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 77 S O U T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S NE 17 Oct (CNK, SQ, BWe), a single Western Sandpiper in Lancaster, NE 20 Oct (EB) and 3 Westerns in Alfalfa, OK 31 Oct (JAG). White- rumped Sandpiper is very rare in the Region in fall; this fall, all reports came from Kansas. One was in Douglas 7 Sep (JCo, JK, GP), 1-4 at Cheyenne Bottoms 7-10 Oct (LO, GP, DS), and 6 in Jefferson 11 Oct (JK). Additional tardy shorebirds were the 90 Stilt Sandpipers in Al - falfa, OK 31 Oct (JAG) and 4 still there 7 Nov (fide JAG). Westerly Buff-breasted Sandpip - ers in Kansas were a single in Ford 1 Oct (JC) and two in Kingman 19 Sep (SS). A Wilson's Phalaropes at Cheyenne Bottoms 25 Oct (DL, JLa, BS), and an apparently injured bird, at Quivira 20 Oct-19 Nov (ZP), were notewor - thy. Red-necked Phalaropes become rare the further southeast you travel in the Region; 16 were observed at 5 locations in e. Nebraska 21 Aug-20 Sep (fide WRS), one in Jefferson, KS 28 Aug (JK), 2-12 in Alfalfa, OK 8-24 Sep (SM, GH, JAG), and one at Hackberry Flat 25 Sep (JAG), while one in Harlan, NE 24 Oct (TJW) was late. Red Phalarope is a Regional rarity; one was at Quivira 9 Sep (DHo photo). ALCIDS THROUGH FALCONS A stunning find was the second Long-billed Murrelet for Kansas, at Cheyenne Bottoms 6 Oct (RP); the observer "noted an unusual- looking bird very close to the roadway" and was fortunate to be able to snap a photo with his cell phone. Any jaeger is exciting, but a Pomarine Jaeger 19-20 Aug at Cheyenne Bot - toms (JCo, MRo) was exceptional for more than just the species involved—the date of the find was remarkably early, as most records are for later in fall. Perhaps the rarest of the gulls to be ex - pected in the Region is Black-headed Gull; a cooperative basic ad. was in Lancaster, NE 11-22 Nov (NAr photo, m. ob.), the third for Nebraska. A Little Gull was at Cheyenne Bot - toms 7 Oct (NV), one of about 20 records in all for Kansas. Individual Laughing Gulls—a regular, though rare vagrant in the Region— cialty; up to 8 were there through 8 Oct (DA, BH). Common Gallinules (2-4) lingered there 27 Oct-4 Nov (DA). Common Gallinules were also enjoying the wetness at Hackberry Flat; 1-3 were found 27 Aug-19 Sep (L&MT, LS). Two Sandhill Cranes at Quivira 26 Sep were rather early (DH). Whooping Cranes were widely-reported in central Nebraska and Kan - sas (fide WRS, fide CO); one in Thayer, NE 29 Nov (JGJ) was fifth-latest for the state. The lat - est for Kansas were the 3 in Clay 13 Dec (fide CO). A group of 5 Whoopers was easterly in Lancaster, NE 13 Nov (JGJ video). Tardy Pluvialis plovers were 5 Black-bellieds at Cheyenne Bottoms 24 Nov (MR) and a single American Golden at Quivira 14-19 Nov (fide CO). Quivira and Cheyenne Bottoms hosted rather late Snowy Plovers with 19 11 Oct (JLa) and several still present on 25 Oct (fide CO), and 2 on 22 Oct (LO, GP, DS), re - spectively. Of note, no Mountain Plovers were reported. A Black-necked Stilt tarried at Chey - enne Bottoms to 17 Oct (JLa, BS), and another was far to the east in Washington, OK 30 Sep (MD). An impressive count of American Avo - cets was the 1604 at Quivira 6 Oct (BJ); 29 were late at Cheyenne Bottoms 24 Nov (MR). Avocets were present through the end of the period in Alfalfa, OK (GH). A Long-billed Dowitcher at Quivira 20 Nov (PC) was late. The 5 reports of Short-billed Dowitcher from Nebraska and Oklahoma 16 Aug-8 Sep (fide WRS, JAG) were within the ex - pected migration period. There was a series of tardy Tringa sandpipers reported: two Solitar - ies at Quivira 25 Oct (DL, JLa, BS) and one in Logan, OK to 21 Nov (ZP); a Greater Yel - lowlegs in Thayer, NE 23 Nov (JGJ); a Willet in Lancaster, NE 24 Oct (TEL); two Lesser Yel - lowlegs at Quivira 14 Nov (fide CO). Also tardy was a Spotted Sandpiper in Cleveland, OK 22 Nov (TK) as were Marbled Godwits at Chey - enne Bottoms 25 Oct (JLa, DL, BS) and Alfalfa, OK 31 Oct (JAG). Other lingering sandpipers were a Semipalmated Sandpiper in Saunders, there 26 Aug (JGJ). Vagrant White Ibises away from Red Slough consisted of one in Alfalfa 5 Aug (JAG, GH, SM) and two in Canadian 19- 24 Aug (DMc, MJ, JH). A Glossy Ibis was iden - tified in Clay, NE 16 Aug with a possible juve- nile (JGJ). White-faced Ibis lingering in Kansas included 20 in Stafford 20 Nov (MR) and 2 in Atchison 23 Nov (DM), while in Oklahoma, 9 lingered in Canadian to 25 Nov (DMc). RAPTORS THROUGH PHALAROPES The two pairs of nesting Ospreys in Scotts Bluff, NE fledged 6 young by mid-Aug (KD), capping the first successful breeding in the state. An Osprey in Cleveland, OK 2 Aug (ZD) was early, and another in Shawnee, KS 20 Nov (RM) was tardy. A Swallow-tailed Kite in Barber, KS 28 Aug-6 Sep (BJ, EY, MT, m. ob.) constituted the 6th in recent years. An easterly Mississippi Kite was in Lancaster, NE 16 Aug (JG) with 5 birds in Delaware, OK 2 Sep (LS) also being rather far to the east. Singles of the species in Riley, KS 1 Oct (JRo) and Harvey, KS 3 Oct (juv., KP) were tardy. A Red-shouldered Hawk at Cheyenne Bottoms 25 Oct (DL, JLa, BS) and a Broad-winged Hawk in Dawes, NE 24 Sep (JL) were both westerly records for these more quintessentially eastern Buteos. Nov reports of Swainson's Hawk in the Region are few, so of note were a juv. possibly injured, in Neosho, KS 14 Nov (AB), and two at Hack - berry Flat 5 Nov (GK). A Rough-legged Hawk in Cimarron, OK 13 Oct (DR) was an early ar - rival. An imm. Ferruginous Hawk was easterly in Douglas, NE 18 Nov (JTo) as were Golden Eagles in Hall, NE 29 Oct (TJW) and Brown, KS 10 Nov (CM, SN, LVZ). Rarely-reported, Yellow Rails were noted in Nemaha, NE 27 Sep (WRS) and Douglas, NE 12 Oct (found dead; JR). Black Rail is a noto - riously tough species to document. However, a calling bird was heard in Nemaha, NE 27 Sep (WRS), 3 Oct (ARy, CRy), and 11 Oct (WRS, ARy). A tardy Sora was in Johnson, KS 3 Nov (MWi). Purple Gallinule is a Red Slough spe - These 3 juvenile Ospreys, photographed 10 August 2015 in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska departed the nest by 13 August. This is the first year Ospreys bred successfully in Nebraska, here at the east edge of Scottsbluff. Photo by © Kathy Delara. A Swallow-tailed Kite graced the air in Barber County, Kansas 28 August to 6 September 2015 (here 6 Sep- tember). This represented Kansas's 6th in recent times. Photo by © Sue Newland.

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