Trip report: Northeast Mexico (Jan 2007) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter.

Northeast Mexico offers birders the opportunity to encounter many of the country’s endemic birds while traveling through habitats as diverse as high desert plateaus, tropical marshes, dry upland oak forests, lowland rainforests, and montane cloudforests. While birds like Mountain Trogon, Azure-hooded Jay, and Blue-crowned Motmot are all undeniably tropical, this tour offers a taste of the Neotropics without overwhelming numbers of unfamiliar bird families, making it an excellent tour for first-timers to the tropics. A visit to the stunning pre-Columbian ruins of El Tajín rounded out the trip.

This tour was atypical with regards to weather. We were hit by two nortes (cold fronts from North America). Consequently, we never saw a temperature over 70ºF. It was close to freezing a few nights, we seldom saw the sun, and we had light drizzle a couple days. That said, there was little wind but one day, and there was little negative impact evident. If anything, the weather helped us by pushing highland birds lower.

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