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 34 mingbird at Gulf Breeze 16 Nov (D. Stange- land), a Black-chinned Hummingbird east of Brooksville, Hernando 30 Aug-18 Oct (S. Mann, J. Mann), and a Rufous Hummingbird at Newberry, Alachua 9 Aug (E. Gravely). RAILS THROUGH TROPICBIRDS Gray-headed Swamphens continue to expand their range with a single bird at Lake Apopka NSRA 15 Nov-EOS (SSi, m. obs.), 2 at Sweet - water Wetlands Park 19 Nov-EOS (AKr et al.), and 3 at Lake Trafford, Collier 21 Nov (P. Corradino). Single American Golden-Plovers appeared at Blumberg Road, Hendry 15 Aug (D. Segal et al.), at Bald Point SP, Franklin 3 Oct (J. Murphy), at Lake Apopka NSRA 9 Oct (MuG, P. Hueber et al.), and in agricultural fields off CR 305, Flagler 21 Nov (MBr). Al - though fairly widespread along Florida's Gulf Coast, an adult Snowy Plover at Port Canaveral Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral 5–9 Sep (MiH, J. Eager) provided the first Brevard record and one of only a few from the Atlantic coast. Up - land Sandpipers were only reported from two locations—6 at Apalachicola, Franklin 18 Aug (J. Murphy) and 1 at M&M Dairy, Duval 7-12 Sept (B. Richter, m. obs.). Significant numbers of Red Knots were recorded at two locations including nearly 1,000 at Sand Key Park, Pinel - las 9 Sep (C. Yilmaz) and 830 at Outback Key, Pinellas 10 Sep (E. Plage). Always rare in Flor - ida, a single Baird's Sandpiper at M&M Dairy 12-13 Sept (KDi) provided the 4 th Duval report and 1 st verifiable county record. Ruff are rare anywhere in the state and 1 at the Okaloosa County Water and STF 4–6 Oct (D. Asbell, B. Purdy, M. Swan, J. Callaway, B. Callaway, B&LDu) provided the 3 rd area record, while 1 at Dayson Basin 6 Oct (J. Martin) provided the 2 nd Duval record. The four reports of Wilson's N.W.R. (National Wildlife Refuge); Panhandle (that part of Florida from the Apalachicola R. through Escambia); Paynes Prairie (Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P., Alachua); re - cord (only those reports verifiable from photograph, videotape, or specimen evidence); report (any observation); S.P. (State Park); S.T.A. (Stormwater Treatment Area); S.T.F. (Spray Treatment Fields); "Viera Wetlands" (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, Vi - era, Brevard); W.M.A. (Water Man- agement Area). WATERFOWL THROUGH FLAMINGOS Black-bellied Whistling Ducks continue to maintain a presence in north Florida with 27 at Jefferson County Recycling Center, Jefferson 26 Sep (M. Smith, K. Seward, L. Most). A single Fulvous Whistling Duck reached north to Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Alachua 17-29 Nov (S. Burford, D. Shehee et al.) and up to 7 were in the far southwest at Oil Well Road, Collier 25-29 Nov (R. Kaskan et al.). For the third consecutive year, a Greater White-fronted Goose at Key West Golf Club, Monroe was far south of expected locales 23 Oct-EOS (CGd) and a lone white morph Snow Goose was found unexpectedly at William E. Dunn Water Reclamation Facility, Pinellas 29 Nov (S. Aversa et al.). A drake Cinnamon Teal was a surprise at Gargiulo Tomato Field near Ave Maria, Collier 14-23 Nov (T. Rodriguez et al.). A Surf Scoter ventured far south at Bay - shore Live Oak Park, Charlotte 25 Nov (D. Pea- cock). A female Common Goldeneye appeared at a shopping center pond in Sanford, Seminole for the second consecutive fall 25 Nov (J. Din - smore). Two adult American Flamingos graced Gibby Point, Everglades NP, Monroe 13 Aug- EOS (D. Filipiak, m. obs.) and a hatch-year bird banded and fitted with a radio transmitter was released there on 20 October (F. Ridgley, M. Davis, J. Patterson). DOVES THROUGH HUMMINGBIRDS A Key West Quail Dove was an exciting find at Big Pine Key, Monroe 8 Nov (CGd et al.). Two Smooth-billed Anis appeared at Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach 1 Aug-30 Sep (m. obs.) and single Groove-billed Anis turned up at Fort Pickens 15–16 Oct (B&LDu, B. Kornegay) and at Bald Point SP 17 Oct (J. Murphy). Up to 16 Vaux's Swifts brought birders from throughout the state to Dauer Hall in Gainesville 15 Nov- EOS (S. Ewing et al.) after their identity was confirmed through voice analysis. Western hummingbirds included a Buff-bellied Hum - Michael Brothers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– E l Niño significantly reduced the Atlan- tic hurricane activity in Fall 2015. The remnants of Tropical Storm Erica added some substantial rain to the Panhandle and other areas of the state. Throughout the fall season, temperatures were well above nor - mal across most of the state, while precipita- tion volumes fluctuated dramatically. Much of Florida experienced below normal rainfall in October. Fortunately though, this was fol - lowed by a very wet November in each of the geographic extremes of the state: the northeast Florida region, western Panhandle and the greater Miami area. FOSRC review species listed in this report include one Manx Shearwater specimen col - lected in Nassau County, two Neotropic Cor- morants at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, one Zone-tailed Hawk, a roost of up to 16 Vaux's Swift, one "Western" Flycatcher, several re - ports each of Alder and Willow Flycatcher, sev- eral reports of Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, the state's second record of Variegated Flycatcher, a Yellow-nosed Albatross, a Long-eared Owl, a Northern Wheatear, one Mountain Bluebird, and two MacGillivray's Warblers. In addition to this impressive assortment of review species, the season will also be remem - bered for the Franklin's Gull invasion that hit Florida beginning in Jacksonville on 11 Octo - ber. This incursion consisted of well over 100 birds and persisted throughout the state for the remainder of the season. Abbreviations/definitions: Big Bend (the part of Florida from the Apalachicola R. east through Jefferson); Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. (North Shore Restoration Area) Orange unless otherwise stated); N.E.R.R. (National Estuarine Research Reserve); N.S. (National Seashore); Florida This stunning Yellow-nosed Albatross came up behind a fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico about 31 mi. WSW of Steinhatchee, Taylor on 3 Nov. Photo by © Captain Benjamin Bateman.

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