Central Oaxaca ; We will get used to the weather and birding by looking for some of our first endemics, Boucard`s Wren, Dusky Hummingbird, White throated Towhee, Grey Breasted Woodpecker, Black Vented Oriole, Rufous Capped Warbler, Dwarf Vireo, Oaxaca Sparrow, Bridled Sparrow, Pileated Flycatcher. As the day warms up we will get into cooler elevations and look for Mountain Trogon, Grey Barred Wren, Russet Nightingale Thrush, Chestnut Sided Shrike Vireo, Slate throated Redstart, and many other beautiful birds.
Dry Pine Oak Forest, we will devote our time in this beautiful habitat looking for some species that are very attractive but somehow elusive, Elegant Euphonia, Black headed Siskin, Cinnamon bellied Flowerpiercer and many other birds will be our targets.
Boucard's Wren photo by JoeCockram
The Arid-scrub habitat is great for birding and looking for the Handsome Ocelleated thrasher, Slaty Vireo, Blue Mockingbird.Rock wren and Canyon wren will also be around, later on we will drive to admire the most important pre-Columbian archaeological site of Oaxaca: Monte Alban. We will end our day with an evening’s birding in the foothills of the northern Sierra, then we will drive to our cabins deep into the Pine Oak Forest and overnight there.
Today we will search for some of the most beautiful birds of this area in a sustainable and protected area. Our presence here will mean so much for the community living here since they understand that protecting Nature can be an excellent way to make a living. Our main target will be the Dwarf Jay, Red Warbler, Mexican Chickadee, Brown Backed Solitaire, plus many other highland birds that will be possible. We will devote the afternoon admiring the amazing landscapes of this highland spot and keeping an eye out for local birds. At night, if weather conditions permit there might be a chance to go owling, some of the species around are Whiskered Screech owl, and Mexican Whip Poor Will.
Oaxaca Sparrow photo by JoeCockram
We will drive up north looking for some tropical specialties, and by daybreak we should be in search of Blue crowned Chlorophonia, Unicolored Jay, Golden Browed Warbler, Black thrush, Black headed nightingale Thrush and some other good looking birds. When bird activity slows down we will carry on in our drive until we reach the tropical areas of Oaxaca. We will make some stops along the road for casual birding and stretching our legs and a new adventure will start from our new location.
We will be right in place to look for some beautiful tropical birds such as Yellow winged Tanager, Keel Billed Toucan, Blue Crowned Motmot, Azure Crowned Hummingbird, Rufous Breasted Spinetail, Slat -colored Solitaire, and a bunch of new species.
We will bird two days the the Cloud forest and will be looking for species such as Bumblebee Hummingbird, Brown Hooded Parrot, Emerald Toucanet, Mexican Antthrush, Green Shrike Vireo, Red Legged Honeycreeper, Azure hooded jay, Emerald chinned Hummingbird, Collared Trogon, and many other species. As in every tropical area the activity only takes place in the cool hours of the day, so we will bird as much as we can in the morning and each afternoon we will visit a close location for some evening birding.
We will go looking for the enigmatic and endemic Sumichrast`s Wren and other interesting birds around here will be Montezuma Oropendola, White hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Crimson Collared Tanager, Violaceous Trogon. In the afternoon we will drive southeast into a new location in search for other great birds.
We will head to the Lime stone area close to our spot and search for another great endemic Wren, the Nava`s Wren. Some other species of interest in this area are the Orange-billed Sparrow, Green Parakeet. In the afternoon we will head toward the Isthmus for our new location and new birds.
We will be birding in arid thorn forest mixed with low deciduous forest, our target species here will be the endemic Cinnamon-tailed (Sumichrast`s) Sparrow, Pacific Parakeet, Orange -breasted Bunting, the breath taking Rose-bellied (Rosita`s) Bunting. Other interesting species here are Striped-headed Sparrow, Green-fronted Hummingbird, Double-striped Thick Knee and many other birds. In the afternoon we will visit a very special sustainable village. The locals declared their territory as a protected area, and the shaded grown coffee combined with the cloud forest of the area offers a great chance for some special birds and an opportunity to try some good coffee. Overnight in this place.
Our local guide will take us down stream to admire one of the specialties of the area, the Long tailed Manakin. Green jays, Grey-crowned woodpecker, and Violet Sabrewings are present in the area. The guides of the area also provide short trips and workshops for the harvesting, drying and grinding of coffee as well as other trips.
We will go down to the lowlands of the isthmus and visit a river mouth location for some shorebird birding, then we will carry on in our 4 hour drive towards the beautiful Oaxaca Coast, this drive is full of amazing landscapes and excellent chances for pictures.
We will do a mini-pelagic trip, some of the birds present around this area are Black Vented shearwater, Pink footed shearwater, Wedge tailed Shearwater, Townsend`s and Audubon`s Shearwater, Blue footed and Brown Booby are also an option, Later on we will head toward a nice Beach and enjoy the place, some areas are well known for coral reef so while the bird activity is slow it might be a good idea to relax on the beach, at night and if weather conditions are well we might go in search of Nocturnal birds, Mottled owls, and Pauraque are some of the options.
National Park of Huatulco is a great area for birding, our guide will show us an excellent spot for Red Breasted Chat, Russet Crowned Motmot, Citreoline Trogon, Golden Cheecked Woodpecker, Happy Wren, Blue Bunting, Orange Breasted Bunting, the elusive Lesser Ground Cuckoo, Colima Pygmy Owl, West Mexican Chachalaca and Yellow winged cacique will be our targets as we share the birding with other great birds such as White throated Magpie Jays, White Fronted Parrots, Orange breasted parakeets and some other nice looking birds.
High tropical forest, then in Pine oak forest, our main targets here will the Oaxaca endemics Blue Capped Hummingbird and Cinnamon Sided Hummingbird, other endemics around are Red Headed Tanager, and Grey Crowned Woodpecker, Brown Backed Solitaire, Wagler`s Toucanet, Mexican Hermit, Golden Crowned Emerald and green jay will also be present.
We will drive early so at dawn we must be looking for the endemic, nice looking and elusive White throated Jay, other birds present in the area will be Bumblebee Hummingbird, Common Bush Tanager, Crescent -chested Warbler.
16 optional days of birding in Oaxaca. I charge $265.00 USD per day and my fee only includes my services as guide and driver and the ground transportation.
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Antonio Martinez, your local Birdingpal guide
I was born in the village of Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. At the age of 8, because of my father's influence, I became interested in nature, birds, and tourism. Ever since then, I have devoted my life to ecology and the wonders of the natural world, especially birds. I have birded and researched birds in Mexico for 13 years. In 2006, I was certified as a federal guide by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico City. I have also studied archaeology and anthropology. In 2008, I received a scholarship from the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, Canada, to advance my birding skills. I worked as a field biologist focusing on the migration of passerines, and I honed my skills as a bird bander. In addition I study bird migration in Mexico, work for the Alamos wild lands alliance and the Navopatia Field station in southern Sonora but I also do private bird guiding, I lead bird-watching trips for passengers on cruise ships that dock at Huatulco, Mexico. I also organize and compile data for the Oaxaca Christmas Bird Count. I speak English and I am available for any trips all over Oaxaca and Chiapas.