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 4 519 n o r t h e r n c a n a d a & g r e e n l a n d Gouraud, Jim Hawkings, Reid Hildebrandt, Tom Hince, Jukka Jantunen, Ricky Joe, Vicky Johnson, Clare Kines (Nunavut), John Klymko, Richard Knapton (RKn), Rudolph Koes (RKo), Don-Jean Léandri-Breton (DLB), Craig Machtans, David McCorquodale, Sam McLeod, Jordan McNamara (JMc), Johnny Mikes (JMi), Erica Nol, Anita Olayuk, Rhiannon Pankratz, Lisa Pirie, Paul Pratt, Isabeau Pratte, Wayne Renaud, Audrey Robillard, Pascal Royer-Boutin (PRB), Ben Schonewille, Shiloh Schulte, Yannick Seyer, Michael Shepard, Graham Sorenson, Josh Sullivan, Douglas Tate (Northwest Territories), Shyloh van Delft (SVD), Walter Wehtje, Scott Wilson. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cameron D. Eckert, 1402 elm Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1a 4B6, (cameron.eckert@gmail.com) Region; 10 were at Yohin Lake, Nahanni N.P., NWT 21 Jun (DBr, DT). Rarer still is Nelson's Sparrow: 2 were near Fort Providence, NWT 19 Jul (DT), one was at Fort Smith, NWT 14 Jul (DBr), and one was near Hay River, NWT 1 Jul (ph. RH). A White-throated Sparrow, casual in the Beaufort Sea region, was at Herschel Island, n. Yukon 25-26 Jun (ph. CEc). Single Golden-crowned Sparrows, only reported from Northwest Territories this season, were seen in Nahanni N.P. 3-4 Jul (DT). Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Jody Allair, Christian Artuso, David Blue (DBl), David Britton (DBr), Serge Brodeur, Geoff Carpentier, Doina Cornell, Susan Drury, Boris Dobrowolsky, Cameron Eckert (CEc) (Yukon), Claire Elliott (CEl), Derryn Gill, Christophe 6 (ads. feeding young) at Arctic Bay, Nunavut 5 Jul (CK). In Greenland, 32 (multiple family groups) were at Kangerlussuag 23 Jul, 4 at Sisimiut 25 Jul, and 8 at Ilulissat, 26 Jul (MS). Two Nunavut rarities were a male Mountain Bluebird at Repulse Bay 21 Jun (SB) and a nicely documented Varied Thrush at Cambridge Bay 24 Jun (ph. JS). A snow storm at Arctic Bay, Nunavut produced a massive fock of 1000 Snow Buntings along with 250 Lapland Longspurs 3 Jun (CK). A hike across the Manitoba border n. of Courage Lake produced Nunavut's only report of Smith's Longspur and Harris's Sparrow of the season, singles each on 15 Jul (CA). A singing Ovenbird, w. of its range, provided a frst record for Whitehorse, s. Yukon 19 Jun (CM). Le Conte's Sparrow is localized and rare in the Prairie Provinces Dafoe 13 Jul (WW). Up to 2 Snowy Egrets lin- gered at Pakowki Lake through the period (TH, RKl, m.ob.). The Glossy Ibis at Whitewater Lake, MB, frst reported with White-faced Ibis in May, was still present 26 Jul (G&JG). Canada added Mississippi Kite to its list of breeding birds when a pair settled in a subur- ban neighborhood of Winnipeg, MB. First dis- covered 18 Jul, but not positively identifed un- til 27 Jul (ML), the pair entertained numerous observers and attracted positive attention from the local media. Unfortunately, the lone, nearly full-grown young had to be rescued when it fell from the nest in early Aug. A Cooper's Hawk at Churchill 13 Jun was well n. of its usual range (BDL, RH). A Rough-legged Hawk lingered near Canora, SK 2 Jun (SS, RJ, JP, KG). Always sensitive to varying water levels, Yel- daily in mid-Jun n. of the Caribou River in ex- treme n. Manitoba (CA, KK). Lone Cinnamon Teal were at Oak Hammock Marsh, MB 22 Jun (LB) and near Warren, MB 4 Jul (G&JG). Rare at Churchill, MB were 2 male Eurasian Wigeons 17 Jun, a drake Common Eider of the v-nigra subspecies 15 Jun, and 2 Double-crested Cor- morants 15 Jun (BDL, RH). A Yellow-billed Loon near the Caribou River 21 Jun, about the tenth for Manitoba, may well have bred lo- cally (CA, KK). Breeding of Black Scoter was confrmed at Courage Lake, MB 18 Jul when a female and 2 young were seen (CA). Up to 2 Great Egrets were at Pakowki Lake, AB 25- 28 Jul (GF, JF, K&AO), while reports from Sas- katchewan involved 5 birds at a nesting colony at Middle Quill (Mud) Lake 2 Jun (SS, RJ, JP, KG), one near Kipling 19 Jun (DW), and 2 near Rudolf F. Koes Peter Taylor –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– J une weather was normal in Alberta, but it continued to be colder than usual in Sas- katchewan and Manitoba into early July. Heavy rain in late June in southeastern Sas- katchewan and southern Manitoba caused widespread fooding, resulting in untold nest losses. There was much evidence of re-nesting, especially of water and marsh birds, later in the season in southern Manitoba. This effort likely benefted from a dry July that brought the peri- od's rainfall closer to long-term average values. The ffth and fnal feld season of the Manito- ba Breeding Bird Atlas again produced several exceptional northern records, while the frst nesting of Mississippi Kite for Canada provided a perfect cherry for the atlas cake. Highlights in the wanderer department were Manitoba's frst Black-throated Sparrow, Scissor-tailed Fly- catcher in Alberta, and Dusky Flycatcher and Prothonotary Warbler in Saskatchewan. WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Greater White-fronted Geese were seen almost Sa David Hatch provided a detailed account of the impact of the four-day storm, 26-29 Jun, that brought over 20 cm (8 in.) of rain to the already saturated Oak Lake area of sw. Manitoba, culminating with high winds on the fnal day. Overland fooding inundated thousands of acres of meadows and pastures, while leaving marsh complexes devoid of emergent vegetation. Colonies of Black-crowned Night-Herons, Eared Grebes, and Frank- lin's Gulls, and two of three Cattle Egret colonies were drowned out. Frantic activity was observed at the remaining egret colony, with 17 White-faced Ibis, 6 or more Great Egrets, and one Snowy Egret also seen carrying nesting material 2-3 Jul. Extensive re-nesting was suspected for the many pairs of Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, and Redhead in the area, while 440+ Eared Grebes appeared to be establishing a new colony at the nearby Griswold marshes. Thousands of pairs of Franklin's Gulls, however, simply vanished from the area, their breeding season probably at an end. Passerine nesting was also disrupted, as indicated by the virtual disappearance of nesting Baltimore and Orchard Orioles after the storm. Also notable was the renewed vocal activity of grassland species such as Willet, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Sprague's Pipit, and Chestnut-collared Longspur. Two Trumpeter Swan broods, frst seen at Oak Lake in mid-Jun, were relocated in early Jul.

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