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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 264 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 Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM was exceptional. One was observed 9 May (Joël Detcheverry) and 16 Short-billed Dowitchers were observed by many in the same locale 10–21 May (fide RE). Long-billed Dowitcher is rare to Nova Scotia in spring, so in keeping with the incredible shore - bird season 7 Long-billed Dowitchers were a great find at The Hawk, the Guzzle, and Dan - iel's Head, C.S.I. NS (Mark Dennis, Mike Mac- Donald, Ken Lantz). Yet another Long-billed Dowitcher was located at Three Fathom Hbr, Halifax 11 May (Susan Myers). Thirteen Pomarine Jaeger observed from shore 8 May at St. Vincent's, Avalon Pen, NF was an unusual occurrence for the time of year (Jared Clarke). Pomarine Jaeger is also rare to SPM in spring so it was unusual when four in - dividuals were observed offshore of St. Pierre I.—one on 15 May, two 25 May, and one 26 May (Joël Detcheverry). During this time, an - other Pomarine Jaeger, this time observed 10 May at Point Amour, s. Labrador, NF (Vernon Buckle), was an exceptional find. Perhaps the most intriguing find of the sea - son was the discovery of an Ancient Murrelet by Tim Dunn when he closely studied photo - graphs he had taken 27 May of the shoreline of Machias Seal I., NB. This represents a sig - nificant transcontinental movement of a west coast auk with only the precedent being a 2014 record of a Tufted Puffin. GULLS THROUGH FALCONS A Little Gull at Lower Pond, Witless Bay, NL 17 Apr (ph. Alvan Buckley) was a rare spring va - grant for that province. More unusual however was a Laughing Gull observed 18–20 May at Cape Broyle, Avalon Pen., NL (ph. Frank King, ph. Edmund Hayden et al.). A rare vagrant in any season for NF, a Franklin's Gull discovered 8 May at Cape Broyle, Avalon Pen., NL lin - gered through 11 May (ph. Jared Clarke, Ed- mund Hayden, m. ob.). The once active colony of Black-legged Kittiwake on the nw. coast of Miquelon Is, SPM appeared to have been aban - doned this season while the colony to the e. containing 50 individuals continued to be ac - tive (fide RE). Up to three adult Mew Gull, un- common in spring, were intermittently present through 28 Mar in St. John`s Hbr., NL (Alvan Buckley, Edmund Hayden, Frank King). Again, this season, up to 10 Northern Ful - mar were observed 4 May on Colombier I., SPM but as in the past, no effort was made to colonize the site (Joël Detcheverry). Uncom - mon to the French Is. in spring Manx Shear- water were in the coastal waters off of St. Pierre with two repeatedly being observed 24–25 May and one being observed 26 May (Joël Detch - everry). Off the coast of Nova Scotia Manx Shearwater are more frequently observed in summer than spring. Despite this, one was re - ported offshore of Nova Scotia and two were observed 22 May—all observed from a Cana - dian Seabird Survey Vessel (fide IM). A rare Audubon`s Shearwater was observed 31 May offshore along the Scotian Slope, NS (fide IM). Brown Booby is a rare vagrant to Nova Sco - tia yet three were observed this season—an adult female on a fishing vessel 14 Apr (ph. Lucien LeBlanc) w. of the German Bank, Yar - mouth, an immature 80 nm s. C.S.I. from a sur- vey vessel 26 May (ph. Michael Force), and a mature individual 29 May off Bon Portage I., Shelburne (Avery Bartels, David Bell, Dominic Cormier, Lucas Berrigan). Only 5 individu - als had previously been reported in spring for Nova Scotia (fide IM). A Gray Heron discovered 8 May at Bo - navista, Bonavista Pen, NL (ph. Frank King, ph. Alvan Buckley, ph. BM, et al.) provided that province with its third provincial record of that species. The heron remained through 22 May (Frank & Heather King, Carol Sparks, et al.). Great Egret is uncommon in spring for Prince Edward I. but it is now being reported each year with one Great Egret found at Roll - ing's Pond, PEINP, North Rustico (ph. Matt Beardsley, Dan McAskill, et al.). The Great Egret discovered 2 Apr at Witless bay, Avalon Pen., NL was a rare spring vagrant (Chris Ryan, Edmond Hayden, Catherine Barrett, Alison Mews). A Snowy Egret was a spring rarity to New Brunswick when found 22–24 Apr in Wa - terside Marsh, Albert (Barb Curlew, Rick Eliot). Five vagrant Green Herons were unprecedent - ed in spring for Nova Scotia. One each was reported at Lockeport, Shelburne 2 May (Jane Alexander), at Lower West Pubnico, Yarmouth 6–7 May (Christine d'Eon), at C.S.I. 12, 14 & 20 May (John Nickerson), as well as Overton, Yarmouth 26 May (Ervin Olsen). The Red-shouldered Hawk which had overwintered through Feb was again ob - served 1&4 Mar at Pleasant L., Yarmouth, NS (Alix d'Entremont). An ad. male Red-headed Woodpecker provided Nova Scotia with a rare spring presence when it was reported 16 May at Sand's Beach, Yarmouth (Ervin Olsen) and was relocated 25 May in the same locale (ph. Ronnie d'Entremont). A Short-eared owl pro - vided an unusual spring report for the French Is. when found 23 May in Miquelon, Miquelon Is., SPM (RE). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH TANAGERS A Willow Flycatcher provided a very uncom- mon sighting 29 May on C.S.I., Yarmouth, NS (ph. Mark Dennis). Purple Martin are rare va - grants to Newfoundland so the report of 2 Pur- ple Martin present 19–20 May at Quidi Vidi L., St. John's, NL (Alvan Buckley, Meghan Boucher) was surprising. Interestingly, a Purple Martin was reported 21 May at the Whitbourne S.T.P, Avalon Pen., NL ((John Gosse) and another in - dividual was discovered 22 May at the Gander Bay Causeway, NL (Frank & Heather King). In Nova Scotia, Purple Martin is now considered a stray. This spring 4 were found—one at C.S.I. 15 May (John & Sandra Nickerson), a male at Belleisle Marsh, Annapolis 21 May (George For - sythe), a male at Miner's Marsh, Kentville, King, and a female at Baccaro Pen., King's—both ob - served 22 May (Angie & Tony Millard). Rare and out of range, 2 Cliff Swallow were locat - ed 2 May in St. Pierre, St Pierre I., SPM (Pat- rick Hacala, Nathalie Michel). One remained through 10 May at this location (Nathalie Mi - chel). Subsequently another—likely the same individual—was found in the company of barn swallows 17 May in s. Miquelon, Miquelon I., SPM (RE, Danielle Lebollocq). A Cliff Swallow first observed 18 May at Gould's, Bidgood P., St. John's, NL (Alison Mews) lingered through 23 May providing another rare spring record for the province (m. ob.). A completely unexpect - ed Cave Swallow discovered 29 May at Quidi Vidi L., St. John's, NL (ph. Alvan Buckley, Ethel Dempsers, Edmund Hayden, ph. Alison Mews This Cave Swallow located at Quidi Vidi L. St. John's Newfoundland on 29 May was unexpected and a rare spring occurrence for the east coast. Photo (left) by © Alvan Buckley, photo (right) by © Bruce Mactavish

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