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 68 Paul Conover Kenny Nichols –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ugust was hot and dry in the Region, whereas weather in September and early October was characterized by a series of dry cold fronts. The low-pressure remnants of the powerful Pacific Hurricane Patricia moved eastward across Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico in late October, and brought tropical force winds and flooding with it. November continued to be wet but with mild temperatures. Seasonal highlights were: Cinnamon Teal, Brown Booby, and Northern Saw-whet Owl (Arkansas), and Red Phalarope, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Louisiana). Sig- nificance for Arkansas records is based on Arkansas Birds, their distribution and abun- dance (James and Neal 1986) and the Ar- kansas Audubon Society (AAS) online bird record database (for records since 1986). The significance of Louisiana records is based on trends derived from the database of bird record cards archived at the Louisi- ana State University Museum of Natural Sci- ence (LSUMNS). Records were taken from cards submitted to LSUMNS and from rare bird reports submitted to the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC). Records of Re- view List species included below have either been accepted by or are pending review of the LBRC. Abbreviations: Lake Dardanelle (Lake Dar- danelle, Yell, AR). WATERFOWL THROUGH SPOONBILLS A single Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Holla Bend NWR 25 Aug (MG) was a first for Pope, AR. A large mixed-species flock of geese containing an incredible 30,000 Greater White-fronted Geese and 2,000 Ross's Geese was north of Harrisburg, Poinsett , AR 19 Nov (DR). Very rare in fall, an ad male Cinnamon Teal was discovered on an Arkansas Audu - bon Society field trip to the Arkadelphia Oxidation Ponds, Clark 14 Nov (ML, DS, SS, m.ob.). Rare in fall in Arkansas, single Surf Scoters were reported from three locations: Lake Fayetteville, Washington 18 Oct (JN), Lake Dardanelle, Yell 3 Nov (K&LN), and DeGray Lake, Clark 15 Nov (KHo, DMc, DB m.ob.). Very rare in any season in Arkansas, two Black Scoters were identified on Lake Dardanelle, Yell 8 Nov (K&LN) and a single was seen on DeGray Lake, Clark 15 Nov (KHo, DMc, DB, m.ob.). Very uncommon in migration, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers were on Lake Dardanelle, Yell, AR 8 Nov (K&LN). An Eared Grebe at the Boyd Point Waste Wa - ter Facility, Pine Bluff, Jefferson, AR 14 Aug (DMc) was early by at least two weeks. Five Great Shearwaters (DPM, DO) and a single Audubon's Shearwater (DPM, JVR) were photographed on a pelagic trip into the Gulf of Mexico off se. Louisiana 6 Aug; the Great Shearwater record was Louisiana's first since 2000 and the number of individuals surpassed the previous all-time Louisiana total. Another single Audubon's Shearwa- ter was photographed on a 21 Sep se. Louisiana pelagic trip (DO, DPM), as was a Leach's Storm-Petrel (JVR, DPM et al.). A Magnificent Frigatebird that appeared at Kincaid Lake, Rapides, LA 27 Oct (RC, ph. SSh) was associ - ated with the passage of the remnants of Hurricane Patricia into the Gulf of Mexico. A Brown Booby was photo- graphed at Dierks Lake, Sevier 2 Nov (MH, RT, DT). Remarkably, this makes the fifth occurrence for Arkansas. In Louisiana, Brown Boobies continued to amaze, where an inland flock of at least 20, first noted in July, continued through the season at Lake Ponchartrain, Jef- ferson/St.Tammany, (NLN, JR, m.ob) and two individuals were noted in the Gulf of Mexico off Terrebonne 28 Nov (ph. RTa). Rare but increasing, a Neotropic Cormorant was seen near the Lake Chicot Pumping Station, Chi- cot , AR 25 Aug (ML). A very late Anhinga was noted flying low over the Arkadelphia Oxidation Ponds, Clark, AR 14 Nov (DS, SS, ML, m.ob.). An imm Tricolored Heron north or Arkansas City, Desha 19 Aug (K&LN) was the only Arkansas report of the season. An imm White Ibis photographed at SWEPCO Lake, near Gentry 26 Sep (MM, JSt, LH) was a first for Benton, AR. Rare in any season in Arkansas, though somewhat less-so in fall, four Plegadis sp. ibis were discovered forag- ing at the south end of Grand Lake, Chicot 19 Aug (K&LN). A single Roseate Spoonbill was north of Arkansas City, Desha, AR while three were just east of Grand Lake, Chicot, AR 19 Aug (both K&LN). RAPTORS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS A Swallow-tailed Kite at Crockett's Bluff, Arkansas 9 Sep (JH) was the season's only Arkansas report. An immature White-tailed Hawk was near Johnsons Bayou, Cameron, 7 Sep (ph. PEC). An excellent count of 538 Broad-winged Hawks was made at Mt. Magazine State Park, Logan, AR 21 Sep (EL, KHa). There were two Arkansas Swainson's Hawk reports for the season: a light-morph ad at Kibler Bottoms, Crawford 8 Aug (WB) and a very late bird near Arkadelphia, Clark 14 Nov (ML, DS, SS, m.ob.) that was the first November report in 13 years. Rare in Arkan - sas in migration, 7 flyover Sandhill Cranes were reported near Hector, Pope 8 Oct (LA); another was spotted flying over Dardanelle, Yell 21 Oct (LN), while three near Arkadel- phia, Clark 14 Nov (ML, DS, SS, m.ob.) were thought to be wintering. There were three Arkansas American Avo- cet reports: groups of 22 and 26 flying over Lake Dardanelle, Yell 8 & 13 Oct (K&LN), respectively, and 26 at the DeQueen Waste - water Plant, Sevier 24 Oct (MS, GS, JSi). A Red Phalarope at Bayou Sauvage NWR, Or - leans 17-18 October was remarkably, only Louisiana's fourth record (ph. DPM). Very uncommon in Arkansas, a lone Willet was seen near Chicot Junction, Chicot 19 Aug (K&LN). Arkansas migrant Sanderlings were spotted along the Arkansas River near Kibler, Franklin 3 Aug (JN) and Dardanelle Lock & Dam, Yell 9 & 12 Sep (K&LN). A high count of 186 Buff-breasted Sandpipers was made near Kibler, Crawford, AR 24 Aug (JN). Two Semipalmated Sandpipers photographed on 30 Oct at Crowley, Acadia, LA were late (RTe). Arkansas & Louisiana A 21 September pelagic trip off the Louisiana coast produced an unprecedented five Great Shearwaters. Photo by © Dan O'Malley.

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