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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 20 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 The 21 Clay-colored Sparrows reported in Nova Scotia were more than twice the 10-year average, but similar to last year's numbers. In compari - son, 4 were found in New Brunswick and 2 in Newfoundland. Field Sparrow was well reported in Nova Scotia with 13 being seen, while New Brunswick had a showing of 4, Prince Edward Island had one at Monticello, Kings, PE 10 Oct (Lucas MacCormack), and one in Newfound - land at Port aux Basques 19 Nov (ph. Alvan Buckley) represented that province's 10th. Nova Scotia's 24 reports of Lark Sparrow was about threefold the 10-year average, while New Bruns - wick and Newfoundland each had 4 reports of this vagrant from the West, and one at East Point, Kings, PE 28 Aug (ph. Paul Jones) provided that island province's sixth confirmed record. Three Grasshopper Sparrows were detected in the Re - gion, one at Lower Sackville, H.R.M., NS 12 Nov (Clarence Stevens Jr.), one audio recorded with specialized equipment on a roof at Carleton, Yarmouth, NS 7 Nov (John Kearney) and one at Cappahayden, NL 29 Nov (Bruce Mactavish). Photos of a vagrant Seaside Sparrow at Hartlen Pt., H.R.M., NS 2 Sep (ph. Jim Edsall) showed a bird resembling subspecies maritimus, while another was detected via nocturnal calls at Car - leton, Yarmouth, NS 1 Nov (John Kearney). Five Summer Tanagers were in New Bruns- wick and 3 made it all the way to Newfound- land. The typically more regular Scarlet Tana- ger was reported 11 times in Nova Scotia, three times in New Brunswick and twice in New - foundland. Rare outside of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, a Northern Cardinal was reported in Newfoundland at Charlottetown 16-24 Oct (Harold & Joan Nicholl), providing that province with its sixth record. St. Pierre et Miquelon's first record was provided by one in the village of Miquelon 18-19 Nov (ph. Roger Etcheberry). A respectable 11 Blue Grosbeaks were observed in Nova Scotia while both New Brunswick and Newfoundland had 3. Indigo Bunting numbers seemed down with only 33 found in the Region while Dickcissel was re - ported at least 53 times, most reports of these two species from Nova Scotia. Single Yellow- headed Blackbirds were at Moncton, NB 11 Aug (ph. Ovila Bourgeois) and on a boat on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland 15 Sep (Dave Cote). Four Orchard Orioles were found in Nova Scotia during Aug while 2 were reported in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Contributors (subregional editors in bold face): Patrick Boez, David Christie, Roger Etcheberry, David Seeler. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Alix d'Entremont, 292 Abbotts Harbour Road, Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia B0W 2M0, • alixdentremont@hotmail.com Digby and a hatch-year male at Mavillette, Digby 22 Nov (ph. David Bell, Dominic Cormier). Then on 28 Nov, a single Eastern Bluebird was in the company of 2 Mountain Bluebirds at Mavil - lette 28 Nov (Richard Hatch). The age and sex of the western vagrants on 28 Nov makes it plausible that the female from Freeport joined the male at Ma - villette. The single Townsend's Solitaires observed at B.P.I. 24 Oct (David Bell, Dominic Corm - ier) and the following day at Seal I. (ph. Avery Bartels), only 18 km from B.P.I., could have been the same bird. Brown Thrasher was rare throughout the Region with only 3 in New Brunswick and 2 in Nova Scotia. Nova Sco - tia's eighth record of Chestnut-collared Long- spur was provided by a bird present at English- town Ferry, C.B.R.M. 18 Aug–4 Sep (ph. David McCorquodale, m. ob.). WARBLERS THROUGH ORIOLES Worm-eating Warbler was only recorded in Nova Scotia, where one was pished out at Brier I., (I. again) Digby 13 Oct (Sylvia Fullerton). Louisiana Waterthrush, also a rare southern warbler, was only recorded at B.P.I. 14 Sep (ph. Dominic Cormier) and Hartlen Pt., H.R.M. 15 Sep (ph. Jim Edsall). Good numbers of Blue- winged Warblers were observed with 7 report - ed in Nova Scotia, 6 in New Brunswick and 3 in Newfoundland, all in late Aug–late Sep. The 4 Prothonotary Wablers found included one at Hartlen Pt., H.R.M. 10 Aug (David Currie), one at Sable I., H.R.M. 2 Sep (David Bell & Mor - gan Brown), one at Sober I., H.R.M. 6 Sep (An- gie & Tony Millard), and a final bird at Bear Cove, NL 18 Sep (Ed Hayden, Alison Mews). Both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia saw 3 re - ports of Kentucky Warbler, a rare but regular vagrant from the South. An above average 10 Hooded Warblers were found in Nova Scotia, most in the far sw., while New Brunswick saw a respectable 3. Twelve Yellow-throated Warblers were recorded in the Region, half of those in Nova Scotia. Another Townsend's Warbler in Newfoundland, this one at Trepassey 12 Oct (John Wells, Ken Knowles) was the earliest and amazingly represented the twentieth record for that province! The 22 Yellow-breasted Chats in Nova Scotia were above average, as were the 4 individuals in Newfoundland, but the total of 2 in New Brunswick was below average. Eastern Towhee were reported from only two provinces, although numbers there were good; 8 were seen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 17-18 Nov (ph. Sylvia Hoyt). Vagrant southern vireos made a good showing this fall; White- eyed and Yellow-throated reports in the Region numbered 14 and 7, respectively. Two Cave Swallows made it to New Bruns - wick where they are considered accidental. One was at Hopewell, Albert 19 Oct (Robert Barbeau) and another at Notre Dame, Kent 8 Nov (Roger Leblanc). Tufted Titmouse, first recorded in New Brunswick in 1982, made a strong movement into the province with 7 be - ing reported through October and November, the farthest east being one at Apohaqui, Kings 21 Oct (Paul & Kitti Martin). A Marsh Wren at Miners Marsh, Kings, NS 29 Nov (Mike Hud - son), with plumage showing less contrast than local breeding dissaeptus, seemed a good fit for the inland western subspecies laingi. Of the 9 House Wrens in Nova Scotia, 3 showed char - acteristics of the more western subspecies park- manni, while New Brunswick had 2 more, only identified to species. Single Carolina Wrens were reported from New Brunswick at Wilson's Beach on Campobello I. 30 Oct–28 Nov (ph. Sandra Bourque) and at Campbellton late Oct– Dec (Margaret Gallant Doyle et al.). There was a good showing of 11 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in Nova Scotia, 2 in New Brunswick, and one in both Newfoundland and St. Pierre et Miquelon. A Purple Martin found at Forteau, NL 26 Sep (ph. Vernon Buckle) provided the first record for Labrador. Northern Wheatear only made it to Newfoundland, with 7 being reported mid- Aug–late Oct. Two Mountain Bluebirds were found in Nova Scotia at different locations on the same day, a hatch-year female at Freeport, Nova Scotia's eighth record of Chestnut-collared Long- spur was provided by one at Englishtown Ferry, CBRM 18 Aug–4 Sep (here 27 Aug). Photo by © Tuma Young.

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