North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 263 ing New Brunswick with its first record of the species—only paralleled by the Tufted Puffin in 2014. ABBREVIATIONS: C.S.I. (Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia); N.F. (insular New - foundland); S.P.M. (St. Pierre et Miquelon Is., France) WATERFOWL THROUGH PUFFINS Tufted Duck is a rare vagrant to New Brunswick in spring so a male observed 16 & 31 Mar at Brown's Pt, Pictou was a good find (Ken McKenna). Similarly, a fe - male Tufted Duck first reported during the winter lingering through 11 Apr at Baker's Flats, Madawaska, NB was also unusual (fide Ross Hall). Exceptional in spring, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was reported 29 May at Chance Estuary, Avalon Pen, NL (John Gosse). Completely unexpected, a Common Nighthawk was located 24 May on the Isthmus of Miquelon I., SPM (ph. Frank Urtizbéréal) and was last ob - served 27 May in Northern Langlade, Mique- lon I., SPM (Didier Girardin). Out of range and uncommon to the French Ils., a Chimney Swift was present 20 May in St. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM (Nick Soper). American Oystercatcher now regularly nests in the region of C.S.I., Yar - mouth. The first one returned to The Hawk, C.S.I. 8 Apr (Mark Dennis) with 3 being pres - ent by season's end (fide Rick Whitman). A rare vagrant to Newfoundland in spring, 2 Europe - an Golden-Plovers were found, one 17-19 Apr at Lumsden Head, NL (ph. Bill Bryden) and the other 28 May at Biscay Bay, Avalon Pen. (ph. Alvan Buckley, ph. Catherine Barrett). A Euro - pean Whimbrel flushed 22 May at Cape Race, NL was a very rare seasonal vagrant (ph. Ethel Dempsey, Alison Mews). Black-tailed Godwit is quite a rare vagrant in spring to Newfound - land, so locating three 21 May Bonavista, Bo- navista Pen., NL (Jon Joy, Heather & Frank King) was quite remarkable. Exceptional in spring for Prince Edward Island, a Ruff present 2–8 May within the PEINP at Brackley, Queens was well observed (David & Elaine Seeler, m. ob.). In Newfoundland the occurrence of Ruff was considered an unpredictable but annual spring vagrant. A boldly marked male Ruff was well appreciated 26 May at Gould's, St. John's but it did not linger (ph. Catherine Barrett). An uncommon spring visitor to Newfoundland a Stilt Sandpiper was at Crow Head, Happy Val - ley – Goose Bay, Labrador, NL 24 May (ph. Ver- non Buckle). An unexpected number of Stilt Sandpipers, 4, were observed this season—two were found 7 May at Daniel's Head, C.S.I. (Mark Dennis), one was located 10 May at The Hawk, C.S.I David Seeler –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S pring temperatures varied through the Region. Snowfall continued through early April in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with unusual accumulations of 20 cm of snow in northern New Brunswick in mid-May. Over - all precipitation varied from below to slightly above the norm. Coastal waters to the east of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia saw tempera - tures above normal while the waters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence were colder than expected. Despite the rather mundane weather condi - tions this was a season of rare vagrants and unusual migrant overshoots bringing new and unexpected records to the region. Examples of such occurrences included three Black-tailed Godwit, a Franklin's Gull, and a very rare Cave Swallow in Newfoundland, a shorebird bonan - za in Nova Scotia, believed by Ian McLaren, to be the result of wind patterns 6 through 9 May. Perhaps the most exciting event was the arrival of an Ancient Murrelet to the region, provid - Atlantic Provinces & St. Pierre et Miquelon This is but one of the three Black-tailed Godwits which were found at Bonavista, NL photographed here on 21 May. Photo by © Bruce Mactavish This Gray Heron discovered 8 May at Bonavista Newfoundland by Frank King and Alvan Buckley provided the province with its third record of the species. Photo by © Alvan Buckley. (ph. Dominique Cormier, Jake Walker, Phil Taylor, ph. Ervin Olsen), with another reported the same day at Conrad Beach, Halifax (ph. Kyle Shay). Even more surprising was the well documented presence of 2 Curlew Sandpip - er 7 May at The Hawk, C.S.I., NS (ph. Mark Dennis). These birds only lingered through 9 May, but afforded many birders excellent views during their stay (fide Rick Whitman). Spring records of Curlew Sandpiper within Nova Sco - tia are quite rare. Short-billed Dowitcher is un- usual for the French Is. so their presence in St. SA On May 6, soon after strong west- erly airflow was established off the southeastern US and thwarted their usual migrations to inland stopover sites in central N. America, good numbers of Ruddy Turnstones and two Short-billed Dowitchers turned up on Cape Cod, though most of the former moved on. Next day, a few of all three species ap - peared at The Hawk, CSI, presumably having taken longer to arrive due to their flight paths taking them further offshore. The buildup at The Hawk of Red Knot and Short-billed Dowitcher over the next two days might also have been due to wind- assisted birds from more northerly parts of the coastal US and not from southeast - ern US. This scenario is more likely than one bringing the birds directly to Nova Scotia from wintering grounds in north - eastern coastal South America.

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