North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

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 156 AT L A N T I C P R O V I N C E S & S T. P I E R R E E T M I Q U E LO N Nathan Staples). Subsequently, a Townsend's Solitaire was then found at Richibucto 11 Jan (ph. Robert Shortall)— likely the same indi - vidual. A very late Hermit Thrush was discov- ered at Grand Barachois, Miquelon I., SPM 5 Jan (Laurent Jackman). The winter tradition of cross-Atlantic vagrants visiting N.F. continued when a Fieldfare discovered at Lumsden 6 Feb (ph. Trace Stagg, Ken Knowles, John Wells, ph. BM) provided the province with its ninth record for the species (fide Jared Clarke). Ab - solute astonishment met the arrival of a Red- wing, assigned to the nominate subspecies ilia- cus, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville, NS 2 Dec (ph. Dennis Garratt) which lingered through 15 Feb (ph. Laurie Ann Quinty, m. ob.) and provided the province with its third record of that species. Also quite rare to S.P.M. was a Redwing discovered at St. Pierre, St. Pierre I. 31 Jan–4 Feb (ph. Patrick Hacala); it provided the French I. with its second record of that species. A Varied Thrush provided an interesting, but brief, glimpse at Lower Sack - ville, NS 23 Jan (Lois Codling). In N.F. a Varied Thrush was observed at Rocky Harbour 3-16 Feb (Anne Marceau, Michael Bruzniski, ph. Danock Whitaker et al.). A Chipping Sparrow, an occasional visitor to Prince Edward Island, was found at Mon - tague 26 Dec (Dale Murchison). More unusual was the Clay-colored Sparrow at Quispam - sis, Kings, NB 17 Dec (Karen Miller, ph. Da- vid Putt). Three Clay-colored Sparrow in NS were unexpected this season. The first was a male at Hartlen's Pt., H.R.M. 13 Dec (ph. Keith Lowe) while a second male was at Cheticamp, Inverness, NS 16 Dec (fide Ken McKenna). The remaining Clay-colored Sparrow was discov - ered at Lakeville, H.R.M., NS 12–13 Jan (ph. Ann Lane) helping form the impression that winter season was a Black-backed Woodpecker reported at Dalvay, Prince Edward Island N.P., Queens 14 Dec & 7 Jan (Ben Hoteling). Two Black-backed Woodpeckers reported on the French I.: a male at N. Langlade, St. Miquelon I., SPM 7 Jan and a female at Cap Miquelon, St. Miquelon I., SPM 8 Jan (Laurent Jackman); both very rare for that jurisdiction. Also quite rare to the French I. was an American Kestrel at St. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM 16 & 26 Jan (Joël Detcheverry). A white-morph Gyrfalcon made for an unusual report at Eel. R., Restigouche, New Brunswick 1 Dec+ (ph. Ken Runsborough, ph. Jim Clifford). Following reports of up to 14 Western Kingbirds in NS during the fall, it was no surprise that 4 lingered into the winter season, at a time when they are considered rare in the province (fide IM). The first was reported at Canso, Guysborough 8 Dec (Kate Steele) while another was present at the Head of the Jeddore, H.R.M. 8-16 Dec (ph. Loretta Helleran). Single Western Kingbirds were also discovered at Brier I., Digby 12-14 Dec (Eric Mills et al.) and at Cornwallis, Kings, NS 17 Dec (ph. Anna Todd). A White-eyed Vireo, a rare winter vagrant, was discovered at Pubnico Pt., Yarmouth, NS 4 Dec (ph. Ronnie d'Entremont). A very late Blue-headed Vireo lingered into early-Jan at Waterford Bridge Rd., N.F., providing the province with its first winter record of that species (ph. BM). WRENS THROUGH TANAGERS Marsh Wren is quite rare to NS during the win- ter season, therefore it was a pleasant surprise when 2 were discovered along the French Ba - sin Trail, Annapolis Royal, NS 1 Dec (ph. Chris Pepper, Kate Steele). Mountain Bluebirds con - tinued their incursion into NS this season. A hatch year male and a female lingered from fall through 26 Dec at Mavillette, Digby, NS (ph. Joan Comeau, ph. Simon d'Entremont). A Mountain Bluebird was present at the Hawk, Cape Sable I., 2-4 Dec (ph. Cal Brown, ph. Bill Curry) and subsequently two hatch-year males were found at the same locale 5 Dec (Keith Lowe) and lin - gered through 25 Dec (Clyde Stoddart, ph. Alix d'Entremont, m. ob.). Subse - quent analyses of the occurrences sug- gest that at least 4 Mountain Bluebirds were present in NS this season (fide Alix. d'Entremont). A Townsend's Solitaire provided Prince Edward Island with its second winter record when it was dis - covered at Rice Pt., Queens 2 Dec (ph. Natalie & Don Carrol). Also rare to New Brunswick in winter, a Townsend's Soli - taire was located at Richibucto, Kent 12 Dec (ph. Robert Shortall) and was again observed at the same locale 1 Jan (ph. Hawk Owl was observed at West Pt., Prince 1-30 Jan (Donna Martin, ph. Nicole Murtaugh, Dwaine Oakley). A rare winter visitor to Prince Edward Island, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers were reported this season— one attending feeders at Harrington, Queens 1 Dec–5 Jan (Holly MacEachern), and the other at Rocky Pt., Queens 2 Jan (Lois Doan). Also rare to Prince Edward Island during the A late vagrant, this Red-shouldered hawk lingered 30 December–7 February (here 30 Dec) at Pleasant Island, NS. Photo by © Alix d'Entremont. This Fieldfare was discovered at the home of Trace Stagg and remained long enough for a number of people to view it in Lumsden, Newfoundland. Photo by © Bruce MacTavish. Discovered at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lower Sackville, NS, this Redwing of the nominate subspecies iliacus provided exciting views to many observers 2 December–15 February and supplied the province with its third record of this species. Photo by © Laurie Ann Quinty. This Redwing discovered at St. Pierre, St. Pierre et Miquelon 31 January represented the second record of this species for the French Islands. Photographed here by © Patrick Hacala.

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