North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 292 W e s t i n d i e s & B e r m u d a Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Michael Akresh, Jane Alexander (JAl), Eliza- beth Ames, Gloria Archilla, Jeff Aufmann, Bird Club of New Providence, Alison Ball, Bob Ball, Davis Barker, Jose Francisco Barros, Nicolas Barré, Nick Bonomo (NBo), Joette Borzik, Patricia Bradley, Elwood Bracey, Steve Brauning, Jorge Brocca (JBr), Michael Bryan, Karen Bunce, Kevin Calhoon, Antoine Chab- rolle (ACh), Sean Christensen (SC), Alison Copeland, Jill Cooper, Carol Cramer-Burke (CCB), John Csoka, Peter Davey (PDa), Paul Dean, Department of Environment and Coast- al Resources (DECR), Eric Delcroix, Frantz Delcroix, Thomas Delhotal (TDe), Marion Diard, John Diener, Andrew Dobson, Katrina Dobson, Andrew Dreelin (ADr), Tim Duclos, Sarah Dzielski, Bill Etter, Mary Margaret Ferra- ro, Tyler Fox, Wendy Frith, Christina Gasperi, Luca Gasperi, Erika Gates, Kathy Gillman, Ré- gis Gomès, Nathanial Gonzales, Sarah Gosling, Jaques Gravel, Alexandra Gunther-Calhoun, Wes Horner, Erich and Janice Hetzel, Ged- des Hislop, Thomas Hulsey, Alvaro Jaramillo, Kathleen Keegan, Doris Kellman, Gina Kent, David Leeman, Anthony Levesque, Yolanda Leon, Lionel Levine, Paul Lewis, Claudia Lombard, Perry Maillis, Larry Manfredi, Becky Marvil, Jeremy Madeiros (JMa), Erika Maldo- nado, Miguel Mejias, Maria Milagros Paulino, Haynes Miller, James Millet, Julian Moore (JMo), Neal Morris, Duncan Mullis, Jennifer Nestler, Robert L. Norton, Uli Nowlan, Mi- chael Paice (MPa), Judd Patterson, Reg Patter- son, Michael Pienkowski (MPi), William Pin- der, Mike Pollard, Fred Portier, Eric & Georgia Pourchot, Niles Primrose, Bruce Purdy, David Rayner, Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet, John Rice- Cameron, Chris Rimmer, Sebastian Rives, Ray Robles, Christine Rose-Smyth, Keith Rossiter, Keith Rush (KRu), Julio Salgado, Dennis Shir- ley, Maria Smith (MSm), Art Sonneland, Mi - chele Sorensen, Denny Swaby, Craig Taylor, Jennifer Thieme, Jim Tietz (JTi), Chas Tuchel, Francis Vaughan, Kate Wallace, Paul Watson, David Weber (DWe), John Webster, Roger White, Tim White (TWi), Tony White, Terry Williams (TWm), David Wingate (DBW), Jay Wright (JWr), Lisa Yntema. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert L. Norton ( greater antilles ) 8960 ne Waldo road, Gainesville, Florida 32609 (corvus0486@aol.com) Anthony White ( bahamas archipelago ) 970 aurora avenue a205, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (spindalis@aol.com) Andrew Dobson ( bermuda ) Warwick academy, 117 middle road, Warwick PG 01, Bermuda, (adobson@warwickacad.bm) Anthony Levesque ( lesser antilles ) roussel, 97129 Lamentin, Guadeloupe the site has been slated for a government- backed development. Observers at Guade- loupe found their frst Worm-eating Warbler at Port-Louis 25 Dec–3 Feb (FD, ED, FP); the bird remained for four more weeks in the same bush (AL). On San Salvador, a Swainson's Warbler was at North Little Lake 19 Jan and an Orange-crowned Warbler at Gerace Research Centre 21 Jan (MA). An- other Orange-crowned was at Reef G.C., Grand Bahama 7 Dec (JB). Single Nashville Warblers were at a farm on Abaco 7 Dec (EB) and at Erika Gates's home, Lucaya, Grand Bahama 8 Feb (LM). A Townsend's Warbler was found at Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park, Grand Cayman 11-25 Feb (GH, KG, m.ob.) and was subsequently photographed (Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet); this marks the the third documented West Indian record, as there are two records from Grand Bahama (fde PB, TW). Kirtland's Warblers were noted at Little Lake, San Sal- vador 5 & 16 Feb (TH). A Blackpoll War- bler was at Nassau, New Providence, Baha- mas 15 Dec–18 Jan (m.ob.); if accepted, this would become the new late date for the spe- cies, more than a month after the previous late date of 29 Nov. A Blackburnian Warbler was at Fresh Creek Lighthouse, Andros 14 Feb (DS). In Bermuda, a Wilson's Warbler was at Cooper's Island N.R. 7-8 Dec (PW); another was at Heydon Trust 20 Jan (AD). A Wilson's Warbler frequented Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama 4-6 Jan (JP, JN, ph. BP). Snow Buntings frst appeared 15 Nov at Cooper's Island, Bermuda and increased to 11 birds there 16 Feb (AD). A Summer Tanager was at the Arbore- tum, Bermuda 1 Jan (AD). A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was at Désirade Island, Guade- loupe 7 Feb (AL, ACh). A Blue Grosbeak was at Southampton, Bermuda 27 Dec–24 Feb (MM, DBW). Introduced Cuban Grass- quits outnumbered Black-faced Grassquits 39 to 22 on the New Providence, Bahamas C.B.C., continuing their dominance over the native species. A Chipping Sparrow was found along Owl Hole Rd., Grand Bahama 6 Feb (DS), and a Clay-colored Sparrow was at the Sandy Point Dump, Abaco 14 Dec (AB). Three female Boat-tailed Grackles were near Twin Lakes, Paradise Island, New Providence, Bahamas 14 Feb (ph. PL). Ten Shiny Cowbirds were at Rainbow Farm, New Providence 9 Dec (PD); the farm has ceased operations, and the cowbirds will need to fnd a new source of food. Single Baltimore Orioles were found 6 Dec at Grand Lucaya Resort, Grand Bahama (EG, JB), 14 Dec at Sandy Point dump, Abaco (EB, NP), and 24 Jan on Great Guana Cay, Abaco (MS). Grand Bahama hosted 3 Western Kingbirds 1 Feb (DK, JC, EG). A late Gray Kingbird was at the quarry ponds, Providenciales 10 Dec (DECR). A Blue-headed Vireo was at Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador 8 Jan (MA). A Yellow-throated Vireo was seen at Bodden Town agricultural grounds, Grand Cayman 26 Jan (PDa); another was at St. Georges, Ber- muda 29 Dec (PW). Two Purple Martins were among 200 Bahama Swallows fying over Is- land Homes Beach, Abaco 28 Feb (RP). A pos- sible male Cuban Martin appeared at Bosque Estatal de Maricao 23 Feb (AJ); the species has been reported in Puerto Rico now more than fve times. Three Golden Swallows were noted at Wynn Farm, Haïti 21 Jan. A fock of 15 Tree Swallows was noted over a raked feld at Laguna Cartagena N.W.R., Puerto Rico 27 Feb (TWm). Bermuda's frst confrmed Com- mon Raven was at various locations in Som- erset 1 Jan+ (DB); amazingly, a second bird was discovered at Shelly Bay Park 28 Jan+ (SG). This species has slowly moved into ur- ban habitats of the Northeast in the United States, but the appearance of 2 on Bermuda is most unexpected. In Bermuda, single Ruby-crowned King- lets were seen in the Smiths Hills (JMa) and Ferry Point Park (PW), both 29 Dec. A Ru- by-crowned Kinglet was at Roberts Nursery, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas 30 Jan (EB). Forty Cedar Waxwings were in the Botanical Gardens, Bermuda 23 Feb (TWi); in the Ba- hamas, 23 were w. of Gerace Research Cen- tre, San Salvador 13 Feb (TD), and 2 were at Bahama Palm Shores, Abaco 8 Feb (RP). At Bodden Town agricultural grounds, Grand Cayman, 45 Cedar Waxwings were noted 17 Jan (PDa). Five Bicknell's Thrushes were seen along Los Arroyos birding trail, Haïti 15 Feb (CR, YL). Both Bicknell's Thrush and La Selle Thrush were seen at Zapoten, Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic 17 Feb (JBr). The only Catharus thrush reported this winter in the Bahamas was a Gray-cheeked Thrush at Reef G.C., Grand Bahama 5 Dec (JB). Two American Robins were at the Gerace Research Centre 15 Feb (TH). Notoriously diffcult to identify, especially after the split into three species in 2014, an Arctic Warbler was meticulously studied and fnally confrmed by its call on Pompano Beach Rd., Bermuda 16-25 Feb (WF, DBW); this makes the frst Regional record. Font Hill Nature Reserve in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Ja- maica yielded an impressive list of warblers 27 Feb: Ovenbird (3), Worm-eating (1), Northern Waterthrush (7), Blue-winged (1), Hooded (1), Cape May (1), Northern Parula (10), Magnolia (1), Palm (2), Yellow-rumped (1), and Prairie (8) (JWr, EA et al.). Sadly,

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