THE BIRDLINE, by ARMAS HILL
Out of Place from the West, North, and South
Armas Hill has presented the "Birdline", originally from
Philadelphia, on the phone and internet for over 3 decades, and on the radio
in Delaware for about 10 years.
List & Photo Gallery of North American Birds, in 6 Parts
Birdline for September 20, 2011:
It is about to be Fall. And it's now about the time when some birds
normally in western North America, can be found in the eastern part of
In the East, from the West, this past
A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was seen September 17, 18, & 19 (in the
am) along the Maryland seacoast, at Assateague
Island, in the Bayside Campground. It was keeping company with some
eastern warblers: Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Magnolia, and
A BELL'S VIREO was at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia on
A VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was observed in Cape May, New Jersey
today, September 20. Said to be a dull-plumaged bird, but with the
white on the sides of the rump being notable, as it should be. It was
seen with just one other swallow, a Barn.
There are 3 accepted records of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW in New Jersey: two birds in
both November 1992 & October 1997 at Cape May, and one in
November 1999 at East Point, in Cumberland County.
In northern New Jersey, a SAY'S PHOEBE was seen in
Whippany yesterday, September 19.
Not as unusual in the East, but also from the West, and also in New
Jersey, a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen at Brigantine Refuge
on September 17 & 18.
In Virginia, a VARIED THRUSH, from northwestern North
America, was seen on September 17.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been seen in recent days in Lenox, Massachusetts,
and in Baltimore, Maryland, in Patterson Park on
Another westerner, a SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen at the hawk watch in
Kiptopeke, Virginia, at the southern tip of the
Delmarva Peninsula, on September 19.
From the North, lately, NORTHERN WHEATEARS have been found lately in the
Northeast US on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and,
not that far away, at Montauk, on Long Island, New York
on September 17.
From the South, there have been a few notable birds
lately in the Northeast US:
About two weeks after Irene, a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen over
Westchester County, New York, on Tuesday, September 13,
in the sky above Pleasantville.
Single BROWN BOOBIES have continued in Massachusetts at
Cape Cod, and in New Jersey at Cape May.
It was noted a couple weeks ago that a large swift, thought to be a
BLACK SWIFT, was seen during Irene at Cape May, New Jersey,
on August 28.
It was also noted that there is a population of BLACK SWIFTS in
the Caribbean, on some of the larger Greater Antillean islands.
It is quite interesting that during and since Irene there have been
other sightings of large dark swifts out-of-range in the
eastern United States, apparently BLACK SWIFTS.
A "large swift" was noted over the Hudson River, seen from
Manhattan, New York City, on August 28.
Another was noted as being seen in Massachusetts on
September 1, near Belchertown and the Quabbin Reservoir, flying south
with a group of Common Nighthawks.
Two were seen in Charleston, South Carolina, at
James Island, on August 30, with Chimney Swifts with which a good comparison
could be made.
Most recently, a bird said to be a BLACK SWIFT was seen in North
Carolina, in Haywood County, on September 19. It was circling
overhead above the observer. Some CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen in the sky
there earlier that same day.
Most of these occurrences were sightings. At least one was
photographed. Without a specimen, it can not be known for sure from
which population of BLACK SWIFTS these vagrants would be, but it may
assumed that they were from the Caribbean rather than from western
North America. An assumption.
In Bermuda, the GREAT KISKADEE is a common bird,
introduced from North America, where it occurs, as a resident, from
south Texas to Argentina.
On August 28, during Irene, a GREAT KISKADEE was photographed onboard
a ship in the New York harbor.
Next time, on the Birdline, probably more news of birds "out of
place", also with some reference to recent bird
migration, of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, that have been moving
south through the Northeast US in good numbers as they
would be now, and of some PASSERINE BIRDS, migrating at
night, as they normally do.
Armas Hill has presented the Birdline, originally from Philadelphia, on
the phone and internet for decades (3), and on the radio in Delaware for
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