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 / 4 267 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 season 42 nests were documented on the Ils. in June as compared to 26 nesting pairs in 2015 (fide Ted D'Eon). An ad. Royal Tern pro - vided Newfoundland with its sixth record of the species when one was observed 22–27 Jul at Cape Race, Avalon Pen. (ph. BM). A well ob - served flyby 23 Jun of a Royal Tern at Machias I., NB was considered an unusual event (Ralph Eldridge). Subsequently, another Royal Tern was located 29 Jul in Pointe Verte, Gloucester, NB (Gilbert Bouchard). Very rare to Newfoundland, a Sandwich Tern was an excellent discovery 27–29 Jul at Renews, Avalon Pen., NL in the company of the previously reported Royal Tern (Alvan Buckley, ph. Jared Clarke). This obser - vation provided the sixth record of Sandwich Tern for Newfoundland & Labrador (fide Jared Clarke). In Nova Scotia, Sandwich Tern is con - sidered a vagrant and there were two reports this season—one was observed 9 Jun at Seal I., Y armouth (ph. David McCorquodale) and the other was located at Dennis Pt., West Pubnico, Yarmouth 12–13 Jun (Shawn Craik, Ronnie d'Entremont, ph. Alix d'Entremont). A Black-capped Petrel was spotted 27 Jul 180 nm s. of C.S.I. during a United States Ce - tacean and Seabird Study in Canadian waters (Michael Force). Few have been documented within Nova Scotian waters with only six pre - vious records of the species. Significantly, the number of Cory's Shearwater being reported within the NS zone has increased rapidly with 255 reports having been registered within the Eastern Canada Seabird Database this season alone (fide John Loch). A Cory's Shearwater first observed off Grand Manan I., Charlotte, NB 27 Jul was subsequently relocated the next day in the same area (ph. Durlan Ingersoll). Audubon's Shearwater is rare to Nova Scotia waters yet three were documented in the East - ern Canada Seabirds at Sea database during Canadian Seabird Surveys and an additional 5 were reported within Nova Scotian waters 180 nm s. of C.S.I. during a US Cetacean and Sea - bird Survey 28 Jul (Michael Force). Previously only one report of Audubon's Shearwater had been documented within Nova Scotian waters. Exceptionally rare to Nova Scotia, a White- faced Storm-Petrel was reported 27 Jul 180 nm s. of C.S.I. and a Band-rumped Storm- Petrel was reported the next day in the same locale by Michael Force (fide John Loch). Dur - ing the same US survey in Canadian waters, a subadult Brown Booby was photographed 26 Jul 150 nm s. of C.S.I. (ph. Michael Force). Uncommon in Nova Scotia, 2 Snowy Egret were reported within the prov - ince—the first was at Overton, Yarmouth 10 Jun+ (John Kear - ney) and the second was pres- ent at the Hawk, C.S.I. 13–16 Jun (ph. Mark Dennis, et al.). Little Blue Heron is a regular vagrant to Nova Scotia. This season there was one at Cow Bay, Halifax, NS through 9 Jun (ph. Stepen Cooke) and at the Second Pen., Lunenburg 23-24 Jun (Johnathan Davies, m.ob.). Tricolored Heron is an unusual vagrant for New Brunswick and when one was discovered 30 Jun–7 Jul in St. John it was a good find (Gilles Bourque, Karen Miller, m. ob.). In Nova Scotia, Tricolored Heron is considered the rar - est of the vagrant herons, so an ad. discovered 11 Jul on Brier I., Digby (ph. Eric Mills) and another—perhaps the same individual—was later reported 31 Jul+ at Daniel's Head, C.S.I. (ph. Mark Dennis) consititued excellent finds. FLYCATCHERS THROUGH TANAGERS A pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher reports were perhaps the most significant observations for Nova Scotia this season. A male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was a surprise discovery 9 Jun on Seal I., Yarmouth, NS (ph. David Bell, Lucas Ber - rigan). The second, also a male dropped in on Mike Sander's property 26–28 Jun in West Jed - dore, Halifax (ph. Mike Sanders, ph. Jim Edsall, m.ob.). Subsequent detailed examination of the photographs of both birds, and in particular the pattern of replacement of certain feathers, dem - onstrated that these were two separate individ- uals (fide IM). There have only been 10 previ- ous records of this species within Nova Scotia. Considered a rare summer resident, a House Wren was present 18–28 Jun at St. Leonard, Madawaska, NB (Roy Lapointe). Yellow- throated Warbler is generally a spring vagrant in Nova Scotia and rarely lingers into summer within the province, so the discovery of one 17 Jul at Taylor Head P.P., Halifax, NS was an excellent record. Also in the province of Nova Scotia, a pair of Field Sparrow observed for - aging and feeding a fledgling 10 Jun at the Harrison Lewis Centre, Queens provided the province with its first breeding record for that species (fide Sarah Gutowsky). Contributors: Roger Etcheberry (St. Pierre et Miquelon); Bruce Mactavish (Newfoundland and Labrador); Ian McLaren (Nova Scotia). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Seeler, 28 Irwin Drive, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1E 1S2 • dseeler@eastlink.ca This Tricolored Heron was discov- ered 31 Jul on C.S.I., Nova Scotia. This is considered the rarest of the vargrant herons to Nova Scotia and represented a significant find. Photo by © Mark Dennis STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS USED IN THE REGIONAL REPORTS * specimen collected + bird(s) seen through end of period † written details on file A.F.B. Air Force Base acc. accepted by records committee A.R.C. Avian Records Committee b. banded B.B.S. Breeding Bird Survey B.O. Bird Observatory B.R.C. Bird Records Committee C.A. Conservation Area C.B.C. Christmas Bird Count C.P. County Park cm centimeter(s) Fwy. Freeway G.C. Golf Course Hwy. Highway imm. (imms.) immature(s) Jct. Junction juv. (juvs.) juvenile(s) km kilometer(s) mm millimeter(s) m.ob. many (or multiple) observers N.A. Nature Area, Natural Area N.F. National Forest N.M. National Monument N.P. National Park N.S. National Seashore N.W.R. National Wildlife Refuge p.a. pending acceptance P.P. Provincial Park ph. photographed (by + initials) R.A. Recreation(al) Area R.B.A. Rare Bird Alert R.P. Regional Park R.S. Regional Shoreline Rd. Road Rte. Route S.B. State Beach S.L. Sewage Lagoon S.F. State Forest S.G.A. State Game Area S.P. State Park S.R.A. State Recreation Area S.R. State Reserve S.N.A. State Natural Area S.W.A. State Wildlife Area S.T.P. Sewage Treatment Plant/Pond subad. (subads.) subadult(s) Twp. Township v.r. voice recording (by + initials) vt. videotape (by + initials) W.A. Wildlife Area W.M.A. Wildlife Management Area W.T.P. (Waste)water Treatment Plant/Pond Italics indicate name of a county, parish, or municipality.

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