North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 53 Q U É B E C Lagueux-Tremblay et al.). Contributors (subregional editors in bold - face): Claude Auchu, Pierre Bannon (Mon- tréal), Bob Barnhurst, Michel Bourassa, Ginette Boyer (Haute-Yamaska), Ted Cheskey, Claudette Cormier, Albini Couture, Yvette Cyr, Samuel Denault, Leah den Besten, J. Charette, François Dion, Roger Dion, Pierre Fradette, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Ray - mond Ladurantaye, Peter Lane, Patrick Laniel, Jacques Larivée (Lower-St. Lawrence), Lucien Lemay, Andrée Gagnon, Gilles Garant, François Grenon, Diane Jalbert, Luc Légaré (Beauce-Ap - palaches), Jean-Pierre Ouellet, Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), Sébastien Rioux, Alain Richard (Magdalen Islands), Jean-François Rousseau (Québec City), Claude Roy (Arthabaska), MA. Rubénovitch, Germain Savard (Saguenay–Lac- Saint-Jean), Claudia Siano, M. Therrien, Daniel Toussaint (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, 10385A rue Clark, Montréal, Québec H3L 2S3 (normanddavid@videotron.ca) Samuel Denault,1991 rue Saint-Zotique Est, Montréal, Québec H2G 1J2 (spdenault@gmail.com) at Cabbage Willows Bay 1 Aug (TC). A frst-fall Golden-crowned Sparrow was nicely photo - graphed at Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm 1-2 Nov, only the second confrmed provincial record (L. Guénette, P. Martin). Summer Tanagers made appearances at Plai - sance 5 Oct (R. Bisson, C. Mathieu, R. Schryer) and at Chicoutimi 30 Oct–1 Nov (N. Régim - bald), whereas Western Tanagers were discov- ered at Rivière-Saint-Jean 27 Oct (V. Vogel et al., fde SD) and at Maria 27 Nov+ (G. Leblanc, M. Lessard). All 6 Dickcissels reported this fall were from e. Québec, 4 of which were at Tadoussac. Yellow-headed Blackbirds were reported widely, with a female at Îles-de-Boucherville N.P. (M. Sansfaçon), a young male at Val d'Or 20 Sep (F. Dubois), and an ad. male at Montmagny 25 Sep–4 Oct (B. Gendreau et al., fde SR). An ad. male Bullock's Oriole brightened Haldimand 1 Nov+ (P. Caron, DJ, AG; ph.); this is the ffth confrmed individual to be found in Québec and the frst for the vagrant-rich Gaspé Peninsula. The Tadoussac Bird Observatory broke sea - son total records for two species of fnch this fall: Pine Grosbeak with 10,386 individuals, almost all moving through in Nov, and Purple Finch, whose 2909 migrant individuals hinted at strong productivity in the breeding season thanks to the continued increase in Spruce Budworm populations on the North Shore (JM. Cabano 28-30 Sep (M. Beaulieu), near L'Anse- à-l'Orme Park, Montréal 5 Oct (J. Coutu et al.), and Rivière-Saint-Jean 27 Oct (Y. Rochepault, C. Buidin, fde SD). SPARROWS THROUGH FINCHES An Eastern Towhee lost in the boreal forest at Dubuisson 13-15 Nov was the latest ever for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region (H. Jacob). A high count of 4 Clay-colored Sparrows came from Port-Cartier 21 Oct (F. Jean). Marking a frst record for the Region, and one of only a handful for the North American East, a Brewer's Sparrow was brilliantly photographed at Percé 12 Oct (ph. AC, YC). This frst-fall bird appears consistent with descriptions of the n. subspecies taverneri. A Field Sparrow at Sainte-Thérèse-de- Gaspé 28-30 Nov (M. Thibault) was both late and lost. Always very rare inland, a Lark Spar - row was at Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, Chaudière- Appalaches region 3-4 Oct (ph. L. Martin). A female Lark Bunting at Longue-Rive 30 Aug (ph., J. Bernier, N. Boucher) was the eighth for Côte-Nord. Much rarer in e. Québec than in the Maritimes as a fall vagrant, a Grasshopper Spar - row discovered in a parking lot in the company of a Lapland Longspur and 2 Horned Larks at Cap-des-Rosiers 16-17 Nov (ph. DJ, AG) was a surprise. A high count of 150 Nelson's Sparrows of the James Bay subspecies (alter) was reached New England London, CT); Brookline Bird Club (B.B.C.); Charlotte (Charlotte Town Beach, Charlotte, Chittenden, VT); Cousin's Island (Sandy Point Beach, Cousin's Island, Yarmouth, Cumber - land, ME); D.C.W.M.A. (Dead Creek W.M.A., Addison/Panton, Addison, VT); Hammonasset (Hammonasset Beach S.P., Madison, New Ha - ven, CT); Lighthouse Point (at New Haven, New Haven, CT); Missisquoi (Missisquoi N.W.R., Swanton/Highgate, Franklin, VT), Monhegan (Monhegan Island, Lincoln, ME); Plum Island (Plum Island, Parker River N.W.R., Newbury/ Rowley, Essex, MA); Race Point (Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Barnstable, MA), Scarbor - ough Marsh (at Scarborough, Cumberland, ME). WATERFOWL THROUGH IBIS About 14 Greater White-fronted Geese, some 10 fewer than recorded during each of the the past three autumns, accompanied more com - mon geese across the Region from Aroostook, ME to coastal Connecticut. A Pink-footed Goose found on Puddledock Pond, Fort Fair - feld, Aroostook, ME 13-14 Oct (ph. BS , ph. JW, ph. JeS) had similar timing to one found not far and in Burlington, VT 4 and 16 October. No- vember was wet and cold, with signifcant snow at the end of the month at both reporting sta - tions. The few tropical systems did not track close enough to bring tropical birds to New Eng - land shores, although trips to the Gulf Stream produced notable warm-water pelagic species, including both tropicbirds, Black-capped Pe - trel, and White-faced and Band-rumped Storm- Petrels. It was not a season featuring many extreme rarities; honors surely go to Vermont's frst Brown Booby, sharing time with New York on Lake Champlain. Other vagrants were spe - cies that generally occur on a regular basis, if not annually: Pink-footed Goose and Mountain Bluebird in Maine, Yellow-nosed Albatross off Rhode Island, Vermont's fourth Harris's Sparrow, four Townsend's Solitaires, Smith's Longspur, and Black-throated Gray Warbler in Massachu - setts, plus two Painted Buntings and numerous Yellow-headed Blackbirds, to name a few. Abbreviations: Andrew's Point (at Rockport, Essex, MA); Block Island (Washington, RI); Bluff Point (Bluff Point Coastal Reserve, Groton, New Nancy L. Martin Walter G. Ellison –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A utumn 2014 was a season of weather contrasts. August and September were generally cool and dry. October was wet, with signifcant rain in Boston 22-23 October

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