North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 7 ) • N U M B E R 1 129 trip off the South Shore, Bermuda 14 Nov (AD, RF). The only Northern Harrier reported in the Bahamas was one at West End, Grand Ba - hama 2 Nov (LBC). A Eurasian Marsh-Harrier attacked Cattle Egrets at nests in the Petit Cul- de-Sac Marin, Guadeloupe 14-17 Oct, provid - ing the second Guadeloupe record (RG, FD). It did not come alone because another one made for the first ever recorded in Barbados, 5 Nov (JW). It stayed in the North of the island for at least two months. Single American Avocets were seen at Red Salina, Grand Turk 7 Nov (MPi) and West End, Grand Bahama 25-28 Nov (LBC). An American Golden–Plover at Casa Del Mar, Great Exuma 8 Nov was a good find (RN). A total of 83 Pip - ing Plovers was counted in the southern Joulter Cays 29 Sep (WG, MJ). Four Willets were on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos I. 2 Nov (RP, LAL). Two Upland Sandpipers were discovered at West End, Grand Bahama 30 Aug before an - other was there 4 Sep (LBC). A Whimbrel was photographed at Cherokee Sound, Abaco 20 Aug (KK), 2 were at West End 16 Sep (LBC), one was at Man-O'-War Cay, Abaco 14 Sep (ph. CA , fide KS), and up to 4 were at West End 24 Sep–1 Oct (BH, EB, EG, LBC). The top- prize shorebirds of the fall in the Bahamas were 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers 19-29 Sep (ph. LBC, EG, EB, ph. BH); this species is extremely rare in the Bahamas. A Buff-breasted was also noted in the US Virgin Islands, at St. Croix's racetrack fields (LY) 14 Sep. A survey in the southern Joulter Cays produced 447 Least Sandpipers, 315 Western Sandpipers, and 955 Short-billed Dowitchers 29 Sep (MJ, WG). Two Collared Pratincoles provided great excite - ment for birders at Gaschet Res., Guadeloupe 2 Oct (AL). This great find constitutes only the second Caribbean record after one was found in Barbados during 1996. Ruff is an expected transient during this period in the Lesser Antil - les; one bird put in a brief appearance at Saint Lucy, Barbados 19 Oct (JW). Also regular in the s. Lesser Antilles, 2 Collared Plovers lingered at Saint Lucy, Barbados 17 Aug–2 Sep (JEM). A Curlew Sandpiper, not observed in Guade - loupe for a decade, was observed at Pointe des Châteaux 29-30 Aug (HB, FD). A good find for the end of the season was 2 Long-billed Dow - itchers at Fosters, Barbados 24 Nov (JW, RR); they stayed around for about 2 weeks. An imm. jaeger, either Parasitic or Long-tailed was seen in the Joulter Cays n. of Andros 29 Sep (MJ, ph. WG), and a dark morph Parasitic Jaeger was seen chasing terns from the sea to North Salina, Grand Turk 7 Nov (MPi). Fran - klin's Gulls invaded the Lesser Antilles courtesy of 2 at Saint Martin 29 Nov (BVE, TN), a single in Guadeloupe 28 Nov (FD) followed by 4 on 29 Nov (AL), and 2 at Barbados 24 Nov (JM, 2 Oct; it killed 50 or more American Flamingos on Crooked and Acklins Is. (fide LG). At least 3 Wood Storks (2 ad. and 1 imm.) visited Grand Bahama 29 Aug– 23 Nov and were frequently seen around Pine Ridge Landfill (LC, EG m. ob.). These are the first Wood Storks reported in the Bahamas since 25 Oct 1964, those also on Grand Bahama. Langel saw 3 Brown Boo - bies in the Northwest Providence Channel 8 Oct. Neotropic Cormorants were reported from Bahamian islands where they are occasional: Grand Bahama 13 Aug (EG), Abaco 25 Aug (EB), Andros 29-30 Aug (LB), and Princess Cays, Eleuthera 4 Nov (DW). The Bahamas' only Anhinga, a female resident at Reef G.C., remained throughout the season (m. ob.). An American Bittern first reported 8 Oct was seen frequently in central Grand Bahama through the remainder of the fall (EG, CT, m. ob.). An American Bittern seen at West End 31 Oct may have been a different bird (LBC). A Purple Heron at Saint Lucy, Barbados 20-24 Sep (RR, JW) furnished just the 4th Caribbean record (all from Barbados), just after a Striated Heron appeared at Saint Thomas, Barbados 27 Sep–2 Oct (JW, JEM) and furnished the sec - ond record for that island. A total of 125 Cattle Egrets were reported at Pine Ridge Landfill, Grand Bahama 4 Sep (EG), suggesting that the local population may be augmented by newly arriving birds. A group of 4 American Flamin - gos made for a good sighting at Saint Martin 25 Oct (OD) but 2 birds on Saint Vincent was even more exceptional 18 Oct (ADe). A small flock of about 5 Roseate Spoonbills was seen regular - ly near Fortune Bay, Grand Bahama throughout the season (MC, EG, LBC); three were seen at the South Abaco Ferry Pond 11 Aug (EB) along with one at Gilpin Pt., Abaco 6 Sep (KK). Thir - teen were seen along N. Dam Rd., Great Inagua 2 Sep, where the species nests (RB). A Black Vulture was at Pine Ridge Landfill, Grand Bahama 17-23 Nov (ph. EG, ph. DM). This species is rare in the Bahamas with fewer than 10 records. Single Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen at Nonsuch Is. 9 Oct and Alton Hill, Bermuda, 24 Oct (AD). A Black-necked Stilt remained at Spittal Pond, Bermuda until 18 Sep (NA). A Hudsonian Godwit was discov - ered at Port Royal G.C., Bermuda 25-28 Oct (DB). A Ruff was at Port Royal G.C., Bermuda 8 Sep (AD). A Baird's Sandpiper was at Spit - tal Pond, Bermuda 5-11 Sep (AD). A Wilson's Phalarope was at Outer Lea Farm, Bermuda 5 Oct (TW). Bermuda's first Red-necked Phala - rope since 1994 was photographed at Jews Bay 19 Sep (RBr). A large tern flock in Little Sound, Bermuda 14-15 Oct included Least (1), Black (2), Common (60), Forster's (3), and Sandwich (4). A Royal Tern flew over Mid-Ocean G.C. 8 Sep (AD) while another was seen on a pelagic Robert L. Norton Anthony White Andrew Dobson Anthony Levesque –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he highlight of the season was Bermuda's first Trindade Petrel, discovered during a Cahow field trip. Fall 2015 was a sea - son of rarities, the rarest of which was the first Eared Grebe for the Bahamas and the West In - dies. Other rarities included Wood Stork, Black Vulture, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Fish Crow, and Brown Thrasher. On the down side Hur - ricane Joaquin hit the central and southern Ba- hamas in early October and did damage to the flamingo population. WATERFOWL TO SKIMMERS Four West Indian Whistling-Ducks at the Blue Hole on Great Inagua 5 Sep were noteworthy (RB). The long-staying West Indian Whistling- Duck relocated to Port Royal GC, Bermuda 18 Sep-30 Nov+ (AD). About 100 Blue-winged Teal were noted at various ponds 6 Oct, the day after Hurricane Joaquin passed Bermuda (DBW). Duck of the season was certainly the group of up to 10 Eurasian Wigeon at Saint Lucy, Barbados 20 Nov+ (JM, JW). The only geese reported in the Bahamas this fall were 2 Snow Geese at West End, Grand Bahama 28 Nov (LBC). Bermuda's first Trindade Pe - trel was seen flying with Bermuda Petrels and photographed off Cooper's Point 13 Nov (BF, AW et al). An exhausted imm. Masked Booby was picked up from Watford Bridge, Bermu - da 27 Nov and later released by into the wild (AD). An ad. Brown Booby was seen at Castle Harbour, Bermuda, 9 Oct (JM). A long-staying imm. Brown Pelican was still present at Man - grove Bay, Bermuda to at least 24 Oct (AD). An Eared Grebe in a freshwater canal parallel to the runway at West End Oct 22-23 (ph. DM, LBC) was the first for the Bahamas and apparently the West Indies. Hurricane Jaoquin, a category 4 storm, struck the southern and central Bahamas West Indies & Bermuda

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