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Lifer 684 – Yucatan Flycatcher – Reflections of the Pure World


Chronicles of a Birders Life Record

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the hen species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog collection showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and just a little in regards to the surroundings and tradition of the world. 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 Put up Sequence by Jim Acquire

@ Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul – Zona Arqueológica de Calakmul, Campeche, MX

Yucatan Flycatcher (Myiarchus yucatanensis) > Tyrannidae > Passeriformes

IDENTIFICATION: Medium-size Myiarchus flycatcher of tropical woodland and edge within the Yucatan Peninsula. Discovered primarily at mid-upper ranges in bushes, and like all members of the genus feeds at fruiting bushes, particularly the widespread gumbo limbo. Similar to native populations of Dusky-capped Flycatcher, with boring pale wingbars and restricted rusty edging to the tail feathers. Greatest recognized by voice. Most noticeable visible variations from Dusky-capped are a broad, paler grayish space across the eyes, and crisper and brighter whitish edging to the tertials.


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

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

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: We had stopped and walked alongside a facet street when Claudio heard and identified my Lifer Yucatan Flycatcher.

PHOTOS TAKEN: All pictures are of the identical Lifer hen we noticed whereas strolling down a facet filth lane.

Lifer Picture @ El Tajo, 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 usually intermixed with different tree species resembling Spanish cedar, gumbo-limbo, dryer’s mulberry, and Spanish elm. Within the northern a part of the ecoregion, close to the coast, cacti develop into extra ample. 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 seeking a number of of the Yucatan specialty birds that may happen in these dry forests; resembling 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 Sequence.

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