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WESTERN MEXICO

Thursday 8th March - Monday 26th March 2012

Pete Morris

Whiskered Screech-Owl (Pete Morris)

Whiskered Screech-Owl (Pete Morris)

Our well tried and tested Western Mexico tour has, over the years, become a very efficient clean-up of the many regional goodies that this part of Mexico has to offer. This year, we recorded an incredible 421 species of birds, higher than any previous total, and, crucially, added two Birdquest lifers: the endemic Sinaloa Martin and the near-endemic Eared Quetzal. Indeed we found a very high proportion of the special birds (or diamond birds) which is, of course, the main focus of the tour. Highlights amongst these were many and varied but aside from the two BQ lifers mentioned above, special mention should go to the 11 species of owls that all showed so well; the delightful Bumblebee Hummingbirds that buzzed around us; the Singing Quails that ran right up to us; 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 and Ruddy Crake; an amazing variety of North American Wood Warblers, including Olive Warbler, and many, many more. All of this was complemented by some great food, 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!!

Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo (Pete Morris)

Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo (Pete Morris)