Female Western Tanager, I unfortunately couldn't manage a pic of the male, but even the female was quite nice!
A really stunning bird! Personally, I like them better than Painted's.
I almost missed this guy come past, the alarm calls of the resident White-throated Magpie Jays drew me back outside!
With a good number of birds off the list already, and a hotel room list of a modest 25 species, with only a few hours of stationary observations, I was pretty happy! I couldn't wait for what the morning would hold, as the high heats during the day apparently make birding not very good in comparison, but I'd disagree!
Starting off at 7 am, me and my mom worked our way up the beach, which yesterday had been filled with snorkelers, sunbathers and parachuters, but it was now pretty much deserted. A good number of Willets were spread along, intermixed with some Whimbrels. But one bird caught my eye, being much longer billed and lighter than the rest, a Long-billed Curlew!!! I didn't really even know that this species was a possibility, and when I checked eBird later, it turned out to be a very occasional coastal migrant with fairly few records!
And the bill can get even longer! A very cool bird :)
The "Western" subspecies of Willet, possibly soon to be split with the "Eastern"
Splash! Photo ops like this make me remember why I love shorebirds so much!
So many photos too choose from to put on the blog... Oh well.
I finally tore myself away from the photogenic shorebirds and entered some different habitat. A little estuary held some Black and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, and I also got a very poor glimpse of a Red-billed Pigeon! It flew away before I could get a very good look at it, but I was certain with the few ID points I saw, the studying was paying off... We made our way to a road that had ok forrest habitat on both sides, and we saw Groove-billed Ani, Brown-crested Flycatcher, the "Long-crested" subspecies of our Northern Cardinal, and some more Yellow-winged Caciques and their nests.
Grooves on the bill- the name explains the bird!
We walked quite a bit further, and ended up getting a little lost, but it turned out to be a good thing, as we encountered several White-fronted Parrots, my first Parrot species, as well Great Kiskadees, Social Flycatchers, Painted Buntings and Streak-backed Orioles! A very friendly stray dog also tagged along with us for a while.
The 'big' Social Flycatcher; Great Kiskadee! Search up Social Flycatcher and you'll see what I mean!
White-fronted Parrots, very noisy birds!
We headed back to the hotel, and ate some breakfast. I did some more observations from around the hotel, and added Brown Booby, Rufous-naped Wren and Neotropic Cormorant among many, many others.
We also did a proper grocery stop, and while my parents were buying food, I decided to poke around outside of the store. I was absolutely stunned! I got harder species like Ruddy-ground Dove, Lesser Goldfinch, Western Tanager, Short-tailed Hawk, Scrub Euphonia and White-collared Seedeater!!! Unfortunately I left my camera behind, wrongfully assuming that the grocery store wouldn't be good birding. Welcome to Mexican birding!!!
First two days summary: 57 species, 31 lifers