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Sunday 3rd April - Friday 22nd April 2016
Mark Van Beirs
Our tenth Southern Mexico tour was much improved by the addition of the marvellous venue of El Triunfo, one of the best preserved forests of the country. We assembled a mouth-watering list of endemics and specialties on our wanderings though the varied habitats of this scenic, much maligned country. Our travels took us from the forests of the deep southern state of Chiapas, through the coastal habitats, pine-oak forests and dry inter-montane valleys of Oaxaca, via the limestone hills of Veracruz to the high altitude pine forests and marshes near Mexico City. The Bird of the Trip was without a doubt the striking Horned Guan that showed so very, very well at El Triunfo, but the uniquely coloured Pink-headed Warbler, the cracking Bumblebee Hummingbird, the magnificent Fulvous Owl and the exquisite Orange-breasted and Rose-bellied Buntings were also very much appreciated. Other interesting species that showed well included White-bellied Chachalaca, Highland Guan, Pink-footed and Galapagos Shearwaters, Black Storm Petrel, Boat-billed Heron, Blue-footed Booby, Swainson’s Hawk (impressive migration), Brown Noddy, Pomarine Jaeger, White-faced Quail-Dove, Pheasant Cuckoo, Bearded and Pacific Screech Owls, Emerald-chinned and Oaxaca Hummingbirds, Slender Sheartail, Resplendent Quetzal, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Strickland’s and Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Mayan Antthrush, Belted, Pileated and Buff-breasted Flycatchers, Grey-collared Becard, Chestnut-sided and Green Shrike-Vireos, Golden Vireo, Black-throated and Dwarf Jays, Grey Silky-flycatcher, Giant, Boucard’s, Sumichrast’s, Nava’s and Rufous-browed Wrens, Ocellated Thrasher, Blue and Blue-and-white Mockingbirds, Brown-backed and Slate-colored Solitaires, Black-headed and Russet Nightingale Thrushes, the special Olive Warbler, Crescent-chested, Golden-browed and Red Warblers, Black-polled and Hooded Yellowthroats, Spot-breasted and Bar-winged Orioles, Sierra Madre, Bridled, Striped and Cinnamon-tailed Sparrows, Prevost’s Ground Sparrow and Cabanis’s Tanager. Mammals were not very obvious, but our encounter with a Baird’s Tapir at El Triunfo will remain with us forever and the Spinner and Pantropical Spotted Dolphins enlivened our exciting boat trip off Puerto Angel.