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 7 A M E T H Y S T - T H R O AT E D H U M M I N G B I R D I N Q U É B E C Abstract This paper documents the occurrence of an Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Lampornis amethystinus, at Saint-Félix-d'Otis, Québec, 30-31 July 2016. This record represents the first evidence of this species north of Mexico, per recent acceptance by the American Bird - ing Association Checklist Committee. Field Encounter On July 30, 2016, Annie Lavoie and Martin Bélanger were at their cabin for the week - end in Saint-Félix-d'Otis, Saguenay, Québec. Early in the morning, they noticed an un - usually large hummingbird coming to their hummingbird feeder. Legitimately puzzled by their find, they believed after looking in the North American Sibley Guide that they had a Blue-throated Hummingbird (Lamp- ornis clemenciae) in their backyard, which would represent an outstanding record. After a few calls and emails to members of their birding club (Club des ornithologues amateurs du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean), local expert Germain Savard was able to get to the cabin and see the hummingbird himself. On the first day of its stay, many digital still images were taken by Annie Lavoie and Ger- main Savard. Baffled and lacking relevant field guides, they forwarded photographs to the North American Birds editors for Québec and to Michel Gosselin, bird collection man- ager at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Gosselin was the first to conclude that the bird was not a Blue-throated Hummingbird but rather an Amethyst-throated Humming- bird, Lampornis amethystinus, based on gor- get color and the lack of white tail corners, a species with no previous accepted records in the ABA area. On July 31, Annie Lavoie and Martin Bélanger welcomed a dozen visitors to their cabin, including the authors of this paper, all of whom were able to see the bird sporadically through the end of the day. The owners chose not to make the sighting pub- lic due to a lack of available parking space and concerns over unmanageable traffic. This outstanding visitor did not reappear on the morning of August 1, and was not seen again despite efforts to relocate it. Fig. 1. A potential first for the ABA-area, this Amethyst-throated Hummingbird visited a feeder in Saint-Félix-d'Otis, Saguenay, Québec from 30- 31 July, 2016. The authors of this article were among a few lucky birders who got to enjoy this exciting find. Photo by © Annie Lavoie.

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