North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 396 C E N T R A L A M E R I C A two weeks of Jun, sometimes in groups as large as several hundred birds—but nowhere else in Belize before the end of the month. It has been suggested that the Belize City peninsula serves as a staging area where early southbound migrants linger before continuing on their long journey to South America for the winter. On the opposite side of the country in Santa Elena, Cayo, an im - pressive 650 Purple Martins were seen foraging over the Macal River on 30 Jun (ph. RM). Two Black Catbirds on tiny Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, on 14 May (IMan) pro - vided the first modern-day record for this lo- cation, one of the most heavily birded cayes in Belize. They were likely strays from much larger Long Caye, 5 km to the west, where a small population persists. Cedar Waxwing stages in - vasions in Central America every three or four years, with usually only a handful of records in non-invasion years. In 2016, most records from the region were limited to Belize, with a couple of records each from Honduras and Costa Rica. A Northern Waterthrush along the Silk Grass Forest Reserve access road, Stann Creek on 3 Jun (GC) was exceptionally late. A Slate-colored Grosbeak at Pico Bonito Lodge on 3 April (JP) was outside the known range by 150 km and a first record for Atlántida. In northern Central America, Chipping Sparrows are restricted to pine woodlands and savannas where they tend to be common residents. So, were several out- of-range vagrants this year local dispersers or migrants from the North American population? All were in alternate plumage. One was along the shore at the Cangrejal river mouth, Atlán - tida on 29 Mar (ph. JZa, EL, RL). Another was seen 12 May at Village Farm (TR) 15 km from the nearest Belize breeding population. High in the mountains, one at Finca Rubel Chaim, Alta Verapaz on 29 May (TC, ph. RC) was about 25 km from appropriate habitat. A flock of six Lark Sparrows photographed at Salama, Baja Vera - paz, 3 Apr (JPC, RC, SK, AD) is a high count for Guatemala and for Central America, and the only recent documented record for Guatemala. A Slate-colored Seedeater was at Tapanti Na - tional Park, Cartago 7 July (ph. ErC), providing a first record for this heavily birded park. Contributors: Brenan Ackert, Ricardo Aguilar, Daniel Aldana, Alfonso Auerbach, Philip Bal - deramos, David Bell, Melvin Bonilla, John Paul Cahill, Rob Cahill, Tara Cahill, Edwin Calde - rón (EdC), Euclides Campos (EuC), Francis Canto, Barbara Carlson, Ernesto Carman (ErC), Troy Case, Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux, Johan Chavez, Dareec Chuc, Gerry Collins, Jacob Cooper (JCo), Jan Axel Cubilla, Robert Dean, Andrew Dolby, Katinka Domen, Georges Duri - aux, Steven Easly, Carlos Echeverría, Elmer Es- coto, Norman Espinoza, Jorge Estrella, Esteban Fernandez-Elizondo, Angel Fong, Guillermo Funes, Robert Gallardo, Daniel Giesbrecht, Kees Groenedijk, Jim & Susan Hengeveld, Er - ick Hernández, Scott Housten, Benny Jacobs- Schwarz, Elizabet Jané, Orlando Jarquín, Andy Jones, Lee Jones, LoraKim Joyner, Roselvy Juárez, Caitlin Kiska, Sally Knight, Oliver Ko - mar, Robert Lambeck, Jason Lara, Michelle Leighty, Dominique Lizama, Esdras López, María José Lou, Adalberto Lucas, Damian Ma - gario, Isael Mai, Roni Martinez, Esteban Matías, Mayron Mejía, Ivan Miranda, José Monzon, Eric Moore, Whitney Mortimer, Isaias Morataya, Luis Noack, Max Noack, Patrick O'Donnell, Wil - liam Orellana, Roy Orozco, Cindy Parliament, Dan Parliament, Joseph Pimentel, Fredy Pineda, Ismael Quiroz, Oscar Ramírez, Jorge Rivera, Walter Rivera, Mark Robbins (MRo), Moisés Rodríguez, Vladimir Rodríguez, Romel Romero (RoR), Andrew Rothman, Eduardo Ruano, Ro - land Rumm, Fabrice Schmitt, Moisés Siles, Jessie Stuebner, Gordon Trans, Mario Trejo, John van Dort, Patricia Vranicar, Johan Weintz Aguilar, Linda Widdop, Venicio Wilson, Howard Youth, Jim Zook, Jorge Zuñiga Lopez, Jafeth Zablah. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– John van Dort, Las Quebraditas, Santa Ana, M 1205, Honduras • Oliver Komar, Zamorano University, #1242a Campus Central, Carretera a Danlí Km 30, FM, Honduras • WATERFOWL THROUGH RAPTORS The long-staying West Indian Whistling-Duck was last seen at Port Royal GC, Bermuda 13 May (DG). A Canada Goose arrived at Spittal Pond, Bermuda 21 Mar (AD). A Red-breasted Mergan - ser was unexpected at Fresh Pond, Sint Maarten 25 Mar-1 Apr (BvE & al.). A Gadwall was re - ported 25 Feb (JB) at Cabo Rojo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic. Forty American Wigeon counted 8 Mar at Laguna Oviedo, Perdenales, Dom. Rep. (RH et al.) was a good number. Three American Wigeon at Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia 6 Mar (CG et al.) were a rarity there. A single American Flamingo was noted 23 Mar (EH) at West Bay, Grand Cayman. and on the same date at Soapberry Wastewater Treatment Plant, Saint Catherine, Jamaica (SW) " one seen in a pool just outside eastern border of property - two seen in Robert L. Norton (BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS, GREATER ANTILLES) Andrew Dobson (BERMUDA) Anthony Levesque (LESSER ANTILLES) Long expected on the Honduran Bay Islands in spring migration, this Black-whiskered Vireo on Guanaja 12 April 2016 was the first Honduran record. Photo by © Roland Rumm West Indies & Bermuda –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– H ighlights include Bermuda's second Western Marsh Harrier with another sighting at Barbados and Bermuda's third Cave Swallow. Great and South Polar Skuas were reported off Bermuda and Long-tailed Jae - ger off Guadeloupe. Pelagic birding is still in its infancy in the West Indies and could prove very rewarding in light of rarities showing up off North Carolina and Florida. At Grand Cayman, the mystery of the black-hawk was resolved with some international cooperation, a Black Vulture was observed in the Bahamas, and propitious overshoots by a migrant thrush were detected at Puerto Rico.

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