Valentin Imperial Maya – Resort birding

My wife and I stayed at the same resort this year as we did last year. The Valentin Imperial Maya is in the Riveria Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a large resort that is surrounded by a large area of mexican scrub land and a few marshes. I was there for 6 nights and managed to get about an hour or two of birding in every day. It amazes me this time of year how many wintering species from North America are on this resort. I saw:

  1. N Paurla warbler
  2. Yellow Warbler
  3. Black and White Warbler
  4. Common Yellowthroat
  5. Ovenbird
  6. American Redstart
  7. Wilson’s Warbler
  8. Magnolia Warbler
  9. Bay-breasted warbler
  10. Yellow-throated warbler
  11. Hooded Warbler
  12. Wood Thrush
  13. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  14. Black-bellied Plover
  15. Summer Tanager
  16. Gray Catbird

Total species on the resort was 64. Not too bad since I only birded an hour a day and spent the rest of the time drinking Margaritas and enjoying the sun.

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Black-cowled Oriole

Black-cowled Oriole

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-necked Stilts with Crocodile

Black-necked Stilts with Crocodile

Cavirnet's Emerald - female

Cavirnet’s Emerald – female

Plain Chacalaca

Plain Chacalaca

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting – female

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Grayish Saltator

Grayish Saltator

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Hooded Warbler - soft image but only shot I could get of the several that I saw

Hooded Warbler – soft image but only shot I could get of the several that I saw

Yucatan Jay stopping by for breakfast

Yucatan Jay stopping by for breakfast

Great Kiskadee visiting my balcony

Great Kiskadee visiting my balcony

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Melodius Blackbird

Melodius Blackbird

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Ferriginous Pygmy Owl

Ferriginous Pygmy Owl

Rose-throated Bicard

Rose-throated Bicard

Rose-throated Bicard

Rose-throated Bicard

Ruddy Ground Dove

Ruddy Ground Dove

Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Tropical Mockingbird

Tropical Mockingbird

White-fronted Parrot

White-fronted Parrot

Yellow warbler

Yellow warbler

Yellow-billed Cacique

Yellow-billed Cacique

Yellow-tailed Oriole

Yellow-tailed Oriole

Yucatan Jay - Juvenile transitioning to adult plumage

Yucatan Jay – Juvenile transitioning to adult plumage

Yucatan Vireo

Yucatan Vireo

CBC Western Macomb County – Area E

On Saturday 12-17 I participated in the Christmas Bird County sponsored by the Macomb Audubon Society. I covered Area E which is between 25 and 28 mile rd from Ray Center Rd east to Mound. It is a nice mixture of Farm, Woods and Subdivisions. I was joined by Andrea Meldrum, Wayne Hoch and Andrew Simon. We had a great day with 40 species. Highlights included Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs (lifer for Andrea), Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher and a whole bunch of other good winter birds. It was an adventurous day. We started with owling in 4 inches of fresh snow. We managed to get 6 Screech Owls… Then later we parked at the end of 28 mi and walked the path down to the bridge. On the way out I hugged the side of the road too close and went off the road into a small ditch… I thought I was gonna need a tow, but Wayne got the idea to shove branches and sticks under the tires to gain traction and after a bunch of tries and even more branches, logs, whatever… I got out… Then I thanked Wayne by dumping a bunch of snow on his head from my moon roof when I applied the brakes…  it was crazy.. But the rest of the day went well and we all made the tally at Stony Creek Nature Center. It wasn’t a record year with Stony Creek Lake frozen over, but there were still some good birds seen and the total was in the lower 60’s.

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

Snow Buntings

Mountain Bluebird – Harvy Ensign Memorial Access in Harrison Twp

On friday I got a text late from Tom Heatley that an ebird alert went out that a birder named Andy Howes had found a Mountain Bluebird at Harvey Ensign Memorial Access of of south river rd… So the next morning I headed there at dawn and was joined by Tom, Beth Noren, Gary Murphy and Wayne Hoch.. We headed out toward the point and it took about 15 minutes to find it. Gary spotted it in some vines feeding on wild grapes… Some other birders soon joined us and we all got some great looks. Patrick Wright, Scott Jennex and Mary Trombley were also there…  Great bird and first for the county.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Least Grebe in San Antonio Texas

I went to Mitchell Lake Audubon Nature reserve when I was down in Texas for work… It was a horrible cold rainy day but I still managed to get my lifer, Least Grebe and I also saw a bunch of Loggerhead Shrikes. There were many Yellow-rumped Warblers around as well as Nashville and Orange-crowned. I saw a couple of Crested Caracara but was not close enough for a photo.

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Least Grebe size comparison shot with an American Coot

Least Grebe size comparison shot with an American Coot

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike