Pierre Bannon [ protected]. Olivier Barden [ protected].
Normand David [ protected]. Samuel Denault [ protected].
Bannon, P. Barden, N. David and S. W inter — was very mild, especially in the East. Precipitation of snow was below normal in most of the province. The mild temperature and the absence of ice on the main waterways probably explain why so many unanticipated species lingered late in the season while some of them even persevered through the whole winter.
Bergeronwhile one at Chambly 21 Dec established a new record-late departure date for the province R. Barden et al.
Carignan 3 Jan R. One was also found at Saint-Hubert 1 Jan P. A Pink-footed Goose at Chambly 14—24 Dec provided a new record late departure date for the province O. Boulet, m. Richard et al.
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Jalbert, A. Huet et al. Willow Ptarmigans irrupted in large s well south of their range to the Abitibi region.
Joanis, ph. Smith, ph. Poulin et al.
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Thibault, Albini Couture ; this contributed a fourth record for the province and a first in winter. Laquerre et al. A Spotted Sandpiper at Rimouski 20 Dec provided a provincial record departure date for the species, exceeding the record by 18 days J. Roy-Drainville et al. Fradette were very unusual at this period.
Turgeon, ph. Fleury, ph. Rare in winter, several Double-crested Cormorants lingered through mid-winter, e.
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At the other end of the province, one continued at Wakefield 1 Dec—15 Jan C. Detellier et al. Chachai, fide C. Abran, ph.
Probably encouraged by the mild weather, about 10 Turkey Vultures lingered through mid-winter. Unusual in this part of the province in winter, an immature Golden Eagle noted at Saint-Rosaire 2—23 Jan was possibly feeding on the numerous Wild Turkeys present in the area M. Saint-Louis et al. Robert and an immature at Saint-Armand 1 Feb B. Finally, one at Matagami 18 Feb was well north of its known winter range A. Paiement et al.
Very unusual at anytime of the year, a Barn Owl caused a surprise at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 25 Dec—18 Jan, establishing a record late departure date G. According to its well-known cyclic irruption at four-year intervals, the Great Gray Owl was expected to move south in larger s this winter, but only about a dozen birds were reported during the season. Barbeau while an adult brightened Chelsea 12 Jan EM. According to eBird, Red-bellied Woodpeckers were recorded in 36 locations in Jan—Feb compare to 9 only for the same period last year, which corroborates the amazing success of the species in the province and also an outstanding dispersal last fall.
Clainga male at Laval 9 Jan G. Messierand finally a bird of indeterminate sex at Beauharnois 20 Jan B. Dupuis was apparently a first winter record in the Laurentides.
Bannon, S. Millot both provided record late dates for the province. Hermit Thrush occurrences in winter have become much more regular in the last decade with 7 birds still being seen in Feb. Garantand traced again 21 Jan—1st Feb S. Plante, M. Gray Catbirds are definitely more present in winter in recent years with 5 records in Jan—Feb, while there were 4 Brown Thrasher records in Jan—Feb.
It was a banner year for Hoary Redpoll with birds reported every day throughout the southern part of the province among flocks of Common Redpolls. Jean et al. Lemay and F. The Golden-crowned Sparrow reported in the fall at Rimouski V. Giroux reappeared 1 Dec and made it through the end of the winter G. Bouchard, J. Poulin, M. Turcotte et al.
Leblanc, m. A Yellow-breasted Chat was spotted at Neuville 6—14 Dec and established a record late date for the province N. Dupuis Azizah et al. Goneau et al.
Bourassabut daily at another nearby feeder 2 Dec—11 Feb S. Martel, G. This represented the 6th record for the province and the latest known date. Duchesne, C. Couture while another male made a brief appearance at Gatineau 20 Jan G. Single late Ovenbirds were observed at Rimouski 1—15 Dec G. Nadeau Bernard was record late.
Bilodeau et al. Proulx, G. Amazingly a 1 st year male Indigo Bunting was discovered for the second consecutive winter, this time at Grenville 25 Jan—27 Feb D. Mojzak, ph.
Report processed by Andrew Keaveney, 26 May Click image to view fullscreen with caption. This exhausted bird was photographed in a snow-covered field at Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby 27 Dec