Monday, September 29, 2008

Birding San Miguel de Allende

We returned to San Miguel de Allende to pick up Chuck's new passport. If you haven't seen one, the new ones are beautiful with drawings of national landmarks. He particularly enjoyed the drawings of Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, and cowboy ones.

Sunday was a glorious day, and we birded with Wayne + Susan, Linda + Saul, and Mike, who's also a herp/amphibian lover who'll be house/cat sitting for us next month. Keeping the hummingbird feeders full is also a task he'll do for us while we're north of the border. While we're away, I am keeping my fingers crossed that he'll find snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders, and other non-birdy creatures. Stay tuned for that posting.

Here are the birds we saw at three stops (before repasting at Hecho en Mexico later on):
Great egret
Snowy egret
Black-crowned Night-heron (juvenile)
White-faced ibis
Green-winged teal
Mexican duck
Blue-winged teal
Ruddy duck
Turkey vulture
American kestrel
American coot
Spotted sandpiper
Rock pigeon
Mourning dove
White-winged dove
Inca dove
Groove-billed ani
White-throated swift
Broad-billed hummingbird

Can you find the hummingbird nest?

Violet-crowned hummingbird

Mystery hummingbird

Golden-fronted woodpecker

Ladder-backed woodpecker

Black phoebe

Vermilion flycatcher

Mystery myiarchus flycatcher

Great kiskadee

Cassin's kingbird

Northern Rough-winged swallow

Barn swallow

Ruby-crowned kinglet


Cactus wren

Canyon wren (heard)

Bewick's wren

House wren

Curve-billed thrasher

Blue-gray gnatcatcher


Loggerhead shrike

Chihuahua raven

House sparrow

Cassin's vireo

House finch

Lesser goldfinch

Nashville warbler

Black-and-white warbler

Canyon towhee

Chipping sparrow

Black-chinned sparrow (lifer for me)

Black-headed grosbeak

Mystery bunting - female

Great-tailed grackle

Black-backed oriole

Scott's oriole

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