North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 163 M E X I C O garbage dump (ph. AT). A new species for the Calakmul list was a Lincoln's Sparrow observed 1 Nov on the entrance road to the reserve (DB, HB, MR). A new species for Isla Contoy was a White-crowned Sparrow or possibly 2 birds on 18 & 20 Oct (ph. JJ). The distribution of Eastern Meadowlark is becoming better understood, as more and more observers submit notes. Three were at Dzibanché 7 Aug (ph. LK), and 2 were found at Rancho Num Ka'an, 5 km n. of Xul-ha, Q. Roo 8 Oct (ph. LT). A pair of Orange Orioles was seen at San Gervasio, Cozumel 8 Nov (CA, ph. JF, BM). Also on Cozumel, 8 Lesser Gold - fnches were at El Cedral 23 Nov (ph. RP, YP) and 4 Tricolored Munias at the Cozumel Coun - try Club 1 Aug (ph. BC). Contributors (area compiler in boldface): Cecilia Alvarez, Itzel Arista, Alfredo Gamaliel Báez, David Bacab, Heather Ballash, Francisco Cab, Benny Campos, William Canto, Michael D. Carmody, Carolina Cepeda, Alvaro Cev - era, Rafael Chacón, David Chan, María Elena Conde, Rene Denis, Alexander Dzib, Juan Flores, Mary Frey, Alan Gregory, Charles Hun - dertmark, Douglas Johnson, Jonh Jonas, Luis Kú, Oscar López, Barbara MacKinnon, Be - atice Martínez Vázquez, Mayan Jays, Rodrigo Migoya, Martín Moguel, Ana Morales, Wade Nolan, Diego Nuñez, Eduardo Patiño, José Patrón, Eduardo Pech, Yeni Pech, Alina Pérez, Cherie Pittillo, Marcus Roening, Roberto Salas, Waldemar Santamaria, Bev Scott, Luis Tellez, Ariadna Tobón, Linda Warschauer. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Héctor Gómez de Silva, Xola 314-E, 03100, D.F. (hector.gomezdesilva@gmail.com) Amy McAndrews, Jorge Montejo, Cond. El Haya Ed. 2 Depto. 6 Xalapa, Veracruz 91070 (aemcandrews@yahoo.ca, jorgemontejodiaz@yahoo.com.mx) The earliest report of Eastern Kingbird was of 2 at Chicxulub Puerto, Yuc. 24 Aug (BM, RM). The earliest reports of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher for the season included one at Muyil 1 Nov (ph. LK) and another on the Cozumel Country Club 9 Nov, marking the second report for Cozumel (ph. RC, ph. MEC, JF, BM, CP, BS). A third was observed feeding on Royal Palm fruits at Cancún 20 Nov (CA, ph. JF). A Fork- tailed Flycatcher was at Dzibanché 7 Aug (LK). Cliff Swallows are rarely reported from the peninsula, though they are annual migrants far - ther s., but 8 were reported perched on cables and feeding over an open feld at San Ignacio, 10 km s. of Progreso, Yuc., on 14 Sep (BM, RM), and 24 were seen 8 km s. of Xcambo, Yuc. 5 Oct (BM, RM, AM). Twenty Barn Swallows were present on Cozumel 3 Aug (AD, BM, EP). The report of 2 White-breasted Wood-Wrens at Cen - tral Vallarta, Puerto Morelos, Q. Roo 14 Aug extends the distribution of this species north - ward (CC, LK). Eleven migrating Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were at Parque Hundido, Mérida 31 Aug (BM, CP). A White-lored Gnatcatcher at Mucuyché, Yuc., ca. 55 km inland from the n. coast 17 Aug, shifts the distribution of this coastal species farther inland (BM, RM). Another new species for Cozumel was a Hermit Thrush, a very occasional visitor to the subregion, found at the Cozumel Country Club 18 Nov (ph. BC). An early Wood Thrush was at Tekit, Yuc. 2 Aug (DC). Also early were single Prothonotory War - blers at Noh Bec 3 Aug (ph. JF) and Laguna Ocom, Q. Roo 4 Aug (ph. WC). A Cape May Warbler was at Reserva Sur on the e. coast of Cozumel 8 Nov (BM). A Blue-gray Tanager was seen 8 Nov at Ha - cienda Tacubaya, 5 km ne. of Hunucmá, Yuc., where it is not commonly found (GC, CP). Only the second for Cozumel, a Clay-colored Spar - row was seen 16 Oct on the road leading to the Sheartail was known only to be distributed with - in 4 km of the n. coast of Yucatán; however, a fe- male was reported 3 & 5 Aug at Colonia Montes de Ame in Mérida, where a male had also been seen in the past (ph MM). A juv. female Mexican Sheartail was also photographed in the yard of a residence near Parque Alemán, Mérida 28 Aug, where also noted 26 Jul 2013 (ph. RD). Another addition to the Cozumel bird list is a report from 3 May 2014 of several Olive-throated Parakeets (AT). The species was also seen by numerous participants attending the Cozumel Bird Festi - val: 3 few over the Cozumel Country Club 8 Nov (AD, AT, BM, EP). A Yellow-headed Parrot, an escapee, showed up in the yard of a photog - rapher in Mérida 9 Aug (ph. AC). Olive-sided Flycatcher is a species that is oc - casionally reported in the subregion and par- ticularly from the Central Vallarta area, 6-8 km inland from Puerto Morelos, Q. Roo, where one was observed 27 Sep (CA, WC, ph. JF, BM, ph. CP); another was in the same general area 10 Oct (ph. LK). Vermilion Flycatcher has been expanding southward over the years and, as reported last summer, was documented nesting at Caobas in s. Quintana Roo; thus, the report of 4 at Dzibanché 7 Aug is not surprising (LK). Making a second record for Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo, this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was discovered on the Cozumel Country Club golf course 9 November 2014. Photograph by Elena Conde. P elagic birds and raptors dominated the scene in Central America this fall. No few - er than fve pelagic species were recorded for either the frst or second time in Honduras and Panama. In Honduras, both Wedge-rumped and Black Storm-Petrels were documented for the frst time during a 3 August pelagic trip in the Gulf of Fonseca, and Honduras's frst Long-tailed Jae - ger was recorded on 30 August. Panama established its frst and second records of Pink-footed Shearwater and its second re - cord of Tahiti Petrel and Long-tailed Jaeger. In addition, Eurasian Collared-Dove turned H. Lee Jones Oliver Komar –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– up in Honduras for either the frst or second time, and Yellow Tyrannulet made an attempt to colonize Honduras. In Belize, Greater Scaup and Townsend's Warbler were documented for the frst time. Rounding out the list of country frsts was a remarkable Yellow-backed Oriole in Costa Rica that successfully paired with a Black- cowled Oriole and produced two hybrid young. Raptors continue to make news, as more hawkwatch sites are established in the Region, the latest one on the coast of southern Belize, where 5086 Hook-billed Kites and 74 Double- toothed Kites were observed heading south between 10 October and 15 December. Until relatively recently, both of these tropical species Central America

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