BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – THANKS GIVINGS, 2016
Thanksgiving Day, November 24, will be honored by many US citizens around the world. On a different interpretation, take time to thank birds for their roles in our world whether for pollination, insect and rodent consumption, seed and fruit dispersers, nutrient recyclers as scavengers, inspiration, incredible beauty, wondrous behaviors and of course, songs.
I chose a recording from the Long-tailed Mockingbird of Peru to exemplify note diversity of birds.
Images below illustrate a few examples of birds I observed in the desert city of Lima or the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Thanks for all of them!
MAY YOU EXPERIENCE A BOUNTIFUL YEAR FILLED WITH GRATITUDE!
Red-and-green Macaw/Green-winged Macaw, Ara chloropterus
Red-capped Cardinal, Paroaria gularis
Saffron Finch, Sicalis flaveola
Orinoco Goose, rare in Peru, Neochen jubata
Shiny Cowbird, Molothrus bonariensis
Plumbeous Kite, Ictinia plumbea
Silver-beaked Tanager, Ramphocelus carbo
Black-fronted Nunbird, Monasa nigrifrons
Scarlet Macaw, Ara macao
DISCLAIMER: References do not agree on details about these species.
A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela; The Birds of South America, Vol. 1, The Oscine Passerines; http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=121116; http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/distribution?p_p_spp=67111; http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=638796; Roger Ahlman, XC135239. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/135239
Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired,” photographer and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published on the 7th and 21st of each month, features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and beyond. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org All rights reserved, ©Cherie Pittillo