North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 7 0 ( 2 0 1 7 ) • N U M B E R 1 19 AT L A N T I C P R O V I N C E S & S T. P I E R R E E T M I Q U E LO N time, are of the same 2 traveling individuals. A dark-morph Gyrfalcon was at Fogo, NL 10 Aug (Shelley Garland) while a white-morph juv. was at Herring Cove, H.R.M., NS 18 Nov (ph. Wayne Hyland). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH LONGSPURS An Eastern Wood-Pewee at Cape Race, NL 17- 20 Aug (Cliff Doran) was rare for that province. Two extralimital "Western Flycatchers" arrived from across the country, but only one was identified to species. One bird, photographed and captured in video and audio in Harbour Centre, Antigonish, NS 3-30 Nov (ph. Marilyn O'Brien, m. ob.) was identified as a Pacific- Slope Flycatcher—the first for the Region— based on primary extension to tail extension ratios, plumage, vocalizations, and behavior. The second western Empidonax was at White Head I., near Grand Manan I., Charlotte, NB 17-30 Nov+ (ph. Roger Burrows, m. ob.) and wasn't conclusively identified to species. A pro - vincial first was the record of a Say's Phoebe at East Point, Kings, PE 29 Aug (Paul Jones). Another Say's Phoebe also pleased local birders at The Hawk, C.S.I. 5-6 Sep (Clyde Stoddard, m. ob.) while a third was found at Miscou I., Gloucester, NB 6 Sep (Léon Gagnon). A Great Crested Flycatcher at Forteau, NL 27 Oct (ph. Vernon Buckle, Tom Auer) was likely the first for Labrador, and was the only one reported for the province this season. A Tropical Kingbird at Tabusintac, Northumberland, NB 17-18 Oct (ph. Frank Branch, Jolande St-Pierre, Denise Godin, Léon Gagnon, Rosita Lanteigne) pro - vided that province with its first record. An unprecedented 18 Western Kingbirds were found in Nova Scotia, more than four times the 10-year average. This large flycatcher was also reported 5 times in New Brunswick, twice in Newfoundland and once in St. Pierre et Mique - lon. Single hatch-year Scissor-tailed Flycatch- ers turned up at Charlos Cove, Guysborough, NS (ph. Diane Richard) and Wirral, Queens, NB (Mark Dennis). Pier 17 in St. John's, NL, has consistently harbored the highest number of Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls (L. c. canus) in NA. The usual 50+ Black-headed Gulls at this location by late fall plummeted to a handful this season due to the sewer outflow having been stopped. Five Little Gulls were at or near Passamquoddy Bay and 3 were at the Northumberland Straight area, both re - gions that typically see thousands of migrating Bonaparte's Gulls with a few Little Gulls in the crowd. Other sightings were of a first-winter bird at Seal I., NS 25 Sep (David Bell, Dominic Cormier) and at Bellevue Beach, NL 11-21 Nov (Ed Hayden). A first-cycle Franklin's Gull was found in a mall parking lot at Amherst, Cum - berland, NS 5 Sep (ph. Shawn Chapman). The massive November fallout of Franklin's Gulls to the eastern U.S. didn't extend north far enough; only 2 singles decided to visit during that period, one at Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, Kent, NB 6 Nov (Stuart Tingley, Louis-Emile Cormi - er) and another, a first-cycle, at Halls Harbour, Kings, NS 19 (ph. Larry Neily). The only Mew Gull was at St. John's, NL 7-13 Nov (Bruce Mactavish). There was at least one Yellow- legged Gull seen in a few areas in St. John's, NL 25 Aug–20 Oct (ph. Bruce Mactavish). A Black Tern, less than annual, was at Bellevue Beach, NL 21 Aug (Brad James, ph. Brendan Kelly). A White-winged Tern, a Newfoundland first, spent time feeding and pleasing onlookers at Long Pond and Chamberlains Pond just e. of Conception Bay South, NL 19 Aug–1 Sep (Paul Linegar, ph. m. ob.). Six White-winged Doves made their way ne. as singles at Canso, Guysborough, NS (Tom Cavanaugh), Taylor Village, Westmorland, NB 1 Aug (ph. Alain Clavette), Harvey, Albert, NB 3-8 Aug (ph. John Inman et al.), St-Thomas- de-Kent, Kent, NB 9 Nov (ph. Sonia Simard), and Dominion, C.B.R.M., NS 18 Nov (ph. Kathryn Munroe). Rufous Hummingbird is a near-annual vagrant from the West; one made a brief visit to feeders at a summer cottage at Car - leton, Yarmouth, NS 15-16 Sep (Frank & Janet d'Entremont). Only 3 Red-headed Woodpeck - ers were reported, one at Grand Manan I., NB 15 Oct (Jennifer Pierce, Mark Morse), a hatch- year at Atwoods Brook, Shelburne, NS 16-17 Oct (fide Johnny & Sandra Nickerson), and one at B.P.I. 23 Nov (Avery Bartels). Adding to Nova Scotia's astonishing 2 Crest - ed Caracaras in 2013-2014, at least 2, but possibly more, turned up again this season. Through primary pattern analysis in photos, it seems that one of the caracaras seen at Law - rencetown, H.R.M. during spring 2013 was sighted this season at Meaghers Grant, H.R.M. 19-20 Oct (ph. Rob DeBay). It may be that the many sightings, separated by distance and tions of the family group wandering in the area all summer, provided the first firm evidence of breeding in Nova Scotia. American Oystercatcher is rare in the Re - gion outside of C.S.I., so one at Hartlen Pt., H.R.M., NS 21 Aug (Josh Vandermeulen) was a surprise. Upland Sandpipers are a less-than- annual visitor to Nova Scotia, and the only birds for this season were spotted in that prov - ince at Sydney Airport, C.B.R.M. 15 Aug (David McCorquodale), and detected in migration via specialized microphones at Carleton, Yarmouth 24 Aug and Glasgow Head, Guysborough 28 Aug (John Kearney). A Marbled Godwit was at C.S.I. 9-11 Oct (ph. Mark Dennis, Mike Mac - Donald); this species is considered a rare but regular transient, predominantly during fall. Single female Ruffs made it to Mirande Lake, SPM 12 Sep (ph. Laurent Jackman) and Seal I., Yarmouth, NS 2 Oct (David Bell, Dominic Cormier). There was an above-average count of 25 Stilt Sandpipers in Nova Scotia, along with 5 in New Brunswick and one in Newfound - land. A respectable 8 Long-billed Dowitchers appeared in Nova Scotia; 9 were found in New Brunswick where it is a more common migrant. The ten Baird's Sandpipers observed in Nova Scotia was about half the recent average while 4 were found in both New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Buff-breasted Sandpiper num - bers were typical with 15 in Nova Scotia and 2 in Newfoundland. Single Western Sandpip - ers were identified at C.S.I. 20 Sep (ph. Mark Dennis) and at the Big I. causeway, Pictou, NS 24 Sep (Jake Walker). A juvenile Little Stint, carefully studied and photographed at Renews, NL 13-14 Sep (ph. Bruce Mactavish, m. ob.), fi - nally provided the first record for that province. SKUAS THROUGH FALCONS Five Great Skuas and 11 South Polars were observed in Nova Scotia while New Brunswick had a similar 6 Greats and 11 South Polars. The French Is. saw 6 reports of Great Skua and none of South Polar. Newfoundland got one of each: a Great Skua 100 km east of St. John's 2 Nov (Bruce Mactavish) and a South Polar near shore at Bear Cove 6 Aug (David Shepherd, JKC). The most sought after jaeger, Long-tailed, was seen as singles from the Grand Manan Fer - ry, NB 2 Sep (James Boccia); Sable I., NS 4 Sep (David Bell, Morgan Brown); Seal I., NS 3 and 5 Oct (David Bell, Dominic Cormier); Head Harbour Passage, NB 6 Oct (ph. Chris Bartlett); and Port-au-Port Peninsula, NL 12 Oct (ph. Barry Day). St. Pierre et Miquelon scored its second record of Sabine's Gull when one was found at St. Pierre 18-19 Sep (ph. Laurent Jackman, Patrick Hacala). Two were at Deer I., NB 27 Aug (ph. Chris Barlett), and at C.S.I. 1 Nov A Tropical Kingbird at Tabusintac, Northumberland, New Brunswick 17-18 October was the first record of that species for the province and provided many observers with good looks and photographs. Photo by © Frank Branch.

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