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 24 Hudson-Delaware 21 Nov (JS et al.) with the same individual then appearing at nearby Cutchogue, Suffolk 26-30+ Nov (m. ob.). New Jersey also made a contribution in the form of a single at Etra Lake Park, Mercer 24 Nov (Brenda Linfield). In line with a recent upward trend, Ross's Geese were reported in all three states, with a single-site max of 2 at Montezuma 21-30+ Nov (m. ob.). Trumpeter Swan continues to become increasingly conspicuous in portions of n. and w. New York, e.g. 18 at Montezuma 21 Nov (Jason Luscier), though there were apparently no reports elsewhere this season. Northern Pintail migration often peaks dur - ing late-Sep, characterized by a max of 1098 flying past Hamlin Beach 30 Sep (fide RS). Among the season's more fascinating discov - eries was that of an apparent Blue-winged X Cinnamon Teal at Montezuma 1-22 Nov (ph., m. ob.). Reports of Eurasian Wigeon were received from observers in all three states, with sightings of multiples including 3+ at Cape May Oct–Nov (m. ob.), 2 at Mont - ezuma 11 Oct–7 Nov (m. ob.), 2 at Assawom- an Wildlife Area, Sussex, DE 23 Nov (JO), and 2 at Jamaica Bay 22-26 Nov (m. ob.). Avalon experienced another above-average waterbird migration season, though not quite at the re - cord-setting pace of the previous fall. A few of the more robust season totals included Green- winged Teal (10,298), Surf Scoter (125,200), and Black Scoter (146,406). All-time season records for Red-throated Loon (107,245) and Northern Gannet (152,490) were also nota - ble. Always exciting when found away from the seacoast, single King Eiders were detected at Golden Hill S.P., Niagara, NY 24 Oct (WD, Christopher Kundl) and at Hamlin Beach 10 Nov (AG). Another unidentified eider, potentially a far rarer Com - mon Eider, flew past Wilson, Ni- agara, NY 23 Oct (WD). Southbound Pacific Loons con - tinue to be an annual and perhaps increasingly frequent occurrence; active migrants were noted at Ava - lon 19 Oct (TR) and 24 Oct (SH). A fair Region-wide max of 1345 Common Loons was obtained at Cayuga L. 7 Nov (Jay McGowan). Numbers of migrant Common Loons appeared to be average or slightly below average at many other sites. Excellent numbers of Red-necked Grebes were recorded along L. Ontario, e.g. 147 flying past Hamlin Beach 5 Nov (AG) and 122 there 29 Nov (fide RS). Conspicuous in its absence was Western Grebe, breaking a string of recent fall seasons with at least ern Wheatear, Harris's Sparrow, and Bronzed Cowbird. Abbreviations: Avalon (full-time waterbird migration count, Cape May, NJ); Bombay Hook (Bombay Hook N.W.R., Kent, DE); Braddock Bay (Bird Observatory on L. On - tario, Monroe, NY), Brigantine (Brigantine Unit of Edwin B. Forsythe N.W.R., Atlan - tic, NJ); Cape Henlopen (S.P. and full-time hawkwatch, Sussex, DE); Cape May (full-time hawkwatch and all area s. of Cape May Canal, Cape May, NJ); Derby Hill (bird observatory and hawkwatch on L. Ontario in Oswego, NY); Hamlin Beach (S.P. on L. Ontario in Monroe, NY); Higbee Dike (full-time song - bird migration count, Cape May, NJ); Jamaica Bay (N.W.R, New York City); LI (Long Is - land, NY); Montezuma (N.W.R., Seneca, NY); NYC (New York City); Sandy Hook (Gateway N.R.A, Monmouth, NJ) (Place names in italics are counties). WATERFOWL THROUGH PELICANS Black-bellied Whistling-Duck made its first autumnal appearance since 2012, courtesy of a long-staying group of 3-5 from summer that roved between Quinton and Woodstown, Sa - lem, NJ to at least 7 Sep (m. ob.). Pink-footed Goose has become annual in recent winters, but one at Riverhead, Suffolk, NY 26 Nov (ph. SM, PL) apparently represented just the sec - ond Nov record for the Region, the first com- ing from the same site in 2015. It might be expected that more Nov records will follow in coming years. The season's first Barnacle Goose arrived at Mattituck, Suffolk, NY 14- Tom Reed Shaibal S. Mitra Robert O. Paxton Frank Rohrbacher –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– F all 2015 was a most interesting season, with long lulls of quiet weather inter - rupted by occasional storm events, producing several interesting storylines for the Region's birds and birders. According to Cornell University's Northeast Regional Cli - mate Center, August and September were warm and dry, though a couple of whopping rainmakers during Sep brought precipitation back to near-average amounts for that month. October saw a return to average temperatures and rainfall, but also opened with the com - bined mischief created by a coastal low that interacted with an ocean-going Hurricane Joaquin. Wind gusts in excess of 60mph, pe - riods of heavy rainfall, and prolonged, beach- eroding surf were common themes along the barrier beaches of New York and New Jersey. The season's final month saw a return to above-av - erage warmth and below-average precipitation, with New Jersey recording its warmest Novem - ber ever. However, the relatively tranquil month was interrupted at the halfway point by a strong continental storm that produced record numbers of Franklin's Gulls and Cave Swallows. As always, the fall season brought with it a number of stop-press finds, the inevitable end result of many wonderful birding sites covered by many skilled field birders. Topping the list this time around were Fea's Petrel, Masked Booby, Neotropic Cormorant, Zone-tailed Hawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Crested Caracara, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo, North - This Fea's Petrel was found about 100 miles south of Montauk, New York, on 18 August 2015. It represented just the second record for New York. Photo by © John Shemilt.

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