Sunday, August 22, 2010

Birding in Mexico: Part 2

From the Durango Highway we headed to San Blas, Mexico. If you ever think about going to San Blas in the late summer I would suggest you reconsider. San Blas has the perfect mix of humidity and mosquitoes to make anyone give up on birding within a few hours. However the birds we did have were some of the coolest birds of the trip. We were able to get great looks at hard to find species such as Rosy Thrush-Tanager, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, and Collared Forest-Falcon.

The best part about the San Blas area was a boat trip we took through the mangroves. We went out in the evening and had great looks at our two targets-Boat-billed Heron and Northern Potoo. We also saw many other species of birds and quite a few crocodiles.

Snail Kite

This is the front of the boat that we went out into the mangroves in. All of the birds were comfortable around the boat so we got close views of many species.

From San Blas we headed down to the Volcan del Fuego area. The highlight was seeing Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireos. We also had some good luck with Balsas Screech-Owl which we were able to get great looks at. One of the coolest sightings of the trip were finding 2 Beaded Lizards together. If you don't know what they look like, they are very similar to Gila Monsters.

Volcan del Fuego: some beautiful mountains

Iguana-a common sight throughout much of Mexico

Boat-billed Heron-This is one of the most interesting looking birds. Look at that bill!

Black-chested Sparrow-One of the coolest sparrows that I have seen.

Bare-throated Tiger Heron-This was one of the tame birds we saw while on the boat.

Banded Quail along the road.


1 comment:

Chad said...

What great birds and what a fun trip is appears you had! I love the boat-billed Heron. I saw this bird first when I went to Costa Rica. Very cool!