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 334 N O R T H E R N C A N A D A & G R E E N L A N D (DT). A MacGillivray's Warbler at Herschel I-Qikiqtaruk, n. Yukon 19 Jun (ph. CE) provid - ed a first island record and one of the few for the Beaufort Region. A Wilson's Warbler was well beyond its range at Southampton I., NU 30 Jun (LW). A singing Vesper Sparrow, casual in the Yukon, was at Wye L. 20-21 Jun (GL). A count of 13 Nelson's Sparrow was recorded at Charlton I., NU 29 Jul (BL, TC, MAM, JS). Le Conte's Sparrow is localized in s. NT; 4 along with 7 Marsh Wrens were at Yohin L., 23 Jun (DT). A Western Meadowlark, casual in NT, was at Hay River 2 Jun (ph. GV). Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Janice Arndt, Gale Beckwith, Peter Blanch - er, Aurelie Bourbeau-Lemieux, Aemile Bris- son-Curadeau, Serge Brodeur, Mike Bryan, Tianna Burke, Ted Cheskey, Juliane Duchesne, Colleen Duncan, Cameron Eckert (Yukon), Cam Gillies, Reid Hildebrandt, Colin Hill, Santiago Imberti, Jukka Jantunen, Clare Kines (Nunavut), Richard Knapton, Don- Jean Leandri-Breton, Guy Lemelin, , Frederic LeTourneux Brian Lewis, Shawna-lee Masson, Stephane Menu, Marc Antoine Montpetit, Ad - rian Otoova, Michael Peers, Jordon Rabbitskin, Tim Shelmerdine, Pam Sinclair, Jeremy Ste - vens, Doug Tate, Gary Vizniowski, Lena Ware, Henreitta Yelle. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cameron D. Eckert, 1402 Elm Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4B6 • cameron.eckert@gmail.com first non-captive record for NT—it is plausible that this bird was displaced from wildfires in Ft. Macpherson, AB to the south. A total of 19 Alder Flycatchers were recorded on a BBS survey from Ft. Simpson to Ndulee, NT 19 Jun (DT). A West - ern Kingbird, casual in the Yukon, was at Drury's Farm 17 Jul (GL). An Eastern Kingbird was n. of its range at Iqualuit, NU 10 Jul (MB). A pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows nesting in a Bank Swallow colony along the Yukon R., s. of Whitehorse established the Yukon's first confirmed breeding record 10 Jul (ph. CE, PS). Good numbers of Bank Swallows were noted at a few locations with 1,000 at Whitehorse 29 Jul (CE), 500 at Coot L. 5 Jun (CE), and 300 at Watson Lake 3 Jun (JJ). A pair of American Barn Swallows appeared set to breed at Herschel I-Qikiqtaruk, n. Yukon on 12 Jun; however, by 14 Jun only the male remained and it soon succumbed to the cold (ph. CE); the specimen now resides in the Yukon College collection. In Nunavut, single Barn Swallows, n. of their range, were seen at Reine-Maud Gulf 30 June (SM), and Bylot I. 29-30 Jul (DJLB, JD, FLT). Three Golden-crowned Kinglets at Dawson, cen. Yukon 3 Jul (CH) were at the nw. edge of their range. A high count of 20 Northern Wheatears was tallied at Igaliko, Gr 4 Jul (HY). Gray Catbird is casual in the Region; one was at Hay River, NT 18 Jun (GV) and another was reported from Coats I., NU 7 Jul (SM). The Ft. Simpson to Ndulee, NT BBS route tallied an impressive 149 Tennessee Warblers 19 Jun Gull from Nunavut included 37 at Victor Bay 26 Jun (CK), and 70 at Coats I. 17 Jul (ABC, TB). The season's high count of 424 Glaucous Gulls was at Arctic Bay, NU 2 Jun (CK). The first Glaucous-winged Gull for the Yellowknife, NT area, was seen 2-3 Jun (RH). A road-kill Glaucous-winged Gull, casual in cen. Yukon, was found at Pelly Crossing 5 Jun (ph. CE). Five Caspian Terns, rare but increasing in s. Yukon, were at Kluane L. 18 Jul (GL). The Stagg R. marshes, NT yielded 25 Black Terns 19 Jun (RH). An aerial survey of Blind L., se. Yukon, the species' northwestern-most nesting site, re - corded 8 Black Terns 8 Jul (ph. CE). A scan of Yellowknife Bay, NT produced 10 Common and 40 Arctic terns 1 Jul (PB, CD, RK), while the season's high count of 26 Common Terns was recorded at Providence, NT 28 Jul (DT). Com - mon Tern is not widely thought of as a Nunavut species, though it's regular in low numbers on the southern James Bay Islands; 5 were at Carey I. 28 Jul (MAM, TC, BL), and 4 were at Danby I. 27 Jul (ABL, TC, BL, JR). A notable count of 230 Arctic Terns was recorded at Charlton I., NU 31 Jul (BL, TC). Arctic Terns depart early from s. Yukon and are a scarce fall migrant; 58 were seen at Teslin L. 28 Jul (JJ). Two counts of 20 Long-tailed Jaegers were recorded at Bylot I., NU on 7 & 17 Jul (AO; DJLB). PIGEONS THROUGH PASSERINES A shy and apparently true vagrant Rock Pigeon at Hay River 25-26 Jun (ph. GV) established the arrival of many migrants and the drying up of many water-bodies in southern Alberta. From late April onward, cooler and wetter weather eased the drought somewhat, but many sloughs remained dry, impacting the breeding success of waterfowl and waders, again mainly in Alberta. Ice disappeared ear- lier than usual from Manitoba's major lakes and rivers. The migration in Manitoba was considered slow after a bright start in March, with raptors being particularly scarce. GEESE THROUGH TERNS Unprecedented numbers of Greater White- fronted Geese passed through se. Manitoba, with peak tallies of 450 near Morris 24 Mar (GB, JW) and 825+ at Grosse Isle 20 Apr (RK, GB). Four Snow Geese at Wascana Lake, Regina, SK survived through winter and remained through spring. A Cackling Goose of the Aleutian leucopareia subspecies was a rare find near Calgary 27 Mar (TK, Rudolf F. Koes Peter Taylor –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– M ild and dry conditions prevailed in March, especially in the west of the region, resulting in the early Prairie Provinces Unexpected near Calgary, Alberta on 29 March was this Cackling Goose of the Aleutian ( leucopareia) subspecies. There was one previous record for the province, a bird found in 2007 by the same observer. Photo by © Terry Korolyk

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