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SOUTHERN MEXICO

Sunday 10th April - Friday 29th April 2011

Mark Van Beirs

The major highlights of our fifth Southern Mexico tour were the mega quality splendours Highland Guan, Singing Quail, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Nava’s Wren and Rosita’s Bunting. We visited nine different Endemic Bird Areas (as defined by BirdLife International) and collected an impressive list of 463 species including more than half of the 213 Mexican and Central American specialities. There were many other magical moments as we also observed great birds like Thicket Tinamou, Black Storm Petrel, Boat-billed Heron, Franklin’s and Sabine’s Gulls, Pacific, Guatemalan and Bearded Screech-Owls, Mountain Pygmy-Owl, Buff-collared Nightjar, Blue-capped Hummingbird, Citreoline and Mountain Trogons, Russet-crowned Motmot, Grey-breasted, Grey-crowned and Strickland’s Woodpeckers, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Belted and Pileated Flycatchers, Black-throated and Dwarf Jays, Giant and Sumichrast’s Wrens, Blue and Blue-and-white Mockingbirds, Ocellated Thrasher, Grey Silky, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Red Warbler, Orange-breasted Bunting, Bridled and Sierra Madre Sparrows and Bar-winged Oriole. We all appreciated the glorious panoramas of Mexico’s forested sierras, the tasty Mexican food, the cosy lodgings and the relaxed atmosphere.