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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    Aren’t they spectacular? Seen them a few times on past trips but didn’t see any this time. They really are quite numerous on the coast from Zipolite, Oaxaca to the Chiapas border. I’m now at 556; in fact it’s my #3 country after the US and Ecuador.
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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    Mexico takes a lot of trips to do comprehensively! I still have the following 27 endemics left. My next trip will take me through central Mexico from Jalisco to Veracruz for the species in orange. I will definitely leave the northern ones for a guided trip. Missed out on Yucatan Gnatcatcher...
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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    Sure so logistics wise, I generally bird without guides unless it really is impossible from a security/access to reserves standpoint. To me, the pleasure isn’t just seeing the birds, but to have some role in finding them too - and in most places I can get a pretty good success rate on my own...
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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    Day 4-6 San Blas San Blas, located 3.5 hours north of Puerto Vallarta, is a fishing/port town and modern-day tourist hub that is an ideal base for birders to explore a rich assemblage of wetlands, plantations, and hillsides of the region ascending from coastal scrub all the way up to pine-oak...
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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    Day 2-3: Cerró La Bufa This site, accessed by a short but steeply winding, unpaved access road ascending from San Sebastián, is home to montane pine-oak forest birds. It has a larger, higher elevation forest than San Noria and as such has a fair number of species, several restricted to Mexico’s...
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    Nayarit and Jalisco, Dec 2020

    A 7.5 day tour of Puerto Vallarta and San Blas Like many of you, this has been a difficult year with COVID-19 reshaping every facet of our lives, including our passion for bird travel. I was fortunate to be able to visit Western Mexico for a week trip just before Xmas and would like to share...
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