Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Little blue heron
Great blue heron
The endemic Black-polled yellowthroat, however, evaded us.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Not yet finished items at Fidelina and Domingo's workshop.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Can you find the hummingbird nest?
Golden-fronted woodpeckerLadder-backed woodpecker
Black phoebeVermilion flycatcher
Mystery myiarchus flycatcherGreat kiskadee
Cassin's kingbirdNorthern Rough-winged swallow
Canyon wren (heard)Bewick's wren
Nashville warblerBlack-and-white warbler
Black-chinned sparrow (lifer for me)
Mystery bunting - female
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sketch by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927) American ornithologist and illustrator
Townsend's warbler (Dendroica townsendi)
Species seen/heard (not in taxonomic order):
Cooper's hawk (first bird seen
Allen's hummingbird (orange-red central throat spot seen, wings shorter than tail) - female
Collared x Rufous-sided towhee
Bullock's oriole - female
Black-throated Gray warbler
Townsend's warbler (last bird of the day)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
One is never alone in this area, for the ejido lands are divided into separate lots and, at this time of year, are worked by the families of Arocutin. We encountered several friendly individuals as we made our way to the end of the road.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Watch for White-throated swifts in this canyon
On the eastern edge of El Charco is Parque Landeta, a different habitat
Birds for the day were (36 species):
Wilson's phalaropes (at least 16)
Canyon wren (h)
Black-backed oriole - female
If you plan to visit El Charco del Ingenio, you'll want to pick up the hot-off-the-press book by Walter L. Meagher and Wayne Colony entitled "Wild & Wonderful, Nature Up Close in the Botanical Garden 'El Charco del Ingenio', San Miguel de Allende". For more information and where to purchase this fabulous book, go to: www.wildwonderfulnature.com
Two motmots were seen above and to the left of Wayne
Oh so many ferns at the balneario!
-Sound heard in deep brush (we all referred to this bird as the turkey sounding bird)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
From Campestre Aleman, we’ll carpool along a dirt road, where we’ll bird for an hour or so. We’ll stop from time to time to see/hear what birds are around - warblers and other passerines are showing up for the fall and winter months.
If you’re not very mobile, this is a trip for you.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We'll meet in front of the Policia Federal (on the street behind the Pemex) in Patzcuaro at 9:00 AM and head to Zarzamora. If anyone in Eronga is planning to join us and needs a ride, let me know. If you're coming around the north end of the lake, let me know and I'll figure out a place to rendezvous in Eronga. Antep9@aol.com
See previous blurb for photos and information.
This is an easy uphill walk through a forest. My last visit to the area was a hike - this time we'll look for birds. Count on 2-3 hours in the woods.
We'll be on the lookout for this species: Pygmy nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Afterwards those interested and hungry may join me for lunch at the pizza-baguette-torta restaurant on Eronga's square. The proprietors are Cristal and Mariano. She's one of the daughters of the owner of Campestre Aleman restaurant. The menu has lots to offer, the food is delicious and reasonably priced, and service is friendly and prompt.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I know birds are lurking in this rich understory!
Most of the trees are being tapped for resin. Note the scarring.
Bird highlights for me were Pygmy nuthatches, Rusty-crowned Ground-sparrows, and vocalizing but not seen trogons. Although I kept my eyes peeled for the endemic woodcreeper, I didn't seen any.Edna, Gail and Stephen with Lake Patzcuaro in the background.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Neon skimmer - Libellula croceipennis
This dragonfly is found from Southwestern USA to Costa Rica
Photo by Wayne Colony
Birds seen/heard (not in taxonomic order):
Squirrel cuckoo (one of those unimpeded views a photographer would love - red eye and all - only Wayne had his nose focused on a butterfly elsewhere!)
Black-chested sparrow (lifer for me)
Blue bunting (another life)
Flycatchers - a Pileated and a few others - any flycatcher experts who want to help us focus on the finer aspects of these non-vocalizing birds?!
Wayne and Susan returned next day before heading back to San Miguel. They photographed at least 39 species of butterflies and reported Banded quail, a species I'd love to add to my life list!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The following photos show the view from El Estribo from the east to the west.