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 47 E A S T E R N H I G H L A N D S & U P P E R O H I O R I V E R VA L L E Y Oct (Jerry McWilliams). Sporadic sightings of an ad. Laughing Gull along the Cleveland lake - front 12 Sep–20 Nov(ph. Ed Wransky, Edward Enold, Kurt Grenig, Jen Brumfield, m.ob.) may have been the same individual. A first cycle bird was also documented there 3-9 Oct (ph. Sean and Dana Ricker, Tim Jasinski, m.ob.). Farther west, an ad. was at Huron, Erie 13 Nov (ph. Jon Cefus, Kent Miller). An Iceland Gull at Findlay Res., Hancock 26-27 Nov (ph. Shane Meyers, m.ob.) may represent only the second fall record for Ohio away from L. Erie. Two Iceland Gulls at Lower Makefield Twp., Bucks, PA 1 Nov set an early arrival date for this well-watched county (Seth Ausubel, Mary Normandia). Long a fall visitor to the shoreline of L. Erie, Lesser Black-backed Gulls have become quite comfortable with in - land reservoirs in the past decade and may be encountered in greater numbers than on the Lake. Findlay Res. led the pack with 23 there 26 Nov (ph. Shane Myers). Small obscure res - ervoirs should not be overlooked, as 4 were detected at Outhwaite Res., Crawford 17 Oct (John Herman). Rare inland, the first Glaucous Gull of the season was found at Findlay Res., Hancock 14 Nov (Robert Sams et al.). This site also hosted 2 Great Black-backed Gulls 26 Nov (Shane Myers) for the only inland report west of the Appalachians. Gull-billed Terns were found at Heinz NWR, Delaware/ Philadelphia, PA on two occasions this fall. Five were there 8 Aug (Andy McGann) and 9 Aug (Ann Reeves), and two were there 19-22 Aug (David Eberly). An interior Ohio count of 47 Caspian terns at Alum Creek Res., Delaware 17 Aug (Alex Eberts) was impressive. Staging at Maumee Valencic) and Union (Jerry Strosnider). Ohio Greater Yellowlegs numbers in November may serve as a gauge to the mildness of the fall sea - son. This season no less than 65 were detected, among the best showing yet. Notable flocks included 18 at Pickerington Ponds, Franklin 6 Nov (Nathan O'Reilly), 13 in Wayne 1 Nov (Jon Cefus), and one remaining to 29 Nov in Geauga (Wes Hatch). Lesser Yellowlegs are not thought to be as hardy yet 25 were located in Hardin 1 Nov (Richard Counts). A placid L. Erie and warm southerlies domi - nating the peak passage for jaegers left observ- ers contemplating the bounty of the previous year. Just 3 Pomarine Jaegers were document - ed 25 Oct–20 Nov (Matt Kappler, Jim Mc- Connor, and Jen Brumfield), while a mere 6 Parasitic Jaegers were detected 6 Sep–20 Nov throughout the Central Basin (Andrew and Re - becca Steinmann, Doug Marcum, Jim McCo- nnor, ph. Ed Wransky, ph. Nancy Andersen, m.ob.). In the Eastern basin, single Parasitic Jaegers were noted passing Presque Isle, Erie, PA on 29 Oct (Jerry McWilliams) and again on 30 Oct (Geoff Malosh, Jerry McWilliams). A L. Erie boat trip to open water picked up the only Sabine's Gull 23 Sep in Erie, OH (Jen Brum - field et al.). Black-headed Gull lived up to a surprising fall track record on L. Erie, with one appearing 3 Sep (Kim Warner) in Lucas, OH, an exceptional fall report from the Western Ba - sin. One or more Little Gulls floated along the Cleveland lakefront 14-29 Nov (Chris Pierce, Dennis Mersky, m.ob.). Up to 2 resided in Con - neaut Harbor, Ashtabula, OH 4-17 Nov (Craig Holt, ph. Ben Hawes, m.ob.). Adult Little Gulls passed Presque Isle, Erie, PA 21, 24, and 29 Godwits were at Heinz NWR, Philadelphia, PA 4-5 Oct (Denice Hardtmann). Two Marbled Godwits were found in Pennsylvania. One was on the Conejohela Flats, Lancaster 21-28 Aug (Mike Epler, Meredith Lombard, Ted Nichols II) and the other was at Heinz NWR, Philadel - phia 11-23 Sep (Debbie Beer). Three or four Marbled Godwits accounted for the sightings within the Western Basin marshes 6-22 Oct (ph. Darlene Friedman, ph. Ed Wransky, Har - ris Abramson). Just 4 Red Knots, all as singles, were detected in Ohio 15 Aug–15 Sep, with one interior bird at Killdeer Plains W.A., Wy - andot 12-15 Sep (ph. Irina Shulgina, Ron Sem- pier). A Ruff at Hoover Res., Delaware, OH 26-30 Sep (ph. Leslie Houser, ph. Nate Swick, ph. Jeff Bartosik, m.ob.) established a new late date for fall record in the state. A juv. Ruff was found at Greencastle Res., Franklin, PA 25-26 Sep and was photographed nicely (Carl Gar - ner, Dale Gearhart, Bill Oyler). Rarely reported from the highlands, a Sanderling was docu - mented from Lewis, WV 11 Sep (ph. Davette Saeler, ph. Randy Bodkins). Preferring break - walls along L. Erie, the only Purple Sandpiper of the season was discovered on a boat trip 21 Nov out of Cleveland (ph. Andy Jones, m.ob.). Ohio Least Sandpipers linger into Nov regu - larly now, but worth mentioning were flocks of 18 at Ottawa N.W.R., Ottawa 1 Nov (Donna Kuhn), 8 in Hamilton 3 Nov (ph. Jeff Tingle), and one remaining in Montgomery 23 Nov (Eric Elvert). One in Taylor, WV 7-11 Nov (ph. Mike Slaven, m.ob.) was also tardy. The largest fallout of White-rumped Sand - pipers in Ohio since Hurricane Katrina took place in Oct with birds ranging widely. Prior to Oct, the usual single digit counts were seen, with a high count during the ad. pas - sage of just 11 at Ottawa N.W.R., Ottawa 12 Sep (Edward Tiede). Then, in Oct about 325 birds were reported from at least 26 counties. The highest count was of 126 in Wayne (Leslie Sours, m.ob.). Other high counts included 68 in Auglaize 10 Oct (ph. Jeremy Dominguez) and 50 in Marion 6 Oct (Steve Jones). Even the Unglaciated Plateau got involved with 10 in Muskingum 14 Oct (Anthony Fry). Ohio birders enjoyed one of the strongest showing of Buff-breasted Sandpiper in recent years with 50+ birds found. Flock sizes of 21 in Wayne 1 Sep (Kent Miller) and 10 in Cuyahoga 30 Aug (Jen Brumfield) lead the way. One re - mained in Hamilton through 12 Oct (ph. Dan- iel DeLapp). A Red Phalarope in Erie, OH 12 Nov (Dan Gesauldo) was to be expected, but an interior sighting at East Fork S.P., Clermont, OH 6 Oct (ph. Allan Claybon, ph. Alex Eberts, m.ob.) was only the fourth fall record for sw. Ohio. Lingering Spotted Sandpipers could be found in Ohio 11 Nov in Geauga (ph. Matthew SA The defining event of the season was a widespread flight of Franklin's Gulls into the region following the passage of a strong cold front in November. It is a surpassed only by a similar event which occurred in Oct 1998. This long-distance migrant, typically less- than-annual in Pennsylvania, was recorded in at least five counties after this major displace - ment event that saw hundreds of individuals funneled along the Atlantic Coast. One was at Brenneman's Quarry, Berks 13 Nov (Rudy Keller, Pablo Santonja). In Bucks, 4 were found at Peace Valley (Kurt Schwarz, August Mirabella) on 13 Nov; the next day, 14 Nov, one was at Bradford Dam (August Mirabella) and one was at the Penn Warner Tract (Devich Farbotnik). In Erie, 3 were at Presque Isle Bay 14 Nov (Aidan Place, Jack Chaillet, Jerry McWilliams, Don Snyder). Lancaster saw one at Middle Creek WMA 14 Nov (Bruce Carl), and two were at Oc - toraro Res. 22 Nov (Tom Raub). Finally, Montgomery had a single bird at Green Lane on 14 Nov (Kenneth Reiker). In Ohio, numbers exceeded 330 birds. High counts were seen widely; 18 were at a quarry in Seneca 18 Nov (ph. Dave Smith), 22 in Fairport Harbor, Lake 13 Nov (Jim McConnor), 29 in Cuyahoga 13 Nov (Tim Jasinski), 22 in Erie 13 Nov (Kent Miller), 26 in Logan 13 Nov (Troy Shively), 31 in Richland 12 Nov (John Herman), and, finally, 54 at Findlay Res., Hancock 15 Nov (Robert Sams, Amy Downing, Jeff Loughman). The flight extended east to non-traditional stopover sites including 19 at Berlin L., Stark 13 Nov (ph. Jon Cefus) and on the Unglaciated Plateau in Harrison 14 Nov (2; Scott Pendleton) and at Atwood L., Tuscarawas 14 Nov (Jon Cefus). One at Seneca L., Noble 17 Oct (Ben Morrison, Jon Cefus) appears to have been a county first.

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