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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 78 ONTARIO ond records of Lesser Black-backed Gull for Haliburton were detected 18 Oct, a frst-cycle bird, and 19 Oct, a third-cycle individual (EBP). The species is still very rare in n. Ontario, so 3 at Kapuskasing, Ti - miskaming 24 Sep (AW) was record high; one was still there 11 Oct (AW, JDV, JMB), and another was at McCool, Timiskaming 19 Sep (acc., MJW). Rare away from sw. Ontario, Forster's Terns were well reported, with fve reports including a very late individual at Oshawa, Durham 25-29 Oct (TLH). Another late tern was either a Common or Arctic Tern at Netitishi Point I.B.A., Cochrane 4 Oct (AW), representing a late date for either species in s. James Bay. A molting Black Guillemot was at North Point I.B.A., Cochrane 11 Aug (CAF, BNC et al.); this species is regular in s. James Bay later in the fall, but such an early record, especially of one mostly in alternate plumage, is unusual. Still extremely rare in the province, a Eurasian Collared-Dove was discovered at Leamington, Essex 24 Aug (JMB, MLV), and a second was discovered the next day; the apparent pair re - mained through the end of the period. While expected into early Oct, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Point Pelee N.P. 27 Oct (KRO) was very late. The Eastern Screech-Owl discovered at Presqu'ile P.P., Northumberland 29 Oct (MR) was surprisingly the frst documented record for the park. Extremely unusual were several Snowy Owls that, due to the early dates, likely repre - sented summering individuals rather than early migrants. These included at least 2 individuals at Hamilton, Hamilton 9 Aug+ (m.ob.) and a bird at Amherst Island, Lennox and Addington continu - ing from Jul into at least Nov, when migrants be- gan arriving (K.F.N.). It was another huge fight into s. Ontario for Snowy Owls, with about 150 reports of perhaps close to 500 individuals re - ceived to eBird in Nov, including a high count of 31 in the area around Clearview, Simcoe 25 Nov (SM). It was a poor year for other irruptive owls, with no reports of Boreal, Great Gray, or North - ern Hawk Owls in the south. While higher than last fall's record low totals, Northern Saw-whet Owls had an average to slightly below-average year overall, with P. E. Point and L.P.B.O. band - ing 603 and 516, respectively. While nowhere close to what they used to be, Red-headed Woodpeckers had a pretty good fall, with particularly notable records coming from Algonquin Highlands, Haliburton 29 Oct (TP) and 4 juvs. scattered around the Thunder Bay area, Thunder Bay late Aug–30 Sep (m.ob., fde BDR). With an opposite trajectory in the prov - ince, Red-bellied Woodpeckers have expanded greatly but are still of note in n. Ontario; Thunder ince—a very good year indeed! One of these birds, a juv. light morph, was found in a weak - ened state along the Ottawa River in Ottawa 8 Sep (GZ); it was transferred to a rehabilitation center but did not survive. Away from V.W.B., there were only two reports of Long-tailed Jae - ger, one at Long Point, Norfolk 22 Aug (SAM) and one at Point Pelee N.P., Essex 30 Aug (AW) It was a relatively quiet fall for Black-legged Kittiwakes, with only three records from V.W.B. 23 Aug–1 Oct (m.ob.) and seven others on the Great Lakes, including a rare ad. at Stoney Creek, Hamilton 1 Nov (BRH). Away from the Great Lakes, there was a juv. at Barrie 16-26 Oct (DL, m.ob.), representing a frst for Simcoe. In n. Ontario, the species is very rare, so singles at North Point I.B.A., Cochrane 2-9 Aug (acc., BNC et al.) and Netitishi Point I.B.A., Cochrane 28 Sep (p.a., JDV, KJR) were both noteworthy, with the former marking the earliest fall date for n. and possibly all of Ontario. Conversely, it was an excellent fall for Sabine's Gulls, with at least 121 at V.W.B. 28 Aug–3 Nov, with 60 passing through on 8 Sep alone (m.ob.). Among these were single ads. on 3 (BRH) & 9 Sep (m.ob.). A further 30 Sabine's Gulls were recorded through - out the rest of s. Ontario 1 Sep–17 Nov, includ- ing the frst ever ad. for Point Pelee N.P., Essex 1 Sep (BAM, KJR). As has become the norm in recent years, Black-headed Gull was rare; an ad. was at Long Point, Norfolk 1 Sep (JBF). No big counts of Little Gulls came in this fall, with the largest concentration being the 18 at Turkey Point, Norfolk 18 Oct (LHB). Little Gulls joined in the feeding frenzy on Lake Simcoe off of Bar - rie, Simcoe, with counts of up to 14 in the period 29 Sep–11 Nov (m.ob.). With three reports, it was a good fall for Laughing Gull, including an ad. at Bronte Harbour, Halton 12 Aug (MWJ), a juv. at Point Pelee N.P., Essex 4 Sep (AW, MJN), and an ad. at Port Dover, Norfolk 4 Oct (TBL). Franklin's Gulls were about average, with sev - en reports, all of single birds in s. Ontario 25 Sep–15 Nov (m.ob.). There was a nicely photo - graphed Thayer's Gull at Minden 23 Nov (EBP), furnishing the frst record for Haliburton. Not far away at Haliburton Landfll, the frst and sec - s. Ontario, with at least 25 reports away from s. James Bay including notable records at Kelly Lake, Greater Sudbury 10 Aug (CGB), Lindsay S.T.P., Kawartha Lakes 19 Aug–6 Sep (possi - bly more than one bird involved, TH), Englehart S.T.P., Timiskaming 29 Aug (MWM, MJW, SMG), Werner S.T.P., Nipissing 2 Sep (4 birds; RJL), and Po - wassan S.T.P., Parry Sound 14 Sep (2 birds; LAn). Red Phalarope is the rar - est of the phalaropes in the province, so the seven or more records from fall 2014 was not unexpected but lower than recent years. Two at Point Pelee N.P., Essex 4 Sep (AW) were particularly noteworthy for the relatively early date; the latest were 3 at Sand - banks P.P., Prince Edward 12 Nov (TLH), with at least one remaining until 17 Nov (MDR). It was an excellent fall for jaegers in the prov- ince. Some 14 Pomarine Jaeger reports away from V.W.B. 21 Sep–30 Nov included four from Point Pelee N.P., Essex 21 Sep–15 Oct, four from the Niagara River, Niagara 7 Oct–30 Nov, two at Long Point, Norfolk 25 Sep–3 Nov, and three elsewhere on Lake Ontario 6 Oct–4 Nov. V.W.B., as usual, led the way with least 14 Pomarine Jaegers 13 Sep–10 Nov, 61 Parasitic Jaegers 3 Sep–5 Nov, and 17 Long-tailed Jaegers 23 Aug– 2 Oct. Elsewhere, Point Pelee N.P., Essex had 14 reports of 19 Parasitic Jaegers to go along with about 25 other reports from around the prov - This apparent pair of Eurasian Collared-Doves was found 24 August (here 13 September) 2014 and continued through the autumn season just outside of Leamington, Essex County. The spe- cies is still extremely rare in Ontario. Photograph by Mike V. A. Burrell. Northern Hawk Owl is not rare in northern Ontario, but this par - ticular bird expired under unusual circumstances after it wan- dered out onto the extensive tidal mudfats of southern James Bay at Netitishi Point during the mid-morning of 8 October 2014. There the bird was attacked and killed by two adult Bald Eagles and a Common Raven. Photograph by Alan Wormington.

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