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 / 4 399 W E S T I N D I E S & B E R M U D A Green-winged Teal of the season was found 25 Jul (SB) near Lighthouse Restaurant, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman. A late, possibly injured Lesser Scaup was reported 2 Jun (HCC) at Res. Nat. Laguna Cartagena, Lajas, Puerto Rico. Dur - ing a seawatch session, 3 Eared Doves flew over the observer at La Désirade Island, Guadeloupe 9 Jun (AL), a good number for this rare species in Guadeloupe. The White-crowned Pigeon is nesting on Great Bird Island (IBA), Antigua. During a count, 20 birds were seen on 13 Jul (NL). A group of 32 White-winged Doves at La Désirade Is., Guadeloupe 24 Jun (AL) furnished a strong count for this place. This species is of - ten observed in "South migration" at this period but surprisingly there is almost no record further South in the Lesser Antilles. A Double-striped Thick-Knee and chick were found (ph. eBird) at night 9 Jul (RCB) at Cooper Rd, Inagua proving continued records of breed - ing outside its stronghold in the Dominican Republic. A maximum five Black-necked Stilts were present at North Pond, Bermuda 1-9 June (AD). A group of 265 Black-necked Stilts was present at Etang la Savane, Saint Martin 12 Jul (CF). A Snowy Plover was noted 16 Jun (JS) at Pervaria, Dominican Republic. Migrant plovers; Black-bellied (3) and Semipalmated (8) and three Ruddy Turnstones, a Semipalmated Sand - piper were seen 3 Jun at Safehaven, West Bay, Grand Cayman (PD). Ruff is always a surprise at this season, one was present at Congo Road pri - vate impoundment, Barbados 28 Jul (JW) and one on Anguilla 16 Jun (AS, JC). A Whimbrel arrived (ph.) at Pease Bay Pond, Grand Cayman 2 Jul (DS). Four White-rumped Sandpiper were noted 12 Jun (PD) at Malportes Pond IBA. The Bahamas first report of Pectoral Sandpiper (2) was made 19 Jul (LB-C) at West End, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Four Pectoral and two Solitary Sandpipers were reported 26 Jul (EM) at Toa Baja, Puerto Puerto Rico. A Wilson's Phalarope was a Spittal Pond, Bermuda 9 June (AD). A Gull-billed Tern was Bermuda Airport 25 Jun- 11 Jul (PW). A nesting colony of Gull-billed Tern (40) was reported/confirmed (ph.) 3, 11 Jun at Laguna de Oviedo, Pedernales (fide eBird, JS). A record 115 pairs of Bermuda Petrel (Ca - how) raised 56 successfully fledging young in 2016 (JM). The highlight of the seawatch season in Guadeloupe was a Bulwer's Petrel off Pointe des Châteaux, 4 Jun (FD). It furnished the 5 th Guadeloupe record. A Leach's Storm-Petrel came into a recently vacated Cahow burrow fit - ted with webcam on Nonsuch Is. 6 Jun. This is the first known occasion that a Leach's has prospected a nesting burrow in Bermuda. The bird was still visiting the burrow in July (JM). Five American White Pelican were at various sites at Freeport but first seen (ph.) 6 Jun-30 Jul when only a single bird remained (LB-C, JD, MC, EG & DK), West End, Grand Bahama. An imm. Brown Pelican (above) was seen at vari - ous Bermuda locations 2-16 Jul (MV, CL). An American Bittern (ph.) showed 30 Jul at Reef Golf Course, Freeport, Grand Bahama (DK, MC, EG). A Least Bittern was found 30 Jun (RF) near Atlantis, Paradise Is. Nassau, Bahamas and another was located 9 Jul (CW) at Uncle Char - lie's Blue Hole, North Andros, Bahamas. A Least Bittern was noted at Patrick's Is. Lake, George - town Grand Cayman (PD). A Striated Heron "coming into breeding plumage" lingered 18 Jun- 24 Jul at Sustainable Barbados recycling pond, St. Thomas, Barbados (JW). Grand Cay - man's Common Black-Hawk reappeared (ph.) 18 Jun (CS,DS). PASSERINES A Fish Crow was heard and seen 21 Jun (LB-C) at West End, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Ten Golden Swallow were seen 7 Jul (JG) at Tet Kay anba, Ouest, Haiti. A Bank Swallow was reported from Saint Peter, Barbados 29 Jul (JM), a species rarely observed at this time of the year. A Louisiana Wa - terthrush was at Compston's Pond, Bermuda 31 Jul-2 Aug (PW). A male American Redstart seen in Jenningsland, Bermuda 10 July (LM), the first July record provided the first fall report of a re - turning warbler. An early Bobolink was reported 5 Jun (DB) at West Bay, Grand Cayman. A Brown- headed Cowbird was noticed foraging 11 Jun (DK, EGr) in a flock of Red-wing Blackbirds at West End, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Six Shiny Cowbird were seen at Port Falmouth, Jamaica 1 Jun (CK). Observers: Linda Barry-Cooper, Steve Bershader, Danielle Bouchard, Randolph "Casper" Burrows, Martha Cartwright, Jackie Cestero, Hector C. Cru - zado, Peter Davey, Joshua Davis, Frantz Delcroix, Andrew Dobson, RF, Caroline Fleury, Erika Gates, James Goetz, Eugena Granger, Clifton Kahler, Delores Kellman, Natalya Lawrence, Anthony Levesque, Chris Loscalzo, Jeremy Madeiros, Leila Madeiros, Erika Maldonado, Julian Moore, Juan Sangiovanni, Amy Simmons, Marianne Vahey, Paul Watson, John Webster, Carlene Woods. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert L. Norton ( bahamas, turks and caicos, greater antilles ), 8960 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, Florida 32609 • Andrew Dobson (bermuda ) , Warwick Academy, 117 Middle Road, Warwick PG 01 Bermuda • Anthony Levesque ( lesser antilles ) , Roussel, 97129 Lamentin, Guadeloupe, F.W.I. • Hawaiian Islands Lance Tanino –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he first month of spring 2016 greeted the islands with cold fronts complete with thunderstorms and its associated strong winds and heavy rains about every eight days. Good sightings of seabirds through sea - watching from shore and offshore pelagic trips reflected the increased efforts by local birders. Rarity highlights included White-faced Ibises, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Hudsonian Godwit, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bonaparte's Gull, Cas - pian Tern, Common Tern, Belted Kingfisher, and Great-tailed Grackle. Abbreviations: Aimakapa Pond (Kaloko-Ho- nokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Is.); Ala Moana (Ala Moana S.R.A., Ho - nolulu, Oahu Is.); James Campbell N.W.R.-Kii Unit (Kahuku, Oahu Is.); Kaena Point (Kaena Point N.A.R., Mokuleia, Oahu Is.); Kanaha Pond

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