Nature Notes

September 13, 2011

Birding San Blas, Mexico

Filed under: Birds,Mexico — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

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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