Reproducing the same weather pattern of summer 2018, temperatures started off slightly cool in June 2019, but warmed up well above normal in July. The most impressive rarities reported throughout the period included Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and Western Grebe.
Waterfowl through Owls
For the fifth consecutive summer, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks made an incursion in the region. A bird was first reported at l’Assomption 6 Jun (C. Loiseau, R. Dupuis) and then a remarkable group of 10 resided at Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola 20 Jun through 5 Jul (J. Lemoyne, m.ob.). Three Mute Swans made a brief stop at Côteau-du-Lac 12 Jun (J. Cantara, L. Tremblay et al.), while one lingered at Saint-Barthélemy 5–26 Jun (R. Piché, B. Dumont, m.ob). This species is not yet known to breed in the region. A Trumpeter Swan at Forestville 3 Jul furnished a new location where this species was found during summer in the region (A. Coughlan). Not known to breed in North America, Eurasian Wigeons were nevertheless reported in 6 different localities in the province during this nesting season. Rare in Abitibi region during summer, a Horned Grebe was unexpected at Val d’Or 7–25 Jul (R. Ladurantaye). A Western Grebe at Rivière-Ouelle 7 Jul provided only the third record for the province (C. Auchu, C. Girard).
Among shorebirds, the only notable sightings of the season were a Marbled Godwit at Baie-du-Febvre 20 Jun (J. Brunelle, Y. Dugré), a Willet at Saint-Gédéon 19 Jul (J. Ibarzabal), and a pair of Wilson’s Phalarope at Baie-du-Febvre 16 Jun (S. Morneau).
Always rare near Montréal in summer, 2 adult Little Gulls were an interesting find at Sainte-Catherine 20 Jul (P. Berthe, L. Lemay). A Ring-billed Gull was discovered well north of its range 17–18 Jun at camp Norpaq (56.827 North, -64.981 West) along George R., Nunavik (M. Robert).
Now annual in summer, single American White Pelicans were reported in at least 10 localities. Unusual wading birds from the south included single Snowy Egrets at Rimouski 6–9 Jun (G. Bouchard, L. Saint-Laurent), Saint-Barthélemy 14 Jun (J. Masson), and Grosse-Île (Les Îles de la Madeleine) 24 Jun–7 Jul (C. Roy); single Little Blue Herons at Grosse-Île until 6 Jun (DG. Gaudet), and at the Montréal Botanical Gardens 30 Jul (M. Savoie); a Tricolored Heron at Saint-Joachim 20 Jun–28 Jul (G. Garant, m.ob.); and a Cattle Egret at Rivière-Ouelle 4 Jun (I. Tremblay), relocated later at nearby Saint-André 27 Jun–9 Jul (D. Bérubé). A Black Vulture was spotted at Lévis 17 Jul (C. Labbé, M. Grondin), while an Eastern Screech-Owl was found north of its range at Boileau, Papineau 2 Jul (S. Hébert).