North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 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 2 283 M e x i c o Munias was seen feeding in grasses next to the hwy. at km 53 s. of El Cuyo 21 Dec (BM, RM); this species was frst reported in the peninsula in 1993. Contributors (area compiler in boldface): Jorge Aguilar, Ismael Arellano, Tim Avery, Ben Barkley, Josh Beck, Kathi Borgmann, Frits Bosveld, Willeke Bosveld, Iza Brueu, William Canto, Rolando Chavez, Abril Copalli, Matt Dufort, Henry Dzib, Jukka Jantunen, Luís Kú, Hugo Lizamá, Barbara MacKinnon, Rodrigo Migoya, Nancy Miller, Reid Miller Nancy Miller, Reid Miller, Nancy Miller, Reid Miller, Diego Nuñez, Alejan- dro Pacheco, Jose Patron, Teresa Pegan, Heather Pickard, Cherie Pittillo, Virgina Rettig, Waldemar Santamaría, Bev Scott, Zeke Smith, Markus Tellkamp, Benjamin Van Doren, Jason Wilder. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Héctor Gómez de Silva, xola 314. e, 03100 México D.F., Mexico, (hector.gomezdesilva@gmail.com) the subregion's largest fock ever. The Eurasian Collared-Dove popu- lation continues to grow by leaps and bounds: 49 at Celestún 15 Dec (HD); 140 at Tulum, Q. Roo 19 Dec (MD); 13 in the village of El Cuyo 21 Dec (CP, BS); and 11 at Río Lagartos 22 Dec (CP, BS). Normally a tran- sient in the subregion, a few Yellow- billed Cuckoos decided to spend the winter on the peninsula rather than migrate to South America: one at Rancho San Salvador, Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve 23 Dec (WC, ph. RD) and probably the same individ- ual in same area 3 & 5 Jan (ph. WC, DN); singles n. of Santa Gertrudis Copó, Yuc. 18 & 20 Jan (ph. WC); and one at the Centro de Rehabili- tación Infantil Teletón-Mérida, Yuc. 19 Jan (ph. WC, CP). Also a surprise in Mérida was a mid-winter Man- grove Cuckoo 19 Jan (ph. WC). PASSERINES New for Mérida were 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers feeding with kingbirds on Royal Palm fruit 9 Dec (ph. CP); another was at the Centro de Rehabilitación In- fantil Teletón ponds in Mérida 21 Feb (CP). A magnifcent male Lovely Cotinga was photographed in the top of a tree 30 m from the summit of Structure II pyramid at Calak- mul 2 Jan (ph. JW); the only other report for the peninsula was in the same general area 38 years ago in a study carried out at the archeo- logical sites of Becan and Chicanná by Gail E. Kantak in 1975. A possible War- bling Vireo was reported on Cozumel 25 Feb (LK). A Black Catbird was at the CONANP station in El Cuyo 21 Dec (CP, BS). A wintering Louisiana Waterthrush was seen 9 Jan at the boat dock at the Celestún estuary (MT). Chestnut-sided Warblers are transients through most of the subregion except for the s. parts of Quintana Roo and Campeche, where they winter; one was seen 16 Feb on the road leading to Dzibanché, Q. Roo, slightly n. of previously known winter records (AC, JJ). A Lincoln's Sparrow was found in the dunes at Hotel Xixim, 10 km n. of Celestún 26 Jan (VR). A male Scarlet Tanager was in the park at Valladolid, Yuc. 8 Jan (ph. IA); this species is normally only a transient in the subregion. A fock of 16 Tricolored but one was at a pond at Puerto Morelos, Q.R. (ph. FB, WB), and 48 were reported at El Cuyo 22 Feb (HL). The high count of 175 Wilson's Plovers in the coastal lagoon system from Pro- greso to Xcambó, Yuc. 25 Dec were probably mostly migrants, as the resident population is quite small (KB, JB). Twelve Dunlins were at the entrance to Río Lagartos 22 Dec (CP, BS). Four White-rumped Sandpipers were carefully identifed 29 Dec in a wetland along the road to Las Coloradas (IB, ZS), and 2 were seen at Río Lagartos 5 Feb (TA); this species is suppos- edly only a transient through the subregion. Although Wilson's Phalarope is a transient through most of the peninsula, a few winter along the n. coast, where 13 were seen at Ce- lestún 15 Dec (HD); 6 others were seen a few km e. of Santa Clara, Yuc. 26 Dec (BM, RM), and 19 were at El Cuyo 22 Feb (HL). A Franklin's Gull, normally a transient through the subregion, was seen 21 Dec at El Cuyo during the C.B.C. (BS). A Brown Noddy was reported from Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo 28 Feb (HP). A Forster's Tern was at Celestún 15 Dec (HD), but 105 in the coastal lagoon behind Chuburná, Yuc. 26 Dec (JB, KB) comprised Two Black-crowned Night-Herons were found in mangroves during the Christmas Bird Count at Celestún, Yucatán 15 December 2013. Photograph by Jorge Aguilar. At Calakmul, Campeche, this young Broad-winged Hawk was photographed 19 February 2014. Photograph by Abril Copalli. Up to four American Flamingos were noted on the Riviera Cancún Golf Club, Quintana Roo during the season, here photographed 9 January 2014. Photograph by Alejandro Pacheco.

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