North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 306 West Indies & Bermuda Grand Bahama may be the only one in the Bahamas. An Anhinga at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Barbados 2 Jan (JM) was locally rare. A Magnificent Frigatebird tarried at Bermuda 28-31 Jan (PW). Single American Bitterns were seen at Wil - son Pond, New Providence 6 Dec (WP) and Pinders Point, Grand Bahama 3-5 Jan (BP, m.ob.). A Gray Heron at the Bird Sanctuary, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 21 Jan (MPa) is likely the bird reported there since 2012. A Purple Heron discovered at Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge, Barbados 22 Dec (WB) was last seen 8 Feb (JWe); this is the first record for Barbados and the Region, but there are records from Brazil. Little Egret, a regular species in many islands of the Lesser Antilles, was at last documented on Dominica, a bird discovered at Roseau 11 Jan (JT) and still present on 20 Jan (JT, EE). Although no longer surprising to the s. part of the Region, a Little Egret was at Charca Salobre, Los Amadores, Puerto Rico 27 Nov (ph. JI) and another near Lameshur Bay, St. John 7 Jan (RRV et al.) were locally rare, the latter a first record for the U. S. Virgin Is - lands. A Black-crowned Night-Heron was on the Providenciales beaches, Turks & Caicos 15 Dec (PC), where it is an uncommon visitor. A Glossy Ibis, uncommon in the Lesser Antilles, was observed on Anguilla 12 Feb (JCe). A Ro - seate Spoonbill was reported from Cabo Rojo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic 17 Nov (JBe); 4 were at West End, Grand Bahama 3 Jan (BP); and one flew over Bonefish Flats, North Caicos 17 Jan (KB). A flock of 75 Roseate Spoonbills at West Side N.P., Andros 30 Jan (JC) may be the highest count ever for the Bahamas. Flocks of 218 and 200 American Flamingos were report - ed from West Side N.P., Andros 30 Jan (JC) and North Caicos 3 Feb (HR), respectively. During the Salinas C.B.C., Zapata Swamp, Cuba 18 Dec, 1297 American Flamingos were counted (fide FM), a major wintering population in the Greater Antilles. A very early Swallow-tailed Kite was seen over Warwick, Bermuda 28 Feb (FDo, AD); 5 Dec–3 Jan (DBW) was the first since 1979; another was found at Warwick Pond 14-31 Dec (AD). A male Redhead discovered at Port Royal G.C., Bermuda 21 Nov–22 Mar (DBW) was the first for Bermuda since 1987. Two rare Red - heads were at Clifton Heritage N.P., New Provi- dence 3 Jan (WP). A Long-tailed Duck was seen at Dockyard, Bermuda 22 Feb (PW). The Buf - flehead at Emerald G.C., Grand Bahama since 18 Nov was last seen 6 Dec (EG, m.ob.). A win - tering flock of Hooded Mergansers increased to 18 at Mangrove Lake, Bermuda 2 Jan (AD). A single Red-breasted Merganser was noted dur - ing the Varadero, Cuba C.B.C. 20 Dec (RLN et al.). Six Masked Ducks were found at Arroyo Cochoprimo, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic 7 Feb (SB); another was at Prosper - ity Pond, Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands 24 Jan (LY). Eight Horned Grebes in Bermuda into Feb, including 7 together at Somerset Long Bay in early Dec (TWh, AD et al.), made an all-time high count. A Black-capped Petrel (fide ER) was report- ed about 3 km n. of Les Cayes, Haïti 14 Nov, when Christensen saw a bird flying around dusk from the direction of Pic Macaya toward the ocean. Another was observed during a sea - watch session from Pointe des Châteaux, Gua- deloupe 13 Dec (AL). Not far away, on Domi- nica, Adam Brown (EPIC) and team confirmed that the species continues to nest in the island's highest peaks, counting 968 Black-capped Petrels this season (and into spring), using night-vision scopes and portable marine radar. Komar photographed a Manx Shearwater 13 km nw. of the Berry Islands, Bahamas 13 Feb. This is the first substantiated record of a live Manx Shearwater from the Bahamas. He ob - served 76 Audubon's Shearwaters in the same area. Other reports of Audubon's Shearwaters were 4 off Guana Cay, Abaco 21 Jan (EB) and 8 off Elbow and Man-o'-War Cays, Abaco 27 Feb (SC). A very early White-tailed Tropicbird was seen off Cooper's Point, Bermuda 29 Jan (LT). A Masked Booby was photographed 8 km s. of Bermuda 2 Feb (CS); another was 16-24 km off Great Guana Cay, Abaco 21 Jan (KKl, KKu, EB). A Northern Gannet traveled around Bermuda 2 Feb–15 Mar (RB, JF). Of 17 Brown Pelicans on the Biminis, Bahamas, 15 were on South Bimini and 2 on North Bimini 1 Feb (WP). Three Neotropic Cormorants were at the Light - house Ponds, San Salvador, Bahamas 18 Dec (ph. WH), and one was found at Emerald G.C. during the Grand Bahama C.B.C. 4 Jan (EB). Manfredi found a fe - male Anhinga on Reef G.C., Grand Baha- ma 7 Feb+ (LM, EG, HB). The Anhinga on New Providence was last reported 22 Apr 2014 (CW), so the Anhinga on Robert L. Norton Anthony White Andrew Dobson Anthony Levesque –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I n winter 2014-2015, alcids, waterfowl, and herons topped the list of notable wander - ers. At Bermuda, highlights included Ra- zorbill, Redhead, and Canvasback. Highlights for the Bahamas included a Manx Shearwater, a Cuban Crow, a Horned Lark, and an Eastern Meadowlark. Eurasian Wigeon was detected on Anguilla, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, and Cinnamon Teal were noted in the Cayman Islands and on Puerto Rico. As Cuba receives more attention from birders, notable records are increasing there. Puerto Rico's active birders have documented Little Egret's range expansion there from the Lesser Antilles. And that mecca for Eurasian vagrants, Barbados, produced yet another ardeid star, Purple Heron. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS A Canada Goose spent the winter at the Trea- sure Cay G.C., Abaco (EB, m.ob.). A Wood Duck was at Lakeview Ponds, Paradise Island 1 Jan (WP, PD). A Gadwall was seen during the New Providence C.B.C. 14 Dec, and 2 were at Bootle Bay, Grand Bahama 14 Feb (EG, m.ob.). A female Eurasian Wigeon was at Devonshire Marsh, Bermuda 7 Nov–27 Jan (AD), while an - other Eurasian Wigeon was at Charca Yeguada, Puerto Rico 25 Jan (JI, PR). A Eurasian Wigeon discovered at East End pond, Anguilla 30 Dec– 3 Jan accompanied 8 American Wigeons and 4 Northern Shovelers (JRC). A survey at Vieques, Puerto Rico 27-28 Feb produced: West Indian Whistling-Ducks (2), American Wigeons (50, second record for island), Northern Shovelers (25), and 12 Ruddy Ducks (DG, MB, WM, & FR). A Cinnamon Teal was seen 1 Nov at Refu - gio de Vida Silvestre de Boquerón, Puerto Rico (AM, APz); and another was at Handel's Pond, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7 Feb (GH). In Bermuda, a Canvasback at Stokes Point N.R. The first observed in Bermuda since 1979, this Canvasback was at Stokes Point Nature Reserve, Bermuda 5 (here 6) December 2014 through 3 January 2015. Photograph by Andrew Dobson.

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