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 26 H U D S O N - D E L AWA R E ated Woodpeckers detected at Staten Island through the course of the season (fide SA). The random and unpredictable Crested Ca - racara got back on the board this season; one (apparently missing an eye) flew past a hawk - watch at Highland, Ulster, NY 16 Sep (fide Michael Bochnik). One was then seen briefly at Franklin Twp., Somerset, NJ 31 Oct (ph. Arlene Oley). Hawkwatch totals for American Kestrel were abysmal at many sites, a prod - uct of both long-term decline and generally poor weather for concentrating migrants at traditional bottlenecks. Cape May recorded its lowest season total ever: a stunning 2021 tallied 1 Sep–30 Nov (CC, TR). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH THRUSHES Stray flycatchers always rank among the more exciting aspects of any autumn season. Say's Phoebe was found again this fall, fur - ther cementing a recent upward trend. The season's first was noted at Staten Island, NY 28 Sep (ph. Anthony Ciancimino, m. ob.), followed by another at Negri-Nepote Grass - lands, Somerset , NJ 18-19 Oct (Jacob Soco- lar, ph. Donna Schulman). It was not a par- ticularly memorable season for Ash-throated Flycatcher yet a few still appeared along the outer coastal plain, such as one at Sandy Hook 22 Oct (Scott Barnes et al.), one at Brooklyn, NYC 24 Oct (Alex Wilson), and at least one at Cape May 15-16 & 24 Nov (ph. Mike Pasquarello, m. ob.). Western Kingbirds reports were unsur- prisingly clustered along the coast, with ca. 23 Sep (ph., fide Alan Kneidel), and one at NYC 23 Nov (ph. Richard Aracil, Jack Roth - man). Snowy Owl reports were almost com- pletely restricted to the s. shore of L. Ontario and the Buffalo area, with a max of 2 near Buffalo 21 Nov (AH). As discussed in this space previously, hummingbirds from the West have become an increasingly relevant storyline in recent autumns. Interestingly, re - ports of Rufous Hummingbird were reduced for a second straight season, yet still included an ad. female at Poland, Chautauqua, NY 29 Sep–18 Oct (Julie Heilman, Walt Heilman, m. ob.), an imm. female at Riverhead, Suffolk, NY 17-30+ Nov (ph., m. ob.) and an ad. male near Mt. Rose, Mercer, NJ 18-30+ Nov (ph. Landis Eaton, m. ob.). Calliope Humming - bird again put in a single appearance in New Jersey, courtesy of an apparent imm. female that found a garden to its liking at Villas, Cape May 24 Oct–24 Nov (John Flynn, Kathy Flynn, ph. MO, m. ob.). A Black-chinned Hummingbird was certainly one of the sea - son's top finds; one attended a feeder at Med- ford, Burlington, NJ 7-8 Nov (Roger Bynum, Dyanne Bynum, ph. Jim Schill et al.). Notable for the Region's n. coastal zone were 3 Pile - of Long-tailed Jaegers during late-Aug to late- Sep, i.e. one at Hamlin Beach 28 Aug (AG), one at Sodus Pt., Wayne, NY 29 Aug (David Wheeler), 2 at Derby Hill 14 Sep (BP, Ant - ony Shrimpton, Gregg Dashnau), another at Hamlin Beach 20 Sep (AG, Sue Barth, Celeste Morien), and one at Avalon 30 Sep (SH). A single offshore Robert Moses S.P., Suffolk, NY on the fairly late date of 25 Oct (ph. SM et al.) was far less expected. The southbound pas - sage of Parasitic Jaeger was again impressive at Avalon, where the season total of 558 (SH, TR) ranked as the second highest since full- time monitoring began there in 1993, and included a single-day max of 68 on 9 Oct. A remarkable, single-afternoon total of ca. 100 was also secured at Cape May 15 Oct (Drew Weber et al.), while a nice sum of 14 was ob - served at Derby Hill 14 Sep (BP). An early Dovekie made for a surprise find at Cape May 18 Nov (MO), while one at Montauk 25 Nov (Brett Bomkamp) was at least a bit more ex - pected. Razorbills arrived at LI during the fi- nal week of Nov (m. ob.), and one traveled as far s. as Avalon by 25 Nov (m. ob.). There were several reports of Sabine's Gulls, with almost all involving singles along the L. Ontario shore and in the Buffalo area from mid-Sep to early-Nov. Even more nota - ble was a report from the coast of a rather late ad. flying e. past LI 22 Nov (SA). The strong nor'easter/tropical storm hybrid of early-Oct brought a minimum of 4 Sooty Terns past Avalon 2-3 Oct (SH et al). DOVES THROUGH FALCONS Eurasian Collared-Dove remains scarce through the Region, with this season's only reports detailing one at Cape May 16 Aug (DF), 1 at Inwood Hill Park, NYC 24 Oct (ph. Cynthia Holden), and 1-2 at a tradition - al location near Hamlin, Monroe, NY through the season (m. ob.), though these were also the first reports at that site since Feb 2015 (fide AG). The species continues to struggle in establishing itself through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, perhaps in part due to pre - dation by Cooper's Hawks. White-winged Dove continues to become a more regular visitor and sightings once again occurred in all three states, i.e. one at Cape May 15 Sep (ph. Sam Galick, m. ob.), one shot by a hunter near Taylor's Bridge, New Castle, DE SA The mid-Nov continental storm brought startling numbers of Franklin's Gulls to the Region. Over 400 were found in New Jersey 13-22 Nov, though the highest totals were found 13 Nov, with ca. 350 at Cape May that day (m. ob.) including a single flock of 60+ indi - viduals. A number of reports were also logged in New York, with a majority in the NYC/LI area and along L. Ontario, but a few were also noted at several inland lakes. Additionally, at least 7 were found in Delaware (m. ob.). Hundreds of birders enjoyed this Bell's Vireo during its five-day stay at Higbee Beach, Cape May County, New Jersey. Of New Jersey's ten records, nine have been documented at Cape May. Photo by © Michael O'Brien.

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