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 41 O N TA R I O I.B.A., Cochrane 25 Aug (SAM, APT, KM) was well documented. As per recent norms, Black-headed Gull was rare with just two reports: one north of Beaverton, Durham 21 Oct (TLH) and another at Niagara-on-the- lake, Niagara 9 Nov (JDV). There were no big counts of Little Gulls this fall, with the largest concentration consisting of 16 join- ing the feeding frenzy on L. Simcoe off Bar- rie, Simcoe 31 Oct (DAS, JBK). About aver- age were two Laughing Gull reports from the s., though possibly only involving a single bird. It was at Erieau, Chatham-Kent 29 Sep (SRC), and then at Wheatley, Chatham-Kent 1-3 Oct (PDP, m.ob.). Much more notable was one at Longridge Pt. I.B.A., Cochrane 9 Aug (CAF et al.), marking just the fourth re- cord for s. James Bay. There was a Franklin's Gull in Sarnia, Lambton 21-29 Aug (DDN, m.ob.) but the real story happened in mid- November. A huge number of Franklin's Gulls was detected in sw. Ontario at the same time many others were noted elsewhere in the Northeast. These included up to 55 near Erieau and Rondeau PP, Chatham-Kent 13-19 Nov, 3 at Pelee Island, Essex 13 Nov (P.I.B.O.), one at Wheatley Harbour, Essex 14 Nov (DDM), one at Long Point, Norfolk 14 Nov (TBL), 17 near Hillman Marsh, Es- sex 14 Nov (JLH, KJR), one at Holiday Beach C.A., Essex 15 Nov (JLH), one at Pittock Lk., Oxford 15 Nov (RPS), one at Sarnia, Lambton 19 Nov (KRO, RB), two at Watford, Lambton 19 Nov (SMJ), and one at Kerwood, Middle- sex 21 Nov (SMJ). The only California Gull report detailed a first-winter bird found 29 Nov at Niagara Falls, Niagara (MVAB, KGDB et al.) that was unfortunately too distant for photographs to confirm its identity. At least one of the Eurasian Collared- Doves found last August continued until at least 28 Aug of this fall (JMBe) and an- Ontario, Red Phalaropes were report- ed seven times, equal to 2014. Most noteworthy were early records, such as 10 Sep at Stoney Creek, Hamilton (BRH) and one at Hearst, Cochrane 14 Sep (RWW, TLH). The other five records spanned 29 Oct to the end of the period. There were just seven reports of Pomarine Jaeger away from V.W.B., all 1-29 Oct, one from elsewhere on L. Ontario and the other six from L. Erie. There was also a very rare for s. James Bay report of one at Lon- gridge Pt I.B.A., Cochrane 26 Aug. V.W.B., as usual, led the way with at least 6 Pomarine Jaegers 26 Sep–17 Nov, 62 Parasitic Jaegers 18 Aug–8 Nov, and 13 Long-tailed Jaegers 28 Aug–25 Sep. Elsewhere, there were about 21 reports of Parasitic Jaegers around the province, down consid- erably from nearly 40 in fall 2014. Most interesting of these was the re- port of a single bird terrorizing gulls at L. Simcoe off Barrie, Simcoe 19-30 Oct (m.ob.). Long-tailed Jaegers were very scarce away from w. L. Ontario with only two records this fall: a well- photographed juv. feeding on earth- worms in a plowed field at Harmony, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry 19- 20 Sep (MAG, SG) and one near Palm Beach, Simcoe 15 Aug (GVR). ALCIDS THROUGH KINGLETS A Dovekie, representing just the fifth record for the province, was photo- graphed at Bronte Harbour, Halton 30 Nov (RSS). Unfortunately, by the time the photo was identified, the bird was gone. Black- legged Kittiwakes had one of their poorest years in recent memory with only four reports of single birds for the entire province! These included Fort Erie, Niagara 1 Nov (JDV), V.W.B. 10 Nov (LPM), Erieau, Chatham- Kent 13 Nov (BLM), and Queenston, Niagara 18 Nov (CK). It was also a relatively poor year for Sabine's Gulls with only 25 individuals at V.W.B. 23 Aug–27 Oct and only another 14 away from that location. This spe- cies' status in s. James Bay is still relatively unknown but a juv. at Longridge Pt. berland, where regular, not coming until 26 Nov (DTy). It was another excellent year for Buff-breasted Sandpipers, though nowhere near 2014, with reports coming from 11 locales in s. Ont. (vs. 21 reports in 2014). The most significant of these included one at Bracebridge S.T.P., Muskoka 1 Aug (BLT) and 2 at Hespeler, Waterloo 22-23 Sep (FJU), both furnishing third local records. Another was also at St. Charles 2 Aug (BG), repre- senting a very rare record for Sudbury. The only Western Sandpiper was at Presqu'ile PP, Northumberland 4-14 Sep (IR, m.ob.). Red- necked Phalaropes, as usual, showed up in ones and twos throughout with at least 31 reports away from s. James Bay including notable records coming from Kelly L., Great- er Sudbury 17 Aug (CGB), 5 at New Liskeard S.T.P., Timiskaming 20-21 Aug (NR), 34 at L. Ontario off Stoney Creek, Hamilton 6 Sep (BRH), 2 at Hearst S.T.P., Cochrane 14 Sep (RWW, TLH), and an incredibly late record from Manitowaning S.T.P., Manitoulin 20 Nov (CTB). The rarest of the phalaropes in Increasingly rare in the province, this Western Sandpiper was the only one of the period, showing up at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Northum- berland County 4-14 (here 4) September. Photo by © Iain Rayner. Almost never seen other than as distant, offshore specks, this juv. Long-tailed Jaeger delighted observers as it feasted on earthworms in agricultural fields near Harmony, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry 19-20 (here 19) September. Photo by © Mike V. A. Burrell. Along with record numbers of some shorebirds, heavy winds in early October brought this Sabine's Gull out of the big water of Lake Erie to a flooded field north of Point Pelee National Park, Essex County 3 October. Photo by © Mike V. A. Burrell.

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