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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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 7 ) • N U M B E R 1 45 Eastern Highlands & Upper Ohio River Valley Randolph, WV 22 Aug (Randy Bodkins). A Ruddy Duck in Wayne, OH 1 Aug (Josh Staple - ton) was very early and may have summered. Red-throated Loon offered up no surprises on L. Erie, while the expected singles at the major Ohio reservoirs were detected in Ash - land 14 Nov (Gary Cowell), in Clark 2 Nov (Doug Overacker), in Warren 16 Nov (Dan - iel DeLapp), and in Barbour, WV 30 Nov (H. Clipp). Nor was the Common Loon flight of any note. It is therefore odd that Ohio should have a standout season for Pacific Loons. An inland report came from Cowan L., Clinton 30 Nov (ph. Rick Asamoto). Lake Erie shoreline sites in Erie were visited 20 Nov at Sherod Park, and 29-30 Nov in Huron (ph. Irina Shul - gina), while 2 or more birds were spotted in w. Cuyahoga 13-26 Nov (Jen Brumfield, Eliza - beth McQuaid, Donna Kuhn et al.). Five Ohio Eared Grebes were restricted to L. Erie sites in Erie and Cuyahoga. Three in late Oct–Nov followed the expected seasonality, but a pair in breeding plumage in Lorain 17 Sep–5 Oct (Patricia McKelvey, ph. Ed Wransky, ph. Jon Cefus, m.ob.) were well outside the expected patterns of occurrence. We are now accustomed to healthy num - bers of American White Pelican within the Western Basin marshes every fall. This season opened with 37 at Maumee Bay S.P., Lucas, OH 12 Sep (Drew Dickert). A flock of 4 on Kelleys I., Erie, OH 23 Sep (Tom Bartlett) rep - resented a first autumnal record for the Ohio islands. Late singles remained at East Harbor S.P., Ottawa 26-27 Oct (Sheryl Young, Paul Sherwood) and at Huron, Erie, OH 13 Nov (Elizabeth McQuaid). Fall American Bitterns are scarcely detected in Ohio with this season producing 7 reports beyond the summer resi - dency. Late individuals appeared in Franklin 17 Oct–6 Nov (ph. Sarah Lucas, Zachary Allen, m.ob.), and in Greene 28 Oct (Amanda Wol - ski). One at East Point Preserve, Middle Bass I., Erie, OH (Tom Bartlett) represented a first autumnal record for the Ohio islands. No less than 125 Great Egrets could still be located at Ottawa, OH sites the first week of Nov (Donna Kuhn, Vic Fazio, Jon Cefus) with 37 in Huron, Erie, OH 20 Nov (ph. Alex Eberts) belying the mild season. Snowy Egrets seem to be back to healthy numbers as evidenced by 23 at Ottawa N.W.R., Ottawa 10 Sep (Dan Gesauldo). Single Little Blue Herons in Ohio were found at Ot - tawa N.W.R., Ottawa 2 Aug, and 22 Aug–24 Sep (Jen Brumfield, ph. Kent Miller, Dennis Mersky, m.ob.), in Lorain 15 Sep (Bill Ohlsen, ph. Ed Wransky, m.ob.)., and in Montgomery 4 Aug (Afton Kern). One to two Tricolored Her - ons were at Heinz NWR in Delaware/ Philadel- phia, PA 3-12 Aug after a single bird continued into the period from July (Todd Fellenbaum, m.ob.). Cackling Goose identification contin - ues to be problematic in Ohio, but about 18 birds were adequately documented from mid- Nov, although the report of a flock of 3 in Aug - laize, OH was the only one accompanied by a photo (ph. Josh King). The flight of Tundra Swans in the west began with a flock in Ohio of 660 at Ottawa N.W.R., Ottawa, OH 25 Nov (Mike Wielgopolski) perhaps a consequence of a delayed migration. The only Eurasian Wigeon of the season was at FDR Park in Philadelphia from 17 Nov until the end of the season (Brian Henderson). A Common Teal—the Eurasian subspecies of Green-winged Teal—at Eagleview Pond, Ches - ter on 24 Nov was likely a bird that has been returning for three years now (Rick Robinson). Scoters are always a treat within the West Vir - ginia highlands. Two Surf Scoters were in Pres- ton 28 Oct (ph. Mike Slaven, David Daniels), one in Tucker 11 Nov (Casey Rucker), one in Kanawha 30 Nov (ph. fide eBird), and 4 in Tay - lor 3 Oct (Joe Hildreth) were part of a generally weak movement in inland areas. The L. Erie flight was led by 17 off Sherod Park, Erie 17 Nov (Dan Gesauldo), a notably poor showing by that species. Only 4 inland reports west of the Allegheny Front consisted of 4 in Butler, PA 25 Oct (Brendyn Baptiste), 2 in Richland, OH 16 Oct (John Herman), 3 in Wyandot, OH 19 Nov (Ron Sempier, John Games), and 2 in Hancock, OH 23 Nov (Casey Weissberg). Black Scoter on the other hand, was detected in average numbers led by 8 off Huntington, Cuyahoga, OH 18 Oct (Jen Brumfield), 6 in open waters off Erie, OH 9 Oct (Ron Sempier, John Games) while 4 were west to Kelleys I., Erie 20 Nov (Tom Bartlett). A half dozen in - terior Ohio reports from as many counties saw one s. to Delaware S.P., Delaware 1 Nov (ph. Sean Williams, et al.) and west to Allen 17 Oct (3; Rick Asamoto). Four birds touched down in Taylor, WV 7 Nov (ph. Terry Bronson, m.ob.). Infrequent within sw. OH, 2 Long- tailed Ducks were found on Cowan L., Clinton 30 Nov (ph. Rick Asamoto), with one or two in Clark 14-15 Nov (Doug Overacker, Mike Hatfield). The usual November concentrations of Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye around the L. Erie islands did not manifest this year (Tom Bartlett). The mid-to-late Aug dispersal of Common Mergansers in Ohio, coming from the burgeoning Appalachian breeding popula - tion, is now a predictable event. An early single at Conneaut Harbor, Ashtabula 2 Aug (Jeff Har - vey, Tom Frankel) was not unexpected at this annual staging area. But an ad. fem. west to Walsh Park, Sandusky, OH 4 Aug (Kim Smith) had wandered much farther. Family parties of note include 13 birds in Jefferson, OH 13 Aug (Andrea Anderson), and 18 at Shavers Fork, Victor W. Fazio, III Tom Johnson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W eather across region was warmer than normal through the period, with a markedly warm November of >4°F above normal in Pennsylvania. Rain - fall was lower than average, and no significant snow events were recorded during the pe - riod. Indeed, the late fall was marked by the absence of strong frontal passages except for one massive low-pressure system that swung across region on 12-13 November. That front brought multiple Franklin's Gulls to region, second only to the 1998 event. The highlight bird of the period was the Brown Booby found by Devich Farbotnik in Bucks, a first Pennsyl - vania record. A Swainson's Hawk in Ohio and a Black-throated Gray Warbler in West Virginia captured the attention of their respective bird - ing communities. WATERFOWL THROUGH IBIS The Greater White-fronted Goose flight in the west began a tad early with one appearing 27 Sep in Crawford, PA (ph. Matthew Juskowich), and two in Lake, OH 4 Oct (ph. Tom Fran - kel). This heralded a modest passage with 19 in Mahoning, OH 25 Oct (ph. John Petruzzi). A flock of 92 at stopover favorite Killdeer Plains W.A., Wyandot, OH 1 Nov (ph. Irina Shulgina) matches the high counts of the past decade. A tepid flight of Snow Geese produced single digit reports across Ohio from the first week of Oct. Appalachian records remain notewor - thy. Singles were found in Mason, WV 1 Nov (Mike Griffith, Gary Rankin), at Bluestone S.P., Summers, WV 27 Oct (Jim Phillips), and in Athens, OH 2-6 Nov (Sam Romeo, ph. Phil Cantino, ph. Stefan Gleissberg, Kyle Brooks). A weak flight of Ross's Goose resulted in just 5 birds, all as singles, across the glaciated por - tion of Ohio 5-26 Nov (ph. Rick Asamoto, ph. Jason Sullivan, ph. Dave Smith, ph. Kent Miller, and Wes Hatch et al.). No new county records were brought about. An early Brant appeared in Crawford, PA 4 Oct (ph. Tomas Nonnemacher et al.). The main flight along the L. Erie shoreline 14 Nov brought 27 birds to Fairport Harbor, Lake, OH (Bill Boeringer,

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