Uncommon, however Resilient – 10,000 Birds

The phrase “endemic” has at all times appeared reasonably imprecise to me. Oxford Languages provides this definition: 2. (of a plant or animal) native and restricted to a sure place. When a birder makes use of the phrase, we often check with a species that canbe largely or completely present in a single nation. Which implies that the big nation of Mexico boasts (in response to one checklist) 127 endemic chicken species, whereas the well-known birders’ vacation spot of Costa Rica has solely 6. It doesn’t appear honest in any respect.

I’ve seen a couple of fifth of Mexico’s endemic birds, nearly all of them proper right here within the state of Michoacán. However considered one of Michoacán’s endemics beats most of those for sheer endemism; it’s complete vary would simply match inside solely two of Costa Rica’s tiny provinces. The Black-polled Yellowthroat is often solely discovered on three our bodies of water: Lakes Pátzcuaro and Cuitzeo, in Michoacán, and the Ciénega de Lerma (Lerma Marsh), in Mexico State. Listed below are a few my greatest images of a male Widespread Yellowthroat, discovered throughout North America, and a male Black-polled Yellowthroat. Females are way more comparable, however their songs are nonetheless straightforward to inform aside.

Widespread Yellowthroat

Black-polled Yellowthroat: It’s all within the brow.

Now, when a species can solely be discovered on three our bodies of water, it have to be disruptive when a type of, Lake Cuitzeo, primarily dries up, and water ranges on the opposite two are drastically diminished. I used to be nervous about my oh-so-special little buddies. How would our Black-polled Yellowthroats survive?

Happily, I now have some solutions. Final month, I took 4 of my biologist pals to a small reservoir inside Morelia’s metropolis limits. This reservoir shouldn’t be often a really birdy physique of water, regardless of its good stands of cattails and reeds. However I needed to see if a few of Lake Cuitzeo’s waterfowl won’t have moved there when their common wintering grounds disappeared. And certainly that they had; we noticed 7 wild duck species, the place often there are none.

However extra thrilling, an ornithologist everyone knows had additionally simply reported the presence of three Black-polled Yellowthroats shifting amongst this reservoir’s cattails. This was the primary report ever for this web site. Would we discover them as effectively? Certainly we did!

Twelve days later, and all of us took off for Lake Pátzcuaro for our area’s solely Christmas Chook Rely. Lake Pátzcuaro shouldn’t be deep, however it’s apparently about twice as deep as Lake Cuitzeo, and doesn’t dry up like that lake often does. Nonetheless, by far the lion’s share of Black-polled Yellowthroat sightings happen at a web site I do know effectively, Puente de Jarácuaro, on the lake’s southern shore. Because it occurred, that was the start line for our CBC group, and it didn’t disappoint. The cattails had been rising out of what’s now dry floor. However the Yellowthroats nonetheless turned up rapidly.

However this 12 months, the CBC solely included a complete of ten observers, so half the lake shore was ours. And ultimately, we discovered Black-polleds not solely within the common place, but additionally at two extra websites, the place it had by no means earlier than been reported. Extra proof of resilience?

As I ready to write down this publish, I discovered {that a} very dependable birder has additionally seen the species on yet one more lake, Lake Zirahuen, for the very first time. It was additionally reported for the second time by Lake Yuriria, simply throughout the state border with Guanajuato — however a number of anomalies with that report make me much less optimistic about its veracity, though the lake would definitely be an affordable vacation spot for Cuitzeo “refugees”.

Nonetheless, it is rather encouraging to seek out that such an especially site-specific and water-dependent species can handle to fly throughout many kilometers of dry land to seek out the habitat on which it relies upon. And who is aware of, maybe it’d use this disaster to seek out a number of new breeding grounds, to make sure its survival within the close to future?

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