Published On: Wed, Dec 21st, 2016

BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND –12 DAYS of YUCATAN CHRISTMAS, 2016

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On the 12th day of Christmas, Yucatecan nature gifted me:

 

12 HUMMERS HUMMING

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Cinnamon Hummingbird

 

11 PIPERS PIPING

Black-necked Stilts are sandpipers

Black-necked Stilts are sandpipers

 

10 LIMPKINS LEANING

limpkin

Limpkin

 

9 OR SO LADIES DANCING

9 or so American flamingos dancing

9 or so American Flamingos dancing

 

8 COWBIRDS STRETCHING

male-bronzed-cowbird

Male Bronzed Cowbird

 

7 SNOWY EGRETS SHOWING

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

 

6 DUCKS AIR DANCING

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

 

5 GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKERS A PAIRING

female-golden-fronted-woodpecker-left-has-less-red-feathers-on-her-head-than-the-male

 

4 CALLING BIRDS

Social Flycatcher, screaming as usual

Social Flycatcher, screaming as usual

 

3 BUNTINGS BATHING

Indigo Bunting males

Indigo Bunting males

 

2 YUCATAN JAYS A JAWIN’

Yucatan Jay adult on left

Yucatan Jay adult on left

and  to you, a GALLON YULE tide cheer throughout the year!

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELIZ NAVIDAD, HAPPY HANUKKAH,HAPPY KWANZAA, BUONE FESTE NATALIZIE, JOYEUX NOEL, FROEHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN,FELIZ NATAL, KRISMASI NJEMA, SAWAT DEE WAN, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Mentioned Species:

Cinnamon Hummingbird, Amazilia rutila, Colibrí Canela (Spanish), X ts’unu’um (Mayan)

Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, Monjita Americano (Spanish)

Limpkin, Aramus guarauna, Carrao (Spanish)

American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, Flamenco Americano (Spanish), Mekoh (Mayan)

Bronzed Cowbird, Molothrus aeneus, Tordo Ojos Rojos (Spanish), Dsiuw (Mayan)

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula, Garza Dedos Dorados (Spanish), Ka’an ook (Mayan)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Dendrocygna autumnalis, Pijije Alas Blancas (Spanish) Pijiiji (Mayan)

Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Melanerpes aurifrons, Carpintero Cheje (Spanish), Ch’ejum, Ch’ajum, Ch’ujum (Mayan)

Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis, Luisito Común (Spanish), X takay (Mayan)

Indigo Bunting, Passerinea cyanea, Colorín Azul (Spanish)

Yucatan Jay, Cyanocorax yucatanicus, Chara Yucateca (Spanish), Ch’eel (Mayan)

Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus, Gallineta Morada (Spanish)

 

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: all4birdies@gmail.com  All rights reserved, ©Cherie Pittillo

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