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 49 Illinois & Indiana 11 Sep (ABo). Five Eared Grebes and 4 Western Grebes were reported. A Neotropic Cormorant was found at Cel - ery Bog, Tippecanoe, IN 27 Aug (JBD, LN). It was a strong season for American White Peli - can in Illinois. High counts included 10,000 at Carlyle 12-27 Sep (DMK), 7000-9000 at Chau 5 Sep (JIE, CD), 4000 in Jefferson 2 Oct (DDM), 3000 at Two Rivers N.W.R., Calhoun 13 Aug (BSf, CS), and 2300 at Horseshoe L. S.P., Madison, IL 10 Oct (FRH). An incredible record fall high count of 12 American Bitterns was se - cured at Emiquon 25 Sep (AG), while 4 were at Spring L., Tazewell, IL 7 Oct (AG). An Illi - nois fall record, 8 Least Bitterns were noted at Emiquon 25 Sep (AG). Late lingerers included a Snowy Egret at Yorkville, Kendall, IL 12 Oct (BL, m.ob.), a Little Blue Heron in Jackson, IL 14 Oct (JTr), and a Green Heron at Chicago's Lincoln Park 4 Nov (GAW et al.). The 48 Green Herons tallied at Eagle Marsh, Allen consti - tuted Indiana's second highest count (RPR). A Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Champaign, Champaign, IL 14 Oct (TDF) was tardy. A Wood Stork at Sun L. F.P., Lake, IL 21 Oct (ph. PWW, JKB, NH) was the first for Illinois in six years. A White Ibis at Carlyle 12 Sep (JWE, ph. AS, ph. KAM) was the third latest ever for Illinois. A juv. Plegadis ibis was at Patoka River N.W.R., Gibson, IN 11 Oct (JR) and one or 2 ibis that were likely White-faced based on pho - tos were at Goose Pond 15 Oct (AK, LWS, GL, MRB) through 22 Oct (ph. VWW). One White- faced was at Pingree Grove, Kane, IL 5-11 Nov (TB, ph. MM, m.ob.). HAWKS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Remarkably, Swallow-tailed Kites appeared about the same time at three different locations. Duck from summer lingered through at least 25 Aug (RPR). Two Black-bellied Whistling- Ducks initially reported in Terre Haute, IN 4 Aug (RR) lingered through 2 Sep (AB). The dozen Ross's Geese found at Cane Ridge W.M.A., Gibson 13 Nov (ES) provided Indiana's second largest fall count, and 16 at Chau 30 Nov (AG) also represented a notable tally. The 140 Mute Swans at Banner Marsh, Fulton, IL 24 Nov (AG) formed Illinois's largest fall tally. The count of 6200 Blue-winged Teal at Chau 12 Sep (KAM) was the highest fall total for the Region since 1997. An apparent Blue-winged X Cinnamon Teal at Edwardsville, Madison, IL 18 Sep (CAT, APS) was an unusual find. A flight of 663 Green-winged Teal 12 Nov (JKC et al.) was the largest ever for Indiana's L. Michigan lake - front. Notable concentrations of diving ducks included 7600 Canvasbacks at the Upper Mis - sissippi N.W.R., Carroll, IL 14 Nov (DBJ) and 1200 Redhead on L. Michigan at Evanston, Cook, IL 29 Nov (MMC). Early to arrive in s. IN was a Greater Scaup at L. Lemon, Brown 2 Oct (J&SH). A first-cycle male Harlequin Duck was found at Mich. City 22 Nov (JJM). At Miller, a Long-tailed Duck found 9 Oct (JKC et al.) was the earliest fall migrant ever for Indiana. The 8050 Ruddy Ducks at Dixon (DFS) provided a record fall high count for the Region. Two Red-throated Loons at Illinois Beach 13 Oct (PWS et al.) were early. Five Pacific Loons were recorded: at L. Springfield, Sangamon, IL 26-31 Oct (CL, m.ob.), at Eagle Cr. 12 Nov (DG), at Mich. City 25 Nov (ph. NM, ph. EM), at Illinois Beach 25 Nov (AWS), and again at Eagle Cr. 29-30 Nov (ER et al.). A notable con - centration of 246 Pied-billed Grebes was ob- served at Dixon 21 Sep (DFS). Among 16 Red- necked Grebes seen was an early bird at Miller James D. Hengeveld Keith A. McMullen Geoffrey A. Williamson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he Fall season began with a cooler than normal August, but the remainder of the season brought above-average tempera - tures, especially during September and No- vember. November was the tenth warmest on record for the Region (2.7° C above average), which might have contributed to a migratory flight that was generally later than normal. De - spite the warm temperatures, a snowstorm No- vember 20-21 ranked second largest ever for Chicago in November, depositing 11.2 inches there. Precipitation levels were below average during the first three months of the season, but were above average in November. Notable was a very early movement of Snowy Owls into the Region, with the first arrivals in mid-October. A substantial list of rarities included Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Stork, Swallow-tailed Kite, Slaty-backed Gull, Royal Tern, Common Ground-Dove, Prairie Falcon, Cave Swallow, Bohemian Waxwing, Smith's Longspur, Green-tailed Towhee, and Bullock's Oriole. Abbreviations: Chau (Chautauqua N.W.R., Mason, IL); Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (C.B.C.M.); Dixon (Dixon Waterfowl Refuge (formerly Hennepin-Hopper Lakes Restoration Area), Putnam, IL); Eagle Cr. (Eagle Cr. Park, Indianapolis, IN); Emiquon (Emiquon N.W.R. and The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Pre - serve, Fulton, IL); F.P. (Forest Preserve); F.W.A. (Fish and Wildlife Area); Goose Pond (Goose Pond F.W.A., Greene, IN); Illinois Beach (Illi - nois Beach S.P., Lake, IL); Mich. City (Michigan City Harbor, LaPorte, IN); Miller (Miller Beach, Lake, IN); Montrose (Montrose Point in Chi - cago's Lincoln Park). WATERFOWL THROUGH HERONS The Ft. Wayne, IN, Black-bellied Whistling- Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have become increasingly more common in the Region over the past decade. Of three birds seen this season, these two were at Terre Haute, IN through most of August (here 18). The final date on which they were re- corded (2 September) furnished Indiana's third latest record of the species. Photo by © Ben Cvengros.

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