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 / 4 265 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 et al.) provided the province with its second re- cord of this species—one of only a few spring records for NA. A Townsend's Solitaire was an uncommon find for New Brunswick where reported 16 Mar in Richibucto Valley, Kent (ph. Robert Shortall). Two Gray-cheeked Thrush were surprising finds in Nova Scotia—one at Chebogue Pt., Yarmouth 8 May and the other at Amherst Pt. Bird Sanctuary, Amherst 29 May (fide IM). The overwintering Fieldfare remained at Lumsden, NL through 31 Mar (ph. Bill Bryden, Frank King, M. ob.). Varied Thrush is a rare vagrant to Newfoundland with previous records as - sociated with winter; thus, it was particularly exciting when an overwintering bird lingered through to 12 Mar at Rocky Hbr., Northern Pen., St. Anthony (ph. Darroch Whitaker), providing the first spring record of the species. Nova Scotia was the recipient of a significant influx of Brown Thrasher "overshoots" this sea - son otherwise uncommon in spring; Fig 1. (fide Ken McKenna). A Chipping X Clay-colored Sparrow pro - vided an interesting observation 17 May when Andrew Oliver found it amongst Chipping Sparrows feeding in his yard in Restigouche, NB. A Black-throated Sparrow dis - covered 21 Apr in the Tantramar Marshes, Sackville, NB provided that province with its first re - cord of that species (ph. Nicole MacDonald, John Klymoko, m. ob.). It lingered through 1 May. Unexpected was the appearance of an Oregon Dark-eyed Junco 26 Apr in St. Pierre, St. Pierre I, SPM (ph. Patrick Hacala). Very rare in spring, a Yellow-Breasted Chat was a surprise find 14–15 Mar in St. John's, NL (Ethel Dempsey, ph. Frank King, Brian Hill). Nova Scotia boasted an in - flux of 4 Orchard Orioles all of which represented a significant find. A second-year male was present 12–15 May in Southside, Shelburne (John & Sandra Nickerson, ph. Alix d'Entremont), another second-year male was observed in the Hali - fax Public Gardens, Halifax 17 May (Andrew Simpson), an adult male was found 19 May on Seal I., Yarmouth (Sylvia Fullerton, Sheila Mc - Curdy), and finally a third secondy-year male was present in Pubnico, Yarmouth 20 May (Si - mon d'Entremont, Richard Donaldson). An Or- chard Oriole discovered 25 May in St. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SPM was a very rare spring migrant (ph. Nathalie Michel), as well. Further n. in the region a female Bullock's Oriole provided a second provincial record for Newfoundland when located 23 Mar at a feeder in St. John's, NL (ph. Jared Clarke). The two overwintering Bullock's Orioles in Nova Scotia both contin - ued into the spring season—the individual at Whitney R., Cape Breton Regional Municipal - ity, Cape Breton I., lingered though 23 Apr (ph. Sue King-Grosse, m. ob.) while the other, a sec - ond-year male was last reported at Westmount, Cape Breton I. 7 Mar. (ph. Joe Mills). Another second-year male Bullock's Oriole visited Nova Scotia this season 27 Apr – 1 May on Big I., Pictou, NS (ph. Robert Lange). With only 16 previous spring overshoots, a Worm-eating War - bler was an unexpected find when discovered 18 May on Brier I., Digby, NS (ph. Russel Crosby). Similarly, the Louisiana Water - thrush at Crescent Beach, Halifax, NS 2–9 Apr (ph. Dave LeBlanc, m. ob.) was not only remarkably early but quite rare for spring, with only four previous spring reports (fide IM). Pine Warbler is a rare vagrant to Newfoundland so when one was observed 5–28 Mar within the General Protestant Cemetery, St. John's it was a good find (Gerald Hickey, m. ob.). The Summer Tanager found at West Langlade, Miquelon I., SPM 31 May was a rare vagrant to the French Is. (ph. Marie Jacques Jugan). Similarly the Scarlet Tanager present 9 May in ST. Pierre, St. Pierre I., SMP was also a rare vagrant for the French Is. (Laurent Jack - man). Also on 9 May, another Scarlet Tanager was found in the Region, this time in New - foundland; it was reported at Mt. Pearl, Avalon Pen. (ph. Brian Hill). Western Tanager is an uncommon spring vagrant in New Brunswick with one being reported 16 May at St. Leonard, Madawaska (Roy Lapointe). Nova Scotia was the recipient of an influx of 5 Blue Grosbeaks this season. Two were present at Port La Tour, Shelburne 10–12 May (Julie Smith, Mark Den - nis, Ervin Olsen), one was observed at Lower Clark's Creek Hbr., C.S.I. 8–11 May (Angie & Tony Millard, m. ob.), a female was observed at feeders in Blanford, Lunenburg 14 May (Chris Field), and the last report was also of a female Blue Grosbeak 15–18 May on Seal I., Yarmouth (Sylvia Fullerton). Considered a rare vagrant to the French Is. a male Blue Grosbeak was found 19 May in N. Langlade, Miquelon I., SPM (ph. Robert Lévêque). Indigo Bunting is present in spring in some portions of the Region but they are considered rare vagrants to the north. Thus 2 Indigo Bunting being reported on Miquelon I., — one in Miquelon, Miquelon I., 19 May and the other being present 29 & 30 May along the w. coast of Langlade, Miquelon I., SPM were very good finds, though it is possible that the two reports were of one individual. A Painted Bunting found 17–20 May on Seal I., Yarmouth, NS (Sylvia Fullerton et al.) was an uncommon spring visitor. Contributors: Roger Etcheberry (St. Pierre et Miquelon); Bruce Mactavish (Newfound- land and Labrador); Ian McLaren (Nova Scotia) . n Figure 1: Brown Thrasher Reports in Nova Scotia Location Dates Observer Dundee 11 Mar – early Apr Holly MacIntosh Great Village 26 Apr Robert Lange Stewiacke 26 Apr Myrna Isenor Bear R. 26 Apr Faye Salsman C.S.I. 1&18 May John Nickerson C.S.I. 11 May Cal Kimola BPI 20–21 May Atlantic Bird Observatory Berwick 21-22 May Beverley Kelly Mavillette 22 May Karel Allard Chebogue Pt., 26 May Eevin Olsen Ketch Hbr, Halifax 26 May Diane LeBlanc This Black-throated Sparrow, discovered by Nicole MacDonald 26 April (here photographed 28 April) in the Tantramar Marshes, provided New Brunswick with its first record of that species. Photo by © Bill Moreash This Oregon Dark-eyed Junco was well out of place and completely unexpected when discovered and photographed 26 April in St. Pierre. St. Pierre I., SPM. Photo by © Patrick Hacala

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