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 160 Q U É B E C in late-Feb (fide B. Hamel). Representing Quebec's fifth and sixth records, single Gray- crowned Rosy-Finches visited Saint-Charles- de-Bellechasse 20-30 Jan (ph. L. Gaboriault) and Racine (Estrie) 9 Mar (fide G. Perreault, ph.). Contributors (sub regional editors in boldface): Pierre Bannon (Montréal), Léa Bernier, Réal Boulet, Albini Couture, Daniel Daigneault, Samuel Denault, Jonathan Fréchette, Nicole Guénette, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Diane Jalbert, Jacques Larivée (Lower-St. Lawrence), Michel Larrivée, Lucien Lemay, Gaétan Lord, Donald Mc Cutcheon, Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), Alain Richard (Magdalen Is.), Jean-François Rousseau (Québec City), Germain Savard (Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean), Daniel Toussaint (Outaouais). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pierre Bannon, 1517 Leprohon, Montréal, Québec H4E 1P1 • pbannon@videotron.ca Olivier Barden, 2942 rue de l'Aubier, Québec, Québec G1M 3V1 • iridosornis@gmail.com Normand David, 202-53 Hasting, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec H9G 3C4 • normanddavid@videotron.ca Samuel Denault, 1991 rue Saint-Zotique Est, Montréal, Québec H2G 1J2 • spdenault@gmail.com present since Nov at Amqui was last seen 16 Dec, a record late date for the Region (ph. R. Lang). Always rare in winter, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were noted at Rimouski to 20 Dec (J. Roy-Drainville, P. Fradette) and at Waterville 2-4 Jan (B. Turgeon et al.). A female or immature male Painted Bunting was at Bridgeville 1-3 Dec (P. Poulin, m.ob.). A late Dickcissel was a one- day wonder at Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon 18 Dec (R. Jones). Single male Yellow-headed Blackbirds (or the same individual?) were at Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu 7-8 Feb (fide RB) and at Cowansville Sparrow at Lachenaie 20 Dec–29 Feb+ was enjoyed by many (S. Guimond, ph., m.ob.). A first-winter Golden-crowned Sparrow at a Gatineau feeder 29 Dec–29 Feb+ (ph. K. Guilbault) provided only the third documented record for the Region, all since 2011. Increasingly regular, Summer Tanagers were reported at multiple locations in Dec with an imm. at Candiac 5 Dec (ph. L. Gaudreau), another at Québec City 16-27 Dec (R. Lepage, ph., m.ob.), and a beautiful ad. male at Alma 17-23 Dec (R. Lantin). A male Western Tanager This male Western Tanager lingered from late fall to 16 December (here 2 December) at Amqui, and established a record late date for the province. Photo by © Ronald Lang. This female-type Painted Bunting continued from November and brightened Bridgeville 1-3 December (here 30 November). Photo by © Albini Couture. Hudson-Delaware in Sussex, DE); Cape May Point (Cape May, NJ); Indian River Inlet (Sussex, DE); Montauk (Montauk Pt., Long I., Suffolk, NY); Prime Hook (Prime Hook N.W.R., Sussex, DE), Sandy Hook (part of Gateway National R.A., Monmouth, NJ). Thousand Acre Marsh (New Castle, DE). WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES For the fourth straight year, a Pink-footed Goose returned to Riverhead, Suffolk, NY 28 Nov–17 Jan (SSM, PJL). During the past few winters, multiple birds had remained as far s. as NJ, but thanks to this year's very warm Dec, all but this one bird remained n. of NY. One Black Brant was reported at Jones Beach, Nassau, NY 28 Dec (Philippe Dubois) which was then seen a few miles down the coast at Pt. Lookout, Nassau, NY 29 Dec–1 Jan (Michael McBrien). The num - bers of Snow, Ross's, and Cackling geese reported this year in DE and NJ were slightly below nor - mal and most arrived two to three weeks late. The most unusual report detailed 23 Ross's Geese among one of the first flocks of Snow Geese (ca. 8000 birds in this grouping) to arrive at Bombay Hook 13 Dec (AK, TF). A few Barnacle Geese appeared to haunt Long Island, NY this season: one roosted at Marratooka L. in Cutchogue, Suf - folk, 4 Dec–4 Feb (fide TWB, TL) and one lin- cord temperatures throughout the Region. Pre- cipitation amounts were slightly above normal and snow was definitely not a problem. During January, the average temperature and precipita - tion were normal but a massive Nor'easter with near-hurricane-force winds slammed Delaware, New Jersey, and coastal New York with 12–36 inches of snow. Temperatures in February were slightly warmer and precipitation was above normal. As a result, ducks and geese arrived late and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Goshawks, Golden Eagle, and Snowy Owl stayed later into the season in northern New York. There was a high number of half-hardy species recorded, in - cluding 18 species of warblers. The only winter finches that made any attempt to move south were Pine Siskins and Purple Finches, and that effort was half-hearted. Unusual species include Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Tufted Duck, Pacific Loon, Great Skua, Thick-billed Murre, Mew Gull, California Gull, Crested Caracara, Gyrfalcon, Varied Thrush, Harris's Sparrow, Western Tana - ger, and Bullock's Oriole. Abbreviations: Barnegat (Barnegat Lighthouse S.P., Ocean, NJ); Bombay Hook (Bombay Hook N.W.R., Kent, DE); Cape Henlopen (State Park Frank Rohrbacher Shaibal S. Mitra Robert O. Paxton Tom Reed –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ecember in the Hudson-Delaware Re- gion was extremely warm. Record-high daily temperatures were recorded across the Region and across the entire Northeast, Mid- Atlantic, and parts of the South and Midwest. The actual average temperature for December was 5-9ºF higher than the previous all-time re -

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