Saturday, July 11, 2020

Yucatan Woodpecker (Melanerpes pygmaeus) - 13Apr2019

Many of the Yucatan endemics are not endemic to Mexico.  This is true for the Yucatan Woodpecker which can be found in Honduras and Belize too.  This one was at my hotel Jolie Jungle in MX.  These are a cuter and smaller version of the Golden-fronted which can also be seen in TX.  Counter-intuitively, the "egg yolk" around the base of the bill is a field mark for the Yucatan and not the Golden-fronted.

Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris) - 13Apr2019

Somehow I don't have a picture of this species from my TX trip, so this picture from the Yucatan will have to do for now.  This one was photographed at Jolie Jungle hotel.

Spot-breasted Wren (Pheugopedius maculipectus) - 13Apr2019

I had to search high and low for this little skulker that was singing and calling serruptitiously from tangles in the jungle undergrowth.  Even when I finally found it, it took quite some time before I could get a shot.  Photographed at Jolie Jungle in the Yucatan, MX.

Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea) - 13Apr2019

These little guys were very vocal and hard to miss although much like other Gnatties they moved very quickly and make taking a decent pic difficult.  I was hoping it was a more rare Yucatan Gnatty but I will take it.  This was on my family trip to the Yucatan.  The Tropical Gnatcatcher has a thicker eyebrow/supercilia.

Bright-rumped Attila (Attila spadiceus) - 13Apr2019

I absolutely love birding in a new place finding birds on my own with no specific target species in mind.  By the end of a trip, I am targeting specific species I may have missed.  But in the first days of a trip in a new place, its all just discovery and taking whatever comes.  This Bright-rumped Attila was totally unexpected and took me a while to ID.  Photographed in the Yucatan.

Yellow-billed Cacique (Amblycercus holosericeus) - 13Apr2019

For some reason I did not expect this species in the jungle understory, I figured I would see it on a fence post.  However, the few that I saw on my trip to the Yucatan in Mexico were all well concealed in the understory with only brief looks in between.  This one was seen at our hotel Jolie Jungle.

Ivory-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster) - 13Apr2019

Although this woodcreeper is relatively large, it is easy to miss them working the tree trunks.  This one was photographed in the Yucatan in Mexico.