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 4 497 OntariO ry-over from the winter invasion was a Snowy Owl that summered on Amherst Island, Lennox and Addington (m.ob.); it was still being report- ed in Oct! A higher-than-normal number of Long-eared Owls was evident by the confrmed or probable breeding observations at six loca- tions in Algonquin P.P. (fde RGT). A territorial male Chuck-will's-widow at South Bay (town- site), Prince Edward since 19 May (MWPR, Geof H. Burbidge) was last reported on 29 Jun. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Moose Factory 30 Jun (WGRW, EN) was a local rarity. Scis- sor-tailed Flycatchers included one at Murillo, Thunder Bay 8 Jun (Gregory N. Stroud, Joanne A. Valley), another on Amherst Island 28 Jun (Henrique Pacheco et al.), and fnally one at Cape Chin (townsite), Bruce 13 Jul (Richard P. Skevington, Sharron Skevington). Although seen almost annually in Rainy River District, the Western Kingbird at Rainy River 6 Jun (MSD) was the only one reported during the period. Unusual for the Hudson Bay Lowlands was a Northern Mockingbird at Burntpoint 13 Jun (MKP et al.). WARBLERS THROUGH FINCHES An out-of-season Nashville Warbler was at Fort Erie, Niagara 3 Jul (Dustin De). The lingering Kentucky Warbler at Parrot's Bay C.A., Frontenac was last reported 20 Jun (Bruce E. Ripley, m.ob.). A singing male Kirtland's Warbler was found at the Cameron Ranch (Carden Alvar), Kawartha Lakes 15 Jun (Robert Curry et al.); structurally the vegetation at the site resembled breeding habitat, even though Jack Pine was not present. Northern Parulas often show up in early summer well s. of their normal breeding range, and this year was no exception. Curious sightings includ- ed a singing male at Presqu'ile P.P. 21 Jun (WDG) and another at Rondeau P.P. 29 Jun (BAM). A very late Blackpoll Warbler was at Scarborough, Toronto 20 Jun (Richard E. Lauzon). Also very late was a Yellow-throated Warbler at Glen 27 Jul (Ingrid Wiederhecker). A lone Lesser Yellowlegs was a notable summer record at Hill- man Marsh 7-15 Jun (BAM et al.). The 5 Willets at Kettle Point 30 Jun were early fall migrants (GWM). A late Marbled God- wit was at Grand Bend S.T.P., Huron 4 Jun (Maris P. Apse). A Western Sandpiper was well observed at Longridge Point, Cochrane 23 Jul (Ross W. Wood, Ryan Burrell), establishing one of few records for n. Ontario. The 10,000 White-rumped Sandpipers at Little Piskwamish Point, Cochrane 31 Jul (MKP, Jean Iron) was a high count. A stunning leucistic Dunlin at- tracted attention at Cobourg 12- 15 Jul (Kenneth D. Niles). Four Short-billed Dowitchers at Hill- man Marsh 4 Jun (JMB, Chris- topher R. Gaffan) were late spring migrants. One of few nests of this species ever found in the province contained four eggs at Burntpoint, Kenora 20 Jun (Roberta Nakoochee). A frst- summer Red-necked Phalarope at Windermere Basin, Hamilton 10 Jul (Kenneth Williams et al.) is best categorized as a summer record, a frst for the H.S.A. GULLS THROUGH MIMIDS Point Pelee's frst fall migrant ad. Bonaparte's Gull was at the Tip 5 Jul (BAM); there is only one earlier record for this age group. Selected Little Gull observations included the 3 at De- schênes Rapids, Ottawa 2-8 Jun (m.ob.), rare for that area. Five frst-cycle birds were at Hill- man Marsh 1 Jun (BAM, JLH), and 7 ads. were at Seacliff Beach, Essex 28 Jul (AW). The only Laughing Gull of the period was at Cobourg, Northumberland 3-5 Jun (Robert Lonsberry et al.), while a Franklin's Gull was at Bronte Har- bour 26-28 Jul (Gavin M. Edmonstone, m.ob.). A second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull at Thunder Bay 30 May–4 Jun (Jan Luit et al.) was a rarity for the north. A fock of 17 Arctic Terns were at Britannia, Ottawa 3 Jun (Mark Gawn); smaller numbers were seen on subsequent dates. Six ad. Forster's Terns were notable as early fall migrants at Sturgeon Creek 25 Jun, increasing to 120 ads. there by 5 Jul (both AW). Three ad. Black Guillemots were at Longridge Point 31 Jul (Donald A. Sutherland, MWPR, Tove Christensen); this species is rare but regu- lar on s. James Bay. A Eurasian Collared-Dove stayed at Gilchrist, Simcoe 24 Jul–11 Sep (The- resa L. Theakston). A White-winged Dove at- tende a feeder at Nolalu, Thunder Bay 12 Jul (Murray MacDonald, Rose MacDonald). A car- its normal range was a Great Egret at Thunder Bay 1-3 Jun (NGE, Brian J. Moore), while per- haps the same individual was nearby at Silver Harbour, Thunder Bay 21 Jun (Donna Gresko). Unusual for the period was a Snowy Egret at Sauble Beach, Bruce 15 Jul (Gordon Saunders). Single Green Herons observed at Rainy River, Rainy River 12 (David S. New) & 23 Jul (DJMS, Angela M. Massey) presumably pertained to the same bird; the species is a rarity in the north. An ad. Black-crowned Night-Heron at Thunder Bay 30 Jul (NGE) was also a rarity for the north. A year-old imm. Glossy Ibis was seen at Point Anne e. of Belleville, Hastings 18 Jun (Kenzo Dozono), while an ad. was near Demorestville, Prince Edward 20 Jul (Thomas M. Wheatley et al.). A Black Vulture was at Point Pelee 31 May– 1 Jun (AW, Adam C. Pinch et al.). Another was at Dundas, Hamilton 11-15 Jun (William Cuddy, Kenneth M. Newcombe). Rare for s. James Bay was a Turkey Vulture at Moosonee, Cochrane 1 Jul (Terry Chakasim et al.). King Rails are an- nually reported on Walpole Island, Lambton, but away from that last stronghold they are infrequently encountered. One was well heard in suitable habitat near Lovett, Prince Edward 12 Jun (JMB), while another was at the Tip of Long Point, Norfolk 26 Jul (SAM). Piping Plovers continue to make a strong comeback in Ontario, and the pair that successfully fedged 4 chicks at Port Elgin, Bruce established a new modern- day nesting site. The nesting pairs at Sauble Beach, Bruce and Wasaga Beach, Simcoe were once again successful this season. A late migrant male at Long Point 6 Jun (Oliver J. Fox) sported leg bands that indicated it was banded as a nest- ling at Wasaga Beach in 2011. Two American Avocets were reported at Pinery P.P., Lambton Even though Black Vulture is increasing in Ontario, it is still a rarity wherever it occurs in the province. This individual was at Point Pelee National Park, Essex County on 31 May and 1 June (here) 2014. Photograph by Alan Wormington. This White-winged Dove took advantage of a feeder on 12 July 2014 at Nolalu, Thunder Bay District, Ontario. Photographs by Murray MacDonald.

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