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 / 4 503 M E X I C O early date for transients. They were observed feeding during late afternoon while moving in a northerly direction. Around 40 Gray-breasted Martins were seen entering hollow tubes used in the construc - tion of a small bridge at Caobas 6 Jun (ph. BM, AS, ph. WS). Although Montezuma Oropen - dolas nest as far n. as Noh Bec, Q. Roo, the two colonies at Caobas (on the the road lead - ing to Tomás Garrido) attracted many visitors this spring and were still active 6 Jun (ph. BM, AS, ph. WS). The largest colony was composed of 41 nests, of which 25-30 were still active 6 Jun, and the smaller colony, 1 km to the n., included about 25 nests, with only a few still active. A Lesser Goldfinch was seen in Ejido 20 de Noviembre, Camp. 13 Jun, the southward expansion probably attributable to habitats lost to cattle ranching (ph. WS). A small flock of Scaly-breasted Munias was again seen in a field near Pueblo Fantasma in Cozumel 15 Jul (ph. ArC); 15 were in fields bordering both sides of the hwy. crossing Cozumel 25 Jul (ph. JAL). Contributors (area compiler in boldface): Is - mael Arrellano, Sandra Balam, Jesús Bobadillo, Benny Campos, Elizabeth Can, Arturo Caste - lán, Angel Castillo Cime, Alvaro Cevera, Elena Conde, René Denis, P. Antonio Díaz, Alexan - der Dzib, Alejandro González, Hugo Lizama, Barbara MacKinnon, Amy McAndrews, Jorge Montejo, Carlos Ricalde, Noel Rivas, Alberth Rosado, Ann Snook, Waldemar Santamaría. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Héctor Gómez de Silva , Xola 314-E, 03100 México, D.F., Mexico, ( were in the lagoon below Xcambó, Yuc. 29 Jul (ph. RD). Unexpected were 6 Forster's Terns in Laguna Colombia 13 Jul (ph. AD, BM), and 2 were in the lagoon behind Progreso 19 Jul (AM, JM). A juv. Royal Tern on the e. coast of Cozumel 30 Jun (ph. GM) and 3 in Laguna Colombia 13 Jul along with 2 juv. Sandwich Terns (ph. AD, BM) confirms that these species are year-round residents on the island, albeit in low numbers. Six American Coots were still hanging out at the Cozumel Country Club 13 Jul (BC, AD, BM, NR). A black-morph Hook-billed Kite was seen behind the village of Caobas, Q. Roo 6 Jun (BM, AS, WS). Caribbean Dove, which has a limited distribution in the subregion, was re - corded at Xocen 12 Jun (ph. SB) and 12 Jul (ph. IA). A Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Co - zumel Country Club 1 Jun (ph. BC) was a late migrant. Two Yucatan Parrots flew over Pueblo Fantasma, Cozumel 11 Jul (AD); this species has been found to cross over from the mainland on occasion. The observation of an ad. Yellow-bellied Elaenia feeding a fledgling 13 Jul in the parking lot of San Gervasio con - firms the nesting of this species on Cozumel (ph. AD, BM). Another confirmation of nest - ing this season was of an uncommon Streaked Flycatcher at Xocén, where an ad. was seen 8 Aug (ph. ACC) and again 11 Aug, on the lat - ter date with 2 juvs. (ACC). Just 2 Fork-tailed Flycatchers were seen behind the village of Caobas 6 Jun, which might indicate that the species disperses after nesting (BM, AS, WS). Four were seen at Celestún, Yuc. near Real de Salinas 5 Jul (ph. AC, CR, AG); this was a very at El Cuyo 3 Jul made the first record for the state and second for the Peninsula (ph. JB). A Greater or Lesser Scaup was in the lagoon be - hind Progreso, Yuc. 19 Jul (ph. AM, JM). An ad. Brown Booby perched on a post near shore drew lots of attention at Río Lagartos, Yuc. 6-20 Jun (ph. EC, ph. AR); the species nests on Alacranes Reef, but this was the first time one was reported on the n. shore of the mainland. A juv. Wilson's Plover at Laguna Colombia, Cozumel, Q. Roo 13 Jul strongly suggests that this species is a year-round resident there (ph. AD, BM). A Semipalmated Plover was on a sand spit in Laguna Colombia 13 Jul (ph. AD, BM), and 11 were in the lagoon behind Pro - greso 19 Jul, along with 12 Marbled Godwits, 45 Least Sandpipers, 15 Western Sandpipers, and 12 Short-billed Dowitchers (AM, JM). A Short-billed Dowitcher was in Laguna Colom - bia 19 Jul (ph. AD, BM). A Black Tern was in the Progreso lagoon 19 Jul (AM, JM), and 2 Late even for this typically late migrant, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was documented at the Cozumel Country Club 1 June 2015. Photograph by Benny Campos. A fter fifteen years of reporting on Central American birds in North American Birds, the emphasis is still disproportionately on waterfowl, seabirds, and shorebirds, groups that were seriously underreported in the "for - mative" years when the emphasis under- standably was on resident tropical species and migrant landbirds. To a great extent, the seasonal and distributional patterns that are only now coming to light are more than likely well-estab - lished phenomena—especially so with seabirds, a group that was out of sight, out of mind in the era before the proliferation of pelagic birding expeditions. The same may not be true, however, for waterfowl. Extended droughts in the Southwest, which may now represent the new norm as global warming is H. Lee Jones Oliver Komar John van Dort –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– now making its mark in more profound ways, have undoubtedly pushed more freshwater- dependent birds farther and farther south in winter into tropical regions where they were either quite rare or unknown prior to the be - ginning of the twenty-first century. Some spe- cies that were exceptionally rare in the Region fifteen years ago are no longer newsworthy and, thus, only infrequently appear on these pages. In the current report, only Green-winged Teal is mentioned, and it is acknowledged as a "rare but regular winter visitor." Stiles and Skutch, in A Guide to Birds of Costa Rica (1989), men - tion only one old record and a few unconfirmed reports from hunters. Even as recently as 1995, Howell and Webb in Birds of Mexico and North - ern Central America considered it rare and ir- regular in Belize with no confirmed records for Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. A similar Central America

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