North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 209 FALCONS THROUGH FINCHES A kestrel that appeared at Hartlen Point, H.R.M., NS 21 Nov (ph. Hayne Hyland) and that was seen again 26 Dec (ph. Kyle Shaye) was iden - tified as a Eurasian Kestrel (Mark Field) and remained through late Feb, enjoyed by scores of birders from around North Amreica. The bird was found dead 23 Feb, presumably killed by the Rough-legged Hawk found eating the bird (David Currie). The only previous record of Eurasian Kestrel for Nova Scotia is from Jan 1988. A late American Kestrel, quite unusual for the French islands, was observed during the St. Pierre C.B.C. 21 Dec (fide PB). Also extremely late was another American Kestrel at China Point, Queens, PE 2 Jan+ (Nicole Murtaugh). An Empidonax flycatcher at Greenwich, Kings, NS 2-23 Dec (Bernard Forsythe) was eventually identified as a Dusky Flycatcher. Rick Whitman organized documentary mate - rials for posting online, and confirmation of identification came 12 Dec. This report repre - cies for the French island (ph. RE, Joël Detch- everry). Egrets lingered despite the weather. A Great Egret was reported at Port Clyde, Shel - burne, NS 3 Dec (ph. Ervin Olsen); another was at L'Ardoise, Richmond, NS 23-27 Dec (Brian Sampson, m.ob.), providing the fourth record ever for a Nova Scotia C.B.C. A Snowy Egret lingered until 1 Dec at Lyon's Pond, Pictou, NS (Steve Vines). A Cattle Egret discovered 9 Dec at St. Pierre provided the French islands with their first winter record (ph. PB, Patrick Ha - cala). Another that had been present through 23 Nov returned to Shelburne, NS and stayed 2-3 Dec (ph. Cindy Spears, Johnny Nickerson). Very rare in winter for Nova Scotia, a Red- shouldered Hawk was located 23 Feb at Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth, NS (ph. Ronnie d'Entremont) and re-sighted in Mar. Two Pur - ple Gallinules were on the French islands 28 Jan: one was in the town of St. Pierre (fide PB), the other found dead in the village of Mique - lon (Philippe Lahiton). A late Sandhill Crane was observed at Morell, Kings 23-24 Dec (fide Bruce Smith), the first winter record for Prince Edward Island. A Northern Lapwing, acci - dental in New Brunswick, was at St. Martin's, St. John 16 Dec (Byard Moran) and remained through 28 Dec (Jeanne Savage, Jim & Jean Wilson, m.ob.). A Semipalmated Sandpiper was extremely late on the Isthmus of Mique - lon, SPM 22 Dec (Jacky & Christine Hébert). A Long-billed Curlew found 28 Nov at Cape Tormentine, Westmorland, NB (ph. Dave Rob - inson, Robert Grant) was relocated 1 Dec (Ron Steeves) and remained through 7 Dec (Mark & Karen Miller). Viewed by many, it represented the third record of this species for New Bruns - wick, the previous records both from the 1800s (fide Stu Tingley). A notably late Red Knot was observed in the village of Miquelon10 Dec (Laurent Jackman); a few knots may winter in the French islands (fide PB). A Barn Owl at Co - cagne, Kent, NB 3-8 Dec (ph. Susanne Léger et al.) appeared to be in good health; the previous 10 records of the species in in New Brunswick are of dead or moribund birds. David Seeler Alix d'Entremont –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ecember was generally mild, with alter- nating snow and rain throughout the Region. El Niño finally demonstrated the effects it would have on the Region during late January and February, with a persistent jet stream trough over eastern North America that brought Arctic air and numerous storms. Heavy snowfall and blizzards then took over the weath - er patterns for much of the Maritimes, leaving record snowfall amounts in numerous parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. For Prince Edward Island, a record 6 m (18 ft.) fell on Queens County from mid-January through spring, significantly limiting time on the road for intrepid birders. February also proved to be one of the snowiest on record for Halifax, Nova Sco - tia. For St. Pierre et Miquelon and Newfound- land, the winter was closer to average. Despite the heavy weather, highlights included Tufted Duck and Cattle Egret on St. Pierre, Northern Lapwing, Long-billed Curlew, and Barn Owl in New Brunswick, and Eurasian Kestrel, Dusky Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Fieldfare, and Harris's Sparrow in Nova Scotia. WATERFOWL THROUGH OWLS A male Eurasian Wigeon returned to winter on Ellen's Creek, Charlottetown, PE 2 Dec+ (Kathleen MacAulay). A fe - male Canvasback was located 1 Dec in Bissett Lake, Halifax Regional Munici - pality (hereafter, H.R.M.), NS (ph. Da- vid Waterfield), and a male was discov- ered the same day in the Woodstock La- goons, NB and lingered through 29 Mar (ph. Nathan Staples). A Tufted Duck was present 19-20 Jan in the Miquelon Harbour, St. Pierre et Miquelon (here - after, SPM), the first record of this spe- Atlantic Provinces & St. Pierre et Miquelon Remarkably making the first record for St. Pierre et Miquelon, this male Tufted Duck visited Miquelon Harbour 19 (here) and 20 January 2015. Photograph by Roger Etcheberry. This Cattle Egret provided St. Pierre et Miquelon with a first winter record 9 December 2015 at St. Pierre. Photograph by Patrick Boez. A Red-shouldered Hawk at Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth County 23 February 2015 (here) and later made a very rare record for Nova Scotia, where most recently reported in 1992. Photograph by Ronnie d'Entremont.

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