Of the new species found the yellow-rumped warbler (myrtle warbler) was particularly difficult to id. Overall my efforts around the hotel and at the botanical gardens had delivered 51 species.
|Ruddy ground dove|
|Rufous browed peppershrike|
Since getting back I've spent a lot of time on the internet studying photographs of the "Yucatan Woodpecker" and it's clear a lot of them have been miss identified -they are in fact golden fronted woodpeckers (some by quite famous photographers). The yucatan is clearly different.
For reference the Yucatan woodpecker is by far the smaller ( 17cm vs 25 cm) has a smaller beak in relation to it's size, has broader white bands on it's back and has yellow nasal tufts that surround the beak..
Here's the best shot I managed at Puerto Morelos of the golden fronted and it clearly shows the relatively long beak, thin white bands on it's back and red nasal tufts. A lot more shots were obtained during the next phase of the trip so more will be posted.
|Golden fronted woodpecker|
Around midday we set of for Chichen Itza, a 120 mile drive that took about 2.5 hrs on largely empty roads though you have to watch out for Topes. These are huge speed bumps, often un-marked, that are there to slow you down as you approach a junction or town. They even exist on the main highways when it passes a junction so you are never safe.