21 - 27 March 2000
by Jim Sinclair
Weather was similar each day with lows around 70 degrees and highs
around 90 degrees. The majority of the birding was done early in
the morning along the road in the northwest corner of the island.
One morning was
spent at Punta Sur Park and midday trips were made to the San Gervasio
and to Chankanaab National Park. Following is a list of 80
Great Blue Heron
Osprey- common at Punta Sur
Common Ground Dove
Ruddy Ground Dove-mating
Green Breasted Mango
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- although listed as hypothetical on Cozumel by
Howell and Webb I observed two males and one female plus found a badly
tattered male speciman at Punta Sur.
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet- although Howell and Webb do not have this bird within 120 miles of Cozumel I had very close looks at a singing bird.
Eastern Kingbird- one, early migrant?
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- check out the cozumelae subspecies as its distinctive nature would seem to me to make it a future candidate for a split.
Cozumel Vireo- common, distinctive unvireo like song. Also has wren-like alarm call.
Rufous-browed Peppershrike- great bird!
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Savannah Sparrow- one
Red-winged Blackbird- one
I missed both the wren and the thrasher despite birding in habitat that looked good for either or both.