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The 2020-2021 ebird taxonomy update is finally a reality. The changes relevant to Mexico can be downloaded here. 4 new species added to the Mexican list!
Rare Southern Hawkers were in Northern Zealand a few days ago. Ulla and Dorte opened their doors, but to no avail. Gone with the wind or chased away by larger Migrant Hawkers. But still I'm thankful.
First day I couldn't see the juvenile eagle in the KL nest!
Det smukke sommervejr, det skønne badevand og allerede 40 Efterårs-mosaikguldsmede i luften mens den unge havørn tager sin tid i reden.
Breeding White-tailed Eagle, Soccer promise in the boiler and confirmed Robust Spreadwings.
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.
The photo project advances: Mexican species number 500 now made public!
It sounds like it, and it is a milestone achievement, but knowing that there are still 600 more species to add before the goal has been reached, the satisfaction is somewhat relative. Good thing, though, is that the next 100 species have already been shot, just waiting for treatment in the near future.
600 was almost also the number of Mexican species registered during the trips I made this spring, with and without clients. Yucatan, Chiapas and West Central. Condensed trip reports will be made available, perhaps later than sooner…
The checklists are no longer floating. The PDFs have been made more compact and regional lists relevant to my work area, West Central and Yucatan, have been added too. Still need to update the lists according to new observations and this mainly based on ebird. And that's a tiring task to get through because there is no way to know whether a rare observation has been approved by a reviewer or has passed through to the public because of poorly maintained filters.
Enjoy the Autumn!
The transfer can cause errors and irregularities until everything is properly installed.
Unfortunately xeno-canto does not support embedding via secure lines, why I have decided to move all files to my own server. If they do not change this in the near future, I'm afraid my sound files will only be available from my own site.
And while implementing the latest ebird update something went wrong with the downloadable state checklists!
All to be fixed as soon as possible!
After quite a few years I finally have the first version of my birding program ready to show the public.
It's simply called The Birding Program and by using the ebird/Clements taxonomy it is a classic tool that combines the advantages of a standalone program and being online.
The intended user is the world birder who likes taxonomic details, species lists and an easy way to create trip reports.
Please go ahead and try it out by following the link in the left column. I hope you like it!
The report from the Yuctan trip last November is now ready to download from the article page. We saw all target species except one, and had a few extra surprises!
A year has passed, and the taxonomy has now been updated to the latest version 6.8 of the ebird/Clements taxonomy.
Biggest changes from a Mexican perspective are that Sage Sparrow finally has been split into Bell’s Sparrow and Sage-brush Sparrow. And that Common Bush-Tanager from now on must be addressed: Common Chlorospingus.
Finally I managed to get ajour with the latest taxonomy update - Clements 6.7 (August 2012). As usual there have been a lot of changes to names and order, but the most disturbing change is that the Falcons and Caracaras no longer follow the other raptor in order. They have been moved to the bottom of the non-passerines, after Woodpeckers. The same has happened to Parrots. But that's life: Adapt or die! So that we shall!
I have now added photo links to the species list on the map page with Observations. If you choose the list of whole of Mexico you will easily get an overview of the entire collection. The ultimate goal is to have a complete collection of all the species in Mexico!
Daytime photo of Balsas Screech-Owl. I just uploaded such a photo of this endemic and amongst birders very sought after species.
New article on practical issues regarding birding localities in Colima has finally taken off.
Finally I have managed to update my taxonomy, only missing the last update from August 2011. And then I have reintroduced the search functionality so that you can search all my observations again. This was omitted earlier in the work process without reason.
It is now possible to access my mexican observations and the Mexican endemic list under the menu Observations.
New design. We all need to change our socks from time to time, and the same goes for web design. The content follows the same structure as before, but hopefully the brighter look provides a better feeling using the site.
The report from my latest trip to the northwest of Mexico is now available from the article page. The same is the case with all my observations from the tour which should be found in the date interval: 2010-10-27 to 2010-11-23.
First edition of the search functionality and presentation of all my observations are now ready from the Observations page. Just lacking 10 years of records which still only are to be found in my notebooks...
Now you have access to all my bird observations from Mexico listed by state or the whole country under Observations.
Happy New Year!
Access to all my mexican observations just about to be ready.
Great bird trip to Yucatán and Chiapas January 2010! Download tour program from Trips/guide.
Welcome to the re-designed Naturewatch.
Pictures, articles, observations and links. First of all about the birds of Mexico.
Here at the beginning the material is still rather limited, but with time I hope this page will become a useful and valuable resource to all of you with interest in the birds from this area. ENJOY!
I last saw the juvenile White-tailed Eagle on the nest the 31st of July and it looked fit and ready to fly. A relief, because the expected moment for its departure was long overdue, why I, and others, have been wondering if it was sick or just had grown to be a lazy teenager reluctant to start a life on its own.
But my feeling of optimism only lasted a few days, until yesterday when I met Stefan Stürup, DOF-kbh, in the forest, where he told me that, just five minutes earlier, the eagle had been caught to be transferred to a rehab-station in Jylland.
Apparently the bird had been found by visitors near the golf course the day before, sitting on the ground. And according to the rescuer-team the bird had difficulty flying, because it was missing all the remiges in one of the hands!
Stefan says, this is not unheard of among raptors. I haven't been able to find information that support this, or for that matter, any that rejects it, but a completely asymmetrical damage, and apparently a clear-cut one, in my eyes, does smell more like a mechanical cause than an internal disorder.
I admit, it would suit my anti-banding agenda better, if I knew the bird had been injured when the DOF-people put on the gps-transmitter back in June. Because this in fact happened, just after I told them that there was a young eagle on its way in Kongelunden this year. But it would probably be to stretch my discontent too far, and even more so because the photos I have from June 19 show two complete and healthy-looking hands. And this was the day after I took another photo that seems to show something attached to the bird's back.
So what happened will be pure guessing, but one could speculate that perhaps an intruder, another eagle, had attacked the young on the nest while the parents were away.
One or the other, Stefan said the bird didn't look sick, and in fact, the only reason why the rescuers decided to bring it to the rehab-station was, that there was too much traffic in the forest; that it would disturb and stress the bird unnecessarily. Under normal conditions the parents would still attend the young, but perhaps not with all the dog-owners, horse-riders, mountain-bikers, joggers, police-dog-trainers, mushroom-collectors, berry-collectors, birders, photographers and other good or less so people flowing by continuously.
Their plan therefore was to keep the bird for 2-3 weeks, until the wing would be fully-grown again, and then release it again in the same place. I assume in the nest? The parents are supposed to accept the offspring even after some while away. Let's hope it goes this way.
This happened on August 4 why August 25 will be the day to look forward to with anticipation.
Writing on Sep 24:
On Sep 4 Karsten Busk told me that the eagle had been released back to the area a week and a half ago, but with no further information. Two days ago Steffen Sunshine Nielsen could add to the story, that the bird had wisely been released on Aflandshage and not to the nest or elsewhere in the forest. But it did not respond successfully to its new status as a healthy young eagle about to start it free-flying as a such. Something was obviously still wrong with it, because it was being found walking around along Kalvebodvej, and had been seen falling into a basin with drinking water for horses. Apparently it still couldn't fly, and as a consequence it was captured again, and taken to a rehab-station. I guess both to protect it and to find out what was wrong with it. Steffen didn't know what they found out, if anything, but he knew that it had finally died while in their custody!
Enjoy life (after all)!
In these days it is being speculated whether one or two Pectoral Sandpipers are present at Klydesøen, Amager. Like by those who claim that Elvis never left the building, solid proof is still to be presented.
Some have see one at sydmøllevej and then biked to the south tower on the dike, to then see another bird close by. It probably takes most people not in a hurry 15 minutes to do the trip, and it probably takes the bird 15 seconds to fly from one spot to the other. But what are the odds of it actually doing so, in that exact moment and apparently on more than one occasion? And even less likely so because every time I've seen the bird from the south tower it has been continuously foraging without showing any sign of panic or intent to move away.
Today I tried the hide at sydmøllevej, but couldn't find it(the bird). Thomas Hellesen, however, had seen it earlier from there, and then again saw a bird when he got to the south tower - same behavior as before. When he came back to sydmøllevej, where I was waiting outside the hide to build up courage to enter again knowing that agressive hoards of mosquites were lustfully waiting to drain away my sweet blood, he too couldn't find it.
To be continued, and so done by saying that next day I saw no bird at Sydmøllevej, but the bird at the southern tower was present. Others reporting likewise.
- And now officially confirmed, because I have seen both of them myself. Both from the south tower at the same time, though, with some distance between. The new one was darker than the first one, and looked smaller, but was further away, why the distance could be causing a wrong size impression.
Having seen both birds I don't understand those who inicially saw them on the same day, and questioned whether it was the same bird or two different individuals, taking into account how different they look. But I guess phsychology is a factor here, knowing that two of these rare birds showing up at once, is very unusual.
How fortunate are we not to live in a temperate land with the summer ocean acting as a best friend always to rely on.
A good summer where Denmark generously allowed England to reach the final. For the world to see them bewildered in their lack of true qualities and gratitude as they found their better match. The Toscany Wifes are smiling.
Birding - The essence of life!