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 90 I D A H O & W E S T E R N M O N TA N A Carl Lundblad, Bob Martinka, Travis Morhardt, John Parker, Kylie Paul, Eric Rasmussen, Shawn Richmond, Paul Rossi, Bob Rost, RL Rowland, Mary Rumple, James Michael Scott, Ruth Shea, Nicholas Sly, Shirley Sturts, Gary Swant, Charles Swift, Chuck Trost, Doug Ward, Heidi Ware, Pat Weber, Cliff Weisse, Kay Lynn and Linda Wilcox, Robin Wolcott, Cole Wolf (CWo), Poo Wright-Pulliam, Fred Zeillemaker. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Trochlell, 2409 East N Ave, La Grande, Oregon 97850 • dtrochlell@gmail.com Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Larry Arnold, Gifford Beaton, Ned Bix- ler, Janet Bodle, Jim Brown (JBr), Kris Buchler, Steve Butterworth, Kathleen Cameron, Jay Carlisle, Keith Carlson (KCa), Richard Cimino, Darren Clark, Hobart Collins, Alan Crockett, Jon Curd (JCu), Stoddard Davenport, Rich DelCarlo (RDC), Rod Drewien, Vic Fesolowitz, Tom Forwood, Robin Garwood, Daniel George, Terry Gray, John Hanna, Lisa Hardy, Lou Ann Harris (LAH), Craig Hohenberger, Denise Hughes, Cheryl Huizinga (CHu), Don Jones, Sam Koenen, Nate Kohler, Alex Lamoreaux, of Clyde Park 30 Oct (VF). Golden-crowned Sparrows, rare, but annual in migration, vis - ited Moscow, ID 9 & 16 Sep (CL, CS), near Ola, ID 14-19 Sep (ph, FZ), and Missoula, MT 20-22 Sep (JBr). A pair of Indigo Bun - tings found near Bozeman, MT 24 Aug (TF) was very surprising; although not annual, the species is usually reported during the spring migration season. All notable Rusty Blackbird sightings were in Montana this season, with 4 near Somers 20 Oct (SR). If accepted, a Purple Finch at Hailey 14 Nov (ph., RG) will add to Idaho's nine confirmed records. Nov (RN), and R.S. 4 & 29 Oct (RN, SW). Scarce in recent years, single imm. Little Blue Herons were at the Alameda flats 13 Sep (B. Vaughn) and Six Mile Dam 7 Sep (SW). An imm. dark morph Reddish Egret provided a Doña Ana first at Mesilla Bosque S.P. 8 Oct (ph. JZ, MS, ph. WE). Another good Yellow- crowned Night-Heron season found 2 near Radium Springs 4-8 Sep (MS, JZ) and, in the east, singles at Texico 2 Aug (ph. WE), the Clo - vis treatment ponds 28 Aug-4 Sep (ph. KS, ph. JO, JP), the Tatum treatment ponds 5 Aug (JP, JO), McMillan Dam 10 Oct (ph. RN), and Six Mile Dam 27 Sep (SW). Continuing from Jul, the Roseate Spoonbill at B.L.N.W.R. was last reported 1 Aug (ph. RN). A Turkey Vulture was late at Silver City 30 Nov (KB). A White-tailed Kite was north in the R.G.V. to Bosque N.W.R. 24 Oct (ph. MA); in the southwest, one was at Rancho Hidalgo west of Animas 4 Nov (L. Andree). Two ad. Bald Eagles at Ruby Ranch, San Miguel 18 Aug and later (WW) were reportedly present all summer. Now an expected migrant through the Pecos Valley, an ad. Common Black-Hawk was at R.S. 21 Sep (ph. RN); another ad. was in the lower R.G.V. at Mesilla Park 24 Aug (W. Haussamen). The presence of a juv. Gray Hawk circling above Mesilla Bosque S.P. 10 Oct (ph. DB) sug - gested an increase in that species' population Sartor O. Williams III –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– F ollowing a summer of relatively generous rains, autumn 2015 in New Mexico was both warmer and drier than usual, but with occasional flash floods, hail storms, strong winds, and prairie snowstorms to keep things interesting. Birding was steady as well as inter - esting, and several rarities were documented, including the state's third Glaucous-winged Gull and first Wood Stork since 2003 plus Purple Gallinule, Canada Warbler, and Streak- backed Oriole. A highlight was New Mexico's first confirmed Golden-fronted Woodpecker, which brought the state list to 544 species veri - fied by specimen, photo, or audio. Abbreviations: B.L.N.W.R. (Bitter Lake N.W.R.); Bosque N.W.R. (Bosque del Apache N.W.R.); E.B.L. (Elephant Butte Lake); L.V.N.W.R. (Las Vegas N.W.R.); N.R.T. (north Roosevelt migrant trap west of Melrose); P.O. Canyon (Post Office Canyon, Peloncillo Mts.); R.G.V. (Rio Grande Valley); R.S. (Rattlesnake Springs area including adjacent Washington Ranch, Eddy). WATERFOWL THROUGH HAWKS Noteworthy waterfowl included 3 Tundra Swans at Abiquiu L. 22 Nov (ph. WE) plus single Tundras at Rio Rancho 27 Nov (CH) and the old L. McMillan Dam 21 Nov (ph. RN), up to 8 Greater Scaup at Bosque N.W.R. 19-25 Nov (m.ob., ph. DK), a Surf Scoter at Washing - ton Ranch near R.S. 28 Oct-5 Nov (ph. SOW, m.ob., m.ph.), and a White-winged Scoter at Bluewater L., Cibola 31 Oct-1 Nov (ph. MB, NP, DH). A family group of 11 Montezuma Quail in Bear Trap Canyon 23 Aug (SM) pro - vided a good count for the San Mateo Mts. A Red-throated Loon at Cochiti L. 29-30 Nov (DC, JO) continued into Dec and provided a Sandoval first. A Pacific Loon was south to Mescalero L. 27 Nov (JO). The earliest Com - mon Loon of the season was one retrieved from a brine pit east of Loving 23 Oct; it was one of five found there by 23 Nov, 4 of which were rehabilitated and released elsewhere (fide SW). Two stripe-headed juv. Pied-billed Grebes were at Maxwell N.W.R. on the late date of 8 Nov (CR). An ad. Western Grebe was tending large young at Maxwell N.W.R. 10 Sep (ph. JL). Last reported in New Mexico in 2003, a Wood Stork put in a surprise visit along the Tularosa R. northeast of Aragon, Catron 20 Sep (ph. D. White). An ad. Brown Pelican was at Heron L. 26 Nov (ph. BF, ph. WE, ph. RC); there is but one previous Rio Arriba record. American Bitterns were at B.L.N.W.R. Aug-Oct (m.ob.), including a remarkably high count of 3 there 30 Sep (JIS); singles were in the R.G.V. at Bosque N.W.R. 8 Aug (KS, M. Shoop) and Las Cruces 28 Oct (NS) and, in the southeast, at the Conoco Pond south of Maljamar 28 Oct (J. Nelson-Moore), below Brantley Dam 25 New Mexico This Wood Stork along the Tularosa River near Aragon, Ca- tron County, New Mexico, 20 September 2015, provided only the second state record since 1975. Photo by © David White.

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