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 200 N O R T H E R N C A N A D A & G R E E N L A N D Loon seen along the Yukon R. at Whitehorse, YT 18 Dec–8 Jan (ph. CE, JH; PS; LM, TM; JV) eventually succumbed to the freezing condi - tions. A total of 27 Bald Eagles tallied on the Dec 26 Whitehorse, YT C.B.C. (fide JH) reflects a new normal for this species' wintering status. A Sharp-shinned Hawk, casual in winter, was seen at Haines Jct. 11 & 21 Dec (JB, TS). A Golden Eagle, also casual in winter, was noted on the Whitehorse, YT C.B.C. 26 Dec (ph. CE). The Region's only winter gull reports consisted of 2 Black-legged Kittiwakes and 12 Glaucous Gulls at Sisimiut, Greenland 11 Feb (KUH). Two long-staying Eurasian Collared-Doves were auspiciously noted during the Dawson, YT C.B.C. 20 Dec (GB, CH). Snowy Owls winter in the Region but are rarely seen. One present at Mayo, YT during Oct to late-Dec was unfortunately missed during the 29 Dec C.B.C. (fide MOD); one was noted on the Arviat, NU C.B.C. 19 Dec (fide MB); and one was at Johnson's Crossing, YT 30 Dec (ph. AS) with perhaps the same bird at nearby Morley Bay, YT 2 Jan (ph. CA, DH). Two Northern Pygmy- Owls, casual in s. YT, were both found 31 Jan: one at Dezadeash Lake and another along the Kluane Range (ph. CE). Single Great Gray Owls were seen at Tagish, YT 20 Dec (ph. CE, PS) and near the Ibex Valley 3 Feb (DB), while 3 were seen in the s. Great Slake Lake area, NT 31 Dec (RH). Despite being common through - out the year, the only Boreal Owl report from NT detailed one at Hay Lake 13 Feb (PW). WOODPECKERS THROUGH PASSERINES Black-backed Woodpecker can be scarce in s. YT; singles were at Louse Lake 23 Feb (TA), and M'Clintock Bay 28 Feb (JH). A Northern Flick - er, casual in YT during winter, was reported during the Watson Lake C.B.C. 26 Dec (fide JS). A Pileated Woodpecker, the first for sw. YT, was seen around Haines Jct. 21 Dec+ (ph. JB, TS; SD; DB; ph. CE). Two Pileated Woodpeck - ers were seen on the Fort Simpson, NT C.B.C. 27 Dec (DT); another was seen on the Yellow - knife, NT C.B.C. 2 Jan (fide RB). Gyrfalcons, while present, are rarely seen in winter, but one was noted for the C.B.C. count week at Arviat, NU (fide MB). Leading the Region for Common Ravens numbers were Whitehorse, YT with a high count of 2795 on the 26 Dec C.B.C. (fide JH), and Yellowknife, NT with 2172 during the 2 Jan C.B.C. (fide RB). The Arctic Bay, NU C.B.C. recorded just one species with a total of 313 Common Ravens 3 Jan (CK, TK); likewise the Igloolik, NU C.B.C. recorded 160 Common Ravens 19 Dec (MA). Beyond C.B.C.s, the only species reported from NU this season was Com - mon Raven with counts of 10 at Qamanittuaq (Baker Lake) 11 Jan (MG), 25 at Rankin Inlet 13 Jan (MG), and 12 at Kugluktuk 22 Jan (ML). Northern Shrike is rare but regular in winter; singles were detected on the Dawson, YT C.B.C. 20 Dec (fide SJ); at Haines Jct., YT 21 & 28 Dec (JB, TS; DB); at Range Lake, NWT 26 Jan (JS); at Fort Simpson, NT 23 Feb (DT). Mountain Chickadee numbers were down during this year's Carcross C.B.C., with just 5 found 19 Dec (fide DK). The season high count of Amer - ican Dippers was established by 9 along the Takhini R., s. YT 7 Feb (CE); a total of 6 were recorded along the Yukon R. in Whitehorse, s. YT 27 Feb (JH). A single American Robin that appeared to make it through the winter along the Yukon R. in Whitehorse, YT (m.ob.), was duly noted on the 26 Dec C.B.C. (fide JH); an - other was seen at Kusawa Lake, s. YT 7 Feb (CE). Bohemian Waxwing can be scarce in NT during winter; a flock of 29 was noted at Hay R. 22 Jan (GV). A flock of 40 Snow Buntings was recorded on the Kluane Lake, YT C.B.C. 27 Dec (fide JB); 31 were also seen at Mendenhall, YT 20 Feb (CE). Rare winter sparrows included a Lincoln's Sparrow on the Car - cross, Yukon C.B.C. 19 Dec (DK); single White-throated Sparrows at Haines Jct., s. YT 23-31 Jan (RJ, WJ, JB, ph. CE) and at Fort Simpson, NT 1-7 Dec (ph. DT); single White-crowned Sparrows at Fort Simpson, NT 6 Dec (DT) and at Shallow Bay, s. YT through the season (MD, CG, ph. CE). A Brewer's Blackbird, casual in winter, was a surprise find during the Nahanni Butte, NT C.B.C. 2 Jan (ph. DT, MAH, LT, PT). In what was a low year for Common Redpolls, a high YT count of 100 was notched at Haines Jct. 21 Dec (JB, TS), while in NT the high count was just 14 at Hay R. 2 Jan (GV). High YT counts for Hoary Redpoll included 20 during the Takhini-Laberge C.B.C. 27 Dec (BD, CE) and 11 at Shallow Bay 21 Feb (CE). NT is typically home to larger numbers of Hoary Redpolls; high counts this season in - cluded 40 at Fort Simpson 21 Dec (DT) and 25 on the Yellowknife C.B.C. 2 Jan (fide RB). Greenland checked in with a count of 100 Hoary Redpolls at Kangerlussuaq 9 Feb (KUH). A total of 36 Evening Grosbeaks, rare in the Re - gion, was tallied on the Fort Smith C.B.C. 23 Dec (fide SI), while smaller flocks of up to 10 were noted there 5 Dec–16 Jan (CM; DT). Six Evening Grosbeaks were recorded during the Hay River, NT C.B.C. 2 Jan (fide GV). Observers (subregional editors in bold- face): Morgan Anderson, Tracy Allard, Caro- lyn Allen, Julie-Ann Bauer, Mike Beauregard, Stephanie Behrens, David Blakeburn, Robert Bromley, Greg Brunner, Sarah Davidson, Boris Dobrowolsky, Marianne Douglas, Cameron Eckert (Yukon), Martin Gebauer, Chad Gub - ala, Mary-Ann Hannaford, Kaye-Uwe Hartleb, Jim Hawkings, Dave Hett, Reid Hildebrandt, Cynthia Hunt, Sharon Irwin, Sebastian Jones, Rita Jux, Walter Jux, Dan Kemble, Clare Kines (Nunavut), Travis Kines. Myles Lamont, Lisa Mahon, Todd Mahon, Cara Maund, Mark O'Donoghue, Pam Sinclair, Jenny Skelton, Terry Skjonsberg, Adam Skrutkowski, Shauna Spilchak, Josh Sullivan, Douglas Tate (North - west Territories), Licas Tate, Patrick Tate, Jesse Viglioti, Gary Vizniowski, Dave Wilderspin, Paul Woodard, Brian Zawadski. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cameron D. Eckert, 1402 Elm Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 4B6 • cameron.eckert@gmail.com Like many vagrants, this female Pileated Woodpecker was enjoyed by many observers in Haines Junction, south- west Yukon from 21 December through season's end (here 20 February). It also has us wondering what route it took to get there! Photo by © Cameron Eckert. This female Brewer 's Blackbird, discovered during the Nahanni Butte, Northwest Territories Christmas Bird Count on 2 January, fur- nished a rare winter record for the territory. Photo by © Douglas Tate.

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