Thursday, June 23, 2011

May 2011 Birding Trip Report

Note:  I'll add photos to this entry soon.  Until then, here's a recent trip report. 

Oh, and in case you've been wondering about my not posting many entries this past year: No, I've not moved on to another pastime - I still live to bird. It's simply a matter of other pressing matters taking up my time this past year - divorce, my mother's failing health, more work to finish my house, visiting friends, etc.

Last month, Hugo guided a visiting birder - George M. from Ontario. I was invited to tag along for the last day and a half. Both Hugo and George got lifers. Although not a lifer, I got a great look at a bird on my BVD list - that stands for Better View Desired bird. Fan-tailed warbler, seen at Arroyo Frio near Pedernales.

We dipped on swifts at the waterfalls south of Uruapan so we headed to Tacambaro, always a treasure trove of birds.

Some changes at Rio Corucha: they've bulldozed a wider road higher up the mountainside. It looks like they're building an alberca (pool) up there or so we were told by some of the blackberry farmers. The trickle of water that used to make its way down the dirt road on the other side of the river is no more. Thus, no butterflies. :-(
The area still produced Banded quail, Black-chested sparrow, Lesser roadrunner, and Golden-crowned emerald. No West Mexican chachalacas - it's been more than a year since we've spotted them in the area.
And no, we didn't spot the mystery raptor, which both Hugo and I say is a Solitary eagle. One day we'll see it again and have a good camera to record the sighting.

Birds seen/heard (150 species):

Great egret
Snowy egret
Cattle egret
White-faced ibis
Lesser scaup
Black vulture
Turkey vulture
Sharp-shinned hawk
Red-tailed hawk
Banded quail
Common moorhen
Northern jacana
Black-necked stilt
Greater yellowlegs
Spotted sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Rock pigeon
Mourning dove
Inca dove
White-tipped dove
Squirrel cuckoo
Groove-billed ani
Lesser roadrunner
Northern pygmy-owl
Ferruginous pygmy-owl
White-naped swift
White-throated swift
Golden-crowned emerald
Broad-billed hummingbird
White-eared hummingbird
Violet-crowned hummingbird
Berylline hummingbird
Blue-throated hummingbird
Magnificent hummingbird
Plain-capped starthroat
Mountain trogon
Elegant trogon
Belted kingfisher
Green kingfisher
Russet-crowned motmot
Acorn woodpecker
Golden-cheeked woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Ladder-backed woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Northern flicker
White-striped woodcreeper
Greenish elaenia
Pileated flycatcher
Tufted flycatcher
Olive-sided flycatcher
Greater pewee
Pine flycatcher
Cordilleran flycatcher
Buff-breasted flycatcher
Black phoebe
Vermilion flycatcher
Dusky-capped flycatcher
Ash-throated flycatcher
Nutting's flycatcher
Great-crested flycatcher
Brown-crested flycatcher
Great kiskadee
Social flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied flycatcher
Cassin's kingbird
Thick-billed kingbird
Rose-throated becard
Northern rough-winged swallow
Barn swallow
Gray silky-flycatcher
Gray-barred wren
Spotted wren
Canyon wren
Happy wren
Bewick's wren
Marsh wren
Curve-billed thrasher
Blue mockingbird
Easter bluebird
Orange-billed nightingale-thrush
Russet nightingale-thrush
Hermit thrush
White-throated thrush
Rufous-backed robin
American robin
Mexican chickadee
Bridled titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
Brown creeper
Steller's jay
Mexican jay
Common raven
House sparrow
Plumbeous vireo
Hutton's vireo
Warbling vireo
Golden vireo
Chestnut-sided shrike-vireo
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Olive warbler
Orange-crowned warbler
Nashville warbler
Crescent-chested warbler
Yellow warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Black-throated gray warbler
Townsend's warbler
Common yellowthroat
Black-polled yellowthroat
Gray-crowned yellowthroat
Wilson's warbler
Red warbler
Painted redstart
Slate-throated redstart
Fan-tailed warbler
Rufous-capped warbler
Golden-browed warbler
Hepatic tanager
Summer tanager
Western tanager
Elegant euphonia
Blue-black grassquit
White-collared seedeater
Cinnamon-bellied flowerpiercer
Rufous-capped brush-finch
Green-striped brush-finch
Rusty-crowned ground-sparrow
Hybrid towhee (Collared x Rufous-sided)
Canyon towhee
Black-chested sparrow
Stripe-headed sparrow
Rusty sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
Yellow-eyed junco
Black-headed grosbeak
Blue grosbeak
Red-winged blackbird
Western meadolark
Great-tailed grackle
Bronzed cowbird
Streak-backed oriole
Black-vented oriole
Scott's oriole
Yellow-winged cacique

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Nesting Boxes

On a recent trip to/from the States, I picked up two pre-made nesting boxes - on sale no less.

They were rather plain so I asked my neighbor Francis if she'd beautify them with some of her artwork. She and husband Roldofo Rodriguez make much sought after art - large and small chests, shadow boxes, crosses, benches, and hummingbird earrings are just some of the articles they make.

Here are the finished boxes.......

Detail of the box in the side yard.

Note: the banner, birds and flower heads are raised from the box; the flower stems and leaves are painted onto the box.

It's installed in cozy corner where I can watch it from inside the house.

This one is in the front yard.

A wren - I am hoping for a Spotted wren - moved in within a couple hours of installation!

Of course, there's always a pair of birds who want a different home. Canyon wrens recently fledged a brood from the space under the umbrella of this patio heater.