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 30 M I D D L E AT L A N T I C That bird was found in Oct, 1993, over two decades prior. Few Lark Sparrows over last ten years in the Mountains and Valleys made one in Tazewell, Virginia a good find (acc. CD). In Maryland, this handsome sparrow made two appear - ances: a bird was found in Prince Georges 27 Aug Sept (David Mozurkewich) and another was present in Montgomery 8-9 Sept (m. ob.). Northampton's second "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco was photographed at Kiptopeke 16 Oct (acc. GS et. al.). An immature Western Tanager was at Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve, Northampton 5 Oct (ESB) during the large morning flight. An adult male frequented a feeder in James City 2-30 Nov (BW, m. ob.);. presumably the same bird has visited the residence annually since Jan 2009. Migrating Bobolinks have long concentrat- ed on the lower Eastern Shore in fall where 1,514 were counted at Kiptopeke 12 Sept (EG et. al.). An adult male Yellow-headed black - bird was recorded 13 Sep (Brenda Tekin) at the Rockfish Gap, Augusta/Nelson; another passed over Kiptopeke 20 Oct with Red- winged Blackbirds (EG). A massive November finch flight at Kiptopeke HW included 2,153 American Goldfinches 16 Nov and 314 Purple Finches 17 Nov (EG et. al.). Contributors: Robert Ake, Kristin Anderson, Henry T. Armistead, Matt Anthony, Freder - ick Atwood, Steve Back, Marcia Balestri, Jef- frey Blalock, Arun Bose, Robert Bielawski, Edward S. Brinkley, Joelle Buffa (JBu), Tim Carney, Dave Czaplak, Fenton Day, Clancy Deel, Wendy Ealding, Janice Frye, Paul Glass, Michael Godfrey, Doug Graham, Matt Hafner, Diane Holsinger, Scott Housten, Joanne Howl, Daniel Irons, Glenda Jackson, Jerry Jackson, Eugene Larson, Joanne Laskowski, Gabriel Mapel, Mary Catherine Miguez, Ernie Miller, Clyde Morris, Kathleen Morris, Kees de Moy, David Mozurkewich, Nicholas Newberry, El - lison Orcutt, Mike Ostrowksi, Rick Palmer, Zachary Poulton, George Radcliffe, Ken Ranck, Jon Ranson, Andrew Rapp, Pete Rattigan, War - ren Rofe, Brian Rollfinke, Mark Rositol, Nico Sarbanes, Graham Scarbrough, Dan Small, Sherman Suter, L Skrabec, Brenda Tekin, Jon Thames, Ben Tyson (BTy), Mike Walsh, Dustin Welch, Bill Williams, Clyde Wilson, Benjamin Whitlock (BWh), David Youker. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Arun Bose, P.O. Box 8807, Richmond, Virginia 23225 • arun1bose@gmail.com Ellison Orcutt, 1712 W. Laburnum Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23227 • Mr.ellyo@gmail.com Claire Wayner, 632 St. John's Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21210 • Claire@wayner.org county's first record of that species. A pos- sible Arctic Tern was seen briefly roosting in a mixed tern flock 12 Aug at Chinc. though the record was not accepted by VARCOM (CM, JBu). Gull-billed Tern has a somewhat varied status across the Region, being much harder to locate in Maryland than in Virginia, even on the immediate coast. Thus, the presence of as many as three birds at various locations in Worcester from 2-29 August (Ryan Johnson, m. ob.) was a nice showing for that state. DOVES THROUGH PASSERINES A single White-winged Dove near Browns- burg, Rockbridge 7 Sep (acc. GJ, JJ) was the third for the Mountains and Valleys and an - other was at Back Bay 21 Oct (RA) and 14 Nov (MA, NN). A Short-eared Owl at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward, VA 17 Nov (ph. WR) was rare for the southern Piedmont. For Virginia, vagrant flycatchers included a Ash-throated Flycatcher 8 Nov Kiptopeke (acc. EG et. al.), a Western Kingbird 31 Oct Back Bay (RB), and a hatch-year Gray King - bird 21-23 Nov Magotha Road, Northampton (FD, EO, m. ob.). In Maryland, a Say's Phoebe at Chesapeake Farms, Kent 3, Oct (Kees de Moy) was the only noteworthy flycatcher for the season. The November influx of Cave Swallows has become a near annual occurrence in the Region, and a new Virginia state high count of 88 at Kiptopeke 20 Nov (EG) was record - ed; Accomack, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Westmoreland also hosted birds 12-30 Nov (m. ob.). In the same time period Maryland also established a new state high count when 25 flew past Ocean City Inlet, Worcester 14 Nov (m. ob.). Highlights during an exceptional morn- ing flight at Cape Charles Natural Area Pre- serve, Northampton 5 Oct included new Vir- ginia high counts for Gray Catbird (1250), Common Yellowthroat (650), and Blackpoll Warbler (360 ); also notable during the flight were 2,000 unidentified warblers, 180 Indigo Buntings, 140 Northern Parulas, 130 Black- and-white Warblers, 4 Bay-breasted Warblers, 2 Blue-winged Warblers, 2 Yellow-breasted Chat, one Prothonotary Warbler and 18 to - tal warbler species (ESB). A large American Robin movement over Kiptopeke included 21,292 birds 17 Nov (EG et. al.). Maryland hosted a remarkable second state record of Rock Wren at Sunset Park, Worces - ter 21-22 Oct (Scott Housten). This sighting was fascinating not just in the fact that observ - ers were watching a bird of the western dry- lands within sight and sound of the Atlantic Ocean, but also in that it came from the same vicinity as the state's only previous record. Red-necked Phalaropes sightings in Virginia were single birds at Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax, VA 25 Aug (SS), Chinc. 5 Oct (DW), 7-10 Oct Leonard's Pond, Rockingham (KR, m. ob.), and 5-8 birds 6-27 Aug Craney (DY et. al.). In Maryland, this species was recorded twice in the season; both records came from birds at Poplar Island, Talbot (Tim Carney) on 26 Aug and 22 Sept. Washington, DC also produced a sighting, from Washington Sail - ing Marina 24-27 Aug (m. ob.). Virginia and Maryland each produced only one Red Phala - rope apiece. The Virginia bird was at Craney 29 Oct (acc. BW et. al.) and the Maryland bird was at Violette's Lock, Montgomery 3 Oct (Dave Czaplak, Mike Ostrowski). Gleaning worms from a wet tennis court is not the expected place to find the Mountains and Valley's second Black-legged Kittiwake but a first-cycle bird was doing just that 30 Nov at Highland Retreat, Rockingham (acc. BTy). The season's only Black-headed Gull in Virginia was seen regularly at Chinc.14-30 Nov+ (GR et. al., m. ob.). A unique November weather pattern in the Midwest pushed large numbers of Franklin's Gulls into the Northeast and 13 Nov those birds made it into the Region. The majority of sightings came from the immediate Atlantic Coast including new state high counts from Virginia and Maryland—17 birds at the C.B.B.T. (ESB, EG) produced the Virginia re - cord, while an astounding 22 were counted from Ocean City Inlet, Worcester, Maryland (m. ob.). Two birds 17 NOV at Belle Haven, Fairfax (SS) represented the final sighting of the incursion for Virginia, where Prince George, Prince William, Alexandria, Hopewell, Norfolk, Richmond (City) also tallied birds over the pe - riod (m. ob.). In Maryland, gulls lingered lon- ger. Montgomery saw an individual still present from 22-26 Nov (m. ob.), and this was the This Gray Kingbird was a good late fall find by Ellison Orcutt and Fenton Day, at Magotha Road, Northampton County, Virginia, 21 (here)–23 November 2015. Photo- graph by © Ellison Orcutt.

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