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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 242 W E S T I N D I E S & B E R M U D A Artibonite, Dominican Republic 17 Jan (BF) was a great find of this declining species. A well described, male Mourning Warbler was observed at Font Hill Nature Preserve, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica 18 Jan (EAm). A Con- necticut Warbler was reported at Bosque de Matorral, Cerca de AAA, Puerto Rico 19 Jan (GP). A Pine Warbler found at Port-Louis, Guadeloupe 7 Jan (FD) furnished a rare re- cord for the Lesser Antilles; a Rose-breasted Grosbeak was also observed at this site the same day. Three Grasshopper Sparrows re- ported at Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti 26 Feb (SBa) pointed to local birds, as opposed to wintering migrants. A Swamp Sparrow was photographed at Morgan's Pt., Bermuda 17 Jan (AD, JM). A Song Sparrow was seen at Ruth's Pt., Bermuda 27 Dec (PW). A Lesser Antillean Bullfinch seen at Great Tobago Ac- cess Bay, British Virgin Islands 19 Feb (SZ) suggests short-distance vagrancy for this species that is fairly well established on larg- er islands of the US-British archipelago. Contributors (sub-regional editors in bold): G. Alayon, Elizabeth Ames (EAm),Louise Auclair, Enrique Ayala, Sheryl Bayles (SBa), Geoff Bell, Sandra Brauning (SaB), Stephen Brauning, Jorge Brocca, Antoine Chabrolle; Sean Christiansen, Peter Davey, Eric Del - croix, Frantz Delcroix, Andrew Dobson, Ryan Doherty, Binkie van Es, Mark Field, Ian Fisher, Caroline Fleury, Bernadette Flores - tant, Derek Gibbons, Regis Gomes, Fernando Gonzalez, Michael J Good, Jeremy L. Hatt, Taylor Heaton, Erich & Janice Hetzel, Ged - des Hislop, Jorge Illanas, Lyndon John, Ste- phen Johnson, Christine Kozlosky, Anthony Levesque, Jeremy Madeiros, Eddie Massiah, Julian Moore (JMo), Adele Mouakad, Luis Munoz, Natalia Ocampo-Penuela, Ana Pazos, Ingela Perrson, Guillermo Plaza, Fred Port - ier, Michael Ramos, Ray Robles (RRo), Rafy Rodriguez, Pablo A Roman, Christine Rose- Smyth, Ernst Rupp, Heather Shirley, Alain Sylvain, John Terrell, Ken Uslabar, Richard R Veit, Herman Venegas, Kate Wallace, Ian Walker, Paul Watson, Debbi & Matt Webster, John Webster, Tim White, David Wingate, Scott Winton, Lisa Yntema, Susan Zaluski, Jim Zook. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS, AND GREATER ANTILLES: Robert L. Norton, 8960 NE Waldo Road, Gainsville, Florida 32609 • BERMUDA: Andrew Dobson, Warwick Academy, 117 Middle Road, Warwick PG01, Bermuda • LESSER ANTILLES: Anthony Levesque, Roussel, 97129 Lamentin, Guadeloupe, F.W.I. • (SC). The elusive Stygian Owl was noted at Camino Aicetillar, Pedernales, Dominican Republic 10 Dec (Herman Venegas). An astonishing total of 5 Bay- breasted Cuckoos were recorded 4 Nov (FG) at La Placa, Puerto Escondido, Independencia, Dominican Republic. A Brown-throated Parakeet, reported at Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands 14 Dec (HS) could mean a number of things: an escapee from a traveling yacht, a waif from nearby St. Thomas, or an increase in keen observ- ers on Jost. A Gray Catbird was noted at the National Trust Parrot Reserve, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands 26 Dec (CK). A purported Bicknell's Thrush responded to playback at Road 143, Jayuya, Puerto Rico 13 Feb. An Ameri- can Pipit seen and photographed by many during field trips to w. Cuba 1-13 Dec (MJG, GA) represents the first re- cord for the island. Illustrating their extraor- dinary capacity to fly long distances over the open ocean or hitch rides on cruise ships, Ruby-throated Hummingbird reports in- cluded one at Valley Gardens, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman 6 Jan (CR-S); 2 at Crystal Caves, Bermuda 31 Jan; another on the same day at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sci- ences (AD, E&JH). Single Yellow-throated Vireos were discovered at Crystal Caves, Ber- muda and at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (AD, E&JH). A Yellow-throated Vireo initially noted at Port-Louis swamp, Guadeloupe 30 Dec (FP) remained into Jan (FD, ED, AL). A Philadelphia Vireo was re- ported at Mission House, National Trust, North Side, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 23 Nov (RRo). A Great Kiskadee, initial- ly reported two weeks earlier by a visiting birder at the Hilton Hotel garden, Barbados was seen again 8 Feb (EM, JM) and remained to 28 Feb (JW, FD). The first Purple Mar- tin of the spring was seen over Pembroke Dump, Bermuda 23 Feb (IF, PW). A Tree Swallow, uncommon in the Lesser Antilles, was observed at Port-Louis, Guadeloupe 23 Dec (AC). An Orchard Oriole was noted at Bosque Estatal de Aguirre, Puerto Rico 3 Jan (MR, m.ob.). The Shiny Cowbird continues to expand its range in Guadeloupe; a flock of 31 was observed at Gardel Res. 22 Jan (AL). Six Snow Buntings were found at Morgan's Pt., Bermuda 21 Dec–23 Jan (AD). Twenty-six species of warblers were seen in Bermuda this winter season. Headlining this list were a Swainson's Warbler at Botani- cal Gardens 9 Jan (AD) and a Wilson's War- bler at Crystal Caves 31 Jan (PW). A Gold- en-winged Warbler reported at Grand-Hatte, er was discovered at Morgan's Pt. 20 Dec and remained to 23 Jan (PW). In Guadeloupe, the Western Marsh-Harrier discovered in Oct 2015 was also observed in the company of a Black Kite, similarly first discovered in fall 2015 and which stayed though Feb in Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin (RG). Both records represent second records for Guadeloupe, respectively. A Eurasian Marsh-Harrier at Golden Grove in St. Philip, Barbados 5 Nov 2015 represented the first record for the Lesser Antilles. In the ensuing two months it would be seen several times in the St. Philip area and in the north of the island, at Fosters in St. Lucy (JW, JM). The endemic Ashy-faced Owl was re- ported at Childcare Hill, Sud, Haiti 1 Nov This Western Marsh-Harrier at Morgan's Point, Bermuda furnished the first record for Bermuda and was present 20 December to 23 January (here 22 December). Photo by © Andrew Dobson. Rarely observed in Bermuda, this Black Skimmer was documented at Cooper's Point, Bermuda on 20 February. Photo by © Andrew Dobson.

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