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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 305 C E N T R A L A M E R I C A cho Volcano, Granada in 1907 and San Cristobal Volcano, Chinandega in 1943. Seventy-one years later, in Mar 2014, it was reported in the Sierra de Managua (a small range s. of Managua). Since then it has been reported at least seven times in the same general area. This winter, 8 were seen in La Concepción de María Private Reserve, Carazo 2 Jan (HY, JS), and female-plumaged bird was seen the same day at Mariposa Language School 10 km to the n. in Masaya (ALe). On 16 Feb, one or more were again seen (number not given) in Concepción de María (SG). Two more observed 11 Dec at Reserva Natura, Managua (MBi) were about 35 km to the w. on the Pacific slope facing the Pacific Ocean. Panama's first Chipping Sparrow was doc- umented at Altos del María, Panamá Oeste 22 Nov (ph. JF, EV, EB). Other than a half-dozen records from Costa Rica, this species is not normally found s. of n. Nicaragua. A Savannah Sparrow found 9 Dec at Laguna El Jocotal (ph. EC, JA, MB, MT, AC) was only the seventh re - ported in El Salvador. Six Eastern Meadowlarks found 10 Jan at Finca Valle Verde in cen. Guate - mala (MN) furnished a new site record for this open-habitat species. About equidistant from its nearest population centers in Belize's Mountain Pine Ridge to the n. and the foothill pine-oak woodlands of Guatemala and Honduras to the s., a Black-headed Siskin was seen flying past Cattle Landing, Toledo 14 Dec (AL). This obser - vation lends credence to a group of unidentified siskins observed flying past the same site 15 Nov 2001 (LJ). Two House Sparrows at Poptún 10 Jan (CE, BL) provided only the second re - port for this isolated urban locality in se. Petén. Providing only the second record for Guate - mala, a pair of Tricolored Munias was seen at Puerto Quetzal, Escuintla 10 Jan (ph. MJL). Contributors (country coordinators in bold- face): Jeniffer Abrego, William Adsett, Carlos Aguilar, George Angehr (Panama), Alf Auer - bach, Claudia Avendaño (CAv), Rita Baden, Chelina Batista, Ruth Bennett (RBe), Alison Bentley, Jason Berry, Manfred Bienert (MBi), Pe - w. to the cays along the barrier reefs of Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. It is rare in mainland Central America; thus, one well inland in Gua - temala near Quetzaltenango 1 Jan (FM) and another at Tikal N.P., Petén 27 Jan (KEa, EK) were unexpected. There are virtually no win - ter records of Cerulean Warbler n. of South America; thus, a male seen at Sabalos Lodge on Río San Juan, Río San Juan in s. Nicaragua 22 Feb (ph. JaF), a full month before the first northbound migrants appear in the Region, was without precedent. Typically, a rare winter visitor as far s. as Panama, an impressive num - ber of Northern Parulas reached Isla Galeta this winter. Several were seen between 1 (MJ) & 11 Jan (GA), with a maximum of 7 on 3 Jan (ph. RBe). On Guatemala's Caribbean coast, Palm Warbler is an occasional but expected winter visitor. On the Pacific slope, however, it is quite rare; thus, 2 seen 3 Feb at Finca Tamashan on the Pacific coast (ph. MR) were exceptional. A male Hermit Warbler seen at sea level at Río Dulce, Izabal 7 Jan (JW, CyM) was an excep - tional find in the Caribbean lowlands. HONEYCREEPERS THROUGH MUNIAS Until recently, the occurrence of Red-legged Hon- eycreeper on the Nicaraguan Pacific slope was known only from specimens taken on Momba - ter Boesman, Melvin Bonilla, Elizabeth Booth, Neil Broekhuizen, John Paul Cahill, Alejandro Calderón, Edwin Calderón, Euclides Campos (EuC), Amber Carver (ACa), Emanuel Chan (EmC), Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux (Nicara - gua), Steven Choco, Enrique Choussy (EnC), Glenn Crawford, Jan Axel Cubilla, Frank Cum - mings, Jim Danzenbaker, Georges Duriaux, Kevin Easley (KEa), Carlos Echeverría, Knut Eisermann (Guatemala), Dodge Engleman, Lorna Engleman, Mario Espinal, Anna Fasoli, Jeanette Frazier, Janelle Freshman (JaF), Robert Gallardo, Sarah Gladstone, Benedicto Grijalva, Gerry Hawkins, Néstor Herrera, Ivan Hoyos, Matt Johnson, Lee Jones (Belize), Roselvy Juárez (El Salvador), Karl Kaufmann, Eugene Keferl, Oliver Komar, Martha Krieger, John Kvarnbäck, Howard Laidlaw, Robert Lambeck, Alex Lamoreaux, Rafael Lau (RaL), Alejandro Lee (Ale), Mario Liebschner, Cindy Lieurance, Leslie Lieurance, María José Lou, Adalberto B. Lucas, Benedicto Lucas, Hugo Mayen, Frank Mayer, Roan Balas McNab, Rosabel Miró, Ca - milo Montañez, Darién Montañez (Panama), Cyrus Moqtaderi (CyM), Alberto Morales, Walt Nadolny, Max Noack, Paul Oehrlein, Mikko Oivukka, Jacobo Ortega, Maynor Ovando (MOv), Stephen Paez, David Palmer, Helder Pérez, Osvaldo Quintero, Ismael Quiroz, Da - vid Rodríguez, Moisés Rodríguez, Moisés Siles, Curtis Smalling, Susan Smith, Helen Stohl - man, Jessie Stuebner, José Tejada, Mario Trejo, Jonathan Urbina, Alfredo Valle, Eric van den Berghe, John van Dort (Honduras and Costa Rica), Kevin Vande Vusse, Elcira Villarreal, Jen - nifer Wilcox, Venicio Wilson, Howard Youth, Jafeth Zablah. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– H. Lee Jones, 58 Far West Street, Punta Gorda, Belize (bzbirdman@gmail.com) Oliver Komar , Zamorano University, Department of Environment and Development Studies Km 35, Carretera a Danlí, Francisco Morazán, Honduras (okomar@zamorano.edu) John van Dort , Las Quebraditas, Santa Ana, Francisco Morazán, Honduras (john.vandort@gmail.com ) Formerly almost unheard of in Central America, American Pipits are either turning up more frequently, or more likely, catching the eye (and ears) of local birders more skilled in the identification of less flashy North American visitors. This bird, El Salvador's fourth, was found at Bocana Río Jiboa on 26 December 2014. Photograph by Enrique Choussy. Rare in Central America east and south of western Honduras, this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was seen busily catching gnats on Montaña de Izopo near Tegucigalpa in the central highlands of Honduras on 16 February 2015. Photograph by John van Dort. Providing the first record for Panama and the southern - most record for the species in the world, this Chipping Sparrow was found at Altos del María on 22 November 2014. Photograph by Jeanette Frazier. Although recently established in all surrounding coun- tries, this pair of Tricolored Munias at Puerto Quetzal on 10 January 2015 provided only the second record for Guatemala. Photograph by María José Lou.

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