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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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 397 W E S T I N D I E S & B E R M U D A SA The timeline for arrival of locally breeding Antillean Nighthawks appears to start dur- ing last week of April: 29 Feb (JG) at the Walgreens parking lot, Juana Díaz, PR heard and visible in lights in parking lot; one 3 Apr (GP) at Bosque de Aguirre, Guayama, PR; one 6 Apr (RJC) downtown Cabo Rojo, PR, comments: "Today is the 1st. time I heard the Antillean Nighthawk at home. Must be one of the first on the migration."; one 7 Apr (CR-S) at Valley Gardens, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman seen "moderately high, one call and went out of sight from east to west;" four 9 Apr (PD) at Agriculture Grounds, Bodden Town, GC. "They flew over fast and erratically, but gave me enough time to be sure they were not Common Nighthawks." The migration seems to gain strength in first and second week of May; 15 reported 7 May (PD) at Savannah Grand, North Side, GC; two 14 May (SM), Valley Gardens, Bodden Town and 25 14 May (DS, CS) at Volgunner's Pond, West Bay, GC. Common Nighthawks are unusual in spring at Bermuda, so four at East End Dairy 9-10 May were notable (PW). The only account of Common Nighthawk in the Antilles was 15 reported 5 May (PD) at South Sound Road, George Town, GC. Davey commented: "They drifted to the North deceptively fast, then collected over a cruise ship at anchor in George Town Harbour, where they appeared to gain elevation us - ing the standing wave produced by the NW wind as it passed over the ship. Identified by larger size than Antillean Nighthawk, uniformly paler underparts with no suggestion of am - ber tones, and very particularly, the longer primaries that give the impression of longer wings with up-turned wing-tips when seen from certain angles." Therefore, there is overlap perhaps during first week of May demanding careful consideration of call notes and field marks. same area a few days prior (RM et al.)" An Eared Dove is always a good find in Gua- deloupe, one appeared at Pointe Colibri 27 May (AL). Two White-fronted Quail-Doves were noted 6 Mar (RH) at Rabo de Gato, Independencia, Do - minican Republic where two rarely encountered endemic Bay-breasted Cuckoos were seen well, and ph 10 Mar (AS) at La Placa. Common Night - hawks are unusual in spring, so 4 at East End Dairy, Bermuda 9-10 May were notable (PW). A Greater Antillean Nightjar was heard 12 May at 06:30 (MS) at Haiti Bethel, Ouest, Haiti. Four Rufous Nightjar were heard calling at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 22 Mar (RK et al.) and 2 White-tailed Nightjar were seen at La Caravelle, Martinique 30 Mar (AL). A rare occurrence of Black Swift 7 May (PD) was compared with accompanying Chimney Swifts at Savannah Grand, North Side, Grand Cayman. A Chimney Swift was noted 7 May (PD) at Savannah Grand, North Side, Grand Cayman followed by three more seen that after - noon (PD) at South Sound Rd. A week later PD found more Chimney Swifts 13 May at Patrick's Island Lake, George Town Road, George Town and another or same 14 May at 17:35 same loca - tion. There seems to be a passage of nighthawks and swifts over Cayman Islands primarily in May. Twelve White-collared Swifts 5 Mar 15:30 (SC) were seen at Etang Lachaux, Sud, Haiti. A White- collared Swift 6 May (IM) was noted at the Male - con, La Habana, Cuba. An Antillean Mango was carefully studied 25- 26 May (BT, LW) at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in the vicinity of Marriott Hotel. "At least one seen, roughly same size as Green-throated Carib with black beak that shows a slight decurve." This hummingbird is a rare resident of the Virgin Is - lands whose numbers are yet unknown (RLN). A Ruby-throated Hummingbird seen 12 May (IB) at West End Community Park, Cayman Brac, Cay - man Islands, provided perhaps the first report for that island. A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5-8 May (PD) was seen (ph) at Savannah Grand, North Side, Grand Cayman. The imm. Masked Booby (ph.) reported last season remained at Dockyard, Bermuda 1 Dec- 23 Mar (PW). Four Spotted Rails were heard, seen and ph 17 Mar (RH et al.) at Elim Pools, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. Ten Purple Gallinule 5 Mar (SC) at Etang Lachaux, Sud, Haiti. An American Avocet was noted again 1 Mar (PAR) at Salinas de Papayo, Lajas "where it had been in the area for weeks". An adult American Avocet in breeding plumage was ph. 24 Apr "resting on mud flat with a Roseate Spoonbill at low tide." (LB-C), at West End, Freeport and West Grand Bahama. A Black-necked Stilt was seen on Mid- Ocean GC, Bermuda 6 Apr (PW). Some good shorebirds showed up in the Lesser Antilles this spring: a Wilson's Phalarope at Etang Chevrise, Saint Martin, 17 Mar (CF), a Curlew Sandpiper at West End Pond, Anguilla 28 Apr (JC et al.), a Red Knot in plumage breeding at Petite Terre Nature Reserve, Guadeloupe 12 May (AL), a Ruff at Etang Guichard, Saint Martin 16 Mar (CF), another one lingered at Pointe des Châteaux 5-10 Apr and possibly the same one at Port Louis Swamp, Guadeloupe 21-26 May (AL, FD). A Ruff was at Spittal Pond, Bermuda 10-12 Mar (AD) while another on Mid-Ocean GC 22 Apr may have been the same bird at East End Dairy 27 Apr-1 May (PW). Two Franklin's Gulls 9 Apr (SG) at Punta Algarrobo, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico was an out - standing find. A Ring-billed Gull, apparently in the area for about six months, was seen 9 Apr (SG) at Punta Algarrobo, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. A great find at Jamaica was a Black-headed Gull 9 Apr (JT, CL) seen flying amongst Laughing Gulls with "clear white primaries with dark un - derwing" and ph at Blue Waters, Westmoreland. A Lesser Black-backed Gull 8 Mar (RH) at La - guna Oviedo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic was ph documented. A Great Black-backed Gull 5 Mar (LI) was at Finca noya/río camuy, Camuy, Puerto Rico. A Black Tern 8 Apr (CL, JT) was seen at Parottee Pond, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. Two Gull-billed Terns were noted 24 Apr (PD) at Meagre Bay Pond, North Side, Grand Cayman. A flock of 25 Least Terns 18 Apr (PD) at Mea - gre Bay Pond-Pad, North Side was surpassed in number (72) 22 Apr at the same location (PD). A Caspian Tern ph 19 Apr (PD) was also at Meagre Bay Pond - Pad, North Side, Grand Cayman. A Roseate Tern was in the Great Sound, Bermuda 5-10 May (DBW). An early Common Tern ap - peared at Dockyard, Bermuda 19 Mar (PW). A Great Skua passed Cooper's Point, Bermu - da 28 May (PW). Single South Polar Skuas were seen 81 and 108 miles west of Bermuda 14 May (EH, PW). A Gull-billed Tern was at Spittal Pond, Bermuda 9-12 May (PW). Very few hours of sea - bird-watch from Pointe des Châteaux (Guade- loupe) this spring, so it was not very productive. Among the most interesting species were Caspi - an Tern and an Arctic Tern 5 May, a Long-tailed Jaeger 23 Apr (FD). Ten White-tailed Tropicbird 26 Mar (PD) at Pedro Castle, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman announced a preferred nesting area- "Sightings confined to Pedro's cliffs." Manx Shearwaters were passing Cooper's Point, Bermu - da at about 90 per hour Apr 1 (PW). The peak Great Shearwater passage at Cooper's Point, Ber - muda 28 May saw 300+ per hour (AD, PW). A Wilson's Storm-Petrel was seen at close range 22 Apr by TY who noted "legs extended past tail" at Shroud Cay, Exuma and Black Point, Bahamas. A Band-rumped Petrel was seen 65 miles west of Bermuda 14 May (PW). Spittal Pond, Bermuda hosted a late spring record of Least Bittern 9 May (PW). A Striated Heron, (South American form) photographed 14-16 May (JG) at Valle de Lajas, Lajas, Puerto Rico was a pleasant surprise which was followed by multiple ph confirmations (GT, LR, BD, SG). Wintering Glossy Ibis in Bermuda increased to at least 7 individuals with six to - gether in Paget, Bermuda 21 Mar (AD, DG). A Roseate Spoonbill was reported 20 May (JuS) at Zapoten, Independencia, Dominican Republic. In Bermuda, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen over Stock's Harbour 19 Mar (PW) and at Port Royal 14-23 Apr (AD, IP). A Swallow-tailed Kite ph 30 Mar (MJG et al. AK and C) was seen at Hacienda Cortina, Pinar del Río, Cuba. A week later another Swallow-tailed Kite 7 Apr (NK) was

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