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Lifer 679 – Lesser Roadrunner – Reflections of the Pure World

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Chronicles of a Birders Life Listing

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the great fortune to photographically doc 85% of the hen species added to my “Life Listing.” This weblog sequence showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a bit concerning the setting and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with the primary LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Put up Sequence by Jim Achieve

Lifer Picture @ Dzilam González, Yucatan, MX

Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) > Cuculidae > Cuculiformes

IDENTIFICATION: Barely smaller model of the acquainted cartoon Better Roadrunner, however normally the 2 species don’t happen in the identical locations. Favors dry brushy woodland and overgrown weedy fields in tropical lowlands and foothills. Will be very elusive, however at different occasions runs out within the street or sits quietly sunning itself on a fence submit or bush prime within the early morning. Notice that the middle of the throat and breast are plain wealthy buffy, with out the dense darkish streaking of Better Roadrunner.

FIRST “LIFER” OBSERVATION:
Birding with: Miguel Amar Uribe, Claudio Gomez, and Santiago Contreras from Mexico Kan Excursions
Date: 10 Jan 2022 @ Carretera El Tajo, Yucatan, MX
Carrt. El Tajo, Yucatán, MX (21.395, -88.565) | MX-YUC

SPECIES GLOBAL eBIRD DISTRIBUTION MAP
Yellow Star signifies the situation of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: We had been driving roads by way of the scrublands in northern Yucatan in all the suitable habitats in search of this species. Lastly, after over 2 hours we noticed a method forward of us on the facet of the street. It didn’t permit us to get any nearer and the three pictures I took was all it supplied.

PHOTOS TAKEN: Picture @ Carretera El Tajo, Yucatan, MX


ABOUT THE AREA: The northern areas of the State of Yucatan are composed of Yucatan Dry Forests the place the local weather is tropical subhumid with a protracted dry season. The typical annual rainfall on this ecoregion doesn’t exceed 1,200 mm per yr. Dominant vegetative species within the central portion of the area embrace wild tamarind and Jamaican dogwood timber. They’re typically intermixed with different tree species resembling Spanish cedar, gumbo-limbo, dryer’s mulberry, and Spanish elm. Within the northern a part of the ecoregion, close to the coast, cacti develop into extra plentiful. The dry forests of Yucatán represent a novel island of vegetation within the Gulf of Mexico area. They’re remoted from different dry forests by the ocean and by an enormous extension of moist forests within the Maya area.

Miguel Amar Uribe, Claudio Lopez, Santiago Contreras and I spent the morning and early afternoon looking for a number of of the Yucatan specialty birds that may happen in these dry forests; resembling Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan Vireo, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Gnatcatcher and Orange Oriole. Over the course of the following 7 hours we’d discover 15 new “Lifers” for me.

Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Sequence.

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