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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 477 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 Etcheberry) provided the French islands its frst male of that species. GULLS THROUGH ALCIDS Three South Polar Skuas were observed at Gull Rock Island off St. Shotts, NF 27 Jul (ph. Cliff Doran); a pelagic outing off Brier Island, NS in the Bay of Fundy 11 Jul netted 2 more (ph. Penny Graham). A Little Gull was at Mobile, Avalon Peninsula, NF 31 Jul (ph. BM). Prior to the passage of Arthur, a Laughing Gull was discovered at Stephenville Crossing, NL 18 Jun (ph. BM). Caspian Tern is uncommon on New- foundland during summer, but this season 13 nesting sites (20 individuals) were discovered at Carey Island, Plum Point 4 Jun (John & Ivy Gibbons). A Black Tern reported at the Wood's Island ferry terminal, PE 16 Jul (Jay Taylor) was unusual for the island. Roseate Tern nests on the Brother's Islands, Lobster Bay, Yarmouth, NS remained the same as last year, at 38, with 16 being banded in 2014, one fewer than in 2013 (fde Ted D'Eon). Sandhill Crane was at Wood's Island near the ferry terminal 9 Jun (Dave & Judy Allen); an- other was reported at North Lake, Kings 19-23 Jun (Don McLelland). Rare in Newfoundland, an American Avo- cet was discovered at Little Lawrence 10-11 Jun (ph. Ray Beck). Black-necked Stilts were widespread. Three were located at West Head, Lockeport, Shelburne, NS 13 Jul (Jane Alex- ander); one was at Miner's Marsh, Kentville, NS 18 Jul (Harold Forsyth); and an- other was at Lower LaHave, Lunenburg, NS 19 Jul (David Currie, Eric Mills). Willet is considered uncommon in Newfoundland, but 10 were located during the season in two locales. Five were at Re- news 5-10 Jun (David Shepa- rd), and 5 were at Stephen- ville Crossing 18 Jun (BM), where a nest had apparently been depredated. Possibly the same bird seen at this location 3 May, a Eurasian Whimbrel lingered at Cape Spear, Avalon Peninsula 4-11 Jun (David Brown, ph. BM, m.ob.). A Black-tailed Godwit was at Renews 5 Jun (Anne Hughes, Catherine Barrett) was surely left over from the major spring infux of the species to Newfound- land. A male Ruff found on the Langlade Isthmus 7 Jul (ph. Patrick Hacala, Roger on Chockle Cap Island, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, NS 19 Jul (Mike & Nancy Dowd). Rare in New Brunswick, a Green Heron was located 14 Jul at Petit Gaspereau, Gloucester (M. Hector Brideau). In Prince Edward Island, 4 Green Herons were at Wood's Island Ferry Terminal 16 Jul (Jay Tay- lor); the province has only three prior records of the species. Three Yellow-crowned Night-Her- ons were reported this season: at Silver Sands Beach, Cow Bay, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS 11 Jul (Bruce Stevens); on Île aux Marins, St. Pierre et Miquelon 22 Jul (Roger Etcheberry); and on Shediac Island, Westmorland, NB 25 Jul (Mac Wilmot). Glossy Ibis is reported annually in the Region in summer; 11 were reported this season from Nova Scotia, mostly following the passage of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ar- thur (Table 1). Turkey Vultures appear to thriving in New Brunswick, and they are becoming a common sight within the province, as evidenced by 57 birds seen sunning themselves at Hampton, Kings 29 Jun and 95 at the same locale 1 Jul (Richard Blacquiere). HAWKS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS A Zone-tailed Hawk was an incredible fnd at Brier Island, Digby, NS 1 Jun (Rick Whit- man, ph. Richard Stern), providing a second provincial and Regional record of the species, and there are just three other records e. of the Mississippi River. On Prince Edward Island, a Exceptionally rare in Nova Scotia, or anywhere in the North American East, this Zone-tailed Hawk lingered long enough to be photographed 1 June 2014 at Brier Island. Still more remarkably, this was the province's second record of the species. Photograph by Richard Stern. This Ruf was the frst male to be recorded on St. Pierre et Miquelon and was found at the Langlade Isthmus 7 July 2014. Photograph by Patrick Hacala. Table 1. Glossy ibis reports in nova scotia, June and July 2014. Date location no. 10 Jun–15 Jul neil's Harbour, cape Breton regional municipality 2 6 Jul pinkney's point, Yarmouth 1 6-7 Jul West Berlin, lunenburg 4 8-11 Jul silver sands Beach, Halifax regional municipality 1 9-16 Jul Amirault's Hill, Yarmouth 1 16-17 Jul Brookfeld marsh, colchester 2 26 Jul Brier island, Digby 1 sA Piping Plover, an Endangered species within the Region, continues to be monitored closely (fde Jen Rock) (Table 2). At St. Pierre et Miquelon, only 3 ads. were found at Grand Barachois, Miquelon 15 Jul (PB) and one on the same site 23 Jul (Patrick Hacala), with no reports of breeding success in the French islands in 2014. A productivity level—defned as the number of chicks fedged per territorial pair—of 1.65 is required to maintain popula- tion numbers at 2006 levels (fde Gabrielle Fortin). Data courtesy of: Canadian Wildlife Service, Nature New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac National Park, Bird Studies Canada, Island Nature Trust, Prince Edward Island National Park, Kejimkujik National Park, Intervale Associates, Gros Morne National Park, Miawpukek First Nation, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Attention Fragîles, and Conservatoire du littoral. Table 2. piping plover productivity in Atlantic canada & st. pierre et miquelon, 2013 and 2014 nesting seasons. count (pairs) 2014 chicks Fledged 2013 chicks Fledged 2014 productivity 2013 productivity 2014 new Brunswick 59 (increase) 69 74 1.60 1.35 newfoundland 15 (decrease) 27 21 1.69 1.64 nova scotia 46 (decrease) 51 80 1.02 1.70 prince edward island 32 (increase) 22 22 0.96 0.88 st. pierre et miquelon 1 (decrease) 3 0 3.00 n/a

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