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 480 Q u é b e c seau 31 May–11 Jun (OB, m.ob.); up to 2 birds spent several weeks in Jun–Jul in a wet feld at Franklin (DO, m.ob.), while 5 were found at Dundee 24 Jun (F. Grenon, L. den Besten). Fi- nally, singles at Authier-Nord (Abitibi) 5-7 Jul (LI) and at Laforce (Témiscamingue) 5-8 Jul (JF) were way out of range. WARBLERS THROUGH FINCHES A Yellow-breasted Chat made an appearance at Cap Tourmente 1-2 Jun (S Rioux, MA. Boisvert). Well n. of typical breeding range, a pair of Field Sparrows at Bergeronnes 23 Jun was later seen feeding young (JGB). A vagrant Lark Sparrow was spotted at Cap Tourmente 15 Jun (G. Garant). A male Summer Tanager was seen and heard in the company of Scarlet Tanagers at Philipsburg 19 Jul (A. Perras, D. Veilleux). A frst-summer male Blue Grosbeak was observed singing in the same area as the Dickcissel at Franklin 23-29 Jun (ph. M. Bro- deur, m.ob.). Almost incredible was the report of 3 different Painted Buntings documented with photographs in early Jun: single males were at Hatley (Estrie) 3-6 Jun (fde D. Lep- age), at Rimouski (Lower St. Lawrence) 5 Jun (LG. Richard), and at Forestville (North Shore) 15-16 Jun (E. Michaud). Québec has just 13 other records of the species. Rare in summer, a territorial male Dickcissel spent several weeks at Franklin 7 Jun–17 Jul (DO, m.ob.), and 2 males were reported there 18 Jun (L. Lemay). A Yellow-headed Blackbird at Poularies (Abitibi) 7 Jun was noteworthy (ph. S. Poles). Corrigendum: The photograph of the Townsend's Warbler (North American Birds 68: 311) at Pointe-Calumet 17 April 2014 that was credited to Jean-Claude Charbonneau was in fact taken by Samuel Denault. Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Pierre Bannon (Montréal), Jean-Guy Beaulieu, Ginette Boyer (Haute-Yamaska), Bruno Duchesne, Jonathan Fréchette, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Daniel Ouellette, Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), Michel Robert, Marc-Antoine Montpetit, Jean-Fran- çois Rousseau (Québec City), Germain Sa- vard (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean), Daniel Tous- saint (Outaouais). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pierre Bannon, 1517 Leprohon, Montréal, Québec H4e 1P1, (pbannon@videotron.ca) Olivier Barden, 2942 rue de l'Aubier, Québec, Québec G1M 3V1, (iridosornis@gmail.com) Normand David, 53 Hasting, Apt. 202, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec H9G 3c4, (normanddavid@videotron.ca) Samuel Denault, 1991 St-Zotique est Montréal, Québec H2G 1J2, (spdenault@gmail.com) DOVES THROUGH WRENS Single Eurasian Collared-Doves turned up at Saint-Flavien 9 Jun+ (R. Gingras, m.ob.), at Saint-Vallier 6 Jun+ (A. Bourget, m.ob.), and at Saint-Thomas from May until at least 23 Jul (N. Coulombe, R. Piché). Sin- gle White-winged Doves stopped at Saint-André-du-Lac-Saint-Jean 23-29 Jun (M. Savard) and at Fatima (Mag- dalen Islands) 3 Jul (A. Richard). A Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard at Lac Duparquet 4 Jul was exceptional for Abitibi (R. Deschênes). Following last winter's irruption, several Snowy Owls lingered throughout the sum- mer, especially in e. Québec. A few were even seen in the Montréal area. A Red-headed Woodpecker visit- ed Cap-Chat 5 Jun (ph. C. Turcotte). Breeding of Red-bellied Woodpecker was confrmed at Châteauguay for the ninth consecutive year (m.ob.), and no fewer than three pairs nested successfully in the Philipsburg-Saint-Armand area (N. Bourdon, JG. Papineau). A singing Acadian Flycatcher was present at Notre-Dame- du-Nord (Témiscamingue) 14 Jun for the fourth consecutive summer (JF). Single Willow Fly- catchers at Saint-Félix-de-Dalquier (Abitibi) 16- 30 Jun (N. Tremblay, m.ob.) and at Bergeronnes 12 Jun+ (JGB) were well n. of the species' typical range. Two Least Flycatchers near La Grande-3 dam on the La Grande River 14 Jun were also n. of their known range (MAM). A molting Tropi- cal Kingbird was photographed at Magpie 14 Jun (V. Vogel) and most probably the same bird showed up at Pointe-des-Monts 1 Aug af- ter completion of its molt (ph. P. Devoucoux, P. Miguet, G. Monchaux). Single Scissor-tailed Flycatchers brightened Pohénégamook 1 Jun (J. Roy, C. Roy) and Cap-des-Rosiers 8 Jun (ph. M. Saint-Amour). At least 5 Purple Martins were recorded 20-21 Jun at St-Aimé-des-Lacs, Char- levoix (JFR). A Sedge Wren was singing at Man- Tern were discovered on Île Hervieux (Lavaltrie) 11 Jun, providing a second confrmed breeding report for s. Québec (JF. Giroux, F. Saint-Pierre). An ad. Black Skimmer graced Rivière-Ouelle 17-19 Jul in the wake of Tropical Storm Arthur, which hit the Maritime Provinces and the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula 5 Jul (JD. Babin, D. Fau- cher, m.ob.); this report was followed by oth- ers at Québec City 23 Jul (M. Larouche et al., m.ob.), Sept-Îles 31 Jul–4 Aug (BD, C. Couture, m.ob.), Les Escoumins 6-8 Aug (JGB et al., m.ob.), and Kamouraska 9 Aug (D. Brassard, M. O' Neill). Whether all these sightings involved only one individual or more is unknown; how- ever, Arthur produced at least 75 skimmers in Nova Scotia and 4 in New Brunswick, so mul- tiple individuals seem not improbable. The frst and only other Québec record of Black Skimmer dates to Oct 1938 at Nicolet. A Black Guillemot at Lac Beauchamp, 7-10 Jun was exceptional for Abitibi (ph. P. Perreault, m.ob.) This Black Skimmer, probably one of many originally displaced northward by Tropical Storm Arthur in July 2014, was in the St. Lawrence estuary at Sept-Îles, Québec from 31 July through 4 August (here) 2014. Other reports in the prov- ince in 2014 came from Rivière-Ouelle, from Québec City, from Les Escoumins, and from Kamouraska, all in the period 17 July through 9 August. Prior to 2014, Québec had just a single record, from 1938. Photograph by Suzanne Labbé. SA In North America, there are multiple named subspecies of Red Crossbill that difer pri- marily in body size, bill shape, and bill dimensions. Red Crossbills have also been classi- fed as diferent Types according to their vocalizations, mostly their fight-calls. Confrmation of the presence of the Endangered percna subspecies (believed to be synonymous with Type 8) on Anticosti Island this summer was one of the important discoveries of the current Breed- ing Bird Atlas, as this subspecies was believed to be restricted to Newfoundland. Anticosti Red Crossbills were photographed and their calls recorded in Jun (Y. Aubry, C. Francis) and Jul (C. Buidin, Y. Rochepault), and 3 were caught and measured on 11 & 15 Jul (C. Buidin, Y. Rochepault). Class I calls (sensu Hynes and Miller, Auk 2014: 421-433) and songs were recorded from the focks from which these 3 of these birds were captured (D. Hynes, pers. comm.). The bill measurements of these captured birds matched those of percna (M. Robert, pers. comm.). Although the recordings point to the presence of more than one Type on Anticosti (fde M. Young, D. Hynes), several calls do match those of Type 8.

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