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Coastal Birds – 10,000 Birds

In my final publish, I launched the Mexican vacationer middle of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, and talked about some birds seen alongside a bicycle path that heads uphill from Ixtapa’s resort zone. I used to be very proud of this route, however needed to take my remaining time looking for a marsh or seashore with water-loving birds. The bicycle path supposedly results in a seashore named Playa Linda (Beautiful Seaside), however the route turned out to be too lengthy for me to stroll to, round-trip, within the tropical warmth, so I returned to my parked automobile and tried to search out someplace marshy by driving. Ultimately, I ended up at a river’s mouth known as Playa la Barra (Sandbar Seaside).

By then, it was nearly midday, so the most effective birding hours had been effectively previous. Nonetheless, the seashore was pretty, with just a few Mexican vacationers current, and the few birds round appeared unbothered by my presence. I didn’t see something too particular, however it was nonetheless a very good time.

Noticed Sandpipers are winter migrants down right here, so I hardly ever see them with their namesake spots. However this one definitely had loads.

Laughing Gulls and Neotropic Cormorants are moderately widespread in Mexico’s highlands. However I’ve to journey to the coast to see a Brown Pelican or Elegant Tern.

I see a whole bunch of Least Sandpipers in any given winter. However they’re hardly ever so trusting as this little fellow.

I additionally see a handful of Semipalmated Plovers every winter. Whimbrels? Not a lot.

On my means again to the resort, I seen that Wooden Storks had been nesting, proper beside a busy parking zone. That place may very well be value a second go to… if solely I had one other morning obtainable.

The chance arose when my spouse suggesting we keep in Ixtapa yet another day, to spend time with our daughter, son-in-law and, particularly, grandchildren who had additionally gone right down to the marriage. Figuring out me effectively, she tempted me with a number of extra hours of birding on the additional morning. I crumbled.

On my option to my goal spot, I needed to go get gasoline for the journey residence. Simply in need of the fuel station, I seen a concrete drainage ditch with sufficient water, dust, and crops to draw a lot of Blue-winged Teals and shorebirds. At a long way, I noticed what I believed to be a White-fronted Ibis, a standard species uphill. However, after I received residence, my grainy images revealed a Limpkin — my fourth, and ultimate, lifer for the journey. And that’s the reason I hardly ever fowl with out my digital camera.

At any fee, I had chosen to go to a spot listed on the map as a “cocodrilario“, a spot for crocodiles. Crocodiles want a marsh, proper? And I needed to fowl a very good marsh in Ixtapa.

However after I arrived on the website, it turned out to be precisely the place I had already seen the Wooden Stork nests, two days earlier than. And the Wooden Storks had been nonetheless placing on fairly a present, posing, carrying nesting supplies, and constructing their nests.

Not solely that, however a number of Roseate Spoonbills flew shut overhead. One allowed me my first, and long-desired, first rate picture of this attractive species.

Must you ever want to go to this spot, however have a wholesome concern of being eaten by a crocodile, it is best to know that the location’s namesakes keep behind a sturdy fence. I think they’re truly a captive inhabitants, as I noticed no obvious entry to the broader habitat.

This was additionally not the huge marsh I had hoped for. However the seashore birds did placed on a present.

It appeared odd to consider a Snowy Egret as a “seashore fowl”. However there it was.

A single Willet appeared to have come only for a protracted picture session. I photographed it, and one other Noticed Sandpiper, till I uninterested in doing so.

Face the digital camera.

Now, in profile.

It was nonetheless there on my means again to the automobile.

A Nice-tailed Grackle confirmed that it is aware of simply what to eat a the seashore.

Whereas one other confirmed precisely what it considered me. Not a lot, apprently.

And several other birds diving into the ocean proved that the Boobies I had been seeing had been, actually, Blue-footed.

Whereas not precisely a shorebird, the Yellow Warbler does appear to love a very good shore. And I like Yellow Warblers.

In abstract, I can’t say I like to recommend solely coming to Mexico for its seashores, as many overseas vacationers do. However birders who do go to our seashore locations can definitely see many great birds right here. Simply be sure to go away your resort and discover a bit.

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