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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 21 Québec Pierre Bannon Olivier Barden Normand David Samuel Denault –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A ugust was the most pleasant month of the summer. The nice weather con- tinued into September and early Oc- tober with temperatures well above average and precipitation below normal all across the province. However, October mean tempera- ture was slightly below normal overall as a result of a cold second half of the month. Fi- nally, the mild temperatures and dry condi- tions returned in November. The most interesting rarities for the period included Eared Grebe, Swallow-tailed Kite, Ross's Gull, Royal Tern, Tropical Kingbird and Cave Swallow. GEESE THROUGH HAWKS Now almost annual in the province, a Pink- footed Goose stopped at Sainte-Anne-des- Monts 11-18 Oct (M. Daudelin et al.). It was a banner season for Barnacle Goose with 2 at Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague 7-13 Oct (P. Laniel, m.ob.), 3 at Hopetown 12 Oct (AC, Y. Cyr), one at Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce 17 Oct (L. Légaré), 2 at Vaudreuil 31 Oct –1 Nov (M. Chalifoux, MJ), one at Danville 7 Nov (P. Bernier et al.), one at Saint-Jean- Port-Joli 7 Nov (AC), and 2 at Saint-Lazare 17 Nov (MJ). A Mute Swan lingered at Lac Beauchamp (Amos) 30 Oct–26 Nov (P. Per- reault). Up to 6 Trumpeter Swans were still present in Oct at Val d'Or (m. ob.). Two Tun- dra Swans made a short stop at Notre-Dame- du-Nord 8 Oct (JF). The pair of Harlequin Ducks present on Rivière des Prairies since last winter continued throughout the fall (m. ob.). A Common Goldeneye X Hooded Mer- ganser hybrid was well seen at Saint-Gédéon 24 Oct–9 Nov (C. Cormier, G. Savard). A nonbreeding ad. Pacific Loon was a nice find at Pointe-des-Monts 23-24 Sep (RG, CD, ph.). A molting ad. Eared Grebe, dis- covered on the Ontario side of the Carillon Dam 8 Aug, was later reported on both sides of the Ontario-Québec border until 23 Aug (W. Irwin, J. Bouvier, m.ob.). Three Manx Shearwaters were seen from the shore at Pointe-des-Monts 2 Sep (Y. Gauthier et al.). An American White Pelican turned up at Rouyn-Noranda 2-6 Aug (R. Paquin). A juv. Snowy Egret lingered at Rimouski 24 Aug– 28 Sep (J. Gauthier et al.) and a juv. Little Blue Heron was reported briefly at Val-Bélair 16 Aug (D. Turgeon, SR. Baker). The only Cattle Egret was noted at Victoriaville 4 Nov (D. Hébert, ph.). Single Glossy Ibis appeared at Cacouna 19 Aug–6 Sep (SB, SL) and at Victoriaville 9 Oct (CR). Single Black Vultures were identified at Stanstead 1st Aug (N. Roy), at Rivière-du- Loup 3-22 Aug (M. Poulin), at Percé 30 Aug (Club des Ornithologues de la Gaspésie), at Magpie 14 Sep (V. Vogel, Y. Rochepault) and at Sainte-Julienne 20 Nov (S. Dupré, B. Dugas, ph.). A Swallow-tailed Kite at Les Escoumins 15 Aug–3 Sep (JGB, m.ob.) de- lighted hundreds of observers and photog- raphers. Single light/intermediate morph juv. Swainson's Hawks identified at Pointe- à-la-Croix (Franquelin) 26 Sep (JPB) and at Tadoussac 8 Oct (OB) probably involved the same individual. GALLINULES THROUGH DOVES An ad. Purple Gallinule was photographed at Sacré-Cœur (Rimouski) 18 Nov (L. Gallant). Single Willets were at Baie de Mitis 18 Aug (M. Larrivée), Carleton-sur-mer 20-23 Aug (G. Rivard, C. Cossette), and Île aux Basques 20-22 Aug (D. Legault et al.). A high count of 12 Hudsonian Godwits was noteworthy at Île Verte 11 Oct (SR. Baker) while singles at Grosse-Île (Magdalen Is.) (C. Roy) and at Saint-Vallier (PA. Gagnon, M. Laflamme, fide G. Lord) 21 Nov were both record late. A Marbled Godwit was found at Rimouski 14- 19 Aug (R. & L. Saint-Laurent, P. Fradette). A juv. Western Sandpiper was photographed at Saint-Lazare 23-25 Aug (S. Mathieu, m. ob., ph.). At least 27 Long-billed Dowitchers were reported across the province, including a large group of 10 at Montmagny 18 Oct (D. Labarre). Five Wilson's Phalaropes were reported across the province. Up to 2 juv. Sabine's Gulls were notewor- thy at the Beauharnois dam 13-23 Sep (SD, m.ob.). As usual, Little Gulls were regular in small numbers at Les Escoumins while singles were also reported at Sainte-Cathe- rine, Gatineau, Beauharnois, Ville-Marie and Chambly. An ad. Ross's Gull seen intermit- tently at Les Escoumins 6 Aug–15 Oct was an exciting find (JGB, m.ob., ph.). The same individual was seen off Tadoussac 14 Nov (MM). Single Laughing Gulls were spotted at Val d'Or 11-23 Aug (C. Siano, R. Ladu- rantaye), Trois-Pistoles 18-21 Aug (RG), and Cacouna 19-31 Aug (R. Deschênes). A single Franklin's Gull was discovered at Les Escou- mins 18-30 Sep (MR et al.), followed by 4 at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 13-15 Nov (G. & R. Boulet, m.ob.), one at Chambly 13-14 Nov (MR et al.), one at Victoriaville 14 Nov (CR), 2 at Duhamel-Ouest (Témiscamingue) This adult Eared Grebe was an August highlight (here 15 Aug.) at Carillon Dam, where it split time between Ontario and Québec. Photo by Suzanne Labbé.

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