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 384 O N TA R I O The dramatic decline of this species continues. Uncommon for s. James Bay was a Marsh Wren at Northbluff Point 20 Jul (Walter G. R. Wehtje et al.). A singing Veery at Hillman Marsh 11 Jun (Kenneth G. D. Burrell) was a very late spring migrant for Point Pelee. North - by 49 more ads. 8 Jun, with 23 at Sturgeon Creek, 18 at Leamington Marina, and 8 at Hillman Marsh (all AW). Eurasian Collared-Doves nested once again e. of Leamington; both ads. were seen 2 Jun (AW) and again 17 Jul–3 Aug (Joshua D. Van - dermeulen, Laura Bond, m.ob.) but not thereafter. The White-winged Dove first found at Rondeau Park, Chatham-Kent 25 May (Anne M. McArthur) was sporadically seen or heard until 5 Jul (m.ob.). Uncom - mon for s. James Bay, a Long-eared Owl was flushed from spruces at Big Piskwamish Point 18 Jul (R. Douglas McRae). Returning for its second year, a territorial male Chuck-will's-widow was at South Bay (town - site), Prince Edward 17 May–4 Jul (Peter R. Fuller, m.ob.). A first for the Hudson Bay Low - lands was a singing Eastern Whip-poor-will at Northbluff Point 30 Jul (Walter G. R. Wehtje). A Tropical/Couch's Kingbird was photo - graphed on Upper Duck Island, Ottawa 27 Jun (David G. White); it was never found again de - spite searching the next day by local birders. A Cassin's Kingbird was captured and banded at Long Point Tip 9 Jun (Taylor M. Brown et al.). It was Long Point's first and Ontario's fourth, and it was the first live bird recorded since 1970. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photographed at Fort Frances 22 Jun (Michael S. Dawber) was only the third record for Rainy River but the second for 2015. Another was briefly seen near Bracebridge, Muskoka 9 Jul (Lev A. Frid). White-eyed Vireos have declined significantly in recent years at Point Pelee; the only sum - mer report there was a territorial male near the park's cemetery 12 Jul (David A. Martin, Linda Wladarski). Only one territorial male was also at Rondeau P.P. during the period (Blake A. Mann et al.). The Phila - delphia Vireo at Burntpoint Creek, Kenora 13 Jun was n. of its usual range (Timothy M. Haan). North - ern Rough-winged Swallows and Bank Swallows were absent dur - ing the period from once-thriving colonies in the harbor area at Cobourg, Northumberland (fide Clive A. Goodwin). An extensive survey of Barn Swallows through - out the Hwy. 60 corridor of Al- gonquin P.P., Nipissing showed a maximum of just 12 nesting pairs (first brood), compared with at least 115 pairs in the same area 20 years ago, even though the avail - ability of nest sites has changed very little (fide Ronald G. Tozer). Mackenzie). A Long-billed Dowitcher at Win - dermere Basin, Hamilton 11-15 Jul (Robert Z. Dobos et al.) made a good summer record for Ontario. Always worth mentioning, 4 Black Guillemots were at Northbluff Point, Cochrane 27 Jul (Walter G. R. Wehjte, Danielle Hosick). GULLS THROUGH BLACKBIRDS The 14 Little Gulls (including 8 ads.) at Coterie Park, Essex 13 Jul (AW) were notable for Point Pelee; this was after a very early ad. appeared 7 Jul at nearby Wheatley Harbour, Chatham-Kent (AW). An imm. Laughing Gull was well pho - tographed at Point Pelee's Tip 13 Jun (Blake A. Mann), while another was at Long Point Tip 7-11 Jun (Mark A. Conboy). A first-cycle Franklin's Gull at Leamington 25 Jun (AW) was the only report in the south. Ad. Forster's Terns (presumably failed breeders) arrived very early and in significant numbers at Point Pelee, with the first 2 at Wheatley Harbour 4 Jun, followed An influx of gulls at the Tip of Point Pelee, Ontario 13 June 2015 included this Laughing Gull. Photograph by Blake A. Mann. This Cassin's Kingbird captured and banded at Long Point Tip 9 June 2015 was the first for Long Point and fourth for Ontario. Photograph by Ron Ridout. Increasingly reported in Ontario, but just the second for Rondeau Provincial Park, this White-winged Dove remained for a long stay 25 May—5 July (here 24 June) 2015. Photograph by P. Allen Woodliffe. This male Scarlet Tanager was several hundred kilometers north of its breeding range when found on the coast of Hudson Bay at Burntpoint Creek, Ontario, where it remained 13-23 (here 13) June 2015. Photograph by Timothy M. Haan. The third for the Rainy River district and second of 2015, this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was found 22 June at Fort Frances. Photograph by Michael S. Dawber.

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