Nature Notes

September 10, 2014

Scenes from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has been a long time favorite winter destination for North Americans from colder climates. below you will find some landscapes and images from the town.

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August 14, 2013

January 22, 2013

Birding by the ocean, Mexico

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Brown Booby

An early morning visit to the shore of the Pacific near Puerto Vallarta will produce an excellent variety of birds. I found Semipalmated and Wilson’s Plover, as well as Whimbrel, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, and Surfbird.  On the ocean itself, Magnificent Frigatebird were common, often seen harassing Heerman’s and Laughing Gulls. Bridled and Sooty Terns were seen, and Brown and Blue-footed Booby.


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August 20, 2012

June 23, 2012

September 13, 2011

Birding San Blas, Mexico

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Gray Hawk

San Blas has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent birding area as well as being a great place to surf. While we didn’t go surfing, our party did find some excellent birding. It has a number of good habitats, Peso Island reached by a short ferry ride, Lower Sinayta, a village surrounded by a forested area about 5 miles away from San Blas, the sewage lagoons, and the shrimp ponds found a short distance outside of the town. You can also take a guided boat trip through the mangroves. You can take this at night as well, with a guide who can spotlight some excellent birds.

We spent our day at the sewage lagoon and the shrimp ponds. Heron and egrets were plentiful at the shrimp ponds as was White and White-faced Ibis. The sewage lagoon hosted Fulvous Whistling Duck, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler. Gray Hawk was common and we saw Short-tailed and White-tailed Hawk as well. Black-necked Stilts and American Avocet joined Northern Jacana at the sewage lagoon. In wooded areas it was easy to find White-winged Dove, Common Ground-Dove and Inca Dove. The spectacular Black-throated Magpie-Jay and beautiful San Blas Jay are to be seen.


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November 2, 2010

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

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Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis

The Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis, is one of the most common members of the Bunting Family, found in a wide range of habitats from southern Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. It is often found near humans and is easily seen, especially given the males habit of singing from a prominent perch.

While in Panama, I found a leucistic male singing on a fence post. You can see an image of it below.

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February 17, 2010

Mexican Plaza

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Mexican Plaza

Mexican Plaza

There was an amazing amount of pigeons in this plaza in Puerto Vallarta.


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