North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 393 B A J A C A L I F O R N I A P E N I N S U L A 11 Jul (ACF) followed one nearby in May. The only vagrant passerine of the season was an Or - chard Oriole at Tecate 22 Jun (†RL). Contributors: Víctor Ayala-Pérez, Drew Beam - er, Mark J. Billings, Kelsi Black, Peter H. Bloom, Thomas P. Brown, Alejandra Calvo Fonseca, Aída Contreras, Khalil Elkhouri, Richard A. Er - ickson, Ana Jacinto, Chris Johnson, Lisa John- son, Rob Larson, Gerardo Marrón, Robert B. McNab, David Ramírez, Mariel Reyes Rendón, Lonnie R. Rodriguez, David Rojo, Eduardo Soto Montoya, Brad C. Singer, Eric Stiner, Jonathan Vargas, Enrique D. Zamora-Hernández. Re - cords submitted to and accessed from aVer- Aves/eBird were essential in the compilation of this report, and additional details on many of these records may be found there. A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Richard A. Erickson, LSA Associates, 20 Executive Park, Suite 200, Irvine, California 92614 • richard.erickson@lsa-assoc.com Roberto Carmona, Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Apartado Postal 19-B, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México • beauty@uabcs.mx Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California , Km. 103 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California, 22800, México U. S. MAILING ADDRESS: PMB 064, P.O. Box 189003, Coronado, California 92178-9003 • gruiz@uabc.edu.mx restoration site. Another cuckoo, the Groove- billed Ani, persisted at Estero San José with one seen 30 Jun (ph. CJ, LJ). Monk Parakeet is a very common cagebird in Mexico and is also establishing wild strongholds in the Region. Multiple birds and nests have been found at all of the following locations: Mexicali, Tijuana, Ensenada, Guerrero Negro, Loreto, and La Paz. Two Barn Swallows at Cabo San Lucas 12 Jun (DB) were unseasonal. A singing Grasshopper Sparrow at Mesa La Misión 27 Mar (RAE) was at one of very few suspected nesting sites in the Region. A Northern Cardinal at Laguna Grande 3 Whimbrels and 9 Marbled Godwits 12 Jun (TPB). A Semipalmated Sandpiper at the Cerro Prieto geothermal ponds 22 Jul (ph. ESM) was the first found in Baja California since 2003. There is probably no better evidence of the poor shorebird coverage that the state receives, given the numbers of this species that routinely pass through southern California. CUCKOOS THROUGH ORIOLES Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos at Laguna Grande on the Río Colorado 8-26 Jul (ph. DR, ACF et al.) were especially welcome at a young riparian places, where they were nonetheless expected. Rare spring migrants scored new department records (such as Long-tailed Jaeger and Black- billed Cuckoo) or even new country records (Christmas Shearwater in El Salvador, Black- whiskered Vireo in Honduras). The real surprise in spring, however, was a vagrant hummingbird, some 1400 km or more out of its South Ameri - can range. An Amazilia Hum- mingbird in Panama, found by an unsuspecting birding group from the US, was fortunately documented with photos, and represents a first North American record! The summer season naturally was nearly devoid of surprises caused by migratory birds, although a July Arctic Tern in Belize would indeed fall into that category. The tern, by the way, is not only new for Belize, but apparently represents a first summer record for the entire Caribbean, where there are just a handful of documented records even during migration. John van Dort Oliver Komar –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING/SUMMER 2016 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T his report combines the spring and sum- mer reporting seasons for 2016. In sum- mary, we feel like the birding community managed to consolidate information about bird distribution, recording quite a few birds in new Summer 2016 was marked, again by consoli- dation of information. Resident species long suspected were finally documented. Mexican Whip-poor-wills were documented in the high Nicaraguan mountains along the Honduras bor - der, and Flammulated Owl was documented in the high mountains of Huehuetenango in Gua - temala. Nesting was finally confirmed for Gray Kingbirds in Belize. So, in short, the 2016 sum - mer season was brief, but sweet! WATERFOWL THROUGH SHOREBIRDS Cinnamon Teal has seemingly increased and become an annual visitor at multiple sites in northern Central America. In El Salvador, Santa Ana finally registered its first, an adult male on 9 Mar at San Diego y La Barra National Park (ph. MB, EdC, GF, SH). Three Northern Shov - elers still present on 12 May at the El Jicarito Reserve in southern Honduras (Choluteca) were quite late (ph. JvD), while a Blue-winged Teal at Aqua Mar Shrimp Farm 2 Jun (ph. RM) in Toledo Belize and another one in wetlands near Central America Conditions were ideal at Presa Abelardo L. Rodríguez, Baja California for nesting by several important species in 2016. Photo by © Richard A. Erickson

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