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WESTERN MEXICO

Saturday 8th March - Wednesday 26th March 2014

Pete Morris

Balsas Screech Owl (Pete Morris)

Balsas Screech Owl (Pete Morris)

With just the odd tweak here and there, our well-established Western Mexico tour has, over the years, become a very efficient clean-up of the many regional specialities that this part of Mexico has to offer. This year, we once again recorded well over 400 species of birds (exact total taxonomy dependant), and again we found a very high proportion of the special birds (or diamond birds) which is, of course, the main focus of the tour. We also added a new diamond bird to the list, the very smart Hooded Grosbeak! Highlights amongst the 410+ species seen were many and varied, but special mention should go to: the 10 species of owls and five species of nightjars that all showed so well; the delightful Bumblebee Hummingbirds that buzzed around us; the Banded and Elegant Quails; the shy Long-tailed Wood-Partridge that we teased on to the road; the amazing variety of endemic jays including the incredible Tufted Jay; stunning Military Macaws; colourful Rosy Thrush-Tanagers; brilliant Aztec Thrushes; much appreciated Rufous-necked Wood Rails, Spotted Rail and Ruddy Crakes; an amazing variety of North American Wood Warblers, including Olive Warbler; 13 smart species of wrens, and many, many more. We also again found the poorly known Sinaloa Martin. All of this was complemented by some great food (rather too much!), three weeks of virtual wall to wall sunshine, and a happy and jovial group that were all well pleased with the numbers of lifers under their belts!

Tufted Jay (Pete Morris)

Tufted Jay (Pete Morris)