North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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 4 559 M e x i c o Chico road 26 Jun (IA, ph. EG, DS) and a small fock of 8 was at Muyil 10 Jul (ph. LK). Contributors (area compiler in boldface): Ce- cilia Álvarez, Ariel Amorosa, Ismael Arrellano, José Francisco Barros, William Canto, Carolina Cepeda, Rolando Chávez, Rene Denis, Alexander Dzib, Juan Flores, Mary Frey, Enrique Gamboa, Alfredo García, Alejandro Illescas, Miguel Kin, Luis Kú, Barbara MacKinnon (Yucatan Penin- sula), Amy McAndrews (Southern Mexico), Ro- drigo Migoya, Jorge Montejo (Southern Mexico), Eduardo Patiño, David Salas, John W. Tunnell. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Héctor Gómez de Silva, xola 314-e, 03100, México, D.F., Mexico, (hector.gomezdesilva@gmail.com) Amy McAndrews, Jorge Montejo, cond. el Haya ed. 2 Depto. 6 xalapa, Veracruz 91070, México, (aemcandrews@yahoo.ca, jorgemontejodiaz@yahoo.com.mx) cife Alacranes were most likely late northbound migrants (AM, JM). A unique sighting on Isla Pérez, Alacranes was a Black Catbird seen 15 Jun (ph. AM, JM), adding yet another species to the reserve's vagrant bird list. However, on the mainland in the forests of Xocén, the species was as numerous as along the Sian Ka'an coast 22 Jun (CA, IA, WC, JF, BM). The frst report of migratory warblers was of 5-6 Prothonotary Warblers feeding frantically on Ficus fruits in a park in downtown Cancún 23 Jul (AA, ph. CC), the same date a single male was seen s. of Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo in 1982 (BM). The next migrants to be reported were 2 Yellow Warblers seen 30 Jul at the Cozumel Country Club (MF). Rose-throated Tanager is infrequently reported in Yucatán, most often near the border with Quintana Roo, as was a male seen at the Za- potal Reserve 29 Jun (WC). Another great fnd this season was the documentation of Eastern Meadowlark nesting in Caobas (the only previ- ous sighting of the species was some 10 years ago 12 km ne. of Caobas); otherwise, the closest resident population is in Belize. Observations include the following: singles seen 9 & 17 May 3 km e. of Caobas (ph. AA, CC, ph. LK) and 4-6 either seen or heard in the same area (ph. AA, CC, ph. LK). In Chiapas, at least 17 White- vented Euphonias were near the entrance and at the taquilla to Bonampak ruins 15 Jul (ph. JM, AM); most appeared to be molting imms. Tricolored Munia has spread to Quintana Roo, where 5-8 were in a fock at km 1 on the Vigia the underbrush in the forest at Xocén 15 km se. of Valladolid 22 Jun (WC, BM). As the forest in s. Quintana Roo is converted to corn felds and cattle ranches, open-country species have moved in, including Vermilion Flycatcher. Previously, its southernmost location in the subregion was 10 km n. of the Reforma Rd. w. of Bacalar, Q. Roo; on 14 Jun, a nesting pair was documented in a feld 3 km s. of the village of Caobas, Q. Roo (ph. AA, CC, LK). A surprising frst summer record was a Great Crested Flycatcher at Limonar, Yuc. 18 Jun (ph. WC). More reports of Piratic Flycatcher in Yucatán along the border with Quintana Roo are perhaps the result of the grow- ing interest in birding in this area. Documented reports include: one at Limonar 18 Jun (ph. WC); one near Colonia Yucatán 28 Jun (WC, RD); one at El Cuyo 28 Jun (WC, RD); 3, includ- ing a pair near an Altamira Oriole nest, in Nuevo León near Zapotal Reserve, Colonia Yucatán 29 Jun (ph. WC, RD); and one at a ranch 15 km ne. of Valladolid (CA, ph. IA, WC, JF, ph. MK, BM). Behind the village of Caobas was an active nest of a pair of Fork-tailed Flycatchers 14 Jun (ph. AA, CC, LK). This species was previously known to be resident only along the Belizean border, al- though there are numerous documented records from along the Chetumal-Escárcega hwy.; a third Fork-tailed Flycatcher was seen nearby fending off a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, which may indi- cate that it had an active nest as well. A Barn Swallow seen 12 Jun on Isla Dester- rada and 2 seen 14 & 15 Jun on Isla Pérez, Arre- This Willet found 12 July 2014 in the community of La Hediondilla provided a frst record for Nuevo León. Photograph by René Valdes. Cuckoo pair that nested in central Panama, pro- viding the frst nesting record for North America and only the second record from outside South America, the frst occurring in the Lesser Antilles 151 years ago. Panama was also graced with its second Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, its second Gray-bellied Hawk, and its third through ffth Whistling Herons—not bad for the "off" season. Yellow-lored Parrot was documented in Hon- duras for only the second time, the frst coming 67 years earlier, and Nicaragua logged its second Buff-breasted Flycatcher. Rounding out the rari- ties crop were the one or more Inca Terns that continued to be seen along Costa Rica's Pacifc coast, having appeared in the country for the frst time this past winter. The Inca Terns were pushed northward by El Niño, along with Gray Gull, Peruvian Booby, and another Inca Tern, all reported from Panama. Perhaps more so than in most years, summer 2014 produced more than its share of birds H. Lee Jones Oliver Komar –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A lthough June and July are typically the least productive birding months in Cen- tral America, summer 2014 brought one new record for the Region, four second country records, and at least two third country records. Most of these reports were from Panama. The highlight of the season was the Pearly-breasted that seldom oversummer in the Region. Among these were Lesser Scaup, Killdeer, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and an impressive 151 American White Pelicans, all in Honduras; another Lesser Scaup in Costa Rica, and two pairs of Killdeer in Nicaragua (with the Region's frst successful breeding). DUCKS THROUGH HERONS Lesser Scaup is seldom reported in the Region in summer, so one in Costa Rica on San Miguel de Turrúcares Reservoir, Alajuela 1 Jun (DS) was noteworthy, as well as 2 in Honduras at the Can- grejal River estuary just e. of La Ceiba, Atlántida the same day (ph. JZa, KBo). Establishing a new locality record for Masked Duck in Panama, a male of this uncommon species was at a small pond near Gorgona, Panamá Oeste 15 Jul (EC, AG, IR). A Black-throated Bobwhite at Ixpanpa- jul 11 Jun (JPC), 2 near Santa Ana 8 Jul (JPC), and 4 birds 10 km se. of Santa Ana 8 Jul (JPC), all in Petén, represented new site records in Gua- temala. Two Band-rumped Storm-Petrels seen Central America

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