A Northern Potoo in the mangrove swamp at San Blas

Northern Potoo in the mangrove swamp at San Blas, Mexico

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On our boat tour through the mangrove swamp near San Blas, in Mexico, we saw no less than three Northern Potoos, one of the most highly-sought-after species for birdwatchers.  Bob and I had booked a week’s stay in the tiny fishing village on the Pacific Coast and planned to use our time wisely.  Known as a birding hotspot, the town attracts scores of avian enthusiasts, so we had to secure our guides and tours promptly upon arrival to ensure availability. Read more

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Black-necked Stilts in San Blas, Mexico

Black-necked Stilts in San Blas, Mexico

An image of a Black-necked stilt in flight at San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico.

When Bob and I made the decision to spend a week in San Blas, in Mexico, it was not done lightly.  Reports that listed the area as not the safest to travel to gave us pause for consideration, but the promise of seeing endless numbers of tropical birds had us braving the cross-country trip from Zitacuaro.  We are forever grateful for having gone ahead with our plan.  We saw loads of interesting birds not the least of which were numerous Black-necked Stilts. Read more

Roseate Spoonbills in the Shrimp Ponds at San Blas

Roseate Spoonbills in the Shrimp Ponds at San Blas

Roseate spoonbills take flight at the shrimp ponds in San Blas, Mexico

As Bob and I arranged our winter vacation in Mexico, we made a change to the plans that would allow time for birdwatching in San Blas on the Pacific Coast.  That decision had us discovering myriad species of birds in that coastal area including some Roseate Spoonbills at the local Shrimp Ponds one morning.  We were delighted! Read more

The shorebirds at Lago de Cuitzeo in Michoacan, Mexico

The shorebirds at Lago de Cuitzeo in Michoacan, Mexico

White-faced Ibis fishing at Lago de Cuitzeo, in the Michoacán State, Mexico

When Bob and I set out from Zitacuaro for San Blas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, our spirits were high.  Being a birding hotspot, our destination had us filled with anticipation.  What we did not expect to find was the lush aquatic environment and the prolific population of shorebirds at Lago de Cuitzeo, which is found along Toll Highway 15D still in the State of Michoacan. Read more

A Brown Pelican at San Blas, Nayarit, in Mexico

A Brown Pelican at San Blas, Nayarit, in Mexico

Brown pelican in flight at San Blas, State of Nayarit, Mexico

Our first morning in San Blas, Mexico, Bob and I awoke to the sounds of Great-tailed Grackles, church bells, and seabirds.  From our third-floor balcony, a slim band of blue water was barely visible beyond the tall, swaying palm trees of the hotel’s inner courtyard, so we knew that an interesting walk lay ahead of us.  After a relaxed breakfast, we navigated the dirt streets to the harbour where a  huge Brown Pelican soared on the ocean breeze. Read more

Great-tailed Grackles stroll on the grass in Zitacuaro

Great-tailed Grackles stroll on the grass in Zitacuaro

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The Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus) that Bob and I saw in Mexico were certainly impressive when it comes to grackles.  On our first morning in Zitacuaro, as we made our way to the patio for breakfast, we did not recognize the ear-piercing call of a number of these birds as they stood sentinel on the hotel’s rooftop. Read more

A Wilson’s Warbler at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

A Wilson’s Warbler at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Wilson's Warbler in a tree at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, in Zitacuaro, Mexico

Last spring, at home in Ontario, Bob and I had fervently hoped to see a Wilson’s Warbler as they migrated through our region to their breeding grounds in northern Canada.  It was a total surprise to spot one in Mexico on our very first day on the ground there, and it was no further than a short walk from our hotel room at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

Slate-throated Redstart at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

Slate-throated Redstart at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

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In January, Bob and I traveled to Zitacuaro in the State of Michoacan, Mexico, for the purpose of seeing the Monarch Butterflies that had completed their winter migration.  It was an added bonus to come across a good selection of interesting birds such as this Slate-throated Redstart, and we didn’t even have to leave the property of Hotel Rancho San Cayetano. Read more

A Lincolns Sparrow at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

A Lincolns Sparrow at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano

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Before we even arrived at Hotel Rancho San Cayetano in Zitacuaro, Mexico, we knew it was going to be someplace special.  Not only was the location centrally-located in relation to three nearby monarch butterfly preserves, but it also turned out to be a haven for interesting birds given the lush grounds and proximity to a sheltered river valley.  To our surprise, one day at lunch, a brave Lincolns Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) fluttered to the ground next to our sunlit table and cast a curious glance our way. Read more

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