Trip report: San Blas and Northwest Mexico, From the Pacific to the Sierra Madre (Jan 2009) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter.

In addition to some of the most breathtaking scenery Mexico has to offer, our San Blas and Northwest Mexico tour offers a chance to see over forty Mexican endemics, eleven of which are found in Northwest Mexico and nowhere else. Dry coastal thorn forest gives way to moist pine-oak woodland as we ascend the Sierra Madre Occidental. It is here that we found one of the crown jewels of Mexican birds, the Tufted Jay, as well as a surprise observation of the near-mythical Eared Quetzal. At our hotel in the foothills, we enjoyed multiple observations of Military Macaw while enjoying late morning brunches. The tour concluded with a few relaxing days based in legendary San Blas, as we explored the nearby mangroves, lagoons, and lush tropical hillsides. Since everyone on the trip had birded in the U.S. extensively, we elected to concentrate on endemic birds, so consequently, we spent very little time looking at shorebirds, gulls, and ducks.

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