Nature Notes

August 30, 2008

Birding Puerto Vallarta, the Mountains

Filed under: Birds,Mexico — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 7:30 am
Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

We contacted Birding Mexico and took their 1/2 day tour into the higher regions north of Puerto Vallarta. Essentially this involved driving the main highway south, and stopping a number of times at different locations and heights. If you had your own vehicle, you could easily do the area on your own, stopping at likely looking spots. The tour stopped in late morning and went to a restaurant. It is designed for the casual birder and those who are a little more hardcore will find this lunch stop frustrating as it reduces prime birding time to two or three hours.

Among the birds seen were Military Macaw, the endemic and threatened Lilac-crowned Parrot, Black Swift, Beryline Hummingbird, Russet-crowned Motmot, Acorn, Lineated and Pale-billed Woodpecker, Vermillion Flycatcher, White-throated Thrush, Green Jay, the endemic Golden Vireo, Grace’s Warbler, Painted Redstart, Hepatic, Summer and Western Tanagers, White-collared Seadeater, Rusty Sparrow, Orange-breasted Bunting, and Yellow Grosbeak.


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4 Comments »

  1. Hey, nice pictures, they are beautiful, just a bit insecure about the Rufous Crowned Sparrow, its quite black, wasnt it a Rusty Sparrow, the life behind the eye is too dark, anyway i might be wrong, cheers and good birding.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric Antonio — March 30, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  2. Hi Eric:

    Thanks for your comment, I think you may be right. I’ve done a quick web search and the images of found of Rusty Sparrow seem a better match.

    I appreciate you taking the time to let me know about this.

    Regards, Harold

    Comment by Harold — March 31, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  3. Its good to see pictures of birds so close. I like the vermillion flycatcher. Nice shots

    Comment by flidir — March 1, 2010 @ 4:14 am

  4. Thanks very much!

    Comment by Harold — March 2, 2010 @ 8:42 am

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