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 478 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 Flycatcher is common on St Pierre, but several dozen, likely migrating, were observed there 10 Jun (Patrick Hacala, JD, Nathalie Michel). Many Alder Flycatchers, usually considered uncommon in St. Pierre et Miquelon, were dis- covered singing w. of Langlade 10 Jun (Laurent Jackman) and were probably migrants as well. Three Least Flycatchers were found w. of Lan- glade, Miquelon 1 Jun (Laurent Jackman). An Eastern Phoebe, a vagrant to Newfoundland, was located in Bidgood Park, St. John's 1-5 Jun (Greg Froude). A rare Warbling Vireo was heard singing at Lake Torment, Kings 10 & 18 Jun (Nancy & Mike Dowd). A Philadelphia Vireo was found Edward Island; 6 were seen foraging at Prince Edward Island N.P., Queens 5 Jun (Fred & Ja- net Connolly). An early Peregrine Falcon was observed at Central Lot 16, Prince, PE 26 Jul (Greg & Sandra Feetham). A Yellow-billed Cuckoo, considered rare in summer in Nova Scotia, was heard calling at Amherst Point Marsh, Cumberland 26 Jun (Gabrielle Beau); a second was discovered on Big Tancook Island, Lunenburg 28 Jun (ph. Hillary Dionne). Olive-sided Flycatchers are relatively com- mon in Newfoundland but scarce on the Ava- lon Peninsula, where one was seen along the Cochrane River 4 Jun (fde BM). Yellow-bellied Perhaps the most stunning fnd of the sea- son was the Tufted Puffn was observed from Machias Seal Island, NB 17 Jun–22 Jul (ph. Ralph Eldridge, m.ob.). This very rare fnd is not without precedent: a Tufted Puffn was shot along the coast of Maine circa 1831/1832. OWLS THROUGH THRUSHES Two Snowy Owls lingered through through 10 Jun on St. Pierre (Patrick Hacala) and one remained through the season (JD, Patrick Ha- cala, PB, Nathalie Michel). A late Snowy Owl was also located at Trepassey, NL 26 Jul (Cliff Doran). Short-eared Owls are rare on Prince sA Tropical Storm Arthur originated as a low-pressure area in the se. United States and entered the North Atlantic 28 Jun. It intensifed n. of the Bahamas and reversed direction, making landfall in North Carolina s. of Cape Lookout 3 Jul as a Category 2 hurricane with wind velocities of 160 kph. It then moved out to sea again, weakening s. of Cape Cod to become extratropical. Early on 5 Jul, Arthur again made landfall at Meteghan, Digby, NS before crossing the Bay of Fundy and s.-cen. New Brunswick with peak gusts up to 130 kph. Bird fallout was extensive in sw. Nova Scotia (Table 3), where there were probably more birders out to look for storm waifs than after any previous tropical storm. An imm. Long-tailed Jaeger observed of of Hirtle's Beach, Lunenburg, NS 5 Jul (Kevin Lantz) was considered rare and possibly resulted from the passage of Arthur. The Bridled Tern discovered at Conrad Beach, Halifax Region- al Municipality, NS 5 Jul (Dottie Welch) provided the province with its second record of that species; this was the only tropical pelagic seabird recorded. Laughing Gulls inundated Nova Scotia after the storm, with at least 900 displaced by Arthur into the province (fde Eric Mills). After Arthur, Laughing Gulls were also noted in the French islands, where rare: 8 Jul at St. Pierre (Laurent Jackman, Patrick Hacala), with 2 there 11 Jul (PB), and on the Langlade Isthmus, Miquelon 12 Jul (Patrick Hacala, Roger Etcheberry). Nearly all the Laughing Gulls and terns reported appear to have been ads., perhaps not surprising, as their arrival here was the result of an early-season storm, in marked contrast to the fallouts after late summer and fall hurricanes in the past. New Brunswick also recorded several notable birds after the passage of Arthur. New Brunswick had 5 Laughing Gulls, all noted on a boat trip to Grand Manan Island, NB and Machias Seal Island, NB 16 Jul (fde JW). Quite rare for the province, a Royal Tern was observed at Machias Seal Island 7 Jul (ph. Durlan Inger- soll), the province's ffth record of this species. Though not as numerous as in Nova Scotia, Black Skimmers were also seen in New Brunswick. The frst was observed inland at Young's Cove, Grande Lake, Queens 10 Jul (Tom Wilkins). White Head Island held a Black Skimmer 11 Jul (Roger Burrows); and another found 15 Jul at St. Martin, St. John was also likely a result of Arthur (Malcom Hunter), as was one discovered at Miscou Island, Mal Bay, Gloucester, NB 19-24 Jul (Frank Branch, Léon Gagnon), the frst ever for the Acadian Peninsula. Purple Martins are normally vagrants in Nova Scotia, but at least 64 were reported at various sites in the province after Arthur (fde IM). —Eric Mills Table 3. Birds reported during and just after the passage of tropical storm Arthur in nova scotia, 5-6 July 2014. species no. Wilson's storm-petrel 7 leach's storm- petrel 8 laughing Gull 900+ Black tern 4 least tern 2 Forster's tern 35 Gull-billed tern 16 sandwich tern 7 royal tern 38+ Bridled tern 1 Black skimmer 75+ long-tailed Jaeger 1 Part of an exceptional spring for European shorebirds in Newfoundland, this Eurasian Whimbrel was at Cape Spear, Avalon Peninsula 4–11 (here 9) June 2014; this bird, or a diferent one, was also observed there 3 May 2014. Photographs by Bruce Mactavish. A truly exceptional fnd anywhere away from the North Pa- cifc Ocean, this Tufted Pufn that lingered at Machias Seal Island 17 June–22 (here 11) July 2014 was frst discovered by Ralph Eldridge. Photograph by Durlan Ingersoll.

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