Monday, September 6, 2010

Serious Birding for 3+ Days

Okay, I give up.....Google has a bug in it today, and I've tried and tried to re-order the following photos and to eliminate a few duplicate photos to the point that I am not going to waste anymore time. The gist of our birding is found after the photos. When I get more photos from Liz, Sid, Jerry and Pat, I'll post them separately.

Swallow-tail butterfly larva

A bat under the eaves of my house
Male black-polled yellowthroat

Black-chested sparrow

Birding at La Estacion near Erongaricuaro

Behind the concession stand at Arroyo Frio
south of Tacambaro

Black-chested sparrow at Tacambaro

Yes, La Espiga bakery. What a way to start the day!

Maestro at La Espiga bakery

Prowling the bushes for Red warblers near Zarzamora

Sid just ticked off another bird on his life list!

Lunch break in Erongaricuaro on market day

Friends Liz and Sid visited from Tucson last week along their friends from Spokane, Pat and Jerry. Hugo was able to join us for two days before he headed to Long Point Bird Observatory.

We visited the bridge to Jaracuaro, La Estacion, Columpio near Zarzamora, and various favorite spots in the Tacamabaro area. Watching three hummingbird feeders at my house also kept us busy. No Rufous, Allen's or Calliope's have made an appearance yet this season.

With six pairs of eyes belonging to six serious birders, I was hoping for something rare to show up. No luck, however. No swifts, no unusual flycatchers, no new warblers.... the one bird that was a potential lifer - a largish owl - briefly caught my eye before delving deep in a tree on the other side of Rio Corucha. Hugo saw it, too, but not enough for either of us to identify it.

Liz and Jerry have promised photos of birds, bats, dragonflies, insects butterflies, moths, etc. I will post them when the CD arrives.

Species seen/heard (101):

Great egret
Little blue heron
Snowy egret
Cattle egretWhite-faced ibis
Black vulture
Turkey vulture
White-tailed ite
Cooper's haw
White-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk (dark morph)
Northern Jacana
Black-necked stilt
Inca dove
White-tipped dove
Groove-billed ani
Lesser roadrunner
Barn owl
Unidentified owl
Golden-crowned emerald
Violet-crowned hummingbird
Berylline hummingbird
Magnificient hummingbird
Russet-crowned motmot
Acorn woodpecker
Golden-cheeked woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Northern flicker
White-striped woodcreeper
Pileated flycatcher
Greater pewee
Pine flycatcher
Black phoebe
Vermilion flycatcher
Great kiskadee
Social flycatcher
Cassin's kingbird
Thick-billed kingbird
Rose-throated becard
Northern rough-winged swallow
Cliff swallow
Barn swallow
Gray silky-flycatcher
Spotted wren
Canyon wren
Happy wren
Bewick's wren
House wren
Curve-billed thrasher
Blue mockingbird
Eastern bluebird
Brown-backed solitaire
Orange-billed nightingale-thrush
Russet nightingale-thrush
White-throated thrush
American robin
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Mexican chickadee
Bridled titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
Brown creeper
Mexican jay
Common raven
House sparrow
Warbling vireo
Golden vireo
House finch
Black-headed siskin
Lesser goldfinch
Olive warbler
Crescent-chested warbler
Hermit warbler
Black-and-white warbler
Louisiana waterthrush
Black-polled yellowthroat
Gray-crowned yellowthroat
Red-faced warbler
Red warbler
Painted redstart
Slate-throated redstart
Rufous-capped warbler
Yellow-breasted chat
Hepatic tanager
Blue-black grassquit
White-collared seedeater
Rufous-capped brush-finch
Hybrid towhee (Collared + Spotted)
Canyon towhee
Black-chested sparrow
Stripe-headed sparrow
Rufous-crowned sparrow
Rusty sparrow
Striped sparrow
Song sparrow
Yellow-eyed junco
Back-headed grosbeak
Great-tailed grackle
Bronzed cowbird-juvenile
Streak-backed oriole
Yellow-winged cacique