Checklist S51600269

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Owner Cameron Rutt

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  • 1.1 mi
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With Glenn Seeholzer. We began at the parking lot for the first half hour and then positioned ourselves in the fields in the vicinity of the coordinates for the prior nest location (19.0566,-69.4564), atop a Palmchat nest in an isolated Royal Palm, where we remained for ~2 hours. However, we didn't hear or spot any hawks during this time. At this point, we decided not to risk it and called in the Calvary, which is easy enough to do at the main desk/bar of the lower lodge, though we did have to wait for ~2 hours for his arrival. Juan Cepede (809 863 7979 46) then guided us around the territory, but be sure to agree on a set price ahead of time so that there are no potentially unpleasant surprises. Apparently this pair has been in the process of both adding material to the 2018 nest location, but also constructing a nest farther to the SW, so it remains to be seen where they'll eventually settle for 2019. A mixture of small pastures and scattered woodlots in this heavily modified landscape. Warm (hot in the sun), partly cloudy/sunny, and with a breeze in exposed places. It was also buggy (mosquitoes) here so bring long sleeves.

On an aside, it took ~9 hours to drive from Pedernales to Caño Hondo. Consider doing some of this drive in the early morning hours (or at night) to avoid major congestion as traffic can really make things crawl when you pass through towns during the daytime.

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 2

    Details: One photographed in flight

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  2. Number observed: 1
  3. Number observed: 1
  4. Number observed: 1
  5. Number observed: 2
  6. Number observed: 4
  7. Number observed: 3
  8. Number observed: 2

    Details: Male singing from high exposed perch at the uppermost point of a palm and a female feeding on flowers by the parking lot.

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  9. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  10. Number observed: 5
  11. Number observed: 25
  12. Number observed: 1

    Details: Actually seen at 1:30 PM with the help of a guide that we contracted at the eleventh hour. Exact coordinaes: 19.0567097,-69.4567513. Probably a male due to size and plumage (pale gray). Banded. The bird was found perched quietly high above the previous nest site that it has apparently been recently reconstructing. Never heard or seen flying. If no birds are seen flying, the strategy for finding these birds, which are apparently always present, is to keep moving throughout its territory and search the exposed margins of the forest for a perched bird. Our sit-and-wait strategy in hopes of hearing a calling bird or seeing a bird circling overhead may not have been very successful on this day.

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  13. Number observed: 2

    Details: GFS recorded the birds giving some interesting mechanical noises in flight (a hollow wooden rattle)

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  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 3

    Details: Heard only

  16. Number observed: 8
    Breeding Code: ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 29

    Details: At ~9:30 there was a one-way procession of GRKIs flying to the southeast above the canopy (I counted 23 within 5 minutes)

  19. Number observed: 1
  20. Number observed: 2
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  21. Number observed: 1

    Details: At the lower parking lot and feeding at a palm tree by the upper lodge (Altos)

  22. Number observed: 8

    Details: Chasing a White-necked Crow in flight

  23. Number observed: 2
  24. Number observed: 75
    Breeding Code: NB Nest Building (Confirmed)
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  25. Number observed: 2
  26. Number observed: 2
  27. Number observed: 1
  28. Number observed: 5

    Details: One bird (the male?) with material hovering in front of a second individual (the female?)

    Breeding Code: C Courtship, Display, or Copulation (Probable)
  29. Number observed: 2
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