Sunday, December 28, 2008

Oops... I did it again!

I saw another Black-throated Blue Warbler today! About a week ago I saw an adult male (pictured above) in Moxviquil, today another adult male in Huitepec, which is maybe 10 km from Moxviquil.

These birds are not supposed to be here!

Again I quote from Cornell University’s Birds of North America:

In winter, mostly in the Greater Antilles, from Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba to Jamaica; also in the Bahamas. Occasional in the Lesser Antilles, as far south as Trinidad (ffrench 1991) and along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan, Belize, Honduras. Recorded as rare or casual winter visitor along the Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989). One record from Ecuador of a male present from February through early June along east slope of Andes near Cosanga, Napo province (Martin et al. 2004). Small numbers winter in s. Florida and a few occasionally farther north (Root 1988). (1)

I think we can add to that: occasional winter visitor in Chiapas, Mexico.

This second bird I didn’t get photos of, but like last week’s bird it was an adult male, not a terribly difficult ID.

Also a couple of Black-throated Green Warblers in today’s flock, but – you’ve guessed it – no Golden-cheeked Warblers.

Holmes, Richard T., N. L. Rodenhouse and T. S. Sillett. 2005. Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online:

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