Lifer 663 – Northern Barred-Woodcreeper – Reflections of the Pure World

Chronicles of a Birders Life Record

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

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Publish Collection by Jim Acquire

Photograph @ Cobá Archeological Ruins, Quintana Roo, MX

Northern Barred-Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae) > Furnariidae > Passeriformes

IDENTIFICATION: Unusual, slightly giant woodcreeper of humid tropical forest; sometimes seen away from ant swarms. Discovered singly or in twos and threes, typically with Tawny-winged and Ruddy Woodcreepers at military ant swarms. Perches upright on trunks in any respect ranges; typically slightly sluggish. Typically seems to be darkish and plain total, with darkish masks and pale base to stout invoice. Darkish barring on head and physique seen with good views. Loud whistled music given primarily round daybreak, a whistled “too’ih tooh’ih.”

Birding with: My spouse Maria
Date: 06 Dec 2021 @ Cobá Archeological Ruins, Quintana Roo, MX
Zona Arqueológica Cobá | MX-ROO

Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: Maria and I have been strolling alongside the path to the Grupo Nohoch Mul ruins completely having fun with the shade and good highway. My consideration was grabbed by a small flock of Yucatan Jays that gave the impression to be mobbing one thing. After which I seen at first one woodcreeper after which extra Out of the blue we have been surrounded by a lot of birds flying forwards and backwards to the bottom and again as much as the timber. Then I seen the SWARM! An enormous swarm of Military Ants was making its was alongside the aspect of the highway. I found 5 LIFER chicken species working round this ant swarm.

1st Cobá Ant Swarm Lifer
Lifer #665 Northern Barred-Woodcreeper. After focusing intently on making an attempt (efficiently!) to get pictures of the Yucatan Jays, I seen this huge woodcreeper swoop in on the tree proper subsequent to me. It landed in fairly good blended daylight and I used to be in a position to clearly see its striped neck and chest. Later extra of them joined within the feeding frenzy surrounding the ant swarm.


All photographs beneath have been taken on that day within the Cobá Ruins.

Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.

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