BIRDERS!

We recently had the opportunity to visit the ranches above Yelapa with Master Birder, Bruce Ferry. Bruce is currently in Yelapa for the ever popular, “Yoga and Birding Retreat”. Here is just a partial list of birds that Bruce has seen in Yelapa and surrounding areas.

•Least Grebe (Brad’s village tours)
•Eared Grebe (off the docks in the bay)
•Blue-footed Booby (at Tres-Marietas Islands)
•Brown Booby (often on taxi ride in – occasionally from beach)
•Black-throated Tiger Heron (Tuito River – ¾ way to Falls in Big Boulder section)
•Reddish Egret (2010 – right in the river at foot crossing area)
•Cattle Egret (typically in fields up-river on Tuito)
•Boat-billed Heron – (in bamboo on Oasis property. I have seen 2 in this tall bamboo – patiently look carefully, almost always roosting here)
•Roseate Spoonbill (I seem to have this bird every other year at river foot crossing area)
•Wood Stork (2010 in river generally around river foot crossing area)
•Blue-winged Teal (2006 in Bay)
•White Hawk (walking up Mountain Road from cemetery – NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE! – definite White Hawk – 50’ above my head circling)
•Solitary Eagle (2006 on large rock on ocean shore just as you head out of Yelapa on water Taxi)
•Short-tailed Hawk (** on Brad’s tours into neighboring villages out of Yelapa))
•Black Hawk-Eagle – NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE! – both in 2008 and 2010 at same spot – up Mountain Road to paraglider launch site. On both occasions this bird (likely the same bird) started low and circled forever up high and called non-stop. Identification is obvious with this spectacular bird. It is worth walking up there and enjoying watching the paragliders for a few hours and wait to see if this bird shows up. Maybe call the paragliding people and they may take you up the mountain when they are going? Although the walk up the mountain road to the top is more than worth it at any rate. Both times I have seen this bird was in the heat of the day.
•Crested Carcara – (2010 – along Tuito)
•Laughing Falcon – (2010 – both our of town along Tuito and up the mountain road over the top ridge – listening for this guy is the key!)
•Bat Falcon (I have never seen this bird in Yelapa – but a fellow Canadian I know has seen it right in the village)
•Bridled Tern (2006 – on a private boat trip to Tres-Marias Islands – bird on coconut shell in water – beautiful bird!)
•Military Macaw – (I am sure you see these beauties all the time – a real plus for Yelapa for this troubled bird)
•Squirrel Cuckoo – (fairly common almost anywhere along Tuito trails)
•Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl – (I can still not be certain which Pygmy-Owl I am seeing – last year seen hunting warblers)
•White-naped Swift (** on Brad’s village tour 2008)
•Vaux’s Swift (** Brad’s village tour 2010)
•Mexican Long-tailed Hermit – (in village 2006)
•Golden-crowned Emerald – (in village)
•Broad-billed Hummingbird – (in village)
•Trogans (another great bonus about Yelapa – both species readily available for viewing pleasure)
•Russet-crowned Motmot – (once in village – once half way up the mountain road)
•Acorn Woodpecker – (** Brad’s village tour)
•Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – (** Brad’s village tours)
•Grey-crowned Woodpecker – (2010 half way up mountain road)
•Ivory-billed Woodcreeper – (fairly common along Tuito trails)
•Flycatchers – (nasty!!! This is why I am not ready to lead the big tours yet! I am meeting up with local guides this visit to learn more about these tough to separate group)
•Greater Pewee – (** Brad’s village tour 2010)
•Pacific Slope Flycatcher – (river and mountain road)
•Vermillion Flycatcher – (along Tuito trails)
•Bright-rumped Attila – (2008 – found this guy up a trail half way up a mountain trail when I sat hidden for a while and flocks of birds paraded through the area I was in)
•Boat-billed Flycatcher – (typically high up mountain road, not so much at lower elevations, also common on Brad tours)
•Thick-billed Flycatcher – (same as above)
•Grey-collared Becard (Brad’s tour)
•Rose-throated Becard – (Tuito Falls, mountain road and Brad’s tour)
•Mangrove Swallow – (2010 after some rains a huge flock arrive and fed around village river mouth for a few days)
•Violet-green Swallow – (** Brad’s village tours)
•Black-throated Magpie-Jay – (another Yelapa specialty!)
•Green Jay – (*2008 and 2010 – high up on Mountain Road and 2008 and 2010 on Brad village tours)
•San Blas Jay – (along Tuito river near falls typically – and Brad tours)
•Swainson’s Thrush – (village 2010)
•Hermit Thrush – (village 2010)
•Rufous-backed Thrush – (common enough in Yelapa)
•Golden Vireo – (fairly common endemic! Along river trails)
•Warbling Vireo – (fairly common along river)
•Lucy’s Warbler – (2008 in village along river trails)
•Black-throated Grey Warbler – (Tuito trails and Brad’s tours)
•Townsend’s Warbler – (same as above)
•Northern Waterthrush – (same as above)
•Wilson’s Warbler – (same as above)
•Painted Redstart – (Brad’s tours)
•Fan-tailed Warbler – (2006 and 2010 in Yelapa village area)
•Rufous-capped Warbler – (Brad’s tours and mountain road)
•Yellow-breasted Chat – (2006 on mountain road just a little up from cemetery)
•Red-breasted Chat – ( * – west-Mexican Endemic – 2006 – female skulking in shrubbery part way up mountain road)
•Scrub Euphonia – (typically up mountain road anywhere)
•Red-crowned Ant-Tanager – (2010 – halfway up mountain road – watch for ant lines crossing road – sit well back as this is a favourite meal of this bird and they may come down to the line to dine!)
•Summer Tanager – (Tuito river trails near falls)
•Yellow Grosbeak – (all trips I’ve done to Yelapa)
•Blue Bunting – (river sometimes – but more often along roadside up mountain road)
•Blue Grosbeak – (2010 Brad tour)
•Varied Bunting – (river fields – but more often mixed with other buntings up mountain road)
•Orange-breasted Bunting – ( * west-Mexican Endemic – same as above 208, 2010)
•Painted Bunting – (along river fields and up mountain road – again with mixed flocks of Buntings)
•Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow – ( * West-Mexican Endemic – Brad’s tours in 2008 and 2010 and 2010 mountain road walk)
•White-collared Seedeater – (2006 along rover fields)
•Bronzed Cowbird – (2006 along river fields – I have not seen on any subsequent trips to Yelapa)
•Orchard Oriole – (2010 – Brad’s tour)
•Hooded Oriole – (2008 in Yelapa – 08 and 10 on Brad tours)
•Black-vented Tour – ( * Endemic – 2008 Brad tour)
•Baltimore Oriole – (2010 Brad tour)
•Bullock’s Oriole – (2010 Brad tour)

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