North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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 476 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 save for southern New Brunswick, where it was average. The most signifcant event affecting weather patterns in the Region was Hurricane Arthur. By the time it made landfall 5 July in southern Nova Scotia, it was categorized as an extratropical cyclone; records of storm-driven birds came mostly from southwestern Nova Scotia. Summer rarities are normally few, but this season had two very notable records. Birders throughout the Region were stunned by the re- port of a Tufted Puffn at Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick, while Nova Scotia posted its second record of Zone-tailed Hawk. WATERFOWL THROUGH OSPREY Seasonally uncommon in Newfoundland, 3 Wood Ducks were found loafng at the Victo- ria Sewage Lagoons 28 Jul (Bill Mackenzie). Northern Shoveler is a rare vagrant to St. Pierre et Miquelon, where a pair was observed 1-2 Jun at Marcadet, St. Pierre (PB). Considered rare in Prince Edward Island, Ruddy Ducks contin- ued to maintain a breeding presence; the frst pair arrived at Allisary Creek, Mount Stewart, Queens 12 Jun (Dan McAskill). A Red-throated Loon in breeding plumage was an unexpected surprise at the Petitcodiac Wharf, Westmorland, NB 10 Jun (George Brun). A 12 Jul pelagic trip in the Bay of Fundy produced negative results: "We saw no shearwaters or storm-petrels on our voyage, something I can't recall ever before in my experience by mid-Jun. None were seen from the Grand Manan ferry either, indicat- ing a scarcity in the Bay this summer" (JW). In Nova Scotia, Eric Mills noted: "while the larger pelagic species were scarce in the Bay, Wilson's Storm-Petrels were not seen, possibly due to the lack of food for surface-feeding seabirds." Uncommon off St. Pierre et Miquelon, a Wil- son's Storm-Petrel was s. of St. Pierre 29 Jun (JD). Northern Gannet colonies fared poorly on St. Pierre et Miquelon, where only one report of a breeding colony on Colombier Island was noted 26-27 Jun (PB). Gannets fared exceed- ingly poorly in some Newfoundland colonies, particularly at Cape St. Mary's, Placentia Bay. According to Bill Montevecchi, higher surface water temperatures resulted in a reduction of food sources within 20 m of the water's sur- face in their historical feeding grounds. This led ads. to venture farther afeld for search for prey resources for their chicks; others went after fsh offal from fshing vessels, not suffcient to meet metabolic demands of the chicks. It was not long before signifcant numbers of emaci- ated and abandoned chicks were observed (fde Bill Montevecchi). Two Red-necked Grebes lingered well into the season at e. Colombier Island, St. Pierre 26 Jun (JD). The only report of Tricolored Heron was one St. Pierre 9 Apr was only the second ever re- corded there (Patrick Hacala, Laurent Jackman, Patrick Boez). An overshooting Yellow-throated Vireo arrived on Grand Manan Island, NB 20 May (Alain Clavette, ph. Durlan Ingersoll). Warbling Vireo, a rare migrant to Nova Scotia, was recorded 14 May in Lower West Pubnico, Yarmouth (ph. Laurel Amirault) and again 27 May at Miner's Marsh, Kentville, Kings (James Churchill). On Prince Edward Island, a Phila- delphia Vireo was seen 30 May at the Prince Edward Island N.P. at Dalvay (Kathleen MacAu- lay); another was Campbell's Cove 30 May (Ray Cooke, Dan McAskill, David Seeler). A Northern Wheatear 17 May in the Halifax Regional Municipality, NS (ph. David Bell, Daniel Giesbrecht, Taylor Brown) was perhaps left over from the Icelandic Invasion (Table 1), but the fight was quite widespread in spring 2014 in the Northeast (North American Birds 68: 312-313). Gray-cheeked Thrush was at one time common on St. Pierre et Miquelon, but again this year, just 2 were observed, on 30 May (Laurent Jackman, Joël Detcheverry), and they did not linger. A Worm-eating Warbler was a rare visitor to Kent Island, Charlotte, NB 23 May (Jesse Pakkala, m.ob.). With only one previous record in New Brunswick, a Louisiana Waterthrush was a no- table vagrant at Le Goulet, Gloucester 21 Apr (ph. Joland St. Pierre, Denise Godin, Frank Branch). A Hooded Warbler lingered 6-12 May on Kent Island, Charlotte, NB, providing just the second provincial record (Jesse Pakkala, ph. K. Lukian- chuk, m.ob.). A Hooded Warbler seen 30 May at Miquelon made eighth record for the French islands (Jean-Marie Orsiny). Rare in spring in the French islands, a male Eastern Towhee spent 13-14 Apr at Cape Miquelon (Andrée Deveaux, Gérard Deveaux, RE). Once a breeding species in Nova Scotia, Eastern Meadowlark has de- clined signifcantly in recent decades (fde James Churchill); only one was reported this season, at Lockeport, Shelburne (ph. Robert Turner). A frst-year male Orchard Oriole was seen 30 May on St. Pierre (RE). Compilers: Roger Etcheberry (St. Pierre et Miquelon), Bruce Mactavish (Newfoundland and Labrador), Ian McLaren (Nova Scotia), Jim Wilson (New Brunswick). –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2014 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he season began with near-average tem- peratures throughout most of the Re- gion; by July, most areas regularly had temperatures above average. Precipitation was close to normal for the month of June in most areas; July precipitation was below average, GULLS THROUGH WOODPECKERS The Black-legged Kittiwake colony at Flint Is- land, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS was es- timated at 600 individuals 9 May and appeared to be holding its own, whereas the colony at Cape Percé, Cape Breton appeared to be declin- ing (Allan & Cathy Murrant). A striking fnd anywhere, a Ross's Gull was at Torbay Beach, Avalon Peninsula 29 Apr–4 May (Ed Hayden, ph. BM, Ken Knowles, m.ob.), during the peak of the occurrence of European shorebirds in that part of Newfoundland. A rare fnd in Nova Scotia, a Franklin's Gull was found 6 May at Onslow, Cumberland, NS (ph. Eric Mills); equally rare in New Brunswick, another was discovered 10 May at Saint's Rest Beach, St. John (Gilbert Bouchard). All parts of the Region reported Snowy Owls lingering into the season. Five were noted within the period in New Brunswick, and one remained until 15 May at Moncton, Westmore- land (John Klymoko). In Nova Scotia, 5 of 11 individuals lingered through 18 May, and one was reported on 21 May at Hartlen Point, Hali- fax Regional Municipality (David Currie). New- foundland had unusual numbers of Snowy Owls being reported in late Apr, suggesting a likely infux there (fde BM). Up to 7 lingered at St. Pierre through the period; on Miquelon, the last Snowy Owl was seen 27 Apr (RE). A rare migrant and breeder in New Brunswick, a Red- headed Woodpecker was located 25-28 May at St. Isidore, Gloucester (Donald Cormier, Roger Dumaresq et al.). PASSERINES Rare in Newfoundland, an Eastern Phoebe was found 9 May at Biggoods Park, Avalon Penin- sula (Margie MacMillan); another appeared 18 May on St. Pierre (Laurent Jackman). A Say's Phoebe was identifed at Sandy Cove, Hali- fax Regional Municipality, NS 13 May (Fulton Lavender, Richard Hatch, ph. John Paterson, ph. Elizabeth Dole). A White-eyed Vireo on This White-eyed Vireo photographed 9 April 2014 at St. Pierre provided the French islands with their second record of this species. Photograph by Patrick Hacala.

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