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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 266 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 David Seeler –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W eather trends appeared not to play a major role in bird distribution within the region this season. This being said, significant reports, trends, and new records for the region did occur. These includ - ed Newfoundland's first, and Canada's second, record of Common Swift. Increasing analysis of available pelagic data in Nova Scotia through reports from the NOAA survey vessel H. G. Bigelow and the Canadian Seabirds at Sea Sur - veys continued to provide details of rare and unusual observations while eBird and other re - ports of pelagic outings were also significantly increased over previous years. These trends are improving our understanding of seabird move - ments within the Canadian economic zone. ABBREVIATIONS: C.S.I. (Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia); N.F. (insular Newfoundland); S.P.M. (St. Pierre et Miquelon Is., France) WATERFOWL THROUGH SANDPIPERS A female Harlequin Duck was a surprising summer visitor 8–29 Jul at Black Hbr., Kings, NS (ph. Phil Taylor, m.ob.). Two Ruddy Duck reported 5–7 Jun at the Borden S.T.P., Prince, PE were considered rare spring vagrants (Ron Arvidson). Two Ruddy Dycks were later found 22 Jun in the Sackville Waterfowl P., Sackville, NB (Kathy Pompa) and could have been the same individuals; regardless, they were also considered rare summer visitors to that province. A White- winged Dove is rare to New Brunswick so it was a good find when one was reported 6–10 Jun in Alma, Albert (Doreen Rossiter). Subsequently a second White- winged Dove was present 9–10 Jun at Harvey, York, NB (John In - man). Quite unexpected, and seri - ously out of its normal range, a Common Swift discovered 12 Jul at Cape Race, NL provided that province with its first record for that species (ph. Cliff Doran, BM, Andrew Davis). This bird also provided Can - ada with its second record of the species—the first having been observed in Montreal, Que - bec in 2007 (fide BM). A bright Purple Gallinule present 20 Jun at Roach's Pond, Spryfield, Halifax (Paula Hare) provided Nova Scotia with its fourth summer record of the species (fide Jake Walker). Two Sandhill Crane present 1–4 Jun in Farmington, Queens, PE continued the trend of increasing summer reports of the species for that prov - ince (ph. Craig Chapman, ph. Dwaine Oakley, Nicole Murtaugh, et al.). Only one Sandhill Crane was observed after 25 Jun in Nova Scotia this season—near the Shubenacadie Wildlife P., Hants (ph. Myrna Isensor). There were few reports of Great Egret this season with one be - ing reported 2 Jun at Rolling's Pond, P.E.I.N.P at North Rustico, PE (Dan McAskill, Bill Bow - erbank); three were observed in New Brunswick—one 25 Jun at the Athol D.U.I., Restigouche (Irene Doyle) one was found on Miscou I., Gloucester 28 Jun (Lewnanny Richard), and the last at the Cap Brule marsh, Westmorland 30 Jun (Julie Pellerin). A Great Egret was also reported 25 Jul at Johnston's River, Queens, PE (Dan McAskill). Four ad. American Oystercatcher continued their activities through the season at either the Hawk or Dan - iel's head, C.S.I., NS (fide Rick Whit- man). An ad. female Ruff provided Nova Scotia with a rare appearance 19–25 Jul satisfying all who wished to observe it (ph. Alain Clavette, ph. Gordon Rattray, m. ob.). An ad. male Curlew Sandpiper found at the Hawk, C.S.I. 22 Jul+ may have been one of the individuals observed last season (ph. Robert & Sandi Keereweer, ph. Mark Dennis, m. ob.). SKUAS THROUGH OWLS Rare to Nova Scotian waters a Great Skua pho- tographed on George's bank 26 Jun was an ex- ceptional find (ph. Aldric D'Eon). South Polar Skua is also uncommon in Nova Scotian waters with only two being reported this season—one se. of Sable I., Halifax 6 Jun (fide John Loch) and the other s. of C.S.I. 25 Jul during a NOAA marine mammal assessment cruise (Michael Force). Roseate Tern is considered an endan - gered species within the province of Nova Scotia. They continue to hold on to their nest - ing colony on the Brother's Is., Yarmouth. This This Common Swift discovered 12 Jul at Cape Race, NL provided that province with its first record of the species and Canada with its second. Photo by © Cliff Doran This Royal Tern provided Newfoundland with its sixth record of the species when observed 22–27 Jul at Cape Race, Avalon Pen. Photo by © Bruce McTavish This Sandwich Tern discovered 27–29 Jul at Renews, Avalon Pen., in the company of the previously reported Royal Tern, provided the sixth record of that species for Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo by © Jared Clarke SA Some highlights or interesting ob- servations pertaining to tubenoses from the 2016 summer season included: exceptionally high counts of Cory's Shear - water per the ECSAS survey in comparison to previous years; ongoing dominance of Sooty Shearwater sightings, relative to Great Shearwater, from land and near- shore counts, but the opposite trend from offshore counts (per ECSAS); continuation of a recent trend of increasing records of Manx Shearwater, both on eBird and by ECSAS. Some extreme pelagic rarities were also found this summer. These included a Black-capped Petrel by a US survey ves - sel in Canadian waters, up to eight Audu- bon's Shearwater by ECSAS and the US survey vessel; single White-faced and Band-rumped storm-petrels; a Brown booby by the US Survey vessel. Figure 1: Summer (June & July) 2016 Sightings of Regular Pelagic Species SPECIES* 2016 TOTAL COUNTS June July Totals NOFU 12 37 49 COSH 230 18 248 GRSH 641 1567 2208 SOSH 330 2346 2676 MASH 32 61 93 WISP 297 91 388 LESH 362 196 558 NOGA 2487 1126 3613 DCCO 10609 4921 15530 GRCO 47 948 995 TOTALS 15047 11314 26361 * Species name acronyms are: NOFU, N. Fulmar; COSH, Cory's Shearwa- ter; GRSH, Great Shearwater; SOSH, Sooty Shearwater; MASH, Manx Shearwater; WISP, Wilson's Storm Petrel; LEAS, Leach's Storm-Petrel; DCCO, Double-crested Cormorant; GRCO, Great Cormorant; NOGA, Northern Gannet. Courtesy John Loch, NS Birds

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