North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 300 M E X I C O YUCATAN PENINSULA WATERFOWL THROUGH BLACKBIRDS A second report of Redheads on Cozumel, Q. Roo included 15-20 in lagoons along the e. side of the island near the observation tower 30 Dec (ph. AC); 5 were still there 8 Jan (ph. LD, MC). Thirty Redheads were at Las Coloradas, Yuc. 28 Dec (JN). The first confirmed record of Ring-necked Duck for Laguna Bacalar, Q. Roo was of 5 there 31 Jan (ph. IA, ph. AFC, MC, AD, SD, VE, NL). Also reported were 9 Red-breasted Mergansers at Isla Blanca, Q. Roo 25 Dec, and 20 were at the same location 1 Jan and 6 Feb (CA, ph. JF). A Jabiru flew over the CONANP station at Ría Lagartos, Yuc. 8 Dec (OK), and 2 King Vultures were over Rancho San Salvador, Yuc. 3 Dec (WC). A sporadic visitor to La- guna Cobá, Q. Roo was a juv. Snail Kite 15 Feb (ph. JP). A rare Red-necked Phalarope was found on the C.B.C. at Celestún on the salt flats 20 Dec (ph. WC) and seen again 21 Dec (ph. AD). Single Pomarine Jaegers were reported 6 Dec in waters off San Felipe, Yuc., at sea 20 km n. of San Felipe 31 Dec, and off San Fe- lipe 23 Jan (ph. AD). A Parasitic Jaeger was seen 6 km w. of San Felipe 23 Dec (ph. AD). Lesser Black-backed Gull has been increas- ing on the n. coast of Yucatan for a number of years, and this winter a total of 10 was reported by one tour group at Sisal, Yuc. 17 Jan, and 7 were at Chuburná, Yuc. 19 Jan (MC). An ad. Kelp Gull was at Las Coloradas 11 Jan (MC). A rare visitor to the mainland of Quintana Roo was a Smooth-billed Ani at Leona Vi- cario 1 Jan (CA, ph. JF). A pair of Black-and- white Owls was seen again at Dzibanché, Q. Roo 2 Dec (ph. LT, HB). An Aplomado Fal - con was reported on Cozumel 20 Feb (EP), potentially the first record of the species for Somewhat uncommon on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, two American Pipits were seen at Las Coloradas, Quintana Roo 21 February 2015. Photograph by Diego Núñez. This Ring-necked Duck on Laguna Bacalar, Quintana Roo was one of a flock of five found there 31 January 2015. Photograph by Angel F. Castillo. This Pomarine Jaeger was nicely photographed 6 December 2014 about 20 kilometers north of San Felipe, Yucatán on 31 December 2014. Photograph by Antonio Díaz. Photographic documentation of jaegers in Mexico, still scarce, is always welcome. This Parasitic Jaeger was found 6 kilometers west of San Felipe, Yucatán 23 December 2014. Photograph by Antonio Díaz. Resident on offshore islands but seldom documented on the mainland of Quintana Roo, this Smooth-billed Ani was nicely photographed at Leona Vicario 1 January 2015. Photograph by Juan Flores. SA Banded Piping Plovers made news this winter. One photographed at Celestún, Yuc. 22 Nov (ph. AC) had been banded 27 Jun 2013 on the Missouri River n. of Bismarck, North Dakota. Five Piping Plovers wearing color bands were at Isla Blanca 1 Jan (CA, ph. JF), and 2 of these, plus another banded and 5 unbanded individuals, were at the same location 11 Jan (AC, ph. JF). Data on 4 of the banded birds was provided by researchers working on the spe - cies in the Dakotas. One bird was banded as an ad. on the Missouri River near Yankton, South Dakota in Jun 2009, and one was banded as a chick there in summer 2012. A third was band - ed as an ad. 9 Jun 2014 on Lake Oahe (not far from Agar, South Dakota), and the fourth was banded as a three-day-old chick 15 Jun 2012 on the shoreline of Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota and observed breeding on the same lake in 2014. This is the first time that Piping Plover researchers have received confirmation of where their birds are spending the winter!

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