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The Monarch butterfly is poisonous. Despite of this the Black-backed Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak have learned to eat and digest them at the big wintering sites in Michoacán. But they do vomit frequently and in cycles of 4-7 days they stop eating the butterflies. Probably to allow the body to decompose the poison. 60 % of the mortality within the butterflies is caused by these two species.
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The 2017 updates to the ebird/Clements taxonomy have now been implemented on this site.
The changes relevant to Mexico can be seen in the pdf by clicking the link above here.
Baird’s Junco becomes a new species on the Mexican list, split off from Yellow-eyed Junco; the other splits only result in name-changes: Magnificent Hummingbird becomes Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Emerald Toucanet becomes Northern Emerald-Toucanet and Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow becomes White-faced Ground-Sparrow.
Thayer’s Gull is lumped with Iceland Gull making this from-far-away arctic species a new entry on the Mexican list.
Several new families have been created re-arranging note-worthy species like Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Western Spindalis and especially Yellow-breasted Chat that finally has been removed from the New World Warblers to its own family positioned right above the Troupials.
Other relevant changes are mostly concerning range changes and additions of new ebird groups.
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Latest articlesWest Central Mexico February 2018
Cabo Corrientes September 11-20 2017. Species list.
Rancho Primavera September 11-20 2017. Species list.
The benefit of not having a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, sexy, witty, loyal, modern and loving woman by your side (anymore) is that you can focus 100 % on birding. If that is your preference of course. And from the way I have spend my spare moments the last month, after moving to Ciudad Guzmán to live alone, I must conclude that birding is my preference.
Made for it, I don't know, but pursuing it with a constant feeling of joy, I need not seek further for meaningfulness in what I do in this life. I'm a birder. It's as simple as that.
Being out there, connecting with it all while spotting with my eyes and ears, it all makes perfect sense. Life is about feeling joy, and standing high up on the slope of Volcán de Fuego in the shadows of the ancient mature forest, breathing the chilly moist air, that is what I feel. Joy.
It's a gift to the fortunate who understands to appreciate it. And it is free. Well, as long as you feed your Blue Ford ... read more