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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 361 Q U É B E C rence for Abitibi (R. Gauthier). A Connecticut Warbler at Baie-Comeau 15-16 Jun (JP. Barry) was at the tip of its e. range limit. An ad. male Spotted Towhee at Havre-aux-Basques 18-19 Jul was both a first summer record for the Re - gion and a first ever for the Magdalen Islands (ph. AR). A female Dickcissel at Percé 20 Jul (S. Blais) was unexpected for the season and perhaps an early fall vagrant. Addendum: A Northern Caracara was pho - tographed 29 Jul 2014 near York River (Gas- pésie)—at last a first confirmed record for the province (M. Bilodeau, R. Savard, fide PP). Contributors (subregional editors in bold- face): Pierre Bannon (Montréal), Ginette Boyer (Haute-Yamaska), J. Fréchette, Louis Imbeau (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Pierre Poulin (Gaspésie), A. Richard (Magdalen Is.), Jean-François Rousseau (Québec City), Germain Savard (Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean), Daniel Toussaint (Outaouais). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pierre Bannon, 1517 Leprohon, Montréal, Québec H4E 1P1 ( Olivier Barden, 2942 rue de l'Aubier, Québec, Québec G1M 3V1 ( Normand David, 53 Hasting, apt. 202, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec H9G 3C4 ( Samuel Denault, 75 Beauchemin, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Québec J3N 1J6 ( the province could be possible. A Black Vulture was seen inter - mittently at Rivière-du-Loup 16 Jul–3 Aug (M. Poulin, D. April). Two female Wilson's Phala - ropes were at Sainte-Thérèse- de-Gaspé 1 Jun (A. Couture), up to 2 males at Baie-du-Febvre 2-7 Jun (M. Groulx, m.ob.), and one at Rivière-Madeleine 17 Jun (G. & R. Blanchette), but there was no evidence of breeding. About a half-dozen Little Gulls were reported in the province, including 2 first-summer birds at Sainte-Catherine 16 Jun–25 Jul (R. Belhumeur et al.). Eight Laughing Gulls turned up in the province, most of them in e. Québec as usual. Single Franklin's Gulls were found at La Malbaie 10 Jun (L. Gervais, G. Cyr) and at Les Escoumins 11-13 Jun (C. Deschênes). An ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull was reported at Kangirsuk (Ungava) 12 Jul (B. Jolicoeur). Although the status of this spe - cies remains largely unknown in this part of the province, it is possibly more regular than is presumed. A nest of Caspian Tern contain - ing two eggs was found in Parc National des Îles-de-Boucherville 20 Jun (D. Henri et al.), the second nest found at this location in three years. Rare in summer near Montréal, an Arc - tic Tern was spotted at Sainte-Cathe- rine 13 Jun (SD). DOVES THROUGH FINCHES Single Eurasian Collared-Doves were at Saint-Édouard 14 Jun–29 Jul (J. Piuze, m.ob.) and at Sainte-Félicité 23-27 Jul (J. Deschênes). An ad. Red- headed Woodpecker turned up in Parc National de la Jacques Cartier 5 Jun (ph. M. Bossinotte et al.). It has been 10 years since first confirmed breeding in the Region for Red-bellied Wood - pecker at Châteauguay, and the spe- cies was found again nesting there in 2015, with two pairs instead of one (m.ob.). A juv. of the same species was reported at Saint-Armand 27 Jun (N. Bourdon). A singing Acadian Flycatch - er was back at Notre-Dame-du-Nord (Témiscamingue) for the fifth consecu - tive summer (JF). A Great Crested Fly- catcher at Jonquière provided the tenth record for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the first to be found in that area in many years (D. Gervais). A singing Yellow-throated Vireo at Val d'Or 24 Jun–3 Jul provided a very rare occur - male Garganey was a nice find at Rivière York 16 Jun (A. Gagnon). Extremely rare for the place and for the time of the year, 2 Harlequin Ducks spent the summer on Rivière des Prai - ries: a first-year male at Île de la Visitation and a female 10 km farther e. on the river (m.ob.). Rarely detected nesting in the Region away from the Magdalen Islands, a pair of Horned Grebes was seen building a nest at Ville-Marie 2 Jun and incubating eggs 20 Jun (LI). Five eggs were still visible in the nest 3 Jul, but unfortunately the ads. had left the area and were not seen thereafter (LI, JF). An Ameri - can White Pelican was found at Alma 4-5 Jun (R. Gagnon), and 2 were on Lac De Montigny (Val d'Or) 5 Jun (G. Noël, S. Rocheleau, fide B. Major). A Little Egret first found at Carp in the Ottawa region, Ontario 2 Jun was also seen roosting on Conroy Islands (Gatineau), Qué - bec from 8 Jun through 13 Jul (J. Bensette, E. Buck, m.ob.). This bird provided the fourth record for Québec. A Snowy Egret made a stop at Saint-Blaise 12 Jun (P. Laporte, R. Bou - let). Single Little Blue Herons were at Pointe aux Loups (Magdalen Islands) 12-16 Jun (DG. Gaudet et al.) and at Dunham 21 Jun (G. Bé - land). Following last spring's unprecedented influx, a few Glossy Ibis lingered well into Jun: one at Rimouski 1 Jun (J. Roy), up to 3 at Baie- du-Febvre 2-5 Jun (m.ob.), one at Mont-Joli 6-19 Jun (P. Saint-Pierre, G. Raboin), one at Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola 13 Jun (A. Nicole et al.), and up to 2 at Châteauguay 24 Jun–3 Jul (C. d'Auteuil, LP. Éthier). Even more intrigu - ing were 2 juvs. at Laval-Ouest 12-23 Jul (G. Lachaîne et al.) and another at Saint-Hermé - négilde 31 Jul-–4 Aug (M. Oborne, M. Viger). Although unconfirmed yet, local breeding in This adult male Spotted Towhee photographed at Havre-aux-Basques 18 July 2015 represented a first summer record for Québec and a first ever for the Magdalen Islands. Photograph by Alain Richard. Extremely rare in the Laurentides region, this first-year male Orchard Oriole was photographed at Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm on 9 May 2015. Photograph by Lise Guénette.

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