Benton 9 Nov (J. Hadley) and one at Mill Canyon, Lincoln 17 Nov were in e. Washington, where about 8 would be normal. Another White-winged at Underwood, Skamania 15 Nov (T. Mansfield) represented the sole inland, w. Washington report. Black Scoters, not quite annual inland, included one in w. Washington at Stevenson, Skamania 11 Nov (P. Koyoma, D. Koyama, P. Webster, B. Webster) and 2 in e. Washington at Schwana, Grant 21-22 Nov (MY). Single Long-tailed Ducks at L. Chelan, Chelan 29 Nov (M. Petzing) and Manson, Chelan 30 Nov (V. Palumbo) were the only reports for e. Washing - ton this fall (6 is about normal). A Red-throated Loon, very rare for the east - assisted in producing some interesting out-of- place sightings. Rarities were plentiful this fall, prompting discussions of comparison to the noteworthy vagrant falls of 2008 and 2012. A state-first Asian Emberiza and two warbler spe - cies, each recorded once previously, headlined the rarity list. Eastern warblers were specifically in ample supply this fall, with most detected on the outer coast. In the not so distant past, the migrant traps of eastern Washington pro - duced the bulk of rare Eastern passerines in fall. Increased coverage along the coast, specifi - cally in and around the now infamous town of Neah Bay, has changed the game a bit. This fall's offshore coverage was frequent and diverse, including two reports from cruise ships, two reports from fishing vessels, and 21 traditional single-day trips out of Westport and Newport. Abbreviations: McNary (McNary N.W.R., Wal - la Walla); Nisqually (Nisqually N.W.R., Thur- ston, WA); O.S. (Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor, WA); P.N.P. (Point No Point, Kitsap, WA); P.S.B. (Port Susan Bay, Snohomish, WA); P.T. (Puget Trough, WA); Ridgefield (Ridgefield N.W.R., Clark Co.); W.W.R.D. (Walla Walla River Delta, Walla Walla). WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES First noted in Sep 2011, a returning Greater White-fronted Goose x taverneri Cackling Goose was once again at Bay Center, Pacific 23 Oct (ph. S. Mlodinow, BW, RS); Regional records for this Brad Waggoner Ryan J. Merrill –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he very warm, dry, and drought-like conditions of the previous six months persisted through October. Fortunately, there were a few brief, wet events during this first stretch of fall to bring partial relief to some of the very parched and smoky areas of east - ern Washington. After a very warm October, evidenced by Spokane recording the second warmest October on record, November brought back some sense of normalcy with more typical precipitation and temperatures. As with most falls, a few strong wind events, specifically one in mid-August and another in mid-November,

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