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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – LOAFERS, LOUNGING AND BARS, STUDIO 54? BLACK SKIMMER

Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger, Rayador Americano (Spanish).   PHOTO: Cherie Pittillo From a distance, distinctive black-and-white plumed birds lounging on a sand bar contrast with their family cousins, the More...

By Yucatan Times On Monday, December 11th, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – DIVERSE BUT FAMILIAR

Although I traveled on a different continent to a country almost the same size as the United States, less Alaska, I saw many wildlife species that reminded me of the Yucatan or Mexico during my two week stay in More...

By Yucatan Times On Friday, November 3rd, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – MY JAGUAR JOURNEY, PART 3 OF 3

Jaguar, Panthera onca, El Jaguar (Spanish), Balam (Mayan), Onça (Brazilian Portuguese)   Jaguar, Panthera onca   DE-TAILS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES   After the surprise and awe of photographing my first More...

By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – MY JAGUAR JOURNEY, PART 2 OF 3

Jaguar, Panthera onca, El Jaguar (Spanish), Balam (Mayan), Onça (Brazilian Portuguese)   ROILING IN RIVER   Cat swims silently near shoreline Caiman coming toward cat Two bounding leaps ATTACK!   Jaguar More...

By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – MY JAGUAR JOURNEY, PART 1 OF 3

Jaguar, Panthera onca, El Jaguar (Spanish), Balam (Mayan), Onça (Brazilian Portuguese) Jaguar Portrait Living in the Yucatan jaguars seemed ever present whether visiting Maya ruins or the protected preserves of More...

By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – PIRATES ON THE HIGH AND LOW SEAS: MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRDS

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificent, Man O’ War bird, Rain-brother, Fragata Tijereta (Spanish), Chimay (Mayan)   Black, long-winged, fork-tailed birds sail effortlessly over my head during a walk More...

By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – MUD-DWELLING HIBERNATORS? SNIPE? NO, TREE SWALLOWS

Tree Swallow, White-bellied Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, Golodrina Bicolor (Spanish) Kusam (Mayan) PHOTO Tree Swallow male on power line Near Isla Arena in March, hundreds of aerialist foodies feasted on flying More...

By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND –VIOLINISTAS AND BLUE JEANS: Blue-gray Tanager

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER Thraupis episcopus, Tángara Azulgris (Spanish)   Blue-gray Tanager   When I visited my Granny as a five year old, she let me play with a three inch, hollow, bright blue plastic bird. More...

By Yucatan Times On Saturday, January 7th, 2017
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – PEEL ME A GRAPE…: GREAT KISKADEE

Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired”, zoologist, wildlife photographer, and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 55 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published More...

By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND –12 DAYS of YUCATAN CHRISTMAS, 2016

On the 12th day of Christmas, Yucatecan nature gifted me:   12 HUMMERS HUMMING Cinnamon Hummingbird   11 PIPERS PIPING Black-necked Stilts are sandpipers   10 LIMPKINS LEANING Limpkin   9 OR More...