North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

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 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 241 group of 7 Caspian Terns was seen at Ne- gril Sewage Ponds, Westmoreland, Jamaica 23 Feb (SJ). A White-winged Tern, always a rare visitor to the Lesser Antilles, put in a brief appearance at St. Andrew, Barbados 1 Dec (JW). Two Least Terns were noted at Trelawny, Falmouth, Jamaica 17 Dec (KU). A Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen at Pirámide de Cataño, Puerto Rico 12 Nov (EA). Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen at Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo 2-3 Jan (NO-P, SW). A Lesser Black-backed Gull was photographed at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 15-19 Feb, furnishing the first record for that island (RD, LJ). A Black-headed Gull, though not rare in the Region, appeared at Etang Chevrise, Saint Martin 5 Dec (BvE). Any Franklin's Gull in the Lesser Antilles is notable. Close on the heels of the influx associated with a large displacement in e. US during Nov, one remained at the Petit Cul- de-Sac Marin, Guadeloupe 6 Dec and 28 Jan (AL). A Great Black-backed Gull was noted at Cay à l'eau, Sud, Haiti 27 Dec (SC). An- other Great Black-backed Gull was noted at Varadero Pen., Matanzas, Cuba 30 Dec (IW). A Herring Gull was noted at Monumento Natural Bahía de las Calderas (Salinas de Bani), Peravia, Dominican Republic 22 Dec (KW). A Parasitic Jaeger was observed at de- sembocadura río Grande de Añasco, Puerto Rico 2 Dec (PAR). A Black Skimmer made for a nice find at Cooper's Pt., Bermuda 14- 20 Feb (DBW). RAPTORS THROUGH BULLFINCH A Swallow-tailed Kite was noted at Leeward Drive Excavations, North Side, Grand Cay- man, Cayman Island 19 Feb (Peter Davey); 5 Swallow-tailed Kites were seen at Reserva Varahicacos, Matanzas, Cuba the same day (LA), indicating a direct migratory path over cen. Cuba to the Florida Keys. A Sharp- shinned Hawk reported near Saint-Marc, Low Region, Artibonite, Dominican Repub - lic 10 Feb (D&MW) might have been a resi - dent. Bermuda's first Eurasian Marsh-Harri - aquatic vegetation, with just their heads and tails visible, until they gradually moved into thicker vegetation. Four of the birds' heads had the buffy brown color with two distinct stripes, and one had a deep reddish-brown color with the two stripes still visible, appar- ently a juvenile male in transitional plum- age." A Masked Duck was reported at the private Prosperity Pond, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 24 Jan (LY), representing one of the very reports from the VI. The first Cahow hatching of the year was confirmed at Nonsuch I., Bermuda 26 Feb (JM). An inland Black-capped Petrel was noted two miles north of Les Cayes, Haiti 14 Nov at dusk (about 1720 hrs). The bird was seen flying west from the direction of Pic Macaya and toward the ocean. (SC, ER). The imm. Masked Booby remained at Dockyard, Bermuda 1 Dec+ (AD). A Spot- ted Rail was detected at a wetland west of Sabana de la Mar, Hato Mayo, Puerto Rico 13 Dec (JZ). Wintering Glossy Ibis at Paget, Bermuda increased to at least 6 individuals with 5 seen together 23 Feb (IP). A white- shielded American Coot was seen at Mon- tego Bay Sewage Ponds, Saint James, Jamaica 10 Dec (MF, JLH). A Roseate Spoonbill was reported at Cabo Rojo, Pedernales, Domini- can Republic 17 Nov (JB). There was an- other late-winter arrival of Purple Gallinules in Bermuda, with sightings at Jubilee Rd. 24 Jan (PW), Pitman's Pond 1-23 Feb (DBW), and Paget Marsh (2 birds) 10-20 Feb (GB). A Little Egret was photographed at Charca Salobre Los Amadores, Puerto Rico 27 Nov (JI), and another Little Egret at St John, USVI 7 Jan (RRV et al.) furnished a first yet not all that surprising record; the species is now reported sporadically in the Greater Antilles. Two American Golden-Plovers were seen at West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 26 Nov (JT) while singles were noted at Cayo Coco, Guillermo and Paredon cays, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba 14 Jan (AS). A Piping Plover was noted at Isabela, Puerto Rico 17 Jan (LM). A Long-billed Dowitcher appeared at St Lucy, Barbados 8 Dec (JM). Ruff is certainly the most regu- lar of the Eurasian shore- birds that appear in the Region; one was found at St. Lucy, Barbados 11 Dec (JM) before another was viewed at Etang Guichard, Saint Martin 17 Feb (CF). A Hudsonian Godwit was described at Crisologo, Saona Island, La Altagra- cia, Dominican Republic 9 Jan (ph. TH). A resting Robert L. Norton Andrew Dobson Anthony Levesque –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he highlight of the season was Ber- muda's first Eurasian Marsh-Harrier. An additional Eurasian Marsh-Harrier was tallied in the Lesser Antilles, along with a Black Kite that was first discovered in No- vember 2015 and lingered through February 2016. Little Egret seems to be holding on in the Region, but breeding sites have not been identified beyond Barbados. A passerine highlight, typically few and far between in the Caribbean, was the discovery of a Great Kiskadee that drew observers from other is- lands. WATERFOWL THROUGH SKIMMER The long-staying West Indian Whistling- Duck remained at Port Royal G.C., Ber- muda 1 Dec–29 Feb+ (AD). A Cinnamon Teal was reported at Handel's Pond, North Side, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7 Feb (GH). Field notes cited "a reddish-brown teal-sized bird swimming with blue-winged teals, darker and slightly larger than the other teals. Blue speculum helped with posi - tive ID." Two Cinnamon Teal were noted at Refugio de Vida Silvestre de Boquerón, Puerto Rico 1 Nov (AM, AP). A Eurasian Green-winged Teal was seen at various lo- cations in Bermuda 10-24 Jan (DG). A Eur- asian Wigeon was noted at Charca Yeguada, Puerto Rico 25 Jan (JI, PAR). The duck of the season in the Lesser Antilles was again Eurasian Wigeon, with birds noted in a group that at times included 8 American Wi- geon, 4 Northern Shoveler 3 Jan+ (JW, JM). Six Masked Duck at Arroyo Cochoprimo, San Pedro de Macorís, Hispaniola 7 Feb (SB) served as a potentially encouraging sign for recruitment elsewhere on the island or far- ther afield. The birds were "observed well for about 5 minutes (SB, SaB) in thick, low Very rare in Bermuda, this Masked Booby remained throughout the winter (here 12 December) at the Dockyard. Photo by © Andrew Dobson. West Indies & Bermuda

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