Eric writes: Our first day in Mexico consisted of flying into Cancun in the morning, hopping on an ADO bus to Playa del Carmen, hopping onto a ferry to Cozumel, and then lots of walking. When we arrived on Cozumel we were set to meet our CouchSurfing host, Oscar, at the University on the island. It turned out a bit more complicated when there were two people who worked at the university with the same name. After a while we got it figured out; then walked to his house where we were staying for the next two nights.
|Black Catbird-An endemic to the Yucatan and northern Belize|
|Bananaquit-We even saw one of these in the fruit section of a grocery |
store on Cozumel.
On our walk to the university and on the university's grounds we picked up a couple of nice warbler species, Black Catbird, and Bananaquit. Oscar's house was on the edge of town so the next morning we got going early and with only a couple minute walk we were in some nice birding habitat. Our main targets were the endemic species and subspecies. The species were Cozumel Vireo, Emerald, and Wren (which currently is considered a subspecies of House Wren, although it sounds nothing like one and looks a bit different as well). Within the first couple hours we had great looks at Cozumel Vireo and Emerald. But hadn't seen any sign of the wren.
|Female Cozumel Emerald-we also saw a few males but I was|
never able to get a picture of one.
|A Cozumel Vireo-we ended up having many of this species on the island.|