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Lifer 680 – Squirrel Cuckoo – Reflections of the Pure World


Chronicles of a Birders Life Listing

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the great fortune to photographically doc 85% of the hen species added to my “Life Listing.” This weblog collection showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a little bit in regards to the surroundings and tradition of the realm. This Lifer weblog collection begins with the primary LIFER outdoors of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Submit Collection by Jim Acquire

Lifer hen @ El Tajo Freeway, Yucatán, MX

Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) > Cuculidae > Cuculiformes

IDENTIFICATION: Very hanging and long-tailed vivid rusty cuckoo, widespread in tropical lowlands and regionally up into foothills. No related species in Mexico and Central America. Happens in a variety of wooded and forest edge habitats. Largely forages stealthily at mid-upper ranges in bushes, the place might be surprisingly troublesome to see. Usually seen swooping throughout roads and eliciting a ‘wow’ response. Underside of white-tipped tail feathers is rusty total in West Mexico, blackish total in different areas.


Lifer Photograph @ El Tajo Freeway, Yucatán, MX

FIRST “LIFER” OBSERVATION:
Birding with: Miguel Amar Uribe, Claudio Gomez, and Santiago Contreras from Mexico Kan Excursions
Date First Noticed: 10 Jan 2022 @ El Tajo, Yucatán, MX
Carrt. El Tajo, Yucatán, MX (21.395, -88.565) | MX-YUC

SPECIES GLOBAL eBIRD DISTRIBUTION MAP
Yellow Star indications the situation of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: We discovered an Military Ant swarm working its means within the vegetation alongside the facet of the street. We first noticed a number of Groove-billed Anis after which noticed this flashy, attractive Squirrel Cuckoo. Whereas its head and higher physique have been within the open more often than not, with such an extended tail, I had a tough time getting the whole hen in view. I’d finally see this species in Quintana Roo, Campeche, Belize and Guatemala.

PHOTOS TAKEN: Picture titles point out location.

Lifer hen @ El Tajo Freeway, Yucatán, MX

ABOUT THE AREA: The northern areas of the State of Yucatan are composed of Yucatan Dry Forests the place the local weather is tropical subhumid with an extended dry season. The common annual rainfall on this ecoregion doesn’t exceed 1,200 mm per yr. Dominant vegetative species within the central portion of the area embrace wild tamarind and Jamaican dogwood bushes. They’re typically intermixed with different tree species reminiscent of Spanish cedar, gumbo-limbo, dryer’s mulberry, and Spanish elm. Within the northern a part of the ecoregion, close to the coast, cacti change into extra plentiful. The dry forests of Yucatán represent a singular island of vegetation within the Gulf of Mexico area. They’re remoted from different dry forests by the ocean and by an enormous extension of moist forests within the Maya area.

Miguel Amar Uribe, Claudio Lopez, Santiago Contreras and I spent the morning and early afternoon searching for a number of of the Yucatan specialty birds that may happen in these dry forests; reminiscent of Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan Vireo, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Gnatcatcher and Orange Oriole. Over the course of the subsequent 7 hours we might discover 15 new “Lifers” for me.

Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.

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