Pre-pre-tour extension (with Rene Valdez)

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Mexico 2011
Pre-pre-tour extension (with Rene Valdez)
Friday 24 June Mexico City – Mazatlan – Chicayota – El Verde

Saturday 25 June Mazatlan – Durango Highway – Barrancha Branco Libre

Sunday 26 June Barrancha – Mazatlan and overnight bus to Hermosillo

Monday 27 June Hermosillo – Bahia de Kino and boat trip to Tiburon, Turner and St Estephan Islands – Hermosillo

Tuesday 28 June Hermosillo – Ciudad Juarez – Chihuahua (air)
Pre- tour extension (with Steve Kornfeld and Judy Meredith of Bend (Oregon) Bird

Club (BBC), Saul and Bobby)

Wednesday 29 June Chihuahua – Madera and Edijo el Largo y Anexas

Thursday 30 June Edijo el Largo y Anexas - Chihuahua – Monterrey (air)

Main Tour (with Michael Carmody , David Salas (both Legacy Tours), Steve and

Judy, Joe Meredith, Pete and Diane Lowe and Candace Cobb (BBC))

Friday 1 July Monterrey – Los Lenios – Tanque de Emergencia

Saturday 2 July Los Lenios – Sao Francisco – Linares – Ojo de Agua

Sunday 3 July Linares – Gomez Fairas – El Ciedo road

Monday 4 July El Ciedo road – Altamira – Plaza de Miramar

Tuesday 5 July Altamira – Champeyon – El Naranjo – Ciudad de Maiz road

Wednesday 6 July El Naranjo – El Meco – Taninul

Thursday 7 July Taninul – Tlanchinol – Pachuca

Friday 8 July Pachuca – Xalapa – Coatapec

Saturday 9 July Coatapec – Mata de Canaza – Alverado wetlands – San Andres de Tuxtla

Sunday 10 July San Andres – Volcan San Martin (Sierra los Tuxtlas)

Monday 11 July San Andres – Volcan san Martin – Tuxtapec – La Reforma road

Tuesday 12 July Tuxtapec – Vallee Nacional Road – Oaxaca

Wednesday 13 July Oaxaca – Yagul – Teotitlan de Vallee – Benito Huarez

Thursday 14 July Oaxaca – los Guacamayos – Monte Alban – Yagul – Teotitlan

Friday 15 July Oaxaca – La Cumbre – San Jose del Pacifico

Saturday 16 July San Jose – Sierra Madres del Sul at Hidalago and La Solenedos – Huatalco

Post- tour extension (minus Steve and Joe)
Sunday 17 July Huatalco – road to Isthmus – San Jose del Pacifico

Monday 18 July San Jose – Isthmus de Tehuantepec – Arriaga

Tuesday 19 July Arriaga – Boica del Cielo – Paradan road – Puerto Arista – la Sepultura

Wednesday 20 July Arriaga – El Ocote – Tuxtla Guitterez – El Sumidero

Thursday 21 July Tuxtla – el Sumidero – Cerro Huiztep – San Cristobal de las Casas

Friday 22 July Chiapas Highlands around San Cristobal de las Casas and tour ends

Saturday 23 July San Cristobal – Tuxtla – Mexico City

E = Endemic to Mexico

e = Endemic to Mexico and northern Central America (Belize, Guatemala and


1. Thicket Tinamou (Crypturellus cinnamomeus)

A pair crossing the road at Gomez Fairas on 4/7. spp cinnamomeus or Rufescent Tinamou. Heard here and elsewhere

2. Slaty- breasted Tinamou (Crypturellus boucardi)

Heard only

3. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

4. Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolour)

5. Muscovy Duck (Carina moschata)

6. (Mexican) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

7. Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

A drake near Mazatlan Airport on 26/6 was a surprise at this season

8. Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicaensis)

9. Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula)

10 Rufous-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis wagleri) E

A pair by the El Pacata road, Durango Highway 25/6

11. West Mexican Chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala) E

Common around Mazatlan and the lower reaches of the Durango Highway Heard around Oaxaca and Huatalco

12. White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra) e

Several around Arriaga 19/7

13. Crested Guan (Penelope pururascens)

Habituated birds at the Oaxaca Zoo 15/7

14. Great Currasow (Crax rubra)

As for 13

15. Bearded Wood-Partridge (Dendrocortyx barbatus) E

The coup of the trip was to lure in a territorial bird for a series of memorable looks in the hills above Coatapac on 9/7. Critically endangered due to habitat loss and trapping this elusive species is rarely seen and was a memorable wipe out of the (x3) genus for me

16. Long-tailed Wood-Partridge (Dendrocortyx macroura) E

Heard in several places and seen by a few near Los Guacamayas on 14/7

17. Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata)

18. Elegant Quail (Callipepla douglasii) E

Several seen around El Verde and Mazatlan 24/6

19. Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginiatus)

Good views of 2 calling males of the striking red spp coyolcos (Black-

headed Bobwhite) near Arriaga 19/7

20. Singing Quail (Dactyrlortyx thoracicus) e

Heard only, very close at El Sumidero 21/7

21. Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae)

A single bird flushed twice at Edijo el Largo 29/6

22. Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus)

23. Pied-billed Grebe (Polilymbus podiceps)

24. Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris)

A few off Huatlaco 16/7. Now split from nominate Audubon’s of the Atlantic

25. Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania)

Several off Bahia de Kino 27/6 and Huatalco 16/7

26. Least Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma)

As for 25

27. Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra)

An immature bird off Huatlaco 17/7

28. Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)

Common off Bahia de Kino 27/6 and Huatalco 16 and 17/7

29. Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

As for 28

30. Brown Pelican (Pelcanus occidentalis)

31. Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillinatus)

Common off Bahia de Kino 27/6

32. Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

33. Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

34. Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

35. Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

36. Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus)

A couple out in the open near Alverada 9/7

37. Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

38. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)

An adult near Arriaga 19/7

39. Great Blue Heron (Aredea herodias)

40. Great Egret (Ardea alba)

41. Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

42. Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

43. Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

44. Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

45. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

46. Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

47. Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nyicticorax)

48. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax violacea)

49. Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)

Daylight colonies at Taninul 6/7 and, memorably with a pair with hoods fluffed out, near Arriaga 19/7

50. White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

51. Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

52. Wood Stork (Mycteria Americana)

53. Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

54. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

55. Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)

56. (American) Osprey (Pandion (carolinesis) haliaetus)

57. White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
58. Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)

One near Tuxtapec was a rare find in Mexico

59. Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

60. White-breasted (Sharp-shinned) Hawk (Accipiter (striatus) choniogaster) e

One chasing Unicolored Jays near San Cristobal 22/7. An on/off species very distinct from Sharp-shinned

61. Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)

62. Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentiles)

Singles at Barranco Brancho Libre 25/6 and Edijo el Largo 30/6

63. Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)

Singles at Huatalco 17/7 and El Ocote 20/7. The dark form nigra

64. White Hawk (Leucoptternis albicollis)

The very white northern spp ghiesbreghti

65. Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)

66. Mangrove Black-Hawk (Buteogallus (anthracinus) subtilis)

Another on/off species, seen near Arriaga 19/7

67. Great Black-Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)

A couple in a soaring kettle of Vultures and Storks near Arriaga 19/7

68. Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris)

69. Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus)

70. Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)

71. Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

72. White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)

73. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

At least three spp (borealis, calurus and fuertesi) identified

74. Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus)

Singles along the El Ciedo road 3 and 4/7 were presumably nesting

75. Northern Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

76. Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

77. American Kestrel (Falco spaverius)

78. Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)

79. Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis)

80. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum)

81. Ruddy Crake (Laterallus ruber)

One induced into view at Champeyon 5/7. Heard elsewhere

82. Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

83. American Moorhen (Gallinula (chloropus) cachinnans)

New World birds are proposed as a separate species by some

84. American Coot (Fulica americana)

85. Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

86. Double-striped Thicknee (Burhinus bistriatus)

Birds near Linares 3/7, Alverada 9/7 and the Isthmus de Tetuantepec 28/7

87. Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

88. Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris)

89. Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)

90. American Oystecatcher (Haemantopus palliatus)

91. Black-necked Stilt (Himatopus mexicanus)

92. Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)

93. Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

94. (Western) Willet (Tringa (inornata) semipalmata)

95. (Hudsonian) Whimbrel (Numenius (hudsonicus) phaeopus)

96. Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

97. Sanderling (Calidris alba)

98. Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

99. Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)

100. Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni)

101. Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens) e

Abundant at and off Bahia de Kino 27/6

102. (American) Herring Gull (Larus (smithsonicus) argentatus)

103. Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)

104. Gull-billed Tern (Geochelidon nilotica)

105. Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

106. Black Tern (Chilodonias niger)

107. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

108. Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

109. Black Skimmer (Rhynchops niger)

110. Red-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciatus)

111. Short-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas nigrirostris)

A responsive calling bird on the Vallee Nacional Road 12/7

112. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Didn’t see this species in 2005- it is now all over the place

113. White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

114. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

115. Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

116. Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerine)

117. Plain-breasted Ground-Dove (Columbina minuta)

Only near Alverada 9/7

118. Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti)

119. Blue Ground-Dove (Clavaris pretiosa)

Close studies at Volcan san Martin 10 and 11/7

120. White-tipped Dove (Leptoptila verreauxi)

121. Tuxtla Quail-Dove (Geotrygon carrikeri) E

Common by voice at Volcan san Martin 10 and 11/7. A quick flight view then 1 ½ days tracking down calling birds until all eventually saw this reclusive species. Very close views of one on the morning of 11/7. Now solidly split from Purplish-backed and a Mexican endemic restricted to the Sierra los Tuxtlas

122. Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) E

Plenty around Taninul and El Naranjo 5 and 6/7

123. Olive-throated Parakeet (Aratinga strenusa)

124. Orange-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga canicularis)

125. Military (Mexican) Macaw (Ara militaris mexicanus)

Several from the Durango Highway 25 and 26/7

126. Thick-billed Parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) E

At least 10 around their nesting area in the pines at Edijo el Largo 29/6 with 2 watched in the scope devouring pine cones. Other heard today and on 30/6. An endangered Mexican endemic almost never encountered nowadays in southern USA

127. Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi) E

    The cliff nesting cousin of 126 and almost as endangered. The climb up to the base of their nesting cliff at Los Lenios on 2/7 was worth it for looks at flying birds and a couple of scoped, perched ones

    128. Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis)

    129. White-crowned Parrot (Pionus senilis)

    130. White-fronted Parrot (Amazona albifrons)

    131. Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) E

2 in flight along the El Meco road 6/7. Although I had seen this species at Brownsville, Texas many years ago the birds there are of escaped origin and it was nice to sanitise this Mexican endemic

132. Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschii) E

Along the La Pataca road on the Durango Highway on 25/6 and at Huatalco on 17/7

133. Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis)

The most numerous species along the El Meco road 6/7

134. Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa)

135. Yellow-headed Parrot (Amazona oratrix) e

A couple of the very yellow headed form oratrix with the Red-loreds along the El Meco road 6/7. Endangered from habitat loss and the cage bird trade. I had previously only seen this bird in Belize

136. Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)

137. Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

138. Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) e

A very obliging bird at Chicatoya 24/6

139. Greater Roadrunner (Gecoccyx californianus)

140. Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

141. Pacific Screech-Owl (Megascops cooperi)

A nice pair of the nominate rice alongside the Paradon Road near Arriaga 19/7

142. Whiskered Screech-Owl (Megascops trichopsis)

A rather sorry looking individual spotlighted in the drizzle at La Cumbre 15/7

143. Mountain (Northern) Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium (gnoma) gnoma) e

Daylight views of a couple of responsive birds at Los Lenios 1 and 2/7. A taxonomic mess here, now lumping gnoma with californicum, hoskinsii and cobanense. Doubtless they will all be split again before too long!

144. Guatemalan (Northern) Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium (gnoma) conanense) e

See above. Anyway it was nice to get a daylight, russet red individual on Cerro Huiztep on our last day. A form I had not seen before and a good bet for a re-split before too long

145. Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium sanchezi) E

This responsive but diminutive endemic took a little tracking down by the El Ciedo road on 8/7 but, once found, granted long looks including scope views

145. Colima Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium palmarum) E

A responsive bird at Huatalco 17/7

146. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)

147. Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata)

A responsive couple of birds on the Volcan san Martin 10/7

148. Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens) e

A responsive bird at La Cumbre on 15/7. An interesting one this, only recently found at this site and previously unknown north of the Isthmus of de Tehuantepec. Although it sounded like a Fulvous it also showed characteristics of Barred and may represent a new species – Mexican Barred Owl!

149. Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

150. Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)

151. Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis)

152. Tawny-collared Nightjar (Caprimulgus salvini) E

Plenty of calls but only two brief flight views of this thorn forest endemic at Ojo de Agua 2 and 3/7

153. Northern Potoo (Nyctibius jamaicensis)

One at Taninul early morning of 7/7

154. Black Swift (Cypseloides niger borealis)

155. White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris)

156. White-naped Swift (Streptoprogne semicollaris) E

Only one flock of this monster (the largest Swift in the world), above El Palmito, Durango Highway 25/6. But it contained more than 200 birds!

157. Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi richmondi)

158. White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

159. Wedge-Tailed Sabrewing (Campylopteris curvipennis)

Relatively common at El Ciedo and El Naranjo 4 – 7/7. The endemic nominate spp curvipennis (Curve-winged Sabrewing)

160. Long-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopteris excellens) E

2 at Volcan san Martin 10/7

161. Violet Sabrewing (Campylopteris hemileucurus)

162. Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus)

183. Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii)

184. Carnivet’s Emerald (Chlorostilbon carniveti)

185. Dusky Hummingbird (Cyanthus sordidus) E

Common around Oaxaca

186. Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cyanthus latirostris) e

187. Doubleday’s Hummingbird (Cyanathus (latirostris) doubledayi) E

A couple at Huatalco 17 and 18/7. Again an on/off split from Broad-billed

188. White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) e

189. White-bellied Emerald (Amazilia candida) e

190. Azure-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala) e

A couple around Oaxaca

191. Berrylline Hummingbird (Amazila berryllina) e

Both nominate and Deville’s (devillei)

192. Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yacatanensis chalconota) e

193. Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazila rutila)

194. Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps)

195. Green-fronted Hummingbird (Amazilia viridifrons) E

A single near Oaxaca 15/7. The spp villadai (Villada’s Hummingbird)

196. Blue-capped Hummingbird (Eupherusa cyanophrys) E

At least three males feeding along the roadside near Hidalgo 16/7 and one 17/7. Endemic to the Sierra Madres de Sur de Oaxaca

197. Amethyst-throated Hummingbird (Lampornis amethystinus) e

Both nominate and salvini (Gautemalan Hummingbird)

198. Blue-throated Hummingbird (Lampornis clemenciae)

199. Garnet-throated Hummingbird (Lamprolaima rhami) e

Above Coatapec and on Cerro Huiztep

200. Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens)

2 males of the nominate (Rivoli’s Hummingbird) at Los Guacamaynas 14/7

201. Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

202. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)

203. Citreoline Trogon (Trogon citreolus) E

Around Huatalco and Arriaga

204. Gartered Trogon (Trogon violaceus)

205. Mountain Trogon (Trogon mexicanus) e

206. Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans)

The endemic spp ambiguus (Coppery-tailed Trogon)

207. Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris)

208. Eared Quetzal (Euptilotis neonexus) E

Sadly the dip of the trip. Despite a lot of effort only a brief called response in its hotspot at the Edijo el Largo 29 and 30/6. How do I find my last Trogon now?

209. Tody Motmot (Hylomanes momotula)

A nice responsive pair along the Vallee Nacioanl road 12/7

210. Blue-throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis) e

A responsive bird on Cerro Huiztec 21/7

211. Russet-crowned Motmot (momotus mexicanus) e

212. Blue-diademed Motmot (Momotus momota)

The local species now split from Blue-crowned

213. Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)

214. Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)

215. Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchu prasinus) e

Chiapas highlands only around San Cristobal

216. Wagler’s (Emerald) Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus (prasinus) wagleri) E

This taxonomic mess remains confusing and now there is one species again – for how long? Anyway a nice pair near Hidalgo 17/7

217. Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

218. Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes chrysogenys) E

Only one, at Huatalco 17/7

219. Gray-breasted Woodpecker (Melanerpes hypopolius) E

3 around Yagul 13/7

220. Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis)

Common around Mazatlan

221. Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons)

Including one santacruzi (Velasquez’ Woodpecker) near Oaxaca on 12/7

222. Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)

223. Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

spp sanctorum (Todos Santos Woodpecker) in the Chiapas Highlands

224. Arizona Woodpecker (Picoides arizonae)

One from the Durango Highway 25/6

225. Golden-olive Woodpecker (Colaptes rubiginosus)

226. Bronze-winged Woodpecker (Colaptes (rubiginosus) aeruginosus) E

This form, endemic to NE Mexico, is widely separated from the nearest Olive-Greens and differs in plumage and by voice. A good bet for a split before too long. 2 nice males on the El Ciedo road 4/7

227. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Both Red-shafted (C. a. cafer) and Guatemalan (C. a. mexicanoides) were seen

228. Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus)

229. Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis)

2 near Huatalco 17/7

230. Rufous-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis erythrogaster) e

A pair alongside the Vallee Nacional road 12/7

231. Scaly-throated Foilage-Gleaner (Anabacerthia variegaticeps)

232. Buff-throated Foilage-Gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus)

233. Ruddy Foilage-Gleaner (Automolus rubiginosus)

234. Plain Xenops (Xenops minutus)

235. Olivaceous Woodcreeper (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

236. Strong-billed Woodcreeoer (Xipthocolaptes promeropirhynchus)

A pair of the near endemic form emigrans (Sclater’s Woodcreeper) near Los Guacamayas 14/7

237. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster)

238. White-striped Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes leucogaster) E

Several at Barrancha Bracho Libre 25 and 26/6

239. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis)

240. Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)

241. Northern Beardless Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe)

242. Greenish Elaenia (Myiopagis viridicata)

243. Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster)

244. Northern Bentbill (Oncostoma cinereigulare)

245. Stub-tailed Spadebill (Platyrinchus cancrominus)

A responsive individual at El Ocote 20/7

245. Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus) e

A nice individual at El Sumidero 20/7

246. Pileated Flycatcher (Xenotriccus mexicanus) E

One at Monte Alban 14/7

247. Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax) e

248. Western Wood Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)

249. White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax albigularis)

Two at San Cristobal las Casas 22/7

250. Pine Flycatcher (Empidonax affinis) e

Individuals at Edijo el Largo 20/6 and Benito Huarez 13/7

251. Cordilleran Flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis)

252. Yellowish Flycatcher (Empidonax falvescens)

253. Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) e

2 at Edijo el Largo 21/6

254. Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

255. Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

256. Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

257. Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tubercuilifer)

Both lawrencii (Lawrence’s Flycatcher) and the near endemic olivascens (Olivaceous Flycatcher)

258. Nutting’s Flycatcher (Myiarchus nuttingi)

259. Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

The spp cooperi (Mexican Crested Flycatcher)

260. Flammulated Flycatcher (Deltarhynchus flammulatus) E

One at El Sumidero 20/7

261. Great Kiskadee (Pitangus suplphuratus)

262. Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarhynchus pitangua)

263. Social Flycatcher (Myiozetes similis)

264. Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)

265. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris)

266. Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius)

267. Tropical Kingbird (Tyrranus melancholicus)

268. Couch’s Kingbird (Tyrranus couchii)

269. Cassin’s Kingbird (Tyrranus vociferans)

270. Thick-billed Kingbird (Tyrranus crassirostris) e

271. Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrranus savana)

272. Grey-collared Becard (Pachyramphus major) e

Singles at El Ocote 20/7 and el Sumidero 21/7

273. Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae)

Both nominate and the near endemic albiventris (Xantu’s Becard)

274. Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata personata)

275. Slaty Vireo (Vireo brevipennis) E

A responsive individual near Oaxaca 12/7 was a miss from 2005 rectified. A striking creature. As MC said “all Vireos should look like this”!

276. White-eyed Viroe (Vireo griseus)

Both nominate and the endemic perquisitor (Veracruz Vireo)

277. Dwarf Vireo (Vireo nelsoni) E

A responsive pair above Teotitlan 13/7

278. Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus)

279. Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni)

spp stephensi (Mexican Vireo)

280. Golden Vireo (Vireo hypochryseus) E

Another beautiful endemic Vireo. A pair near Hidalgo 16/7

281. Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)

spp swainsonii (Western Warbling Vireo)

282. Brown-capped Vireo (Vireo leucophrys)

283. Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis)

284. Lesser Greenlet (Hylophilus decurtatus)

285. Green Shrike-Vireo (Vireolanus pulchellus)

A nice family party along the Vallee Nacional road 12/7

286. Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis)

287. Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Both the near endemic coronata (Blue-crested Jay) and the inappropriately named diademata (Long-crested Jay)

288. Black-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta colliei) E

Common along the lower reached of the Durango Highway 26 and 26/6

289. White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa)

290. Tufted Jay (Cyanocorax dickeyi) E

Easily seen around El Palmito and the Barranca cabins 25 and 26/7. A very range restricted endemic

291. Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)

292. Brown Jay (Cyanocorax morio)

293. Purplish-backed Jay (Cyanocorax beecheii) E

Common in the lowlands around Mazatlan 24. 25 and 26/7

294. Dwarf Jay (Cyanolyca nana) E

Good views near Los Guacamayas 14/7

295. White-throated Jay (Cyanolyca mirabilis) E

A pair near San Jose del Pacifico 18/7 was a rare highlight on our long backtrack to the Isthmus

296. Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

The endemic spp sumichrasti (Sumichrast’s Jay)

297. Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) e

The striking nominate spp (Ultramarine Jay)

298. Ultramarine Jay (Aphelocoma unicolor) e

299. Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus) E

Declining but still common enough around Linares, Altamira and El Naranjo 3, 4 and 6/7

300. Sinalao Crow (Corvus sinaloae) E

Unlike 299 appears to be thriving around Mazatlan

302. Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus crytoleucus)

Including one showing its rarely seen white nape

303. Northern Raven (Corvus corax)

304. Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

305. Sinaloa Martin (Progne sinaloae) E

A major impetus for my pre, pre tour extension was to visit the relatively recently discovered breeding cliff of this species near El Palmito on the Durango Highway. 2 pairs here on 25 and 26/6, the only known breeding site for this partially migratory endemic

306. Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea)

307. Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilineata)

308. Black-capped Swallow (Notiochelidon pileata) e

Only distant views of this near endemic above Cerro Huiztep 22/7

309. Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelidopteryx serripennis)

Both nominate and ridgwayi (Ridgway’s Rough-winged Swallow)

310. Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

311. Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

spp melanogaster (Mexican Cliff Swallow)

312. Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva)

spp pelodoma (Coahuila Cliff Swallow)

313. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

314. Mexican Chickadee (Poecile sclateri) e

315. Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atriscristatus) e

316. Black-eared Bushtit (Psaltriparius minimus melanotis) e

317. White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

spp mexicana (Mexican Nuthatch)

318. Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

319. Band-backed Wren (Campylorhynchus zonatus) E

320. Gray-barred Wren (Campylorhynchus megalopterus) E

Pacific lowlands alongside 321

321. Giant Wren (Campylorhynchus chiapensis) E

322. Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)

A taxonomic bundle. Nominate rufinucha (with no real rufous on the nape) 9/7, humilis (Sclater’s Wren) 16/7 and capistratus (Rufous-backed Wren) 19/7. Watch for some splits here

323. Spotted Wren (Campylorhynchus gularis) E

El Naranjo 5/7

324. Boucard’s Wren (Campylorhynchus jocosus) E

Yagul 13/7

325. Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

326. Sumichrast’s Wren (Hylorchilus sumichrasti) E

2 birds along the rocky La Reforma track 11/7

327. Nava’s Wren (Hylorchilus navai) E

A nice responsive bird at El Ocote 20/7 was a nice catch back from 2005 and my last North American mainland Wren

328. Spot-breasted Wren (Thryothorus maculipectus)

329. Banded Wren (Thryothorus pleurostictus)

330. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

331. Happy Wren (Thryothorus felix) E

Pacific lowlands

332. Plain Wren (Thryothorus modestus)

333. Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

spp eremophilus (Mid-continent Bewick’s Wren)

334. House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Nominate spp (Northern House Wren), musculus (Southern House Wren) and brunneicollis (Brown-throated Wren)

335. Rufous-browed Wren (Troglodytes rufociliatus) e

Chiapas Highlands

336. White-bellied Wren (Uropsila leucogastra) e

A pair El Ciedo road 4/7

337. White-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucosticta)

338. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys)

339. White-lored Gnatcatcher (Polioptila albiloris)

340. Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

341. Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

342. Brown-backed Solitaire (Myadestes occidentalis) e

343. Slate-colored Solitaire (Myadestes unicolor) e

Heard on several occasions but never pinned down

344. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus aurantirostris)

345. Russet Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus occidentalis) E

spp olivascens (Olive Nightingale-Thrush) in the central Highlands

346. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus frantzii)

347. Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus mexicanus)

348. Black Thrush (Turdus infuscatus) e

349. Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)

350. White-throated Thrush (Turdus assimilis)

Both nominate and the endemic assimilis

351. Rufous-backed Robin (Turdua rufopalliatus) E

Durango Highway and around Oaxaca

352. Rufous-collared Robin (Turdus rufitorques) e

Chiapas Highlands

353. Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola) E

A piebald male was located first by its call at Los Guacamayas 14/7 then gave prolonged if rather misty views. An endemic much wanted by all

354. Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

355. Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)

356. Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre)

357. Ocellated Thrasher (Toxostoma ocellatum) E

A rather distant but clear individual perched up above Teotitlan 13/7

358. Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

359. Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale)

360. Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens) E

Several along the Durango Highway 25/6 and also heard and partially seen 4 and 5/7

362. Blue-and-white Mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus) e

2 Cerro Huiztep 22/7

363. Gray Silky-Flycatcher (Ptilogonys cinereus) e

364. Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)

365. Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus)

366. Colima Warbler (Vermivora crissalis)

One at Los Lenios 1/7

367. Crescent-chested Warbler (Parula superciliosa) e

368. Tropical Parula (Parula pitiayumi)

spp nigrilora (Tamualipas Parula)

369. Grace’s Warbler (Dendroica graciae)

370. Altamira Yellowthroat (Geothlypis flavovelata) E

2 nice singing males at Chameyon 5/7. Endemic to coastal E Mexico

371. Hooded Yellowthroat (Geothlypis nelsoni) E

2 singing birds near Saltillo 1/7

372. Gray-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis poliocephala)

373. Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons)

374. Red Warbler (Ergaticus ruber) E

Grey-cheeked melanauris (Black-eared Warbler) at Barrancha Brancho Libre 5/6 and white-cheeked nominate 13 and 14/7

375. Pink-headed Warbler (Ergaticus versicolor) e

3 in the Chiapas Highlands 22/7

376. Painted Redstart (Myioborus inornata)

377. Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus)

378. Fan-tailed Warbler (Euthlypis lachrymose) e

379. Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culcivorus)

380. Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufufrons)

Both nominate and salvini ( Salvin’s Warbler)

381. Golden-browed Warbler (Basileuterus belli) e

382. Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

383. Red-breasted Chat (Granatellus venustus) E

A superb responsive male El Ocote 20/7

384. Common Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus opthalmicus)

Another taxonomic time bomb both in Mexico and elsewhere. spp postocularis (Dusky-headed), wetmorei (Wetmore’s), albifrons (White-fronted) and nominate (Brown-headed) all identified. A multiple split of this species to follow?

385. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager (Habia rubica)

Both rubicoides and the endemic affinis (West Mexican Ant-Tanager)

386. Red-throated Ant-Tanager (Habia fuscicauda)

387. Hepatic Tanager (Piranga flava)

388. Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata)

spp sanguinolenta (Lafresnaye’s Tanager)

398. White-winged Tanager (Piranga leucoptera)

390. Red-headed Tanager (Piranga erythrcephala) E

As MC said Durango Highway is the place for this one. 7 there 25/7 and a pair feeding in a fruiting roadside tree at El Palmito 26/7. How did I miss them last time? Poor views of a pair at Hidalgo 20/7

391. Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus snaguinolentus)

392. Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

393. Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas) e

394. Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

395. Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)

396. White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola)

Both nominate Cinnamon-rumped and morelleti

397. Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta parva)

This form is proposed as a separate species from South American forms

398. Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor)

A pair at El Ocote 20/7

399. Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivaceus)

400. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer (Diglossa baritula)

401. White-naped Brush-Finch (Atleptes albinucha)

spp gutturalis (Yellow-throated Brush-Finch) in the Chiapas Highlands

492. Rufous-capped Brush-Finch (Atlaptes pileatus) E

A nice pair at Los Lenios 1 and 2/7

493. Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch (Arremon brunneinucha)

Here we go again. Nominate (Hidalgo), apertus (Tuxtla), mike and macrourus (Chiapas) all seen

494. Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow (Melozone kieneri) E

Durango Highway 25/6

495. Collared Towhee (Pipilo ocai) E

Common in the higher forests above Oaxaca

496. Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

497. White-throated Towhee (Pipilo albicollis) E

Common in the valley of Oaxaca

498. Stripe-headed Sparrow (Aimophila ruficauda)

499. Bridled Sparrow (Aimophila mystacalis) E

2 at Yagul 13/7 and a single 14/7

500. Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Aimophila sumichrasti) E

Isthmus of Tehuantepec

501. Botteri’s Sparrow (Aimophila botterii)

502. Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)

503. Rusty Sparrow (Aimopila rufescens)

504. Oaxaca Sparrow (Aimophila notosticta) E

A sneaky pair above Teotitlan 13/7

505. Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus) E

Along side the Pachuca – Xalapa highway 8/7

506. Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

507. Worthen’s Sparrow (Spixella wortheni) E

A single perched and then several flight views after a long tramp at Tanque de Emergencia 1/7. I went looking at Prairie Dogs and thus missed a last gasp and surprising “winter” flock of a further 18 birds. A declining E Mexican endemic suffering from loss of native prairie

509. Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis)

508. Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)

509. Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)

510. Yellow-eyed Junco (Junco phaeonotus)

Both nominate and alticola (Guatemalan Junco)

511. Grayish Saltator (Saltator coaerulescens)

Both grandis (Middle American Saltator) and vigorsii (Grayson’s Saltator)

512. Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus)

513. Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps)

514. Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster)

515. Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Rhodothraupis celaeno) E

This attractive endemic was common for a short time around Ojo de Agua 2 and 3/7

516. Western Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Both nominate and the endemic carneus (Long-crested Cardinal)

517. Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)

518. Yellow Grosbeak (Pheucticus chrysopeplus) e

A couple of the nominate spp at El Ocote 20/7

519. Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

520. Blue-black Grosbeak (Cyanocompsa cyanoides)

521. Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa cyanoides) e

A couple of the very bright endemic spp indigotica (Turquoise-fronted Bunting) at Hualtaco 17/7

522. Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)

523. Rose-bellied Bunting (Passerina rositae) E

4 males and a female of this stunning endemic by the La Sepultura road 19/7

524. Orange-breasted Bunting (Passerina leclancherii) E

Birds at Hualtaco 17/7 and La Sepultura 19/7 but we never real good looks at a full male

525. Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor)

526. Scrub Euphonia (Euphonia affinis)

527. Yellow-throated Euphonia (Euphonia hirundinacea)

528. Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi)

529. House Finch (Carpodachus mexicanus)

530. Black-headed Siskin (Carduelis notata)

531. Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)

Both nominate and hesperophilus (Green-backed Goldfinch)

532. Hooded Grosbeak (Coccothraustes abeillei) e

Nice to catch up with this near endemic with 3 at Barrancha Brancho Libre on 26/6 and superb views of a pair feeding in the roadside fruiting tree at El Palmito on the same day

533. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

534. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

535. Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

536. Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

537. Melodious Blackbird (Dives dives)

538. Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalis mexicanus)

539. Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus)

540. Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

541. Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivora)

542. Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri) e

543. Bar-winged Oriole (Icterus maculiatus) e

A few at El Sumidero 20 and 21/7

544. Black-cowled Oriole (Icterus prosthelmas)

545. Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius

546. Ochre (Fuerte’s) Oriole (Icterus (spurius) fuertesi) E

An on/off split but distinctive. A couple of female plumaged birds at Chameyon 5/7 and two nice males and a female near Alverado 9/7

547. Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)

548. Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus)

spp sclateri

549. Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis)

550. Audubon’s Oriole (Icterus garuacauda)

Including nominate and the endemic dickeyae (Dickey’s Oriole)

551. Scott’s Oriole (Icterus parisorum)

552. Yellow-billed Cacique (Amblycercus holosericeus)

553. Yellow-winged Cacique (Cacicus melanicterus) E

554. Chestnut-headed Oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri)

555. Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)

1. Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)

2. Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

3. Abert’s Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)

4. Allen’s Squirrel (Sciurus alleni) E

Several from the El Ciedo road on 2/7. Endemic to NE Mexico

5. Arizona Grey Squirrel (Sciurus arizonensis)

A couple at the Edijo el Largo 30/6

6. Mexican Gray Squirrel (Sciurus aureogaster) e

Common in the south and west

7. Deppe’s Squirrel (Sciurus deppei)

2 at El Ocote 20/7

8. Mexican Fox Squirrel (Sciurus nayaritensis)

Several at the Barranca Brancho Libre 25 and 26/7
10. Variegated Ground (Rock) Squirrel (Spermophilus variegatus)

2 near el Palmito 26/6

11. Mexican Prairie Dog (Cyomys mexicanus) E

A couple at the small colony at Tanque de Emergencia 1/7. Endangered due to the same factors as Worthen’s Sparrow

12. Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

This would seem to be the identity of the fat, grass eating rodents around Yagul 13 and 14/7 Wide ranging from USA to Colombia and Venezuela

13. California Sea-Lion (Zalophus californiarnus)

A thriving colony at St Esteban Island 27/6

13. Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata)

14. Gray Fox (Urocyon cineroargenteus)

1 on the El Ciedo road 3/7

15. Eastern Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus)

This would seem to be the identity of small bats at the Hotel Casea del Diedra 3/7. Ranges from Canada to Honduras. As ever several other bat species went unidentified

16. Long-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus capensis)

A nice pod off St Esteban Island 27/6

17. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

(18. Northern Tamandua (Tamandua mexicana)

Sadly only freshly dead by the Vallee Nacional road 12/7. A nice lifer but …)

Hugh Buck
Buckbird Journeys Ltd




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