North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 236 n o r t h e r n c a n a d a & g r e e n l a n d terprise , NWT through the season (ph. SP), a White-crowned Sparrow at Carcross, s. Yukon 12-21 Dec (DK), a wintering Golden-crowned Sparrow along the Takhini River 15 Dec+ (ph. LG, JH), and a Dark-eyed Junco at Dawson, cen. Yukon 22 Dec (fde JS). A Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch of the coastal subspecies, casual in winter, appeared at a feeder near Carcross, s. Yukon 5-6 Jan (ph. JL, TL). Redpoll identifca- tion is as much of a challenge in the North as anywhere; this year, Yellowknife, NWT record- ed 5 Commons, 50 Hoaries, and 129 uniden- tifed 28 Dec (fde RB), while Fort Simpson, NWT tallied 38 Commons, 72 Hoaries, and 52 unidentifed 22 Dec (fde DT). The Region's highest C.B.C. redpoll counts were at Tagish, with 419 Commons and 4 Hoaries 22 Dec (fde SVD); Dawson, cen. Yukon also reported good numbers, with 257 Common Redpolls 22 Dec (fde SJ); Mayo, cen. Yukon reported 174 Com- mon and 42 unidentifed redpolls 29 Dec (fde MOD). Later in the winter, a mixed fock of 200 Commons and 4 Hoaries was seen at Daw- son 8 Feb (CE). An early Pine Siskin appeared at a Teslin, s. Yukon feeder 22 Feb (ph. AS). Evening Grosbeak is scarce in the Region in winter; the season's high count was of 78 on the Fort Smith, NWT C.B.C. 23 Dec (SI). Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Julie-Ann Bauer, Mike Beauregard, Charles Blyth, David Britton, Robert Bromley, Syd Cannings, Cameron Eckert (Yukon), Linda Gerrand, Nick Guenette, Jim Hawkings, Jurg Hoefer, Sharon Irwin, Sebastian Jones, Dan Kemble, Clare Kines (Nunavut), Joel Luet, Trish Luet, Geoff Newhouse, Wendy Nixon, Mark O'Donoghue, Clive Osborne, Stu Poirier, Ben Schonewille, Pam Sinclair, Jenny Skel - ton, Adam Skrutkowski, Vicki St. Germaine, Douglas Tate (Northwest Territories), Shyloh van Delft, Gary Vizniowski, Dave Wilderspin, Brian Zawadski. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cameron D. Eckert, 1402 elm Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1a 4B6, (cdeckert@northwestel.net) hanni Butte, NWT 10 Feb (DB, DT). Pileated Woodpecker is rare anywhere in the Region; one was noted 20 Dec at Fort Simpson, NWT (CB), and another was at Liard River Crossing, NWT 23 Jan (DB). Northern Shrike reports included one at Whitehorse, s. Yukon 27 Jan (CE) and one at Yellowknife, NWT 9 & 23 Feb (VSG). Yellowknife took honors as the North American Common Raven C.B.C. cap- ital with 2056 on 28 Dec (fde RB); Whitehorse was a close second with 1823 on 26 Dec (fde WN). Despite a near total lack of daylight, 271 ravens were tallied at Rankin Inlet, Nunavut 3 Jan (BZ), and 122 were counted at Arctic Bay, Nunavut 5 Jan (CK). Higher-than-normal numbers of Mountain Chickadees tracked in the Yukon Southern Lakes region this winter (SVD) produced some impressive counts: 11 at one Tagish feeder 4 Dec (SVD), 11 on the Carcross C.B.C. 21 Dec (DK), 22 on the Tagish C.B.C. 22 Dec (fde SVD), and 5 on the Whitehorse C.B.C. 26 Dec (fde WN). Every year, at least a few American Robins attempt to winter in the Yukon; this sea- son, up to 2 were seen on the Yukon River at Whitehorse through 1 Jan but not later (CE). A European Starling, casual in s. Yukon in win- ter, was on the Yukon River at Whitehorse 1 Dec (CE, SVD). A late start to the Bohemian Waxwing fall season in Whitehorse, s. Yukon meant that good numbers were still present for the C.B.C., with 1377 tallied 26 Dec (fde WN); this species is rare in winter farther n., so one on the Mayo, cen. Yukon C.B.C. 29 Dec (MOD) was noteworthy. In Northwest Territories, 32 Bohemian Waxwings were recorded on the Hay River C.B.C. 21 Dec (fde GV), and 23 were re- corded at Fort Smith 23 Dec (fde SI). Snow Bunting is scarce in the Region in winter; reports from s. Yukon included 2 on the Teslin C.B.C. 15 Dec (fde BS), 2 on the Haines Junction C.B.C. 21 Dec (fde JB), 3 on the Tagish C.B.C. 22 Dec (CE, NG, PS, SVD), 2 at the Kluane Lake C.B.C. 28 Dec (JB), and one at Whitehorse 26 Jan (CE). Rare winter sparrows included a Harris's Sparrow at En- last year; the Yukon's highest C.B.C. count was 33 Willows along with 2 White-tailed Ptar- migan at Haines Junction 21 Dec (fde JB). Arc- tic Bay, Nunavut reported 5 Rock Ptarmigan 5 Jan (CK). Sharp-tailed Grouse is always a win- ter birding highlight: this year, singles were at Fort Simpson, NWT 22 Dec (fde DT) and at Norman Wells, NWT 1 Jan (DW). Wintering Bald Eagles at Whitehorse, s. Yukon continue to beneft from the proximity of a fsh farm and the dump, as well as a long open stretch of the Yukon River; 13 ads. were counted on the 26 Dec C.B.C. (CE), and singles were at Marsh Lake (CO) and Tagish 22 Dec (fde SVD). DOVES THROUGH FINCHES A Eurasian Collared-Dove wintering at Watson Lake, se. Yukon was duly noted on the 26 Dec C.B.C. (fde JS). Single Northern Hawk Owls were reported from Wolf Creek, s. Yukon 15 Dec (JH), Johnson's Crossing, s. Yukon 27 Dec (fde BS), and Stepping Stone, Pelly River, cen. Yukon 6 Feb (SC); 2 were at Kluane Lake 28 Dec (fde JB). Two Great Gray Owls were at Na- These two male Harlequin Ducks delighted birders through the winter of 2013-2014 (here 25 January) on the Yukon River at Whitehorse, Yukon. Photograph by Cameron Eckert. This Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch of the coastal subspecies group, casual in winter in the Yukon, appeared 5-6 (here 5) January 2014 at a feeder near Carcross. Photograph by Joel Luet. This Harris's Sparrow survived at a feeder in Enterprise, Northwest Territories (here 15 Janu- ary 2014), a rare record of overwintering for Northern Canada. Photograph by Stu Poirier.

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