North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 563 W e s t i n d i e s & B e r m u d a Jun (ML) should be considered potential nest- ers. A Semipalmated Plover at Montagu Fore- shore, New Providence 19 Jul (CW) and single Piping Plovers at Coral Beach, Grand Bahama 17 Jul (EG) and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco 30 Jul (EB, BB) were fall migrants. A group of 145 Willets at Belmont Salt Pond, Grenadines 24 Jul (MB) made a high count for the Lesser Antilles. Eastern Willets breed in the Bahamas, where 8 at Sandy Point, Abaco 7 Jun (EB) were indicative of nesting nearby. A Red Knot at Cooper's Island, Bermuda 1 Jun (AD) was likely a tardy spring migrant. Migrant sand- pipers seen during summer in the Bahamas included 2 Spotted Sandpipers at Don't Rock, Abaco Sound 30 Jul (EB), a Solitary Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs at the Sod Farm, Fire Trail Rd., New Providence 21 Jun (PD, WP), a Stilt Sandpiper and up to 7 Least Sandpip- ers at Arawak Cay, Nassau 18-19 Jul (LH, WP), 17 Short-billed Dowitchers at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco 30 Jul (EB), and 11 Short-billed Dow- itchers at Montagu Foreshore, Bahamas 31 Jul (WP). In the Turks and Caicos, there were 13 Solitary Sandpipers, 15 probable Western Sand- pipers, and 14 Short-billed Dowitchers at the clinic salina on South Caicos 19 Jun (EH). Small Laughing Gull colonies (10-12 birds) on Two Rocks and Whale Cay, Abaco Sound were the frst Bracey has seen at those sites. A Ring-billed Gull was noted 11 Jul at Gilligan's Island, Puerto Rico (IR). A Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Arawak Cay, New Providence 4 & 19 Jul (CW, OL, WP). In Jul, over 100 Rose- ate Terns probably nested on Whale Cay, Abaco (EB), and 120 were feeding young on Whale Cay, Berry Islands during that month (JK, KH). A Black Tern was seen at Ochos Rios and sur- rounding areas, Saint Ann, Jamaica 2 Jun (EC). An ad. Long-tailed Jaeger stayed for at least 24 hours at the Petite-Terre Nature Reserve, Gua- deloupe 11 Jun (ED), certainly an exciting fnd for the Region in summer. Two Plain Pigeons at New Jerusalem Church, Gros Morne Village 4 Jun (DE) provided one of the few recent reports received of the species for Haïti. Single Yellow-billed Cuckoos were found at Lucayan Nursery, Grand Bahama 24 Jul (EG) and a farm near Treasure Cay, Abaco 31 Jul (EB); this species is a confrmed breeder on Grand Bahama and a suspected breeder on Abaco. A Short-eared Owl was seen fying near the irrigation canal at Gramas Lindas, Puerto Rico 3 Jun (JR, HMR). Chuck-will's-widow was fnally confrmed breeding on New Providence when a bird was photographed covering young and egg shells near Lyford Cay 2 Jun (TV). An- other was calling nearby at Coral Harbour until 10 Jul, suggesting a second nesting site (CW). An Antillean Nighthawk nest with one egg was found on the ne. coast of Cayman Brac, Cay- man Islands 3 Jun (IB). Three Antillean Nighthawks were probably on territory at Gramas Lindas, Puerto Rico 6 Jun (JSV). Ten were at Batabano, West Bay, Cayman Islands 26 Jul (RR), perhaps signaling post-fedgling movement. A Northern Potoo was noted 16 Jun at Ecclesdown Rd., Portland, Jamaica (EV). Two Black Swifts was report- ed at New Jerusalem Church, Gros Morne Village, Haïti 4 Jun (DE). A well-described Purple- throated Carib was at Las Mar- eas, Salinas, Puerto Rico 17-18 Jun (JSV, GP et al.), one of the few reports of this Lesser Antillean endemic hummingbird on the Puerto Rico Bank, where there are records from the Virgin Islands. Three Antillean Piculets were seen 4 Jun by Ewing at New Jerusalem Church, Gros Morne Village, Haïti. PASSERINES At the Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe roosting site, Caribbean Martin numbers were well below the average (of 1013) this season, with the high count being 744 individuals 25 Jul (AL), one of the lowest census totals for this period in past eight years. Summer records of Barn Swallows in Jun in the Lesser Antilles included at Salt Pond, Saint Lucia 8 Jun (JW), one at Golden Rock, Saint Kitts and Nevis 9 Jun (ML), and one at Port-Louis Swamp, Guadeloupe 29 Jun (AL). A Fork-tailed Flycatcher was seen at Mat- thew Town, Great Inagua 11 Jun (CB) providing the second report for the Bahamas and the frst report for this island. Perhaps the bird of the summer for Puerto Rican observers was a Fork- tailed Flycatcher at Finca Montaña, Puerto Rico 1 Jul (JSV, PAR, BD, ph. WH). Very few Fork-tailed Flycatchers were reported for the s. Lesser Antilles this summer; one was noted at Rex Resorts Ponds, Grenada 13 Jul (FV). A par- tially leucistic Bahama Mockingbird was photo- graphed at Schooner Bay, Abaco 7 Jul (ph. MD). One had previously been seen at Allen Cay, Exu- mas 6-11 May 2012 (PM, DG, DY, JI). A North- ern Waterthrush at Treasure Cay, Abaco 13 Jun (EB) was probably a lingering spring migrant. An American Redstart that arrived at a yard in Nassau last fall (10 Aug) never left and was still present through summer (SB). In the Domini- can Republic, resident Grasshopper Sparrows were noted at Laguna Saladilla, Monte Cristi 22 Jun (AT) and at La Vega 13 Jul (ZS). A report of the Cuban endemic Tawny-shouldered Black- bird 1 Jun (ph. CR-S, SM) at an urbanized site, Kirk Supermarket Eastern Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman. A Boat-tailed Grackle was seen Wilson Pond, Nassau 22 Jul (WP, PD). Chest- nut-bellied Seed-Finches continue to proliferate in Martinique, where a pair was discovered near Lamentin Airport 3 Jul (AL). Corrigendum: The 4 Boat-tailed Grackles re- ported in spring 2014 on Paradise Island re- ported as males were, in fact, all females. Observers (subregional editors in boldface): Shedd Aquarium High School Marine Biol- ogy (S.A.M.B.), Gloria Archilla, Martin Bar- riteau, Betsy Bracey, Elwood Bracey, Isabelle Brown, Sylvia Brown, Casper Burrows, An- toine Chabrolle, Claudius Chassold, Sergio A. Colón López, Edward Craker, Marcus Davis, Paul Dean, Eric Delcroix, Jackie DeMarco, Benjamin Diaz, Andrew Dobson, Dean Ewing, Erika Gates, Daniel Greene, Lee Hanna (LHa), Harlton & Corban Hemphill, Willie Hernan- dez, Edward Hinds, Kirsten Hines, Linda Hu- ber, John Iverson, Kim Kuhnle, Jim Kushlan, Olivier Langrand, Tom Laubenthal, Anthony Levesque, Oviado Lightbourne, Mark Lopez, Jeremy Madeiros, Stuart Mailer, Andy Mitchell, John Moore (JMo), Predensa Moore, William Pinder, Guillermo Plaza, Bruce Purdy, Héctor M. Rivera, Ray Robles, Ignacio Rodriguez, Pab- lo A. Roman, Juliann Rosado, Christine Rose- Smyth, Héctor M. Rivera, Ray Robles, Ignacio Rodriguez, Pablo A. Roman, Juliann Rosado, Christine Rose-Smyth, Julio Salgao Velez, Allan Sanford, Amanda Sonmor, Zachary Sut- ton, Andrea Thomen, John Thompson, Trish Vasquez, Francis Vaughan, Elaine Vokoun, Car- olyn Wardle, Jacolyn White, David Young. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robert L. Norton ( greater antilles ), 8960 ne Waldo road, Gainesville, Florida 32609, ( Anthony White ( bahamas archipelago ), 970 aurora ave. a205, Boulder, Colorado 80302, ( Andrew Dobson ( bermuda ), Warwick academy, 117 middle road, Warwick PG 01, Bermuda, ( Anthony Levesque ( lesser antilles ), roussel, 97129 Lamentin, Guadeloupe This Wilson's Plover, present at Cooper's Point 1-20 (here 1) June 2014, was only the second confrmed record for Bermuda since the 1960s. Photograph by Andrew Dobson.

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