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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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 157 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 Dec at DeWolfe Park, Bedford Basin, H.R.M. (Jim Edsall, David Currie, Graham Williams). Extremely rare to NS and well out of place, a Hermit Warbler was a surprising find at Black Point Centre, Pictou 11-12 Dec (ph. Ken McK - enna, Amber & Steve Vines) and provided the province with its fifth record of the species. Exceptionally rare for the season, a Summer Tanager was at the feeders of Rosemary Critch at Pt. LaHaye, N.F. 6 Dec. (fide BM). Rare to Prince Edward I., a Summer Tanager report - ed 15 Dec at Traveller's Rest, Prince (ph. Dean MacGougan) was observed again 17 & 22 Dec in the same community (Donna Martin). Equally unusual was the report of a Western Tanager at Port aux Basques, N.F. 7 Dec (ph. Alvan Buckley). CONTRIBUTORS: Roger Etcheberry (St. Pierre et Miquelon), David Christie (New Brunswick), Ian McLaren (NS), Bruce Mactavish (Newfoundland and Labrador). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Seeler, 28 Irwin Drive, Charlottetown PE, C1E 1S2 • dseeler@eastlink.ca throughout seven counties within NS this sea- son, suggesting an evolving and growing pres- ence within the region (fide IM). Amazingly, 2 Bullock's Orioles attended feeders at Orwell, Queens, PE 15-22 Dec (ph., vt. Steve Leath), providing the province with its fifth and sixth records of that species. A hatch-year male Bullock's Oriole was at Whitney Pier, Cape Breton, NS 20 Dec+ (ph. Sue King-Crosse, m. ob.). A second-year male was later found at nearby Westmount, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, NS mid-Feb through the period (Joe Mills, m. ob.). Quite uncommon in win - ter, 3 Baltimore Orioles were found 20 Dec at St. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM (Laurent Jackman) and another was located at St. Pierre, SPM 6 Jan (Nathalie Michel). Apparently heralding the end of winter, 19 Common Grackles were very early migrants on the Avalon Pen., N.F. 18 Feb (BM) and 21 were present there 21 Feb (Allison Mews). Two Prairie Warblers were surprising finds in NS, with one located along Baccaro Rd., Shelburne, NS 13 Dec (Murray Newell, ph. Mark Dennis) and another dis - covered during the Bedford area C.B.C. 27 the species is potentially becoming more regu - lar in that province. A lone Vesper Sparrow observed at Lower Canard, Kings NS 7 Jan also lingered quite late into the season (fide Ken McKenna). Lincoln's Sparrow is quite rare in winter, yet one was identified at St. Pierre. St. Pierre I., SPM 11 Dec (Laurent Jackman). A single Savannah Sparrow at St. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM 13 Dec was quite uncommon for winter (Laurent Jackman). Significant was the total of 15 Yellow-breasted Chats found A Hermit Warbler made for a rare find at Black Point Centre, Pictou, NS 11-12 December (here 12) and provided the province with its fifth record of the species. Photo by © Ken McKenna. Pierre Bannon Olivier Barden Normand David Samuel Denault –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A n astounding start to winter 2015- 2016 was illustrated by 191 species of birds reported in December, including 13 species of warblers and 15 species of spar - rows. Also noteworthy were 13 species that established record late departure dates for the province. This deluge of records was obviously associated with one of the warmest Decembers recorded. Overall, December temperatures were 7º to 10º C above normal except in the far north, where it was closer to normal. Tem - peratures climbed to 10º-20º C above normal on Christmas Eve, even as far north as Kuujj - uaq, near Ungava Bay. January continued very mild with temperatures 3º to 6º C above nor - mal, while February was closer to normal but with temperatures still slightly above normal. Overall, precipitation for the season was below average, especially during January. A total of 204 species was recorded this season, an all- time record and the first time more than 200 species were detected in a single winter. The mean species total over the last 15 years has been 172 species. GEESE THROUGH MURRES A Black Brant at Lévis 8 Dec (ph. R. Gingras) was possibly the same individual reported at Victoriaville 12 Dec (ph. C. Roy). Two Barnacle Geese were still at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield 6-8 Dec (M. Bourque), while one on the Chambly basin 1-13 Dec provided a new record late date for the province (R. Belhumeur, Y. Gauthier). A Mute Swan visited La Malbaie 27 Jan (D. Patry), while a Tundra Swan at Matane 13 Dec (S. Mercier, L. Fradette) was noteworthy. A Northern Shoveler at Mascouche 4 Jan was late (C. Nyms et al.). A King Eider was still present at La Baie 30 Dec (m.ob.). A pair of Harlequin Ducks has continued at Rivière des Prairies, Montreal for over a year (m.ob.). Single Ruddy Ducks at Lévis 1 Dec (C. Deschênes) and at Inverness 13 Dec (D. McCutcheon) were unexpected. A group of 11 Gray Partridges spent the entire season at Bic, at the limit of the species' range (R. Pitre, ph., m.ob.). Wild Turkeys reported at Rivière Trois- Pistoles and at Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! seemed to argue for a range extension from Maine into the Lower St. Lawrence (m. ob.). A Red-throated Loon at Grande-Rivière 1 Feb was late (M. Larrivée) while an ad. Pacific Loon reported at Newport 30 Dec–2 Jan provided a record late date for the province (M. Larrivée, m.ob.). Common Loons were widely reported, probably due to many waterways remaining unfrozen until mid-Jan. The last were at Saint-Simon-sur-mer 31 Jan (M. Beaulieu) and at Pointe-au-Père 3 Feb (L. Saint-Laurent). Single Red-necked Grebes were found at Les Bergeronnes 5 Feb (D. Turgeon), Gatineau 6 Feb (J. Savard), and Percé 14 Feb (A. Couture). Single Northern Fulmars wandered inland to La Baie 9 Dec (J. Rousseau, J. Tremblay), and Gatineau 10 Dec (R. Bisson et al.). A Great Egret at Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu 13 Dec was late Québec

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