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 75 N O R T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S A good movement of Common Redpolls was underway by late-Oct in North Dakota. About average for the Dakotas were three re- ports of Evening Grosbeaks. EXOTICS An Orange-checked Waxbill was photo- graphed in Williston, ND 15 Sep (AFA). A European Goldfinch was present and pho- tographed 1-11 Nov at Devils L., ND (JK). This species was seen previously at this same location 13 Apr in 2014. Contributors (state editors in boldface): Montana: Kate Atkins, Chuck Carlson, Dan Casey, Christian Hagenlocher , Ed Harper, Grace Lacy, Liz Larcom, Tony Leukering, Tom Margarian, Bob Martinka, Don and Holly Minnerath, Mike Schwitters, Stephen Turner, Robin and Richard Wolcott. North Dakota: Sandy J. Aubol, Adrian F. Azar, Nancy Drilling, Tim Driscoll, Diana K. Du- gall, Corey D. Ellingson, Matthew Fuirst, Deb E. Hanson, Larry D. Igl, Jim Klett, Dave O. Lambeth, Sherry D. Leslie, Ron E. Mar- tin, Mary Ann Melton, Mark A. Otnes, Tom Pabian, E. Scott Ray, Matt Sprenger, Alice Turner, Dennis P. Wiesenborn. South Dakota: Chris Anderson, Doug Back- lund, Gilbert Blankespoor, Doug Chapman, Joe Coppock, Nancy Drilling, Canyon Lake Group, Richard S. Latuchie, Ran Mabie, Charlie E. Miller, Gary Olson, Ricky D. Ol- son, Jeff S. Palmer, Barry Parkin, Kelly Pre- heim, Scott Stoltz, Eileen D. Stukel, Dave Swanson, Mick K. Zerr. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ron Martin, 2708 Academy Road, Minot, North Dakota 58703-1600 • jrmartin@srt.com an area where the species has nested previ- ously (MAM). Casual in Montana, a Wood Thrush was in Great Falls 19 Oct (GL, LL). The lone Sage Thrasher report was 8 Aug in Fall River, SD (RSL). Late pipits in South Da- kota included an American Pipit in Clay 30 Nov (DS) and a Sprague's Pipit in Stanley 30 Oct (SS). Casual in Montana, a Blue-winged War- bler was at Saco 23 Aug (DHM). Rare in the Dakotas during autumn, a Blue-winged War- bler was in Lincoln, SD 7 Sep (JC). A MacGil- livray's Warbler, casual in North Dakota, was noted in Steele 12 Sep (REM, CDE). Another casual visitor to Montana, a Hooded War- bler was in Great Falls 10 Oct (TM, KA). A Bay-breasted Warbler lingered in Perkins to 6 Nov (ND), furnishing a first Nov record for South Dakota. Notable warblers for the Dakotas included a Pine Warbler in Stut- sman, ND 29 Sep (LDL), a Yellow-throated Warbler in Hughes, SD 30 Sep (EDS, RDO), and a Townsend's Warbler in Custer 6 Sep (DS, JSP). The Townsend's Warbler at Malta, MT 3 Sep (EH, RRW) was well e. of their usual range in the state. A first Nov record for South Dakota, a Wilson's Warbler was in Charles Mix 1 Nov (KP). Very rare in e. North Dakota, a Yellow-breasted Chat was at Fargo 5-6 Sep (DPW). SPARROWS THROUGH FINCHES Late sparrows in South Dakota included a Savannah Sparrow in Clay 30 Nov (DS), and a Le Conte's Sparrow in Clay 30 Nov (DS). Unusually far west was a Nelson's Sparrow in Meade, SD 17 Sep (RSL). Seldom noted away from feeders when outside its regular range, a Northern Cardinal was at Denbigh Experimental Forest, ND 26 Nov+ (REM). Pine Grosbeaks put in a strong showing with four South Dakota reports 29 Oct-EOP. In North Dakota, among numerous Pine Gros- beak reports, was a peak of 12 at Denbigh Experimental Forest 11 Nov (CDE). Only a smattering of Red Crossbills were reported away from breeding areas in the Dakotas. Three reports of single White-winged Cross- bills from North Dakota spanned 26-29 Nov. 13 Nov (RDO). Casual in North Dakota, a Rufous Hummingbird was in Bismarck 10 Oct (CDE). Three Rufous Hummingbird reports came in from South Dakota 1-21 Aug. A good peak tally for North Dakota, 22 Western Wood-Pewees were in McKen- zie and Williams 8 Aug (REM, ESR). A late Eastern Wood-Pewee was in Bismarck, ND 6 Oct (CDE). Casual in nw. North Dakota, an Eastern Phoebe was at Crosby 6 Sep (ESR). The only Cassin's Kingbird report was from Fall River, SD 6 Sep (DS, JSP). A first for South Dakota and the Region, a Great Kiskadee was in Brookings 16 Sep–15 Nov (RM, GO, JSP, RDO). A late Bell's Vireo was in Hughes, SD 29 Sep (EDS). Very late was a Red-eyed Vireo in Brown, SD 1 Nov (BP). The first record for South Dakota, a Cassin's Vireo was photographed in Stanley 23 Aug (DB, SS). Common Ravens continued to ex- tend their range south through the Dakotas. In s. North Dakota were 2 in Ransom 16 Aug (AFA), followed by a single in Stark 29 Sep (MF). In South Dakota, singles were in Hard- ing 18 Oct (CEM) and in Sully 30 Oct (SS). SWALLOWS THROUGH WARBLERS A brood of Barn Swallows fledged very late in Jamestown, ND 24 Sep (LDI). Acciden- tal in S. Dakota, a Tufted Titmouse was in Sioux Falls 15-16 Oct (GB). Now seemingly regular in se. South Da- kota, Carolina Wrens were found in Lincoln 7 Sep (MKZ) and in Yankton 19 Sep (CA, JC). A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was noted 9 Aug at the International Peace Gardens, ND, SA Banding operations for Northern Saw-whet Owls were conducted again at two locations in North Dakota. Twenty-five nights at Turtle River State Park in Grand Forks yielded 102 captures. Eighty percent of the captures birds were hatch-year in- dividuals and females. One recapture was of a bird banded in Prince Albert, SK (TD). Birds were banded 26 nights at the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Of the 197 owls captured, 65% were hatch-year individuals. Five recaptures included two from the previous year and three from Saskatchewan. Additionally, one of the birds banded at this location was subsequently recaptured 25 days later in the Black Hills of South Dakota (ND). The first record for Montana and the Region, this Purple Sandpiper was at Freezout Lake, Montana, 12 November 2015. Photo by © Bob Martinka. A first record for South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, this Great Kiskadee was in Brookings County, South Dakota, 16 September to 23 November, 2015. Photo by © Kent Jensen.

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