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 43 O N TA R I O Nov (BNC, m.ob.). Prairie Warblers enjoyed a very good fall with a number of sightings throughout August and September plus two very late observations, i.e. one at Whitby, Durham 15-16 Oct (RH) and another at Stoney Creek, Hamilton 21 Oct (LPM). These observations, however, were overshadowed by the first record for s. James Bay and the most northerly record for the province: one at Longridge Pt., Cochrane 27 Aug (WW). As in fall 2014, there was just a single Yellow- breasted Chat and it was at Long Point (tip), Norfolk, this year on 11 Sep (L.P.B.O.). There was a very late Grasshopper Spar- row at Kincardine, Bruce 28 Oct (JAT). Le Conte's Sparrows seemed to be scarce this fall with just five reports, and three out of five were at Algonquin P.P., Nipissing 26 Sep– 10 Oct (DL, MWPR, LAF, ACG). The other two reports comprised singles at the Pic R. mouth, Thunder Bay 3 Oct (JDV) and at Toronto Islands, Toronto 5 Oct (PMP). Nel- son's Sparrows fared better, with at least 21 reports 20 Sep–19 Oct (m.ob.). Most signifi- cant of those were one at Oliphant 10 Oct (JDV), representing a first for Bruce, and two at L. Travers, Nipissing 26 Sep (WJC, MWPR, RIM) that was record early for Algonquin P.P. A review list bird in n. Ontario, a Field Spar- row was captured and banded at T.C.B.O. 11 Oct (LIW, CAR). Rare everywhere in the province, a Lark Sparrow was at Toronto Islands, Toronto 16 Sep (PMP, WS). Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos were well-represented with singles at Atikokan, Rainy River 24 Sep (RDMa) and 6 Nov (DHE), Kenora, Kenora 14-15 Oct (CJSM), Long Point (tip), Norfolk 4 Nov (L.P.B.O.), and Valens C.A., Hamilton 22 Nov (RGP). Much rarer than the preceding subspe- cies, the fifth accepted record of Pink-sided Dark-eyed Jun- co came at Southworth, Ke- nora 21 Nov+ (EMR). Aside from reports in nw. Ontario 23 Sep-–5 Oct where they are regular migrants, Har- ris's Sparrows had a good fall with three reports. One was at Cochrane, Cochrane 10 Nov (JoJ), one was at Round Lake Centre, Renfrew 24 Nov (KM), and one was at Em- bro, Oxford ca. 20 Nov+. The Vesper Sparrow at Algonquin P.P., Nipissing 21 Oct (LAF) was record late. Very rare for n. Ontario, an Eastern Towhee spent 23 Nov+ at a Longlac, Thunder Bay feeder. Very rare in fall, there was rare breeding species, there were two re- cords of migrant Prothonotary Warbler, both at expected sites: one at Long Point, Norfolk 16 Aug (L.P.B.O.) and one at P.P.N.P. 29 Sep (BAS). There were many records of late warblers around the province. A Black-and-white Warbler was at Britannia, Ottawa 30 Oct (RK), a Tennessee Warbler was found dead at Kanata, Ottawa 30 Nov (NP), a Nashville Warbler was at Kincar- dine, Bruce 22 Nov (JAT), and an American Redstart at La Vallee Twp. 1 Oct (MSD) was record-late for Rainy River. A Blackburnian Warbler was record-late at Rondeau P.P., Chatham-Kent 2-11 Nov (SRC, m.ob.), while a Blackpoll Warbler there 7-11 Nov (BAM, SRC, m.ob.) was the second-latest ever. A Canada Warbler 25 Sep (FMH) was record late for Presqu'ile P.P., Northumberland, and a Wilson's Warbler lingered at Oakville, Halton through the end of the period (m.ob.). Not late, but generally rare in the province, there were four reports of Yellow Palm Warblers, beginning with one at Guelph, Wellington 5 Oct (MHD, TRH), followed by a beautiful- ly-photographed individuals at Kingston, Frontenac 8 Oct (JRBa), and finally singles at Waterford 10 Oct (RDMa) and Long Point (tip) 14 Oct (MRI), both Norfolk. Always a very good find in the province, an "Audu- bon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler was at East York, Toronto 28 Nov+ (MJC, JC). Yellow- throated Warblers are very rare any time of year, but especially outside of spring, there- fore two fall records were very good. The first was quite early for a fall migrant and was at Oakville, Halton 13 Sep (MWJ, m.ob.) and the second was at Fort Erie, Niagara 14 movement of Tufted Titmouse around the e. end of L. Ontario with sightings (from west to east) at Scarborough, Toronto 20 Nov (WTF), Belleville, Hastings 5 Oct–17 Nov (PRF), Waupoos, Prince Edward 7 Nov (RTS), and Gananoque, Leeds and Grenville 11 Nov (JT). Also a good find away from breeding sites, there were a couple of very late sightings of Sedge Wrens from n. Ont.; one was at Atiko- kan, Rainy River 1 Oct (RDMa) and another was at Rossport, Thunder Bay three days later (JDV). The only really out-of-range Carolina Wren reported was one coming to a feeder at Huntsville, Muskoka 21 Oct-9 Nov (DLeG, CLC). There were a few very late Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, with one at Erieau, Chatham- Kent until at least 20 Nov (JTB), P.P.N.P. until at least 29 Nov (BAM), and one at Niagara Falls, Niagara through the end of the period (m.ob.). THRUSHES THROUGH FINCHES It was an excellent fall for western thrushes, including two Mountain Bluebirds, both of which appeared at the end of Novem- ber. One was at Whitby, Durham 26 Nov+ (GAEC, m.ob.) before one was at Twin Elm, Ottawa 28 Nov+ (PJB, m.ob.). Townsend's Solitaires also had an excellent fall with at least 4 at T.C.B.O. and another 4 in s. On- tario including a first park record for Algon- quin P.P., Nipissing 30 Sep (TC, JAC), one at Etobicoke, Toronto 19 Oct (DIP, m.ob.), one at Long Point (tip), Norfolk 23 Oct (LC), and one at Rondeau P.P., Chatham-Kent 1 Nov (GTS). A Swainson's Thrush, well-photo- graphed at an Etobicoke, Toronto backyard 21 Nov (KK) was exceptionally late. Thunder Bay had a very good fall for Northern Mockingbirds, with five widely-spaced reports 12 Aug–7 Nov (m.ob.), in- cluding most significantly a group of 3 at Dorion 16 Oct (DMK). Bohemian Waxwings fared slightly better than they have the past few falls, with ca. 50 reports in s. Ontario 18 Oct+ (m.ob.). None were re- ported s. of the traditional areas at the s. edge of the Canadian Shield. The most interesting obser- vation of the period was the single bird at North- bluff Pt., Cochrane 6 Aug (m.ob.). About average for this This Prairie Warbler was the most northerly Ontario record (by a long shot!), on the shores of James Bay at Longridge Point, Cochrane District 27 August. Photo by © Walter Wehtje.

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