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 270 Q U É B E C Herons were noteworthy at Saint-Blaise 26 Jul-4 Aug (G. et R. Boulet, m.ob.) and at Victoriaville 30-31 Jul (D. Gagné, J. Charette). Single Black Vultures stopped at Lévis 1 Jun (L. Langlois) and at Bougainville (Gaspésie) 26 Jul (K. Touzel). RAILS THROUGH HUMMINGBIRDS A Yellow Rail was heard singing regularly at Sept-Îles 4-30 Jul, an interesting record for this rare species at this location (B. Duchesne, C. Couture). Sandhill Cranes were found nesting at Villeroy 5 Jun (C. Roy) and at Yamaska 19 Jul (Y. Dugré), further confirming that the spe - cies is gradually expanding into south Québec. An American Golden-Plover nest was found in Nunavik 22 Jun, the first for the Region (CM, YA, MR). Two American Avocets continued at Bara - chois until 5 Jun (PF, AG). White-rumped Sand- pipers were found in four atlas squares in Nun- avik 19 & 22 Jun (MR et al.). Purple Sandpipers the Region. Nesting of Greater White-fronted Geese was suspected for the first time in the Re - gion when an agitated individual was observed in Nunavik 22 Jun (YA, CM). A group of 5 Mute Swans first found at Sainte-Angèle-de-Laval 19 Jun (J. Brunelle, JG), reappeared at Yamachiche 30 Jun (JG, MB) and then at Neuville 3 Jul+ (S. Gosselin). This flock could has been the same that was reported on Lake Aylmer in late May. A first-summer Tundra Swan spent the season at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield 7 Jun+, a rare event in southern Québec (DC, m.ob.). An imm. Pacific Loon stopped at Port-au- Saumon 3 Jun (L. Messely, J. Goulet). Northern Fulmars were regularly reported from fishing boats in the Estuary and in the Gulf of St. Law - rence throughout the summer with a maxi- mum count of 118 on 23 Jun (JF. Rousseau). A Leach's Storm-Petrel at Rivière-Ouelle 23 Jun was very unusual for this locality so early in the summer (C. Auchu, C. Girard). Again this summer, American White Pelicans were widely reported: 8 at Dickerson Is. 13 Jun (C. Brunet, J. Bouvier), singles at Yamachiche 19 Jun (MB) and Cap-Chat 3-4 Jul (JP. Soucy), 2 at Méta - betchouan 4-10 Jul (JM. Besserve, R. Harvey), and 25 at Black Bear Point (James Bay) 28 Jul (A. Bourbeau-Lemieux, HM. Johansen). A Snowy Egret graced Cacouna 2 Jun-22 Jul (ML, JPO, m.ob.). Single first-summer Little Blue al.). The award for the bird of the season goes to a male Hooded Oriole, photographed at a hummingbird feeder at Wentworth-Nord 26 May, representing a third confirmed record for Québec; of these records, 2 are from spring and one from fall (A. Simard). Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Pierre Bannon (Montréal), Réal Boulet, Pierre Fradette, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi), Jacques Larivée (Lower-St. Lawrence), Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), Alain Richard (Magdalen Is.), Jean- François Rousseau (Québec City), Germain Savard (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean), Daniel Toussaint (Outaouais), David Turgeon. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A fter a cool start in June, the summer 2016 proved to be warm especially in the south. Early June was particularly cool and wet in the Gaspé Peninsula where Grande-Vallée received 162 mm of rain in one day on 13 June and 317 mm for the month. In July, precipitations were highly variable de - pending largely on local thunderstorms. The collection of Atlas data for southern Québec ended in 2014 and fieldwork efforts are now being focused on the region north of 50° 30' N, a vast and rugged area comprising more than 11,000 survey squares. Relatively few data were collected in this region during the 2010- 2014 phase of the project, and so we expect that fieldwork in the north will continue for a few years. This season Michel Robert, Yves Au - bry, Christian Marcotte, and François Shaffer of the Canadian Wildlife Service have conducted bird surveys in the Ungava Peninsula (Nunavik, QC) from 9 through 28 June. As you will see below, some interesting discoveries were made. WATERFOWL THROUGH VULTURES A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck was photo- graphed at Lanoraie, near Montreal 28 Jul (R. Piché et al). This provided the 8th record for A flock of Mute Swans, perhaps the same one that was present around Lake Aylmer in the spring, was present from 19 Jun-3+ Jul at multiple locations. This photo was from Portneuf on 28 Jul and shows four of the five birds involved in these records. Photo by © Louise Simard American White Pelicans occurred widely in the province again this summer. As many as 37 were found in the Region this season; these birds were at Métabetchouan 4-10 Jul. Photo by © Annie Lavoie A pair of American Avocets continued on 5 Jun at Barachois making for a nice find for the season. Photo by © Pierre Fradette

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