North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 170 W E S T I N D I E S & B E R M U D A was at Sandy Point 15 Nov (RP). A Caspian Tern at Grand Harbour, George Town, Grand Cayman 29 Oct (PDa, AG-C et al.) was quite rare for the Cayman Islands. Another was at Les Salines, Martinique 25 Aug (FD, ED). Topping saw single Black Skimmers while fshing w. of Cooperstown, Abaco 27 Sep and w. of Little Abaco 28 Sep. Single Yellow-billed Cuckoos were seen re - peatedly on New Providence 2-26 Aug (BCNP, LH, WP, PD); 2 were at Lucaya N.P., Grand Bahama 16 Sep (EG), one at Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama 25 Sep (EG), and one at Matthew Town, Great Inagua 23-30 Oct (RCB). A Common Cuckoo at St. Lucy, Barba - dos 19 Nov (JMo) represented only the second Caribbean record after one found in 1958, also at Barbados. On Grand Cayman, 18 Antillean Nighthawks at Safehaven, West Bay 8 Aug were evidently on the move; 6 continued to be noted at Savannah Grand, North Side through 7 Oct (PDa). Common Nighthawks were also seen at Grand Cayman beginning 21 Sep, when both species were compared (PDa). A fock of 60+ Antillean Nighthawks was at Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas 15 Aug (OP). Two White- tailed Nightjars were at La Caravelle, Mar - tinique 19 Aug (AL), with a nest discovered 25 Aug (ED, FD). A White-collared Swift at Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe 7 Aug (ACa) made only the record for this island. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was at Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama 12 Nov (CF). There were nine reports of Peregrine Falcon in the Bahamas Ar - chipelago this fall: Adelaide, New Providence 17 Oct (JB), Great Inagua 28 Oct (RCB), off the Berry Islands 1 Nov (TL), South Caicos 7 Nov (EH), and the Treasure Cay area of Abaco 1, 6, 8, 9 & 25 Nov (EB, KK). PASSERINES Eastern Wood-Pewees were found at Great Cis- tern, Abaco 25 Sep (EB), The Retreat, Nassau 16 Oct (JB), Blue Holes N.P., Andros 18 Oct (BV), and Grand Turk 4 Nov (JN). An Eastern Wood-Pewee was seen well 11 Oct at the Jardín Botánico Nacional, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SB et al.). The latest fall record of Least Flycatcher was on Mid-Ocean G.C., Bermuda 14-15 Nov (PW). A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher showed well at Ferry Point Park, Bermuda 20 Sep (AD, PW); a Great Crested Flycatcher was there 7 & 11 Oct (PW). An Acadian Flycatcher at Sandy Point, Abaco 20 Sep was a rare fnd (EB), as was an Eastern Phoebe at Lighthouse Point, Andros 18 Oct (LS, JB). A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was discovered 26 Oct at Sunny - feld Road, East End, Grand Cayman (Y-JR-M, DS, m.ob.). Gates found 5 Eastern Kingbirds at Reef G.C., Grand Bahama 24 Sep. A Gray King - bird feeding a juv. at Queen's College, Nassau 17 Sep (ph. PD) was a late breeder and possibly had a second brood. The fycatcher of the sea - son, though, was a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (the Bahamas' third) at a backyard in Great Cistern, Abaco 24 Sep (ph. SC). Nine reports of White-eyed Vireos in the Ba - hamas Archipelago spanned 16 Oct–30 Nov. A Blue-headed Vireo was at Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahama 12 Nov (CF); on Bermuda, one was at Jenningsland 26 Oct (JM). Bermuda en - joyed a Warbling Vireo at Riddell's Bay G.C. 9 Sep (AD) and Philadelphia Vireos at Ferry Point Park 19 Oct (PW) and on Hinson's Island 23 Oct (E&JH). Burrows found 4 unidentifed martins with 45 Barn Swallows at Matthew Town, Great Inagua 19 Nov. The late date and proximity to Cuba and Hispaniola makes one consider Cuban and Caribbean Martins. Rare in Bermuda, a Northern Rough-winged Swal - low was a surprise at Spittal Pond 19 Oct (AD). A House Wren was at the North Dump, Little Abaco 25 Oct (EB, BM). Blue-gray Gnatcatch - er is a former resident on New Providence that was extirpated over 50 years ago, so one photographed at Coral Harbour 1 Nov (BCNP, ph. LH) was welcome. On Bermuda, a Ruby- crowned Kinglet was at Ferry Point Park 30 Oct (AD, PW), a Swainson's Thrush at Cemetery Hill 6 Oct (PW), and an American Robin at the Biological Station 30 Oct (AD). A Gray-cheeked Thrush at the Abaco Nursery 28 Oct (EB) and a Hermit Thrush on Grand Bahama 23 Sep–7 Oct (EG) were the only Catharus thrushes re - ported in the Bahamas this fall. Four Horned Larks were noted at Lukes Farm, Bermuda 26 Nov (PW). A Brown Thrasher present at the abandoned restaurant n. of Treasure Cay, Abaco 25 Nov+ (ph. EB, BM) provided the frst record for Abaco and the third for the Bahamas, where the species has not been seen since Oct 1996. Thirty-three species of warbler were record - ed in Bermuda this fall, with highlights being a Louisiana Waterthrush at Devonshire Marsh 3 Aug (BL); a Swainson's Warbler at Tudor Hill 5 Oct (AD, DBW); and 4 Golden-winged Warblers, the frst at Ferry Point 19 Sep (PW). Thirty-two species of warblers were reported in the Bahamas, among them, 2 Swainson's War - blers near Treasure Cay 25-30 Nov (EB, ph. BM); single Hooded Warblers along Waterloo Rd., Nassau 15 Sep (PD), at The Retreat, Nas - sau 15 Oct (IG), and on Abaco 14 Oct and 1 & 6 Nov (EB); a Kirtland's Warbler at the aban - doned restaurant near Treasure Cay 25 Nov (EB); a Bay-breasted Warbler at Treasure Cay 23 Oct (EB); a Blackburnian Warbler at Gar - den of the Groves 12 Nov (CF); and a Wilson's Warbler at Great Cistern, Abaco 25 Nov (EB). Of particular note was a female Bahama Yellow - throat heard and seen n. of Lake Killarney 11 Nov (PD, WP), the frst credible report in the area since a male was noted 10 Mar 2011 (GL). A Black-throated Green Warbler at St. Pierre, Martinique 24 Nov (JMe, WR, PL, JCa, MD) made a fnd for this island, where few migra - tory warblers are reported. Levesque and the "Guadeloupe guard" found migrants in remark - able number and diversity this season (Table 1). Their discoveries would be noteworthy anywhere in the Lesser Antilles; Orchard Ori - ole was the island's second and Gray-cheeked Thrush the island's frst. A Clay-colored Sparrow was seen at Angel - fsh Point, Abaco 25 Oct (EB, BM). A Grasshop- per Sparrow was along Gwelly Lane, Bermuda 27 Oct (WF); another was seen 26 Oct at Cayo Table 1. Uncommon Neotropical migrants at Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles, autumn 2014. Species No. Date(s) Location Observer(s) Blue-winged Warbler 1 24 Oct Port-Louis AL Bay-breasted Warbler 1 29 Oct Désirade Island AL, FD, ED, MD Kentucky Warbler 1 19 Oct Deshaies AL Tennessee Warbler 1 26-30 Oct Désirade Island AL, FD, LP, ED, ACh Connecticut Warbler 1 5 Oct; 19 Oct Port Louis; Deshaies AL, FD AL Common Yellowthroat 4 16 Oct–1 Nov Désirade Island AL, FD, ED, LP, ACh, LM Gray-cheeked Thrush 2 28-29 Oct Désirade Island ACh, AL, FD, ED, MD, LM Yellow-throated Vireo 1 19 Oct Deshaies AL White-eyed Vireo 1 10-12 Nov Port-Louis AL, FD Indigo Bunting 28, high count 27 Oct Désirade Island ACh, AL, FD, ED, MD, LM Blue Grosbeak 2 25-30 Oct Désirade Island ACh, AL, FD, ED, MD, LM Orchard Oriole 1 25 Oct Désirade Island AL, FD et al.

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