Western Mexico - 23rd February - 8th March 2008

Published by Colin Bushell (bushbird AT btinternet.com)

Participants: Colin Bushell, Alex Parker, Don Sykes, Rob Thatcher, Sharon McCall, Allan Hall, Anita Hall, Stan Davies, Carole Davies (Toucan Birding tours)


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Tufted Jay
Tufted Jay


23rd February: Arrival in Guadalajara with KLM. Put our watches back 6 hours from GMT. Meet up with Karel Beets, our driver/guide and transfer to the plush Hotel Tapatio.

24th February: Breakfast and birding in the grounds of the Tapatio. Various migrants seen (mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers) but also Curve-billed Thrasher, Black-vented and Hooded Orioles, Broad-billed and Violet-crowned Hummingbirds and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. Departure for Ciudad Guzman stopping en route in wetlands of Sayula and Zapotlan with star bird of the morning being a Lesser Roadrunner. Lunch just outside Ciudad Guzman (with Bullock’s and Orchard Orioles in the restaurant grounds) and then afternoon birding Nevado de Colima road. First stop produces Mountain Pygmy-Owl and Chestnut-sided Shrike Vireo as well as good views of perched White-eared Hummingbird.

25th February: Full day birding the Nevado Colima road. Good selection of birds today including Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Pine Flycatcher, Mountain Trogon, Red Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Collared Towhee, Brown-backed Solitaire and Golden-browed Warblers. Overnight in Ciudad Guzman.

26th February: Birded the Atenquique – Volcan de Fuego road. Lower road (1200m) very “birdy” in the early morning with Blue Mockingbird, Green-striped Brushfinch, West Mexican Chachalaca and a small group of Long-tailed Wood-Partridges all seen. A breakfast stop besides a quebrada provides us with Rufous-crowned Ground-Sparrow, Grey Silky-Flycatcher and Least Flycatcher before driving up to the microondas side road where White-throated Thrush, Golden Vireo and Dwarf Vireo are all seen. Returned to Colima stopping on the lower approach road to the volcano where Banded Quail were watched crossing the road. Arrived in Colima for an early finish to the day for a change.

27th February: Morning birding the road to La Maria from Colima. Breakfast at the shrine at El Jacal where a lucky few see Slaty Vireo. Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush pops into view briefly and plenty of Lilac-crowned Parrots overhead during breakfast. A walk up a cobbled side track proves very birdy, especially at a fruiting tree. Elegant Trogon, lots of Brown-backed Solitaires, White-throated Thrushes, a male Red-headed Tanager, Smoky-brown Woodpecker and Blue Mockingbird are all seen. Ivory-billed Woodcreeper shows briefly and some Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrows can be heard scurrying around in the leaf litter. A pair of Happy Wrens are discovered feeding in the trail side shadows on the way back to the bus. The rest of the morning is spent at Laguna La Maria stopping briefly for some West Mexican Chachalacas on the way with a Pale-billed Woodpecker flying over as we watch these noisy Cracids. Grey-crowned Woodpecker, Black-throated Green Warbler and an all too brief Elegant Trogon are the best birds near the lake with just Least Grebes and American Coots out on the water.

After a brief visit to our hotel we head out to La Cumbre where “trip birds” fall fast in the form of Stripe-headed Sparrows, stacks of Orange-breasted Buntings (including some cracking males), Rufous-naped Wrens and White-throated Magpie-Jay. The thorn forest on the hill produces more Orange-breasted Buntings and fine views of a Colima Pygmy-Owl and dusk at the summit (with a beer) proves worthy with at least 10 Black-chested Sparrows but sadly no response from Balsas Screech-Owl.

28th February: Drove to Playa del Oro Road where Citreoline Trogon, Blue Bunting, Thick-billed Kingbird, Nutting’s Flycatcher, Golden Vireo, White-bellied Wren, Rose-throated Becard, Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Cinnamon Hummingbird and best of all a male Red-breasted Chat are all seen before moving on to Barra de Navidad and Hotel Cabo Blanco for lunch. Afternoon at the Manzanillo Airport Marshes (very productive). Lots of waterbirds here including Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis and Northern Jacana. Plenty to see in the scrubby borders and reed beds as well, including White-throated and Willow Flycatchers, White-collared and Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters, Cassin’s Vireo, Lincoln’s Sparrow and a King Rail that shows all too briefly.

29th February: Early visit to Barranca El Choncho where we succeeded with great views of a Flammulated Flycatcher at leisure. Other species seen this morning included Happy and Sinaloa Wrens, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, San Blas Jay and many West Mexican Chachalacas. Karel (who stays back to tidy up after our breakfast) sees an Ocelot while we are out enjoying the delights of Flammulated Flycatcher!

Stop for lunch at Altimira where there were plenty of Bronzed Cowbirds before continuing for a short time to Rancho Primavera. In the heat of the afternoon we watch Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Cinnamon Hummingbirds, Broad-billed Hummingbirds and a single Blue-throated Hummingbird at the feeders. The latter is most unexpected as it is usually found at higher altitudes. Stripe-headed Sparrows and Streak-backed Orioles are also watched as we drink lemonade on the patio. An afternoon walk in a very pleasant setting produces Rufous-backed Thrush, Blue Mockingbird and Orange-fronted Parakeets before finishing our day at the ponds where White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and Blue-winged Teals congregate as Miliary Macaws fly overhead. Just as we thought our day had ended on a high a Sora is discovered on one of the ponds on the way back to the ranch. Post dinner and list nightbirding produces a Pauraque but a Mottled Owl just won’t be coaxed into view despite calling back to playback. An excellent day in the field in Mexico once again.

1st March: A couple of Russet-crowned Motmots are undoubtedly the star birds of our early morning walk at Rancho Primavera with Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush appearing briefly once again and Military Macaws overhead. Reluctantly we leave Primavera for the San Blas area stopping for lunch at Guayabitos where Black-throated Magpie-Jays are seen from the road before enjoying seafood with a view over the Pacific. Our first Mexican Parrotlets are found right outside our rooms at the hotel in Miramar and then it’s on to San Blas for the rest of the afternoon. We see plenty of birds from the boat trip in the mangroves of La Tovara including Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Green Kingfisher and a roosting Lesser Nighthawk. The return trip after dark is the highlight though with up to 11 Northern Potoos spotlighted.

2nd March: Early morning at La Bajada driving up to 400m where we stop for breakfast where there are many Yellow-winged Caciques, Hooded Orioles and a few Western Tanagers feeding in the flowering trees. Masked Tityras and Rose-throated Becards are seen in the tops of dead trees but the understory flocks remain hidden with just briefest of looks at Macgillivray’s Warbler and a male Grey-collared Becard. At least a Fan-tailed Warbler shows well eventually. Best bird of the morning is undoubtedy the Mexican Woodnymph found by Anita in a dark recess in overhanging branches of a leafy tree. Returning to Miramar we stop to look at the coast where up to 10 Eared Grebes, Wilson’s Plover and a variety of Nearctic gulls can be studied at leisure.

An afternoon search for Rufous-nacked Wood-Rail and Mangrove Vireo is a disappointing failure but 13 Lesser Scaups on the river and a single Muscovy Duck are welcome additions to the list. Many Lesser Nighthawks feed overhead as we return to San Blas in the evening.

3rd March: Full day at Cerro San Juan pausing for Black-throated Magpie-Jays en route. Highlight of the day falls early this morning with a stunning adult Collared Forest-Falcon that surprises an unsuspecting gathering of passerines near the road before perching in full view. Stopping in promising areas on Cerro San Juan we see Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow, Bumblebee Hummingbird, Grey-crowned Woodpecker plus a good selection of migrant warblers, flycatchers and buntings.

As the day heats up we return to Miramar briefly before heading out to the pools at San Blas where we watch a variety of waders and terns to round off the day nicely. Dinner at the hotel in Miramar with Karel and Carolyn Felderhof (our guide for the Durango Highway).

4th March: One of our earliest starts of the tour (05.30 hrs) for the Durango Highway, stopping for Rufous-bellied Chachalacas, Purplish-backed Jays, Gila Woodpeckers and Black-throated Magpie-Jays en route. A very optimistic stop on the Panaltitlan track in the heat of the day pays dividends with our only Black-capped Gnatcatcher of the tour. A lunch stop at “Daniel’s” in Copala produces Squirrel Cuckoo before climbing the Durango Highway. Arrival at the Tufted Jay Reserve on the Mesa de los Alisos is interrupted by a party of several Tufted Jays passing close to the clearing. Overnight in the cabins with excellent food.

5th March: An early morning walk in the pine forest near the cabins is most productive with a single Colima Warbler as the highlight. A leaking water pipe attracts many Chipping Sparrows as well as Spotted Towhee, Rufous-capped Brushfinch and many Yellow-eyed (Mexican) Juncos. Plenty of bird flocks here on the mesa (unlike the other highland sites visited earlier on the tour) with Red Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Red-headed Tanager, Mexican Chickadee, White-striped and Ivory-billed Woodcreepers and Arizona Woodpeckers frequently encountered. Best of all a male Grey-collared Becard is found giving the whole group a second opportunity to see this scarce bird. An evening excursion is very successful with superb views of Whiskered Screech-Owl attracted to playback and a probable Stygian Owl near camp.

6th March: A full day exploring the Tufted Jay Preserve and the nearby Durango Highway. Great views of Tufted Jays for the third day running alongside our first Steller’s Jays of the tour. Picnic lunch at the stunning “El Gringo” viewpoint overlooking the pine forests.

7th March: Tufted Jays near the cabins once again in the early morning before our departure for Mazatlan. A hastily arranged trip out to the Booby Rocks and Isla de los Venados is very worthwhile with Blue-footed Boobies and Red-billed Tropicbirds from the boat. A quick walk into the arid scrub on the island produces Green-tailed Towhee and Five-striped Sparrow after a “pishing session”. Overnight in the plush Hotel Playa Mazatlan in the coastal resort.

8th March: Early transfer to Mazatlan Airport for flights to Mexico City with connection to Amsterdam. Unfortunately KLM have to delay the flight nearly 24 hours due to a fault with the plane and we spend the night in a hotel in Mexico City.

9th March: The Fiesta Inn airport hotel deal with the sudden influx of “guests” admirably and we’re transferred back for our KLM flight to Amsterdam in the mid-afternoon. Thankfully we leave without a hitch today.

10th March: Arrival in Amsterdam and connections are made with flights to regional UK destinations.

Species Lists

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Several on the coast in the Miramar (near San Blas) area and 20+ from the boat at Mazatlan.
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus Small numbers on Laguna Maria and at Rancho Primavera.
Red-billed Tropic Bird Phaethon aethereus At least one pair over the “Booby Rocks” off Mazatlan on 7th.
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii Seen (20+) on the “Booby Rocks” off Mazatlan on 7th.
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster Numerous near San Blas, Miramar and at the “Booby Rocks” off Mazatlan.
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Common along the coast from Manzanillo to Mazatlan.
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchus Small numbers at Laguna Zapotlan and near San Blas.
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Common in wetland areas and seen on six dates.
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Small numbers on the first day of the tour were the only records.
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga Small numbers at the Manzanillo Airport marshes but common near San Blas.
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Common in all coastal areas.
Bare-throated Tiger Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum Seen on both dates in the San Blas mangroves. Daily max. 3 birds.
Green-backed Heron Butorides virescens Small numbers seen in the wetland areas near Ciudad Guzman and mangroves near San Blas. Recorded on 6 dates.
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodius Seen on 8 dates.
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor Seen on 6 dates. Most numerous at Manzanillo Airport marshes and near San Blas.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax violaceus Good numbers (up to 40) in the San Blas area on 3 dates, mainly in mangroves but also on the coast near Miramar.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Small numbers on four dates in the San Blas area..
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius One or in the Tovara mangroves near San Blas.
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Small numbers (max. 5+) seen at Manzanillo Airport marshes and on 3 dates in the San Blas area.
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens Two sightings at San Blas and near Mazatlan were the only birds recorded.
Great Egret Egretta alba Good numbers on eight dates, mainly during journeys.
Snowy Egret Egretta thula As the above species, especially numerous near San Blas.
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Numerous - mostly from the road between sites.
White Ibis Eudocimus albus Recorded mainly near San Blas, mostly in mangroves.
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi Seen on 5 dates with largest number (22) near Laguna La Maria.
Wood Stork Mycteria americana Small numbers near San Blas on four dates.
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Common, seen almost daily.
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Common, seen daily.
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja A few sightings of ones and twos on 5 dates, most numerous near San Blas.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Large numbers in the San Blas area on the river near Singayta – probably 100+. Up to 100 in scattered flocks were seen as we travelled from Miramar to the Durango Highway.
Gadwall Anas strepera Three at Laguna Zapotlan were thy only records.
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata A single from the boat trip from San Blas to Singayta was the only record.
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca Around 20 birds at Laguna Zapotlan and San Blas Junction pools..
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors Seen on 5 dates with largest numbers (50+) near San Blas.
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera About 30 on the pools at San Blas with just 3 elsewhere at Laguna Zapotlan.
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Recorded on 4 dates, mostly around San Blas.
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis A flock of 13 on the river near San Blas were the only ones recorded..
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis A flock of 20 on the pools at San Blas one afternoon.
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Seen on 3 dates in the San Blas area with 30+ seen on 3rd March.
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis A couple of birds at the Manzanillo Airport marshes and in the San Blas mangroves.
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus A few in open country on our first day.
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis A couple at the Manzanillo Airport marshes and near San Blas.
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus One near Rancho Primavera.
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus Singles on four dates.
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperi Singles on four dates. Good views of some soaring birds.
Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus Many observations of mangrove-inhabiting birds at San Blas on 4 dates.
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus Singles on 2 dates north of Mazatlan.
Grey Hawk Buteo nitidus The common “roadside” hawk in the lowlands, especially between San Blas and Mazatlan. Recorded on 8 dates.
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Small numbers on 2 days, including a displaying pair over the Playa de Oro Road.
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus A single (pale phase) over the Tufted Jay Preserve was the only record of the tour.
White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus Seen on our first day in the field only with a few birds south of Guadalajara.
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni One over the hillsides of El Tuito.
Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus One near the Tufted Jay Preserve was our only record of the tour.
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Quite common in foothill regions and recorded on 8 dates.
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway Seen on 7 dates, most numerous along the coast from Manzanillo to San Blas.
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinans Heard on 3 dates on Playa de Oro Road and near San Blas.
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus A cracking bird seen really well on the lower slopes of Cerro de San Juan.
American Kestrel Falco sparverius Fairly regularly observed (recorded on 8 dates), usually from the bus!
Merlin Falco columbarius A pair near Volcan Fuego on the lower approach road.
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Singles at Singayta on 22nd and Panuco Road on 24th.
West Mexican Chachalaca Ortalis poliocephala More records this year with sightings from 4 days and heard on another date on the lower slopes of Volcan Nevado Colima. Seems to be replaced by the following species near San Blas and the Durango Highway.
Rufous-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis wagleri Four at the Nayarit toll as we headed west from San Blas towards Mazatlan. What was also probably this species was heard at La Bajada too.
Long-tailed Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx macroura One of the singing birds that responded to a recording on Nevado Colima was unfortunately only glimpsed by just the leader. Several appeared in roadside vegetation right next to the bus (!) on the lower slopes of Volcan Fuego were seen by most (but unfortunately not all) the group.
Banded Quail Philortyx fasciatus At least 15 seen along the lower stretches of the road to Volcan Fuego and 3 the next day at La Cumbre.
King Rail Rallus elegans One seen briefly by a few members of the group at Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Sora Porzana carolina One showed really well on a small pool at Rancho Primavera one evening. Two more were seen in the mangroves near San Blas.
Common Moorhen Galinula chloropus Seen on 5 dates, mostly near San Blas.
American Coot Fulica americana Small numbers around San Blas during our stay here and a few near Mazatlan.
Limpkin Aramus guarauna Several at Manzanillo Airport Marshes and a couple of pairs in the mangroves near San Blas.
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola At least 5 at San Blas.
Wilson’s Plover Charadrius wilsonia We saw about 5 of these on the beach at Miramar.
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Up to a dozen in the mangroves of San Blas and on the beach at Miramar.
Killdeer Charadrius vociferous Four birds seen on the first day were the only ones seen.
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliates Four at Mazatlan on the final day.
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus One of the most numerous waders seen during the tour. Huge numbers at San Blas.
American Avocet Recurvirstra americana A dozen or so seen en route to Ciudad Guzman on the first day of the tour and 100’s near San Blas.
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa Most numerous at the Manzanillo Airport marshes and smaller numbers around San Blas.
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca Just a couple near Miramar this year.
Willet Catotrophorus semipalmatus A few birds seen at Miramar and in the mangroves near San Blas. At least five on the islands near Mazatlan.
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Small numbers on four dates.
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus A few near San Blas, Miramar and Mazatlan.
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus Ones and twos near San Blas and Mazatlan.
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa Four at San Blas and one near Mazatlan.
Sanderling Calidris alba One at Miramar.
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla We studied many “peeps” at San Blas and the closest birds appeared to be this species (“blob-ended” bills, capped appearance, streaks across chest, restricted warm tones to plumage) but we were unable to study the feet properly. At least one member of the group thought that Western Sandpiper C. mauri may have been present.
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri See comments for above species.
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla A few near Ciudad Guzman and hundreds seen near San Blas.
Stilt Sandpiper Calidiris himantopus At least 100 at San Blas.
[Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus At the time most of the dowitchers seen in the field were thought to be Long-billed L. scolopaceus and this species was certainly heard. However at least one bird appears to be a Short-billed in photos.]
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus Seen at San Blas.
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago At least 5 near San Blas.
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Small numbers at San Blas and Mazatlan.
Bonaparte’s Gull Larus philadelphia Just one near Mazatlan on the last day.
Heermann’s Gull Larus heermani Numerous on the coast at Miramar, San Blas and Mazatlan.
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis A single near Ciudad Guzman, common near San Blas and Mazatlan.
Herring Gull Larus argentatus smithsonius Small numbers at Miramar and near Mazatlan.
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia Small numbers at Laguna Zapotlan (near Ciudad Guzman), Miramar and at San Blas.
Royal Tern Sterna maxima Small numbers at San Blas and Mazatlan.
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri Four at San Blas.
Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris Common in the lowlands with many sightings in the San Blas area.
Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata Small numbers (daily max. 10 birds) seen on the volcanoes near Colima and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Seen in small numbers on three dates, mostly near Ciudad Guzman and Colima.
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Common on the coast with most seen around the Playa de Oro Road and Manzanillo Airport marshes (50+ on that day).
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verrauxi Common in dry forest areas such as Playa del Oro and quebradas such as Barranca El Choncho.
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerine Small numbers on four dates.
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti Small numbers in the Manzanillo Marshes area and at Rancho Primavera.
Inca Dove Columbina inca Common; seen on 8 dates.
Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis Fewer seen this year with records only from Rancho Primavera and La Bajada. No more than a couple of pairs seen in a day.
Military Macaw Ara militaris Our overnight stay at Rancho Primavera provided us with good opportunities to see this parrot. We saw at least 9 on our first afternoon there plus a pair the following morning as we watched Russet-crowned Motmot.
Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius Easily seen this year at our hotel in Miramar where at least 30 birds fed on figs trees near our rooms.
Lilac-crowned Parrot Amazona finschi We saw many more of these this year (although we missed White-fronted Parrot A. albifrons). Most were seen near Laguna La Maria but we saw a few for the next four days in a row near Manzanillo and San Blas.
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana Three sightings (all singles); near Volcan Fuego, Rancho Primavera and near Copala.
Lesser Roadrunner Morococcyx erythropygus One spotted from the bus on our first day as we travelled from Guadalajara to Ciudad Guzman was our only, but very welcome, sighting.
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris Small numbers on five dates.
Whiskered Screech-Owl Otus trichopsis One bird responded very nicely to playback at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Stygian Owl Asio stygius Heard most nights at the Tufted Jay Preserve. A large owl that flew past on two nights was almost certainly this species.
Mountain Pygmy Owl Glaucidium gnoma One seen really well on Nevado de Colima.
Colima Pygmy Owl Glaucidium palmarum Seen really well at La Cumbre this year (nice one Allan!) and heard at Cerro San Juan.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Glaucidium brasilianum One found by Sharon at La Bajada showed really well.
Mottled Owl Strix virgata Heard at Rancho Primavera but would not come in to playback.
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis Common around San Blas.
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis One first located by Anita showed really well outside the dining room at Rancho Primavera.
Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi One seen briefly early morning on the slopes of Volcan Nevado was eclipsed by an individual at the Tufted Jay Preserve. Three birds flushed off the road at La Cumbre by the vehicle headlights were probably this species too.
Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis A goo year for this bird in the Tovara mangroves with 11 birds spotlighted.
Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi Seen on two dates with most near Nevado de Colima.
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis Small parties (max 15) near the Nevado de Colima and a couple seen at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Mexican Hermit Phaethornis mexicanus One at the top of the La Bajada track was the only record.
Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus Loads singing (but only a couple seen) above 2400m on Nevado de Colima.
Golden-crowned Emerald Chlorostilbon auriceps A female near El Jacal on the La Maria road was the only record this year.
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris Small numbers on four dates in Guadalajara, El Jacal, Barranca El Choncho and lower Durango Highway.
Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila Common in dry thorn forest in the lowlands.
Mexican Woodnymph Thalurania ridgwayi A female seen perched at La Bajada.
White-eared Hummingbird Basilinna leucotis The common “highland hummer” during our tour.
Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina Seen on four dates; more common in middle elevations.
Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps A female seen in the Hotel Tapatio (Guadalajara) on our first morning was the only one until Rancho Primavera when a few were seen on the feeders.
Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae One on the feeders at lower elevation than normal at Rancho Primavera. One at the Mesa de los Alisos area (Tufted Jay Preserve) was more expected.
Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens One at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Sparkling-tailed Woodstar Phiodice dupontii A couple seen at the Playa de Oro road and at Rancho Primavera.
Lucifer Hummingbird Calothorax lucifer Singles on Nevado de Colima and Volcan Fuego.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris A couple of birds seen near the cabins at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archlochus alexandri One at El Jacal on the La Maria road.
[Costa’s Hummingbird Archilochus costae A pair along La Pataca Road appeard to be this species in the field but photographic evidence seemed to suggest otherwise.]
Calliope Hummingbird Archilochus calliope A couple on Nevado de Colima and one on Volcan Fuego.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus One on the La Maria road.
Bumblebee Hummingbird Selasphorus heloisa At least one seen on Cerro San Juan.
Citreoline Trogon Trogon citreolus Numerous sightings in drier forest from Playa del Oro, Barranca El Choncho and Rancho Primavera.
Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus Great views of this species on the volcanoes and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans Fewer than last year but still got great views at Laguna La Maria and La Bajada. Heard at Cerro San Juan too.
Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus Two at Rancho Primavera were most welcome.
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata Ones and twos at Manzanillo Airport marshes and near San Blas.
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Apart from a few birds by the roadside most were seen in the mangroves near San Blas.
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle Americana Common in the mangroves near San Blas.
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus Common in any highland areas visited such as Nevado de Colima and Cerro San Juan.
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Centurus chrysogenys The common woodpecker of the coastal lowlands from Playa de Oro through to San Blas.
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Centurus aurifrons A couple seen in the Hotel Tapatio in Guadalajara were the only ones seen.
Gila Woodpecker Centurus uropygialis Common near the Mazatlan area.
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis Small numbers on Nevado de Colima, Volcan Fuego and near El Tuito.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris Up to 4 in a day on the volcanoes. Thereafter singles only at Laguna La Maria and in arid country near Barranca El Choncho.
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus One on Nevado de Colima.
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Venillornis fumigatus A pair at Laguna La Maria.
Grey-crowned Woodpecker Piculus auricularis One seen well at Laguna La Maria and heard on Cerro San Juan.
Arizona Woodpecker Picoides arizonae Small numbers in all highland areas.
Lineated Woodpecker Drycopus lineatus A couple in the mangroves of San Blas and near Mazatlan.
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis One on the La Maria road and seen well at Cerro de San Juan.
White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster Seen in the highlands of Nevado de Colima and the Durango Highway (including the Tufted Jay Preserve).
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster More widespread than the former species. Small numbers at Volcan Fuego, El Jacal, Laguna La Maria, Barranca El Choncho, La Bajada, lower Cerro San Juan and then on the lower Durango Highway.
Northern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe Heard on several occasions but only seen at La Bajada.
Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata A couple of birds seen on the lower Nevado de Colima.
Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus Quite common in the highlands. Sounds quite different to the birds in South America.
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus borealis One on Volcan Fuego was the only record for the tour.
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax Small numbers on six dates.
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax trailii One seen at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis At least 2 seen (and heard calling) at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus Seen on Nevado de Colima, near Panaltitlan and on the Durango Highway.
Hammond’s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii Singles identified on Volcan Fuego and at the Tufted Jay Peserve.
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri One seen (and heard calling) at Nevado de Colima.
Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis One on Nevado de Colima and another at the Tufted Jay Preserve called and performed well.
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons One on Nevado de Colima.
Pacific Slope [Western] Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis Western Flycatchers were identified at the coastal sites from the Playa de Oro road to La Bajada would have been “Pacific Slopes”.
Cordilleran [Western] Flycatcher Empidonax [difficilis?] occidentalis Identified on Nevado de Colima and Laguna La Maria. What a headache!
Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Widespread, if not particularly numerous. Seen on 8 dates.
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus Seen at La Bajada but heard at other sites.
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer The most frequently encountered Myiarchus of the tour with sightings from the volcanoes down to the coastal lowlands.
Nutting’s Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi At least one heard on the Playa del Oro Road and seen at Barrance del Choncho.
Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannus Widespread and quite numerous in the lowlands but also seen at La Bajada and below Cerro de San Juan.
Flammulated Flycatcher Deltarhynchus flammulatus We connected well with this retiring species this year. One calling strongly on the Playa de Oro road remained hidden but one showed really well in response to playback at Barranca El Choncho the next day.
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Widespread and recorded on 8 dates.
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similes Fairly common in the lowlands and seen with some regularity around San Blas.
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis One seen in the gardens of Hotel Tapatio in Guadalajara on the first morning.
Cassin’s Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans The common kingbird for the first part of the tour until we hit the coast near Manzanillo.
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melanocholicus The common kingbird of coastal western Mexico on our tour.
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris First seen on the lower slopes of Nevado de Colima. Further records during the rest of the tour came from a range of elevations from sea-level up to the lower slopes of Cerro San Juan.
Grey-collared Becard Pachyramphus major One male seen briefly by Allan on the La Bajada track remained the only record until a male was located in a feeding flock at the Tufted Jay Preserve. Phew!
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae Seen at Rancho Primavera, La Bajada and lower Cerro de San Juan.
Masked Tityra Tityra inquisitor Recorded on the Playade Oro road, La Bajada and at San Blas.
Grey-breasted Martin Progne chalybea A couple at the foot of Nevado de Colima and several near Manzanillo Airport were the only records.
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor Hundreds at the Manzanillo Airport marshes in the late afternoon.
Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea A flock of 50+ over the pools near San Blas.
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina Only one sighting this year when a flock of 10 was seen on the lower Durango Highway as we travelled back to Mazatlan.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis Seen on 9 dates.
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Small numbers on two dates.
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Recorded on 6 dates with the largest numbers near Manzanillo Airport where hundreds were seen at a pre-roost gathering.
Steller’s Jay Cyanositta stelleri We encountered a flock of 15 or so birds in the company of Tufted Jays Cyanocorax dickeyi on the Durango Highway.
Black-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta colliei These stunning birds were seen near Guayabitos, below Cerro San Juan and near Copala on the Durango Highway.
White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa Seen at the foot of La Cumbre and on the Playa de Oro road.
Tufted Jay Cyanocorax dickeyi We were very fortunate with this species this year. Small flocks of up to 10 birds were seen on 4 consecutive days at the Tufted Jay Preserve, many inspecting old nests and “raiding” them for material.
San Blas Jay Cyanocorax sanblasianus Up to 30 seen in Barranca El Choncho was the daily max.
Purplish-backed Jay Cyanocorax beecheii We stopped for a flock of 8 birds at Acoponeta as we drove from San Blas to the Durango Highway on 24th.
Grey-breasted Jay Aphelocoma ultramarine A nice noisy flock of 20 birds giving away their presence at Nevado de Colima on 17th.
Sinaloa Crow Corvus sinaloae Locally common (mainly in villages) from the San Blas area with hundreds seen daily.
Northern Raven Corvus corax Recorded on several dates in highland areas.
Mexican Chickadee Parus sclateri Small numbers een on Volcan de Fuego and near the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus Small numbers on Nevado de Colima.
Brown Creeper Certhia americana Highland areas, in mixed flocks.
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis Small numbers on Nevado de Colima.
Grey-barred Wren Campylorhynchus megalopterus Found at higher elevations and often in flocks in pines. Common on Nevado de Colima.
Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha Four seen at the foot of La Cumbre near Colima.
Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis Seen on the lower sections of Nevado de Colima.
Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus Heard in a gulley along the La Pataca Road near the Durango Highway.
Sinaloa Wren Thryotherus sinaloa Heard on Playa del Oro Road and seen in Barranca El Choncho.
Happy Wren Thryotherus felix Seen Playa del Oro Road, La Bajada and Cerro San Juan. Heard elsewhere.
White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra Seen (up to 5 individuals) well on Playa del Oro Road.
Brown-throated [House] Wren Troglodytes [a.] brunneicollis Seen on 4 dates.
Grey-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys Two seen on Nevado de Colima.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus canendula Common in mixed species flocks, mostly in the highlands and recorded on 6 dates.
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea Very common, mainly in arid areas. Seen on 8 dates.
Black-capped Gnatcatcher Polioptila nigriceps One, showing it’s proportionately heavy bill well, at Panatitlan between Mazatlan and the Durango Highway.
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis Regularly encountered in the highlands of Nevado de Colima, Cerro San Juan and Mesa de los Alisos.
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis Common on Nevado de Colima (at least by voice) and not difficult to see. We found some at La Bajada and the Durango Highway.
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii One showed well on Nevado de Colima.
Russet Nightingale-Thrush Catharus occidentalis Easy to see early morning and evening around the Tufted Jay Preserve cabins.
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris A brief view of one bird was surpassed by looks at individuals at Rancho Primavera and Barranca El Choncho.
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustalatus A couple of bids at Barranca El Choncho and La Bajada.
Hermit Thrush Catharus gutatus Singles on Nevado de Colima, Cerro San Juan and near the Tufted Jay Preserve cabins.
American Robin Turdus migratorius Two seen near the Durango Highway were the only records.
Rufous-backed Thrush Turdus rufopalliatus This attractive endemic was seen at Barranca El Choncho, Rancho Primavera and La Bajada.
White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis Regularly encountered on Nevado Colima, Volcan Fuego, Cerro de San Juan, La Bajada track and up the Durango Highway.
Aztec Thrush Zoothera pinicola One seen by just a few members of the group at the foot of Volcan Fuego was the only sighting this year unfortunately.
Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens Another bird easier seen this year than last with records from 8 dates. Most were seen on Volcan Fuego but records from Rancho Primavera, Cerro de San Juan and the Tufted Jay Preserve were very welcome too.
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Surprisingly few with a handful of birds seen on four dates.
Curve-billed Thrasher Taxostoma curvirostre Three seen in Guadalajara on our first day.
Grey Silky Flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus Found in small flocks (max 25+ at Volcan Fuego) in highland sites on 4 dates.
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus A bird often found perched on roadside cables on our first day.
Slaty Vireo Vireo brevipennis One appeared briefly at our breakfast site at El Jacal.
Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii One on the Playa de Oro Road.
Dwarf Vireo Vireo nelsoni One seen on Volcan Fuego was our only record this year.
Plumbeous [Solitary] Vireo Vireo [s.] plumbeus Seen on the Plyay de Oro Rpad and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Cassin’s [Solitary] Vireo Vireo [s.] cassini One near Manzanillo Airport was our only record this year.
Hutton’s Vireo Vireo huttoni A couple of sightings from the lower slopes of Nevado de Colima and Volcan de Fuego and thereafter common at the Tufted Jay Preserve and the Durango Highway.
Golden Vireo Vireo hypochryseus This striking endemic was seen on 5 dates (all singles) from Volcan Fuego down to the coast near San Blas.
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus Seen on eigh9 dates, usually in ones and twos except for Volcan Fuego and Cerro de San Juan where up to a dozen were seen daily.
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolaneus melitophrys Seen on 3 dates on Nevado de Colima and Volcan Fuego. Key bird for the tour and found very easily this year.
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata An indistinct warbler seen throughout the tour in small numbers.
Colima Warbler Vermivora crissalis One of the biggest surprises of the tour was when popped up in the understory in a mixed flock at the Tufted Jay Preserve!
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla Common just about throughout the tour and involved in most flocks. Seen daily.
Crescent-chested Warbler Vermivora superciliosa An attractive warbler of highland forests such as Cerro San Juan and the Durango Highway.
Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi Small numbers at Rancho Primavera and La Bajada.
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Small numbers near the coast at San Blas.
Audubon's [Yellow-rumped] Warbler Dendroica [c.] audoboni Very common in the highlands with flocks of 30+ on Nevado de Colima and Cerro San Juan.
Black-throated Grey Warbler Dendroica nigrescens Another common warbler, especially in the highlands. Seen on 9 dates.
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica nigrescens Ones or twos at Laguna La Maria and Cerro de San Juan.
Townsend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi Fairly common in the highlands on the volcanoes and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis Usually associating with the above species, but not nearly so common.
Grace’s Warbler Dendroica graciae A couple of pairs at Nevado de Colima and a single near the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum One at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia A few records scattered throughout the tour. Nowhere numerous; recoreded on 7 dates.
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Common in the mangroves near San Blas.
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis Seen in the mangroves near San Blas.
MacGillivray’s Warbler Oporornis tolmiei Recorded on 7 dates this year. Rather skulking and tricky to observe this bird was most readily located by its call. Best views at La Bajada and the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Recorded on 6 dates, most often near water.
Grey-crowned Yellowthroat Chamaethlypis poliocephala One at Rancho Primavera.
Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia citrina Very common indeed, especially in the highlands.
Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons Small numbers seen in the highlands of Nevado de Colima, Volcan de Fuego, Cerro San Juan and the Durango Highway.
Red Warbler Ergaticus ruber Seen on Nevado de Colima, the Tufted Jay Preserve and the Durango Highway.
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus Highland areas but not seen until we visited Cerro San Juan.
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus Highland areas like Nevado de Colima and the Durango Highway were seemingly infested with these. Very different from the paler-bellied birds in South America but the song seems similar.
Fan-tailed Warbler Basileuterus lachrymose Just like last year - one only on La Bajada trail.
Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons Seen on 3 dates on Nevado de Colima, Cerro de San Juan and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens Seen on just 3 days this year at Volcan Fuego, Laguna La Maria road and Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Red-breasted Chat Granatellus venustus An absolutely stunning male popped into view on the Playa del Oro road and then responded to playback. Crippling!
Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli Seen in the highlands and often in groups of 7-8 birds.
Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus Seen on both days on Nevado de Colima and once at Mesa de los Alisos.
Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava The most widespread and numerous tanager throughout the tour.
Summer Tanager Piranga ruber A couple seen near Guadalajara and at Rancho Primavera.
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana A couple of females at a fruiting tree on La Bajada trail..
Flame-coloured Tanager Piranga bidentata Scarce; only on Nevado de Colima and El Jacal.
Red-headed Tanager Spermagra leucoptera One briefly at El Jacal but seen well on the Durango Highway and Mesa de los Alisos at the end of the tour.
Greyish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Seen
Black-headed Grosbeak on several dates, most frequently in the coastal lowlands. Pheucticus melanocephalus Quite common on the volcanoes with a few at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticis chrysopeplus One on the lower slopes of Cerro San Juan and another near the Nayarit Toll..
Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina A female at the foot of Volcan Fuego and a male at the Playa del Oro Road.
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea A few on the lower track to Volcan de Fuego, El Jacal and Manzanillo Airport marshes. Small numbers on the Durango Highway.
Lazuli's Bunting Passerina amoena A female seen on Volcan Fuego on the lower slopes.
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris Seen at Rancho Primavera and La Bajada.
Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor Seen on four dates this year at Nevado de Colima, El Jacal, La Bajada and Cerro de San Juan.
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Seen on 5 dates with the best views at La Cumbre.
Orange-breasted Bunting Passerina leclancherii These were definitely on the move during our tour with at least 50+ in the La Cumbre area on one afternoon.
Rufous-capped Brushfinch Atlapetes pileatus Seen on Nevado de Colima and Mesa de los Alisos.
Green-striped Brushfinch Atlapetes vireticeps One on Volcan Fuego was the only bird seen this year.
Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow Melozone kieneri Good views of this endemic on Volcan Fuego, El Jacal, Cerro San Juan and in the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorosus One on Isla de los Venados on our last full day in the field.
Collared Towhee Pipilo ocai Great views of a bird that responded well to playback on Nevado de Colima the first morning on Nevado de Colima and two more seen later the same day.
Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus Seen in Guadalajara on the first morning.
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculates A couple on three dates at the Tufted Jay Preserve, Mesa de los Alisos.
Blue-black Grassquit Volatina jacarina Three at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Cinnamon-rumped [White-collared] Seedeater Sporophila [torqueola] torqueola This attractive (male) seedeater was seen at the Manzanillo Airport marshes. At least a dozen seen.
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta A pair seen at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer Diglossa baritula At least one male around 2400m on Nevado de Colima and a female lower on the volcano the same afternoon.
Five-striped Sparrow Aimophila quiquestriata One on Isla de los Venados near Mazatlan on our last day in the field.
Black-chested Sparrow Aimophila humeralis After drawing a blank on the Piscilla Road (below La Cumbre – last year’s site), we were virtually tripping over them near the shrine at dusk! At least 10 birds watched for over an hour.
Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda About a dozen seen on the lower slopes of La Cumbre and several at Rancho Primavera.
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens Singles at Volcan Fuego and El Jacal.
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerine The most numerous sparrow on the tour. Usually in large flocks in the highlands.
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus Small numbers on the lower slopes of Nevado de Colima and La Cumbre and one near the Durango Highway.
Savannah Sparrow Ammodramus sandwichensis Five north of Laguna Zapotlan were the only ones positively identified on the tour.
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum One in swampy ground north of Laguna Zapotlan on our first day.
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii This furtive little sparrow was seen on 5 dates in small numbers during the tour.
Mexican [Yellow-eyed] Junco Junco [phaeonotus] phaeonotus Common in the Tufted Jay Preserve clearings near the cabins where 25+ birds congregated near dusk.
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus A couple seen at Laguna Zapotlan but very common at the Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus At least 50 at Laguna Zapotlan.
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Three seen between Guadalajara and Ciudad Guzman.
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus Common in the lowlands.
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus Small numbers near Guadalajara but 100+ at El Tuito.
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater A female at Laguna Zapotlan and at least 50 at Manzanillo Airport Marshes.
Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri A pair in the grounds of the Hotel Tapatio and one at Rancho Primavera.
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurious Small numbers near Ciudad Guzman.
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus Seen on 8 dates from Cuidad Guzman to San Blas. Absent on the Durango Highway section of our tour this year.
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula A female at Manzanillo Airport marshes.
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus Found on 5 dates.
Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii Seen near Nevado de Colima, Laguna La Maria and Cerro de San Juan.
Scott’s Oriole Icterus parisorum Seen Nevado de Colima, Cerro de San Juan and at the Tufted Jay Preserve. All singles.
Yellow-winged Cacique Cacicus melanicterus This bird became common once left Colima and headed for the coast Absent on the Durango Highway.
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus Seen in Guadalajara.
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus Small flocks seen in the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata At least 6 on Nevado de Colima, with smaller numbers on Cerro de San Juan and at the Tufted Jay Preserve.
Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria Small numbers on the first three dates of the tour.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Seen on 4 dates in built up areas.