North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 360 Q U É B E C T. Chicoine), a male at Lac Saint-Charles 15 May (M. Cardinal), and another at Macamic 29 May–1 Jun (N. Alain). An ad. male Or - chard Oriole at Sainte-Félicité 4 May provided a record-early date for the Region (D. Desjar - dins). Elsewhere, a first-year male was discov- ered at Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm 9 May (ph., L. Guénette) and a female at Grande-Rivière Ouest 31 May (A. Saint-Jean, J. Côté). A Eu - ropean Goldfinch was at Blainville 25 Apr (S. Giguère). Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Pierre Bannon (Montréal), Ginette Boyer (Brome-Missisquoi), Rodolphe Dubois, Suzanne Labbé, Raymond Ladurantaye, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi), Jacques Larivée (Lower-St. Lawrence), Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), Gérard Proulx, Alain Richard (Magdalen Islands), Jean-François Rousseau (Québec City), Germain Savard (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean), Claudia Siano, Daniel Toussaint (Outaouais). –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– J une 2014 was cooler than normal by 1-2º C in most parts of the province, while rainfall was above normal in the south but below average in the rest of the province. July was slightly above average in the south but cool and damp in the east. Rarities included Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Garganey, and Little Egret. WATERFOWL THROUGH TERNS Two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were first noted on a farm pond at Sabrevois 29 Jul and departed 7 Aug (R. Gélinas), making the seventh record for the province. A Mute Swan remained at Rouyn-Noranda 20 Jun–29 Jul (J. Gagnon). Up to 4 Trumpeter Swans spent the summer in the vicinity of Val d'Or (fide C. Siano et al.). Five Eurasian Wigeons were re - ported throughout the province in Jun. An ad. this spring, with a total of 16 individuals seen at 13 different sites. An overwintering Varied Thrush at Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive was still present 1 Mar (Z. Duchesneau, m.ob.); a male appeared briefly in the Mount-Royal Cemetery 16 Apr (JS. Mayer, L. Lemay). A Black-throat - ed Blue Warbler in Summit Park (Westmount) 24 Apr (K. Thorpe) set a new record-early date for the Region. A singing male Prairie Warbler at Mont-Tremblant 29 May provided a first re - cord for the Laurentides region (Y. Fredette). Two singing male Cerulean Warblers at God - manchester 21 May (PB et al.) were new for this site. An Ovenbird in Montréal Botanical Gardens 18 Apr (R. Duval) also established a record-early date for the Region. Grasshopper Sparrows were only reported at Bristol 9 May+, possibly one of the last sites where the species can be found in the prov - ince (RD, D. Dallaire). A Le Conte's Sparrow at Baie-Comeau was both early and e. of its range 11 May (JP. Barry). A Harris's Sparrow at LaSarre 21 May (J. Major) was a rare spring find. An Oregon Junco at Gatineau 27 Apr (RD) was likewise noteworthy. Increasingly regular in the past decade, single Summer Tanagers appeared at Bic 16 May (D. Desco - teaux, A. Tremblay) and at Île Bizard 23 May (ph. J. Tremblay). A male Western Tanager was briefly seen at Neuville 15 May (G. Cyr et al.). A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported at Mont-Lebel 6 Mar was probably a wintering bird (L. Brisson, fide GP). A male Blue Gros - beak stopped at Pabos 10 May (M. Larrivée). Single male Painted Buntings at Saint-Augus - tin (Lac Saint-Jean) 10-17 May (F. Blackburn) and at Rivière-au-Renard 26 May (J. Choui - nard, V. Cotton) provided the fourth and fifth records since 2014. Four Yellow-headed Blackbirds this spring included a male at Sept-Îles 24 Apr (fide F. Gal - lant), a female at Sept-Îles 8 May (P. Lalonde, (RL, CS) were locally rare. Extremely rare in spring, a Baird's Sandpiper was spotted at Lac Osisko (Abitibi) 30 May (LI et al.). Always un - predictable in spring, a Stilt Sandpiper was at Saint-Barthélemy 18 May (SD), and an impres - sive group of 4 was at Yamachiche 25 May (M. Bourassa). A female Ruff at Longue Rive 16-17 May (JG. Beaulieu) and one at Bridgeville 30 May (D. Jalbert et al.) were of interest. There was a definite increase in the number of Wil - son's Phalaropes this spring: 18 individuals were reported at 14 sites, whereas the species had been reported only eight times in spring from 2010 through 2014. Little Gulls were also more frequent this spring, especially in Abitibi, e.g., 4 at Lac Beauchamp 20 May (RL, CS) and 5 at Palma - rolle 24 May (J. Gagnon, MJ. Vander-Haeghe). A Laughing Gull was at Rivière-Ouelle 25 May (JFR), while 2 second-cycle Franklin's Gulls were at Gatineau 30 May (M. Gawn et al.). A Thick-billed Murre at Percé 4 Mar was prob - ably a wintering bird (A. Couture). CUCKOOS THROUGH FINCHES Single Yellow-billed Cuckoos turned up at Saint-Armand 14 & 27 May (N. Bourdon) and at Godmanchester 21 May (SL et al.). Even if not a regular breeder anymore, Red-headed Woodpeckers continue to be regular visitors, with singles at Gatineau 17 May (RD et al.), Saint-André d'Argenteuil 22 May (ph. P. Aras), Saint-Raymond-de-Portneuf 23-24 May (D. Lévesque, L. Cloutier), and at Rochebeaucourt (Abitibi) 21-27 May (J. Hewitt). A Fork-tailed Flycatcher, amazingly the twenty-first record for the Region, was a one- day wonder at Val-David 10 May (ph. J. Laper - rière, m.ob.). A White-eyed Vireo made an ap- pearance at the McGill B.O. 21-22 May (S. Du- val). Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were on the rise These Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were at Sabrevois, Québec 1 August 2015; there are just six previous provincial records. Photograph by Suzanne Labbé. Following several sight records in Québec, the province's first photographic record of European Golden-Plover was provided by this magnificent bird at Pointe de Moisie, Sept-Îles 28 May 2015. Photograph by Bruno Duchesne. This juvenile Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Val-David 10 May 2015 adds to twenty previous Québec records but was the first for the Laurentides region. Photograph by Jean Laperrière.

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