North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 S 3 / 4 501 M E X I C O work building their nests on the hwy. between San José and Tres Garantías in s. Quintana Roo 12 Mar (CA, ph. JF). A House Sparrow was at Punta Mecoh near El Cuyo 30 Apr (AD). Contributors (area compiler in boldface): Ce- cilia Alvarez, Apolinar Basora, Paul Boardin, Jesus Bobadillo, Frits Bosveld, Willeke Bos - veld, Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, Rafael Calderon, Willy Canto, Elmer Canul, Nick Carson, Angel Castillo, Cristina Cauich, Jakob Ugelvig Chris - tiansen, Eduard Corven, Alexander Dzib, Juan Flores, Adriano García, Ron Harwood, José Antonio Linaje, Barbara MacKinnon, Diego Nuñez, Rubén Ortega, Mariana Quesadas, Al - berth Rosado, Waldemar Santamaria, Colleen Schaffner, Melgar Tabasco. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NORTHERN MEXICO Eight Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were at San Juan de Sabines, Coah. 2 Jul (RV). A group of 15 Brant was at Estero Santa Cruz, Son. 16 Jun (AF). Two Blue-winged Teal were at a lake near Janos, Chih. 4 Jul (JJ). Five American White Pelicans at Barranco Blanco, Chih. 5 Jun were summering (JCN). Eared Quetzals ap - peared to be in unusually low numbers in the area of Madera, Chih. 2-4 Jul, but they were more numerous around Salto de Cusárare, Chih. 5 Jul (MDC). Two Black-headed Nightingale-Thrushes were at Potrero Redondo-La Trinidad, N.L. 4 Jul (RV). Six Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrushes were at Laguna de Sánchez/Highrise, N.L. 8 Jul (MDC). A Black-throated Gray Warbler at the Club Campestre 20 Jul furnished the earli - est date for the subregion by around 20 days (IMC). A Black-throated Green Warbler at La Rumorosa canyon, N.L. 27 Jun was also excep - tionally early (AG). A Rusty Sparrow was at Laguna de Sánchez/Highrise 8 Jul (MDC), fur - nishing a new Nuevo León record. At least five to rare in the state, was observed a few km e. of Chichén Itzá, Yuc. 15 Apr (ph. AC). Also rare in the state, a Streaked Flycatcher was at Xocén near Valladolid 1 May (ph. Angel Cas - tillo). A Fork-tailed Flycatcher was reported in fields behind the village of Caobas 12 Mar (JF), where it was documented nesting last year, and a total of 14 was tallied in same area 7 Apr (ph. JB, ph. BM, ph. WS). Twenty Scissor-tailed Fly - catchers were still present 21 Mar in the indus- trial zone of Cancún, Q. Roo, where 35 were first reported in Dec 2014 (CA, ph. JF); the birds were present there during six different visits, indicating that this is a winter roost. Some 27 Red-legged Honeycreepers were reported at Reserva Toh, Central Vallarta, Q. Roo 10 Feb (EC), a very large concentration. There were two reports of single male Black - poll Warblers, a rare transient in the subregion, one at Cholul just n. of Mérida, Yuc. 24 Apr (ph. MQ), the other in the coastal dune vegeta - tion between Progreso and Chicxulub Puerto, Yuc. 25 Apr (AG). A female Rose-throated Tan - ager was observed at Chucab, Yuc. 15 km se. of Espita 29 Mar, where one was found last year (BM), and a late migrating male Indigo Bunting was seen bathing in a fountain at Komchén, near Dzemul, Yuc. 9 May (BM). Dickcissels are normally reported migrating along the coast, but one was at Tekik de Regil, Yuc., 50 km in - land, on 18 Apr (ph. CC). A flock of about 10 Scaly-breasted Munias was noted in the center of San Miguel, Cozu - mel 13 Mar. A flock of 40 was found on the grounds of the Platinum Yucatan Princesa Re - sort, Q. Roo, just n. of Playa del Carmen and s. of Mayakoba 12 Apr (ph. Nick Carson), and 35 were there the next day. These are the second and third confirmed records of this introduced species in the subregion; the first report was of a male and female in a field near the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cancún 6 Dec 2014 (ph. RH). Nesting is not yet confirmed. As big trees are felled, large nesting colonies of the Montezuma Oropendola have become almost a thing of the past, but a nice surprise was the report of a large tree with almost 50 nests and 35 birds at from Río Lagartos estuary 14 Mar (MB-S, DN). A dark-morph ad. Parasitic Jaeger was seen rest - ing on the shore near the entrance to the port of Río Lagartos 30 May (ph. WC). A juv. Po - marine Jaeger was noted on the embankment of the salt flats at Las Coloradas, Yuc. 6 Apr (ph. WC, JUC). Two American Avocets in breeding plumage were seen copulating 17 May at Las Coloradas (ph. MT). Nesting in small numbers by Snowy Plovers along Yucatán's n. coast was confirmed by 2 chicks noted feeding along the shore of the beach at El Cuyo 4 May (AD). A banded Piping Plover previously reported dur - ing winter at Isla Blanca (banded in North Da- kota) was photographed again 15 Mar at same location (ph. JAL). An Upland Sandpiper, a rare but regular transient through the subregion, was reported 28 Apr at Las Coloradas (AD). Lit - tle is known of the location of nesting colonies of Laughing Gulls in the subregion, with the exception of Alacran Reef, but a small colony was found on a sandbar near El Cuyo 28 Apr (ph. AD). On the same date, and on the same sandbar, a pair of Caspian Terns and a pair of Gull-billed Terns were each observed nesting (ph. AD). There was an unconfirmed report of 8 Roseate Terns on the sw. side of Isla Mujeres off Capitán Dulche Beach Club 28 Mar (PB). There are few reports from Isla Mujeres, but a first for the island was a Smooth-billed Ani at the Mundaca ranch 16 May (CA, ph. JF). On the other side of the peninsula, a rare Chuck- will's-widow was killed accidentally at the San Fernando pumping station at Las Coloradas 19 Apr; tail feathers were collected (ph. AD). Eur - asian Collared-Dove has reached s. Quintana Roo, where one was present 8 Apr in the vil - lage of Caobas (BM). A pair of Smoky-brown Woodpeckers was observed approximately 1 km away from where another male was seen at a private reserve, about 15 km sw. of Espita 29 Mar (BM). A Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher was reported 10 May at Los Monos, at km 5.4 on the Chemax-Coba road, Yuc. (CS). A pair of Northern Royal-Flycatchers, uncommon This adult Brown Booby was unexpected at Río Lagartos, Yucatán 6-20 (here 15) June 2015; most birds in this vicinity are encountered offshore. Photograph by Elena Conde. These two Black Terns were unexpected summer birds at Xcambó, Yucatán 29 July 2015. Photograph by René Denis.

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