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 38 every record, but now we must summa- rize them since there are so many! Reports spanned 25 Sep to the end of the period and included at least 22 different reports span- ning 13 counties. The largest group con- sisted of 39 at Kelso Beach, Grey 15 Nov (AN). On the other hand, Ross's Goose re- ports were down from the last few years with only two reports from the sw. and a handful from the se., mixed in the huge Snow Goose flocks. The Brant flight in se. Ont. was again mostly undetected with the highest count of 240 over Amherst I., Lennox and Addington 15 Oct (MVAB). Cackling Geese are now so predictable that many compilers don't even submit their reports, but most records still involve groups of less than 10, making the 57 at Cranberry Marsh, Durham 7 Oct (JI) exceptional. Trumpeters Swans continued to spread from the epicentres of introduction with out-of-range reports at Grand Bend, Huron 2 Aug (SMJ), Algonquin PP (Lake Travers), Nipissing 26 Sep (WJC, MWPR, RIM), Blenheim, Chatham-Kent 5 Oct (BM), Forest, Lambton 25 Oct (QW), and Long Point, Norfolk 7 Nov (MAC). It was an average-to-good year for Eur- asian Wigeons in the province with reports (all males) coming from Long Sault, Stor- mont, Dundas and Glengarry 14 Sep–4 Oct (JKB), Oshawa Second Marsh, Durham 17 Sep (TLH), Presqu'ile PP, Northumberland 20 Sep (RDM, WDG), Amherst Island, Len- nox and Addington 12 Oct (MDR), Erieau, Chatham-Kent 15 Oct–30 Nov+ (SRC) with a second bird 22 Oct (PAW), and Wellington, Prince Edward 22 Nov (PRF). There were a few very high counts for ducks in s. Ont., including 14,470 Redheads at Wolfe Island I.B.A., Frontenac 15 Nov (K.F.N.) and an even more impressive 49,000 at Long Point (Old Cut), Norfolk 4 Nov (L.P.B.O.). King Eider had one of its worst years in recent memory with only two reports: one at Sarnia, Lamb- ton 22 Nov+ (DDN, m.ob.) and another at Grimsby, Niagara 30 Nov (JAT). Harlequin Ducks fared considerably better with at least 10 reports spanning 10 Oct–30 Nov in s. Ont. Re- cords away from traditional L. Ontario and Niagara R. sites in - cluded two at Kettle Pt., Lamb- ton 10 Oct (GMD et al.), two at Collingwood, Simcoe 20 Oct-4 Nov (MWJ, m.obs.), and one at Britannia, Ottawa 26-29 Oct (MAM, PAM). The 4500 White- Patricia (from the Pacific) moved over the province at the end of October but didn't seem to bring any avian goodies. Novem- ber continued warm with record warmth in some areas of northern Ontario. The fall lived up to its reputation as a rari- ty magnet with many exciting finds in 2015. Highlighting the list were provincial first Eurasian Dotterel and Pink-footed Goose, plus Common Ground-Dove, Clark's Nut- cracker, Bullock's Oriole and many others. Abbreviations: C.A. (Conservation Area); H.B.M.O (Holiday Beach Migration Obser- vatory, Essex); I.B.A. (Important Bird Area); K.F.N. (Kingston Field Naturalists); L.P.B.O. (Long Pt. B.O., Norfolk); P.I.B.O. (Pelee Is- land B. O.); P.E.Pt. (Prince Edward Pt., Prince Edward); P.P.N.P (Pt. Pelee N.P., Es- sex); T.C.B.O (Thunder Cape B.O., Thunder Bay); V.W.B. (Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton). Place names in italics refer to counties, dis- tricts, and regional municipalities. WATERFOWL THROUGH GREBES What better way to start than a provincial first? A Pink-footed Goose was discovered 30 Oct at Tayside, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (JMB) and continued through the period. This species was definitely on e. Ont. birders' radars but was still exciting for everyone who managed to see it. Greater White-fronted Geese were reported from nw. Ont. 15-24 Sep at Kakabeka Falls, Thunder Bay (GCS, JNR) and two were at Red L., Ke- nora 29 Sep (CM). The story was different in s. Ont where they continue to explode; it wasn't too long ago when we would list Mike V. A. Burrell –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he fall was again fairly quiet in terms of major weather events, and, like the last several years, the warmth of sum- mer extended well into the period. Even by the end of November most of Ontario was still snow-free. The result was many late dates for lingering insectivores. The most significant weather event from a birding perspective was a period of con- tinuous, intense winds in early-October, re- sponsible for the downing of arctic-nesting shorebirds in numbers we have never seen in s. Ontario. The first half of the period was fairly quiet from a weather perspective, with relatively few large disturbances and generally warm and dry conditions. October began relatively normal both in terms of temperature and precipitation. The remnants of Hurricane Ontario An overdue first provincial record, and much to the chagrin of Ontario birders, this Pink-footed Goose did a surprisingly good job at hiding amid a huge flock of Greater Snow Geese at Tayside, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry 30 October to the end of the period (here 31 October). Photo by © Jacques M. Bouvier.

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