Trip report: Mexico: Oaxaca and the Isthmus Extension (Mar-Apr 2017) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas. This was a set-departure tour. Note that the 2017 itinerary is slightly different.

Our Oaxaca trip this year enjoyed some spectacular weather, great birding, and a very friendly group. It had been a number of years since I last visited Mexico, and I had forgotten just how great the birds are – we had a long list of true stunners. It’s hard to pick favorites but I’ll try: Orange-breasted and Rose-bellied Buntings, amazing wrens like Boucard’s and Giant, record numbers of Dwarf Jays, a fearsome Fulvous Owl that first seemed like it wasn’t going to come in and then suddenly did, numerous eye-popping orioles, superb sparrows including Bridled and Cinnamon-tailed, a completely unexpected Ocellated Quail, and the warblers, oh yes, the warblers… Not just the incredible residents like Red Warbler and Pink-headed Warbler, but good numbers of migrant species pretty much every day. Along with the birds, we enjoyed some authentic Mexican food, a dash of culture with some interesting cities and archaeological sites, and a nice variety of habitats and scenery to make for a very memorable tour.

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