A weblog about birding, birdwatching, wild birds, raptors, hawk watch, raptor migrations and bird conservation from a birder, nature photographer and naturalist who resides in Veracuz Mexico.

Birding Babylon
Here is a link to a weblog from one of the US troops stationed in Iraq who has been making birding reports and observations.

These tyrant flycatchers like it spicy!
The other day on my patio here in Tlacotalpan Veracruz Mexico where I
live I heard the shrill chwittering of the Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis. I approached the window of my room to see this social flycatcher dip down to grab in its bill a tiny hot red pepper that here we call chilpaya and fly up. I observed this action repeated during the day. Later I here the familiar sound of kis-k-dee and move to the window to observe the same action, this time performed by the Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus. This is the first time that I have observed this particular feeding behavior, I wonder if the extreme spicy nature of these chiles serves a specific biological function, perhaps to clear their system of parasites.
But then again maybe they just like it HOT!
Good birding,

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  • David L. McCauley a nature photographer, birding guide. I am currently involved with two projects. 1 ¬†leading birding tours with a focus on the bird of prey migrations in Veracruz Mexico. ¬†and 2. Working on a 12 acre plot of land using principles of natural farming, Permaculture, gardening with the end goal of sustainability.
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