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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 22:27   #1
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Hi, I will have just one day in CDMX to go birding, could you recommend me a place other than Chapultepec park? Thanks!
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Old Sunday 8th September 2019, 01:30   #2
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Here are some suggestions.
1. Desierto de los Leones. This is not a desert and there are no lions. It is a National Park.
2. Xochimilco. Here you can go for a boat ride to see water birds such as egrets
3. Popocatepetl Park. This is an active volcano in a national park about one hours drive from the city. You can take a bus. Here you can see the Striped Sparrow, Steller's Jay and others.
4. Popo Park. This is not a park, it is the village at the base of the volcano. At Hotel Eden there are many birds in the garden including White-eared Hummingbird, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Gray Silky Flycatcher, and others. Yellow-eyed Juncos are common. The owner of the hotel will drive you to the volcano for a fee.
5. Beryline Hummingbirds are common right in the city wherever there are flowers.
6. And of course, Chalultepec that you already know about.
I know Mexico City well so if you have questions I will be happy to help.
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Old Sunday 8th September 2019, 09:16   #3
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3. Popocatepetl Park. This is an active volcano in a national park about one hours drive from the city. You can take a bus. Here you can see the Striped Sparrow, Steller's Jay and others.
It's active currently - don't be surprised if the area is closed off for safety!
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/popocatepetl/news.html
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Yes, it is active and spewing ash. It has been off and on for years. The park around the volcano may or may not be open. There is a tour bus that goes there from Mexico City every Tues and Sat. They would know if it is open or not. Their telephone is +1 (877) 329-4461
Anyways, I found the best birding around the village of Popo Park which is a fair ways from the volcano although I would not want to be there if it blew its top. Although I found the Striped Sparrow only near the top. Thanks to the volcano, there is no logging or development so it is a good place for birds. The hotel at Popo Park would also have the latest information +52 597 976 7964
Anyways, Desierto de los Liones is closer and lots of birds there.
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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 15:43   #5
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Assuming safety is still ok, Milpa Alta is a nice spot technically in city limits but a few hrs from some parts of the city. Notably it is a good site for Sierra Madre Sparrow and Strickland’s WP. It has generally good grassland and pine woodland birding. I went there in ‘13 or ‘14 as it was distinctly safer than the typical Sierra Madre Sparrow stakeout and we had a wonderful day.

Anyone have current gen?
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Thanks a lot!! Very good information, I think I will try Desierto de los Leones, thanks!
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