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 398 W E S T I N D I E S & B E R M U D A reported many kilometers east at Rio Guaurabo, La Boca, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. A Northern Har - rier was still present near Hinson's Is., Bermuda 8 May (EH). The Western Marsh Harrier found 20 Dec 2015 was photographed with a second bird at Hungry Bay, Bermuda 18 Apr (DG) and was last seen 22 April (GB). A Western Marsh Harrier at Golden Grove, Saint Philip, Barbados initially 5 Nov 2015 representing a second record for the Lesser Antilles lingered to 5 Apr (JM). A Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 Apr (JB) at Los Arroyos, Sud-Est, Haiti was not described as the resident form. Common Black-Hawk was seen 2 Mar-15 Apr (DS) at Barker's NP, West Bay Grand Cayman. Originally reported 17 Feb (DB) and thought to be Cuban Black-Hawk (until confirmed by AK to indeed not be (Buteogallus gundlachii) has ph. on many occasions by m. obs. (DS, PD and DB) and represents " a first record for the Cayman Islands." A Black Vulture reported 11-24 Apr (LB-C, DM and EB) West End, Freeport, Grand Bahama has become a fixture since arriving presumably from south Florida 90 miles due west. OWLS THROUGH BLACKBIRDS An Ashy-faced Owl was reported (heard) 7 Mar (RH) at P.N. Sierra de Baoruco near Park Sign, Independencia, Dominican Republic. A Barn Owl was noted 28 Apr at Patrick's Island Lake, George Town, Grand Cayman (PD). A resident Short-eared Owl was noted pre-dawn 4 Mar (AS) at Bosque Estatal de Guanica, Guánica, Puer - to Rico. Always a treat, a Stygian Owl 16 Mar was heard 05:50 in pine forest habitat (TJ) at El Aceitillar, Pedernales, Dominican Republic. A Brown-throated Parakeet noted 9 Apr (CKS) at Salt Pond, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands in - dicates some local inter-island dispersal. A Great Crested Flycatcher was reported 14 Mar (AS) at Bahía de San Lorenzo, Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, who was unaware of its rare status and did not get a ph noted "larger size compared to Stolid, darker coloration with more rufous in wings and tail, and relatively heavier build not - ed". Interestingly, another well described Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Apr at Hotel Playa Larga, Matanzas, was a first for MJG (et al.) who pro - vided clear details and has extensive experience in Cuba. A Puerto Rican Flycatcher seen 29 Mar (CB) at Eustatia Island, British Virgin Islands was well away from its usual core habitat on larger islands in the BVI. A purported Cuban Crow 7 May was heard and seen at Rocklands Bird Sanc - tuary, Saint James, Jamaica by PT whose com- ments stated "larger and louder than Jamaican crow, (initially identified by longtime sanctuary keeper, Fritz). One of the region's most endan - gered species, Golden Swallow (6) remain per- sistent at Los Arroyos, Sud-Est, Haiti, noted 16 Apr (JB). Fifteen Bank Swallows 12 Apr were noted in migration mode (LM) at Parque Josone, Matanzas, Cuba. Bermuda's third record of Cave Swallow was at East End Dairy 10-11 May (PW). A Bicknell's Thrush was reported seen and heard 26 Mar (JS) at Bosque de Guilarte, Ad - juntas, Puerto Rico. Amazingly, two Bicknell's Thrush were found early in the morning 3 Apr by a survey team (JoS, et al.) at El Toro Trail, Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. Comments stated "Two individuals responded to playback. The first bird moved in close but left area after a few seconds, but continued calling for 70 seconds after initial response. The second bird responded to play - back for less than a minute but did not come near survey team". Two Bicknell's Thrush and three La Selle Thrush seen 16 Apr was real treat for JB (et al.) at Los Arroyos, Sud-Est, Haiti. Two Hispaniolan Crossbill were seen 18 May (JG) at Zapotén, Pedernales, Dominican Republic, and a single sighting there 20 May (JS). An amazing 47 Rufous-collared Sparrows 29 Feb (JB) were at PN Valle Nuevo, La Vega agricultural areas, Domini - can Republic. A Tawny-shouldered Blackbird 26 May (DS) showed at a stakeout Kirk Supermarket Eastern Ave, George Town, Grand Cayman where it "ap - pears to flock with a group of Greater Antillean Grackles." Spring Bobolinks are always scarce but at least 7 were seen at various Bermuda loca - tions 7-15 May (AD). A small flock of Bobolink (7) was seen 18 Apr (JaT, KH, CGr) at the Cayo Coco causeway, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. A male Bobolink was seen, ph 12 May (PD) at Northside football pitch, North Side, Grand Cayman. A late Louisiana Waterthrush was at the Ber - muda Institute of Ocean Sciences 10-18 May (PW). Blackburnian Warblers were found far and wide in the region; at Spittal Pond, Bermuda 9-10 May (AD) at Labadee, Nord, Haiti 25 Apr (JWh) and another was seen, ph ad nauseum (40 minutes) 28 Apr (FM et al. FG, RM) at Silver Hill Gap, Portland, Jamaica. A Kirtland's Warbler 16 Apr (DE, JWu and RA) at Jake Jones Road, San Salvador and Rum Cay, Bahamas by a team who were completing a survey of winter-resident Kirt - land's Warblers in the Bahamas. A Yellow-breast- ed Chat was seen in Jenningsland, Bermuda 3 Apr (JMa). An Indigo Bunting paused in Sint Maarten, 2 Apr (BvE). A pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a pair of Baltimore Oriole were eating on Gumbo Limbo at Désirade Island, Gua - deloupe 19 Apr (AL), a single Scarlet Tanagers was noted during the northbound migration, it was at Désirade Island again, 3 May (AL). Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (5) seems to have become established or at least roaming to Jost Van Dyke as reported 9 Apr at Great Harbor, JVD, British Virgin Islands (CKS), for one of the few reports in the BVI and north of STJ, USVI (RLN). Another four L A Bullfinch were found 9 Apr (CKS) at Salt Pond, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. A Grasshopper Sparrow was noted 16 Mar at Port - land Cottage, Clarendon, Jamaica (RH). A Grass- hopper Sparrow was seen 2-4 Mar (NG) at Los Cerros, La Vega, Dominican Republic and fol - lowed by another report 20 May (JS) at Zapoten, Independencia, Dominican Republic. A Brown- headed Cowbird seen (ph) 11, 15 Apr (EB, Erika Gates) at Garden of the Gates, Freeport and West Grand Bahama is never a good thing in the Baha - mas where there is already another brood para- site, Shiny Cowbird. A Shiny Cowbird 14 May (PD) was at Sunnyfield Road, East End. It or an - other was noted at Meagre Bay Pond - Pad, North Side, Grand Cayman, where it is a "very rare sighting for Cayman, yet not a welcome one." A long-staying Tawny-shouldered Blackbird was seen 26-29 May (DS, ph) following a stakeout at Kirk Supermarket Eastern Ave, George Town, Grand Cayman, where ''it appears to flock with a group of Greater Antillean Grackles." Observers: (subregional eds in bold): Robert Askins, Linda Barry-Cooper, Geoff Bell, Kevin Bleeks, Danielle Bouchard, Cameron Boyd, El - wood Bracey, Jorge Brocca, Isabelle Brown, Jacqueline Cestro, Sean Christensen, Rodney J. Comas, Peter Davey, Frantz Delcroix, Benjamin Diaz, Andrew Dobson, David Ewert, Caroline Fleury, John Garrett, Erika Gates, Derek Gibbons, Neil Gilbert, Frank Gill, Claude Girard, Michael J Good, Sadhu Govardhan, Chris Grooms (CGr), Kurt Hennige, Erich Hetzel, Edmond Holroyd, Rich Hoyer, Luis Irizarry, Tom Johnson, Arturo Kirkconnell, Nina Koch, Richard Knapton, Cody Lane Anthony Levesque, Jeremy Madeiros (JMa), Stuart Mailer, Ian Manners, Len Manning, Frank Mantlik, Ricardo Miller, Julien Moore, Duncan Mullis, Robert L Norton, Ingela Persson, Guill - ermo Plaza, Luis Ramos, Pablo A Roman, Chris- tine Rose-Smyth, Matthew Sabatine, Julio Sal- gado, Jose Salguero (JoS), Christopher K Smith, Andrew Spencer, Cherie Swaby, Denny Swaby, James Thompson (JaT), Gerardo Toledo, Pauline Tom, Jack Toriello, Bill Tweit, Binkie van Es, Paul Watson, James White (JWh), David Wingate, Lucy Winter, Sam Woods, Joe Wunderle (JWu), Travis Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– H ighlights include the first breeding at- tempt by a Leach's Storm-Petrel at Ber- muda, a Bulwer's Petrel at Guadeloupe, and nesting Double-stripe Thick-knee in The Bahamas. WATERFOWL THROUGH RAPTORS A Gadwall was a rare summer record at Spittal Pond, Bermuda 13 June (AD, PW). The first

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