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 158 Q U É B E C notable. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at La Pocatière 6 Dec–23 Jan was one of very few mid-winter sightings (C. Auchu, C. Girard). A Blue-headed Vireo at Saint-Armand 11 Dec provided a new late date for the Region by one day (J. Vandergaast). A continuing Ruby- crowned Kinglet at Sainte-Catherine survived until 13 Feb (NG, LL, m.ob.). Four Eastern Bluebirds at Saint-Télesphore 31 Jan reflect a more regular winter presence for this species in the last decade (D. Collins). A female Mountain Bluebird at Cap Saint- Ignace 6-7 Dec (L. Lamontagne, Y. Bernier, ph., m.ob.) was part of an unprecedented movement in the East and represented the first record in the Region in 15 years. Townsend's Solitaire continues to make pretty steady winter appearances; this season, one was at Cap-Chat mid-Nov through 9 Jan (A Gagnon et al.), another was at Thetford Mines until Turnstone at Baie des Capucins 10 Dec was late (P. Paulin) as was a White-rumped Sandpiper at Saint-Vallier 8 Dec (G. Cyr et al.). Thousands of Black-legged Kittiwakes remained in the Lower St. Lawrence and in Gaspésie well into early-Jan; an imm. reached the Beauharnois Dam 8-9 Jan (B. Barnhurst, S. Denault), a late record for this inland location. An Ivory Gull was seen briefly at Les Escoumins 10 Jan (ph. Y. Demers). A first-winter Laughing Gull was well described at Beauharnois 3 Jan, also a new record late date for the province (B. & T. Goulet). Single Thick-billed Murres at L'Anse-à- Brillant 26 Dec (D. Jalbert), and at Percé 9-18 Jan were worthy of note (A. Couture et al.). WOODPECKERS THROUGH THRUSHES Single Red-headed Woodpeckers at Pierrefonds 10 Feb (G. Sirois) and at Québec City 10 Feb–23 Mar (R. Simard, m.ob.) were (fide D. Daigneault). A Black Vulture at Ville- Marie 24 Dec was noteworthy (J. Fréchette), while a Turkey Vulture at Varennes 17 Feb was unusual (L. Bernier). Bald Eagles were well in evidence throughout the province, e.g. 34 still in the upper Laurentians during early-Jan (MA. Montpetit) and 15 at Val d'Or 1 Jan (F. Dubois). An American Coot at Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu until 2 Feb (R. Boulet) and one at Saint-Laurent (Île d'Orléans) until 10 Jan (G. Lord) were noteworthy. Ditto for single Killdeers at Neuville 21-25 Dec (G. Lord, m.ob.) and at Duhamel-Ouest 21 Dec (J. Fréchette). A Greater Yellowlegs at Henryville 12 Dec established a new record late date for the province (S. Vanier, D. Ouellette). A Ruddy Part of an exceptional influx through the East, this female Mountain Bluebird at Cap Saint-Ignace 6-7 (here 7) December represented the first Québec record in 15 years. Photo by © Alain Sheinck. This Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch at Saint-Charles-de- Bellechasse 20-30 January (here 26) furnished the province's fifth record. Photo by © Louise Gaboriault. This Veery, detected at Hatley on several dates in December (here 5), beat out the Region's previous late date for the species by two months. Photo by © Michael Bradley. Surprising was this first-winter Golden-crowned Sparrow that took up residence at a Gatineau feeder from 29 December through the rest of the season (here 23 January). This individual furnished the third record for the province; interestingly, all have occurred since 2011. Photo by © Karen Guilbault. This Northern Waterthrush at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield 11-13 December (here 13) was record late by over a month. Photo by © Suzanne Labbé.

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