Back from Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico and the Birds we saw.

Now that I have my feet back on the ground I wanted to share with you some of the great experiences, places and birds that we saw. My wife and I have a bird tour company called “Sacred Monkey Tours” (SMT) where we take folks on trips through the new world tropics. Other trips that we have lead have been through Guatemala, Costa Rica, the Yucatan Mexico and now we have taken a group through Oaxaca and Chiapas. One of the things that stands out on SMT’s, is that in addition to the birding which the trip focuses on, we also include various other elements on our trips. Some of the things that this trip included were visits to museums, weaving studios, bird banding, a mangrove boat trip, an offshore boat trip and even a day long cooking class. These additional elements have been very popular with our participants.

This trip to Oaxaca, with 12 participants, started on Feb. 26th and ended on Mar. 9th. The well known birder, Peter Pyle was our co-leader. Patricia and I then traveled east to Chiapas with two of our friends that had gone on the tour. After a few days with them, they headed back home and we were then joined by another two friends who flew out to meet us from the bay area. The four of us drove from San Cristobal de Las Casas to the impressive Mayan ruins of Palenque. Beyond that we then headed further east to the ruins of Bonampak to see the famous and impressive frescos.

Below, I have listed the bird species that I saw in the order that they were encountered. I have included the date and location(s) visited for each day. Any species with a “*” were ones that were new birds for me in Mexico. Species marked with a “**” were species that were new for my life list.

Sacred Monkey Tours Bird List, species seen by Keith Hansen

2/24/10,  Casa Colonial, Oaxaca City,

1. Rock Dove,  2. House Sparrow,  3. Nashville Warbler,  4. Yellow-rumped Warbler,  5. Western Tanager,  6. Baltimore Oriole, 7.Yellow Warbler,  8. Wilson’s Warbler,  9. Inca Dove,  10. Cedar Waxwing,  11. Grey Silky,  12. House Finch,  13. Tropical Kingbird,

2/25/10,  Oaxaca City to the highlands of La Cumbre and then back down to Presa el estudiante Reservoir and Oaxaca City.

14. Bewick’s Wren,  15. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet,  16. Great Kiskadee,  17. Vermilion Flycatcher,  18.Black-throated Gray Warbler,  19. Dusky Hummingbird **,  20. Berylline Hummingbird,  21. Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush,  22. MacGillivray’s Warbler,  23. Social Flycatcher,  24. Turkey Vulture,  25. Orange-crowned Warbler,  26. Black Vulture,  27. Common Raven,  28. Warbling Vireo,  29. Townsend’s Warbler,  30. Cassin’s Vireo,  31. Hepatic Tanager,  32. Cooper’s Hawk,  33. Red Warbler,  34. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren,  35. Chestnut-caped Brush-Finch,  36. Golden-browed Warbler,  37. Cattle Egret,  38. Great-tailed Grackle,  39. Spotted Sandpiper,  40. Black-vented Oriole,  41. Chipping Sparrow,  42. Lesser Goldfinch,  43. White-throated Towhee,  44. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,  45. Curve-billed Thrasher,  46. Bronzed Cowbird,  47. Crested Caracara,  48. White-tailed Kite,  49. Red-tailed Hawk,  50. Common Yellowthroat,  51. Great Egret,  52. Little Blue Heron,  53 Lesser Nighthawk,

2/26/10,  Oaxaca City,

54. American Kestrel,  55. White-winged Dove,  56. Virginia’s Warbler*,  57. Rufous-backed Robin,  58. Violet-green Swallow,  59. Peregrine Falcon,

2/27/10  Oaxaca City to “Garbage Gulch” to Hwy 175 to La Cumbre to Del Monte Restaurant, to Presa el estudiante Reservoir to Oaxaca City.

60. Greater Pewee,  61. Rufous-capped Warbler,  62. Western Scrub-Jay,  63. Golden Vireo,  64. Yellow Grosbeak,  65. Dusky Flycatcher*,  66. Black-headed Grosbeak,  67. Ash-throated Flycatcher,  68. Northern Rough-winged Swallow,  69. Ruby-crowned Kinglet,  70. Hermit Warbler,  71. Brown Creeper,  72. Magnificent Hummingbird*,  73. Hutton’s Vireo,  74. Crescent- chested Warbler,  75. Hammond’s Flycatcher*,  76. Mountain Trogon,  77. Yellow-eyed Junco,  78. Red-faced Warbler,  79. White-eared Hummingbird,  80. Hermit Thrush,  81. Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush,  82. Slate-throated Redstart,  83. Mexican Chickadee,  84. Northern Waterthrush,  85. Osprey,  86. Grove-billed Ani,  87. Great Blue Heron,

2/28/10  Oaxaca City to Oaxaca Botanical Garden, (for Bird Banding led by Peter Pyle), to road below Monte Alban Ruins.

88. Merlin,  89. Western Kingbird,  90. Orchard Oriole,  91. Northern Mockingbird,  92. Clay-colored Robin,  93. Short-tailed Hawk,  94. White-collared Seedeater,  95. Elegant Euphonia,  96. Rufous-crowned Sparrow,  97. Cassin’s Kingbird,  98. Boucard’s Wren,  99. Mourning Dove,  100. Barn Swallow,

3/1/10  Oaxaca City to San Larenzo for a Cooking Class at “Seasons of My Heart” cooking school, back to Oaxaca City.

101. Northern Harrier,  102. Eastern Meadowlark,  103, Common Ground-Dove,  104. Ladder-backed  Woodpecker,  105. Botteri’s Sparrow,  106.  Vesper Sparrow*,  107. Loggerhead Shrike,

3/2/10   Oaxaca City, (with a 4:00 AM departure) to high Cloud Forest at Valle Nacional, then back to Trout Farm, to Oaxaca City.

108. Melodious Blackbird,  109. Slate-colored Solitare*,  110. Unicolored Jay,  111. Collared Trogon,  112. Spot-crowned Woodcreeper,  113. Lineated woodpecker,  114. Pale-billed Woodpecker,  115. Slate-colored Solitare,  116. Common Bush-Tanager*,  117. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird,  118. Black-throated Green Warbler,  119. Slaty-tailed Trogon,  120, Green Jay,  121, Black-headed Saltator,  122. Northern Pygmy-Owl,  123. Blue-headed Vireo,  124. Brown-hooded Parrot,  125. Ornate Hawk-Eagle,  126. Golden-olive Woodpecker,  127. Eye-ringed Flatbill,  128. Bumblebee Hummingbird **,  129. Green Violetear*,  130. Northern House Wren,  131. Spectacled Foliage-Gleaner*,  132. Chestnut-collared Swift,  133. Black Phoebe,  134. Ridgeway’s Rough-winged Swallow,  135. Sharp-shinned Hawk,

3/3/10  Oaxaca City to Teotitlan and Reservoir to Mitla to Yagul Ruins to El Tule, (To see the tree with the largest trunk on earth), to Oaxaca City.

136. Least Grebe,  137. Ruddy Duck*,  138. American Coot,  139. Least Sandpiper,  140. Western Sandpiper,  141. Blue-winged Teal,  142. Ring-necked Duck, 143. Horned Lark,  144. Lark Sparrow,  145. Brown-crested Flycatcher,  146. Say’s Phoebe,  147. American Pipit*,  148. Rock Wren, 149. Clay-colored Sparrow*,  150. Killdeer,  151. Green Heron,  152. Lincoln’s Sparrow,  153. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,  154. Bullock’s Oriole,  155. Green-winged Teal,  156. Gray-breasted Woodpecker,

3/4/10   Oaxaca City to the Ruins of Monte Alban to Oaxaca City.

157, Painted Bunting,  158 Common Flicker,  159. White-tipped Dove,  160. Lazuli Bunting*,

3/5/10  Oaxaca City to Cochineal Farm, to Animal Carving Studio, to Market at Ocotlan, to San Jose Del Pacifico.

161. Blue Grosbeak,  162. Summer Tanager,  163. Ruby-throated Hummingbird,  164. Hooded Oriole,  165. Indigo Bunting,  166. Grasshopper Sparrow,  167.Dusky-capped Flycatcher,  168. Rufous-sided Towhee,  169. Snowy Egret,  170. White-tailed Hawk,  171. Mexican Whip-poor-will,  172. Black Robin **,

3/6/10   San Jose Del Pacifico to Soledad Mirador to Puerto Angel, to Laguna Manialtepec for Mangrove Boat Trip.

173. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl,  174. American Robin,  175. Hooded Yellowthroat **,  176. Steller’s Jay,  177. Boat-billed Flycatcher,  178. Broad-winged Hawk*, 179. Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird,  180. Fan-tailed Warbler,  181. Greenish Elaenia,  182. Rose-throated Becard,  183. White-throated Robin,  184. Swainson’s Thrush,  185. Flame-colored Tanager,  186. Red-legged Honeycreeper,  187. Magnificent Frigatebird,  188. Brown Pelican,  189. Golden-fronted woodpecker,  190. Yellow-winged Cacique,  191. Gray Hawk,  192. Elegant Tern,  193. Royal Tern,  194. Laughing Gull,  195. Brown Booby,  196. Citreloine Trogon,  197. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher,  198. Zone-tailed Hawk,  199, Common Black-Hawk,  200, Boat-billed Heron,  201. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper,  202. Ruddy Ground-Dove,  203. West Mexican Chachalaca **,  204. Neotropic Cormorant,  205. Tricolored Heron,  206. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron,  207. White Ibis,  208. Muscovy,  209. White-fronted Parrot,  210. Black-crowned Night-Heron,  211. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron,  212.Wood Stork,  213. Belted Kingfisher,  214. Willow Flycatcher,  215. Lesser Scaup,  216. Thick-billed Kingbird,  217 Red-billed Pigeon,  218. American White Pelican,  219. Ringed Kingfisher,  220. Anhinga,  221. Orange-fronted Parakeet,  222. Green Kingfisher,  223. Mangrove Swallow,  224. Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Heard only and would be a life bird)  225. Reddish Egret,  226. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck,  227. Northern Jacana,  228. Ruddy-breasted Seedeater*,  229. Golden-cheeked Woodpecker,  230. Rufous-naped Wren,  231. Fulvous Whistling-Duck,  232. Purple Galinule, 233. Common Moorhen,  234. Greater Yellowlegs,  235. Alta Mira Oriole,  236. Willet,  237. Caspian Tern,  238. Collared Plover,

3/7/10   Puerto Angel to Pelagic Trip to Salt Ponds at Corodito, to Tehuantepec.

239. Bell’s Vireo,  240. Gray-breasted Martin,  241. Doubleday’s Hummingbird **,  242. Red-billed Tropicbird*,  243. Hook-billed Kite,  244. Galapagos (Audubon’s) Shearwater*,  245. Wedge-tailed Shearwater*,  246. Black-vented Shearwater*,  247. White-throated Magpie-Jay,  248. Blue-footed Booby,  249. Orange-breasted Bunting,  250. Streak-backed Oriole,  251. Northern Cardinal,

3/8/10  Tehuanteoec, to Banding near La Ventoso, (Wind Farm), Hills then on long drive to Oaxaca City, Hyw. 190.

252. Russet-crowned Motmot,  253. Green-fronted Hummingbird,  254. Cliff Swallow,  255. Least Flycatcher, 256. Golden-crowned Emerald**,  257. Canyon Wren,  258. Plain-capped Starthroat,  259. Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow,  260. Louisiana Waterthrush,  261. White-lored Gnatcatcher,  262. Banded wren,  263. Northern Bobwhite (coyolcos),  264. Black-necked Stilt,

3/9/10  Oaxaca City to

265. Laughing Falcon,

3/10/10       to and up, (via boat) then to Rim of Sumadero Canyon, to San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

266. Black-and-white Warbler,  267. Yellow-throated Euphonia,  268. Yellow-winged Tanager,  269. Olive Sparrow,  270. Masked Tityra,  271. Vaux’s Swift,  272. Orange-chinned Parakeet*,  273.Green Parakeet,

3/11/10  In and around city of San Cristobal de Las Casas.

274. Rufous-collared Sparrow, 275. Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer,  276. Gray Catbird,

3/12/10  San Cristobal de Las Casas.

277. Tennessee Warbler,

3/13/10  San Cristobal de Las Casas to Palenque.

278. Eastern Bluebird,  279. Magnolia Warbler,  280. Ovenbird,  281. Brown Jay,  282. Roadside Hawk,  283. Plumbeous Kite,  284. Montezuma Oropendola,  285. Paraque,  286. Yellow-billed Cacique,  287. Spot-breasted Wren,  288. Pale-vented Pigeon,

3/14/10  Palenque to Bonampak.

289. Barred Antshrike,  290. Northern Royal Flycatcher, 291. Blue-crowned Motmot,  292. Red-throated Ant-Tanager,  293. Keel-billed Toucan,  294. Grey-headed Dove*,  295. Buff-throated Saltator,  296. Short-billed Pigeon,  297. Plain Chachalaca,  298. Wood Thrush,  299. Rose-breasted Grosbeak,  300. Hooded Warbler,  301. Scarlet-rumped Tanager,  302. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper,  303. Blue-grey Tanager,  304. Chestnut-sided Warbler,  305. Worm-eating Warbler, 306. Long-tailed Hermit,  307. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,  308. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher,  309. Lesser Greenlet,  310. Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher,  311. Golder-crowned Warbler,  312. Aztec Parakeet,  313. Mealy Parrot*,  314. Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture,  315. Crimson-collared Tanager,  316. Blue-black Grassquit,  317. Grey-necked Wood-Rail,  318. Snail Kite,  319. Wedge-tailed Sabrewing,  320. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird,  321. Little Hermit,  322. Azure-crowned Hummingbird,  323. Streak-headed Woodcreeper,  324. Common Tody-Flycatcher,  325. Yellow-bellied Elaenia,  326. Tropical Pewee,  327. Black-cowled Oriole,  328. Acadian Flycatcher*,

3/15/10  Bonampak to Guacamayas.

329. Black-faced Grosbeak,  330. Dusky Antbird,  331. Variable Seedeater*,  332, Purple-crowned Fairy,  333. Great-crested Flycatcher,  334. Yellow-olive Flycatcher,  335. Northern Parula,  336. Violaceous Trogon,  337. Smoky-brown Woodcreeper,  338. Tawny-crowned Greenlet,  339. Plain Antvireo*,  340. Orange-billed Sparrow*,  341. Stub-tailed Spadebill,  342. Grey-headed Tanager,  343. Sepia-capped Flycatcher,  344. Yellow-tailed Oriole,  345. Kentucky Warbler,  346. Scaly-breasted Hummingbird*,  347. Bananaquit,  348. Red-crowned Ant-Tanager,  349. Blue Ground-Dove,  350. Limpkin,  351. Amazon Kingfisher,  352. Giant Cowbird,  353. Scarlet Macaw*,  354, Bat Falcon,  355, Tinamou Species? (Calling),  356, Mottled Owl (Calling)*,

3/16/10  Guacamayas

357, Red-lored Parrot,  358, White-collared Swift,  359, Collared Aracari,  360, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove,

3/17/10  Guacamayas to San Cristobal de Las Casas

361, Crested Guan,  362. Blue-winged Warbler,  363. Acorn Woodpecker,  364. Bushtit,  365. Southern House Wren,  366. Black-headed Trogon.

GRAND TOTAL, 366 SPECIES.

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