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 4 479 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 A rare Field Sparrow was discovered at Wels- ford, Kings, NB 19 Jul (Gilles Belliveau). On the 27 Jul, in the same location, a pair of Field Sparrows was observed feeding young (Merve Cormier, ph. JW), a third New Brunswick breed- ing record. An Orchard Oriole tarried on St. Pierre 30 May–8 Jun (Laurent Jackman, ph. PB), the third record there. Baltimore Orioles contin- ued to expand their presence on Prince Edward Island. The breeding pair that had previously es- tablished a territory at Hyde Park, Cornwall did so again this year 1 Jun+ (David Seeler). Another pair was located at Campbell's Pond, Rustico, Queens 29 Jun+ (Ron Arvidson). A Bobolink appeared 11 Jul on a supply vessel 440 km ne. of Cape Freels, Avalon Peninsula, NF, appar- ently the Orphan Basin's frst record; it remained aboard until the ship through 12 Jul (fde BM). A Pine Siskin appeared on the same ship 10 Jul about 550 km e.-ne. of Cape Freels (fde BM). Compilers: Patrick Boez (St. Pierre et Mique- lon), Joël Detcheverry (St. Pierre et Mique- lon), Bruce Mactavish (Newfoundland and Labrador), Ian McLaren (Nova Scotia), Jim Wilson (New Brunswick). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David Seeler, 28 irwin Drive, charlottetown, prince edward island c1e 1s2, (dseeler@eastlink.ca) MIMIDS THROUGH FINCHES A Gray Catbird made a rare appearance at Cape An- guille, Highlands, NL 6 Jun (Todd & Anne Boland). A scarce Northern Mocking- bird was found on Eliza- beth Ave., Churchill Park, St. John's, NF 12 Jul (How- ard Chase); the species is also rare in Prince Edward Island, where one was seen along Suffolk Trails, Queens 1 Jun (Nicole Murtaugh) and another at Miscouche, Prince 26 Jun (Greg & San- dra Feetham). A Brown Thrasher was seen at Taylor Villages, Westmorland, NB 19 Jul (Alain Clavette). St. Pierre et Miquelon birders found a Cape May Warbler on St. Pierre 1 Jun; a Blackburnian Warbler, also rare in summer, was there 1 Jun (Nathalie Michel, PB). An Eastern Towhee was at McLellan's Brook, Pictou, NS 2 Jun (Sandy MacGregor). Four Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were reported from St. Pierre 10 Jun (Nathalie Michel; JD). on St. Pierre 10 Jun (Patrick Ha- cala). Philadelphia Vireo is un- common in Newfoundland; one was in the Codroy Valley 8 Jun (Anne & Todd Bowland), with 2 noted there 11-22 Jun (Clyde Thornhill, m.ob.). A Northern Rough-winged Swallow, very un- common in summer in Nova Sco- tia, was at New Ross, Lunenburg, NS 1 Jul (David Bell). A Blue- gray Gnatcatcher was discovered along Ingall's Head River, Grand Manan Island, NB 3 Jun (Roger Burrows). A late female Northern Wheatear was discovered at Bris- tol Cove, Cape Race River, NF 30 Jun (Julie Chapman); in the very same location, a juv. Northern Wheatear was observed 6 Jul, suggestive of a successful nesting attempt. Newfoundland has just one confrmed nesting of the species. Eastern Bluebirds con- tinue to gain a toehold in Prince Edward Island. Reports of nesting success came from two loca- tions this season: 2 ads. were observed feeding 3 offspring at Eldon, Queens 26 Jul (Kim Smith), and a nesting pair at was at Mount Buchanan, Point Prim 27 Jul (Ron Arvidson). This immature male Orchard Oriole was an exceptional vagrant to St. Pierre 30 May–8 June (here) 2014. Photograph by Patrick Boez. Québec Pierre Bannon Olivier Barden Normand David Samuel Denault –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– J une 2014 was slightly warmer than normal in most parts of the province. Rainfall was locally above normal in southern Québec and Gaspésie but below normal elsewhere, es- pecially in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. On average, July was near or slightly cooler than normal, except in the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspésie, where it was 2° C above average. Rainfall was normal in the south, below average in Lac Saint- Jean and the Lower St. Lawrence, and above average in Gaspésie, mostly due to the passage of the remnants of Tropical Storm Arthur. It was the ffth and fnal feld season for the second Québec Breeding Bird Atlas. As has been the case in each of the preceding years, the thousands of hours spent in the feld this year led to numerous noteworthy discoveries. WATERFOWL THROUGH SKIMMER Rare in summer, a male Eurasian Wigeon was photographed at Hull 9 Jul (L. Auger). A male Tufted Duck brightened Sept-Îles 5-7 Jul (BD, OB et al.). Again this summer, American White Pelicans visited the James Bay area, where 14 appeared at Black Bear Point 30 Jul (T. Ches- key); singles were also seen at Luskville 17-21 Jul (Y. Gauvreau et al.) and at Saint-Bruno (Lac Saint-Jean) 30 Jul (N. Tremblay). A Least Bit- tern at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts 4 Jun provided a second record for Gaspésie (ph. M. Daudelin). A Great Egret at Val d'Or 13-14 Jul represented a rare occurrence for the Abitibi region (C. Sia- no, R. Ladurantaye). Single Tricolored Herons were good fnds at Longue-Rive 1 Jun (P. Otis et al.) and at Cap-Tourmente 15 May–22 Jun (M. Raymond et al.). A Turkey Vulture was photo- graphed near Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) in Nunavik 18-20 Jul, providing the northern- most record in the province (J. May). Helicopter surveys conducted n. of La Ro- maine close to the border with Labrador in late Jun led to the discovery of several Atlas squares with breeding evidence for Lesser Yellowlegs (3 squares), Short-billed Dowitcher (9 squares), and Red-necked Phalarope (11 squares) (MR et al.). Young Wilson's Snipe were observed at Au- paluk (Nunavik) 14 Jul (MR, JF. Poulin). Now almost extirpated from the Region as a nesting species, a female Wilson's Phalarope was pho- tographed at Saint-Blaise 3 Jun (D. Stobbe). A total of 14 Little Gulls (12 ads., 2 juvs.) at Was- kaganish 29 Jul represented an exceptionally high count for the Region and provided possible evidence of local nesting; however, no nest sites were found (MAM). At least a dozen Laughing Gulls were reported, most of them in e. Québec. An ad. Franklin's Gull showed up at Métabetch- ouan 14 Jul (D. Lavoie). Three nests of Caspian

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