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Baja California & West Mexico Systematic Bird List

19 January – 6 February 2005

By Dave Sargeant

Trip Report

Taxonomy, scientific and vernacular English names follow Clements (2000, with updates) unless otherwise noted.

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Five birds on Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Single birds at Estero de San José on 22-Jan and Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Black-necked (Eared) Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

A small group of 4 on the whale-watching trip from San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 2 La Paz on 25-Jan.

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

Common in coastal areas of Baja and San Blas with max. 100+ at La Paz on 25-Jan

Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii

At least 50 around the rocky islet just offshore San Blas on 28-Jan.

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

Two on the San Blas pelagic on 28-Jan, and 2 patrolling the beach at Melaque on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus

A single in La Paz harbour on 25-Jan. A species we probably overlooked.

Neotropic (Olivaceous) Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus (olivaceus)

Two at San Blas on 28-Jan, 2 en route 1-Feb, and 6 near Guzmán on 5-Feb.

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Common in coastal areas of Baja, with max. 500+ on the whale-watching trip from San Carlos on 21-Jan.

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Ten feeding on Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Common and widespread in coastal and lowland areas, with max. 300 San Blas on 28-Jan.

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Five birds on Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Snow Goose Anser caerulescens

More than a 1000 birds at Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Gadwall Anas strepera

Four birds at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Green-winged [Common] Teal Anas (crecca) carolinensis

Six birds at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Mexican Duck [Mallard] Anas (platyrhynchus) diazi

Twenty around Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Fifty around Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

At least 25 at Estero de San José on 22-Jan, and 100+ Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

At least 20 at Estero de San José on 22-Jan, and 50+ Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

More than 100 birds at Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

A group of 50 on the whale-watching trip from San Carlos on 21-Jan.

Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens

Recorded from Estero de San José, with 15 on 22-Jan, and a single at La Paz on 25-Jan.

Tricoloured Heron Egretta tricolor

Two at San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 3 San Blas on 28-Jan.

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Four at San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 20 daily around La Paz on 22-Jan and 25-Jan.

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Widespread but not common. Max. 10 La Paz harbour on 25-Jan.

Great Egret Casmerodius albus

Small numbers most days.

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

In Baja, only a single en route on 22-Jan. Common around Guzmán with up to 200 daily 4-6-Jan. A few also en route around La Paz.

Green [Striated] Heron Butorides (striatus) virescens

Two La Paz on 22-Jan, and a single there again on 25-Jan.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Four in mangroves at San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 4 around La Paz on 25-Jan.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Singles at San Carlos on 21-Jan and La Paz on 22-Jan.

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Small numbers around La Paz, San Carlos and San Blas, with max. 6 at San Carlos on 21-Jan.

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

A group of 60 birds at Estero de San José on 22-Jan. Three en route on 23-Jan, and 6 at Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja

A single at San Blas on 26-Jan.

Wood Stork Mycteria americana

A single sighting of 3 at Singayta on 27-Jan.

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Common and widespread, except Baja where not seen, with up to 30 daily.

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Abundant and widespread with up to 100 daily.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Widespread, with singles daily in coastal areas. Commonest in Baja, with 20+ San Carlos on 21-Jan, where nesting on lampposts around town.

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

A single at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter (striatus) striatus

Two over forest at Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Singles at Estero de San José on 22-Jan, Peso Island on 28-Jan and La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Mangrove [Common] Black Hawk Buteogallus (anthracinus) subtilis

Two San Blas on 28-Jan.

Grey Hawk Asturina plagiata

A few daily at sites around San Blas 27-30-Jan. Three at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 4 there on 1-Feb.

Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus

One over Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Common in Baja, where seen daily. Max. 20+ en route to San Carlos on 20-Jan. Two Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and up to 3 daily around the Colima Volcanoes 3-5-Feb.

Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

A single adult drifting over on 23-Jan along San Antonio de la Sierra road.

Northern [Crested] Caracara Caracara (plancus) cheriway

Common in Baja with up to 25 daily. Three singles en route on 1, 4, and 5-Feb.

Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus

Heard at La Bajada on 27-Jan. Frustratingly, one of Bob's nemesis birds.

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Very common in Baja with up to 25 daily. A few singles in other areas.

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Singles at Estero de San José on 22-Jan and La Cumbre on 1-Feb. Two at Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Rufous-bellied [West Mexican] Chachalaca Ortalis (poliocephala) wagleri

Heard at La Bajada on 27-Jan. Five seen at close range on Peso Island on 28-Jan, and 12 seen at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

West Mexican Chachalaca Ortalis (poliocephala) poliocephala

Tour at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan, and heard there on 1-Feb. Also heard at La Cumbre on 2-Feb.

Long-tailed Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx macroura

A single bird higher on the Volcán Nieve road above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Elegant Quail Callipepla douglasii

Two parties heard, and a few seen peering out from scrub on Peso Island on 28-Jan. Heard in the fields at km 2.3 on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan.

California Quail Callipepla californica

Fifteen in roadside desert en route to San Carlos on 20-Jan. A group of 12 along San Antonio de la Sierra road on 24-Jan.

Banded (Barred) Quail Philortyx fasciatus

One group of 8 along the Piscila road on 1-Feb, and 12 in fields below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus

One party heard on the road above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Sora Porzana Carolina

A single flushed from a very small reed clump at Miraflores on 23-Jan.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Ten at Estero de San José on 22-Jan and 10 around Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

American Coot Fulica americana

Fifty at Estero de San José on 22-Jan and 20 around Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Wilson's [Common] Snipe Gallinago (gallinago) delicate

A single flushed at Estero de San José on 22-Jan and another at Miraflores on 23-Jan.

Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa

Common in coastal areas of Baja, with max. 100+ at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus

Small numbers on several dates. Commonest at Estero de San José with 20 on 22-Jan.

Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

Three at La Paz on 23-Jan and another there on 25-Jan.

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

A single at San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 2 at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Singles at San Carlos on 21-Jan and Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia

Three in La Paz harbour on 22-Jan and another there on 25-Jan.

Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus

Twenty in La Paz harbour on 25-Jan, 2 Peso Island on 28-Jan, and 1 Melaque on 1-Feb.

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Two San Carlos on 21-Jan.

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Five at San Carlos on 20-Jan and 10 there on 21-Jan. Around 30 in La Paz harbour on 23-Jan.

Sanderling Calidris alba

Thirty at San Carlos on 21-Jan.

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Ten at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

At least 200+ at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliates

Six in La Paz harbour on 25-Jan and 2 Peso Island on 28-Jan.

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Twenty in La Paz harbour on 25-Jan and a few daily around San Blas 26-28-Jan.

American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

Ten at Estero de San José on 22-Jan, and 100+ Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Grey (Black-bellied) Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Recorded at San Carlos only, with 6 on 20-Jan and 10 on 21-Jan.

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

Four hundred roosting at high tide at San Carlos on 20-Jan.

Killdeer Charadrius vociferous

One at San Carlos on 20-Jan, 2 Estero de San José on 22-Jan, and 1 La Paz on 23-Jan.

Snowy [Kentish] Plover Charadrius (alexandrinus) occidentalis

Ten San Carlos on 21-Jan.

Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni

Common around San Carlos, La Paz and San Blas, with max. 200 at San Carlos on 21-Jan.

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Six in La Paz harbour on 25-Jan and 10 Peso Island on 28-Jan.

Western Gull Larus occidentalis

Recorded only from San Carlos and La Paz, with 300 at San Carlos on 20-Jan.

Yellow-footed Gull Larus livens

A Baja speciality. Only recorded in La Paz bay with 6 on 21-Jan and 30 on 25-Jan.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

In Baja recorded from San Carlos, Estero de San José and La Paz, with max. 200 Estero de San José on 22-Jan. Six at San Blas on 28-Jan.

Laughing Gull Larus atricilla

Two at San Carlos on 21-Jan, 10 La Paz on 25-Jan, and 30 San Blas on 28-Jan.

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia

Two San Carlos on 20-Jan, 1 La Paz on 23-Jan, and 2 San Blas on 28-Jan.

Royal Tern Sterna maxima

A single at San Carlos on 21-Jan, and 2-0+ La Paz on 25-Jan.

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans

A single feeding off the beach at Melaque on 1-Feb.

Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri

A single at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus

A single on the pelagic from San Blas on 28-Jan.

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia

Widespread and recorded on eight dates.

Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata

In Baja, only recorded along the San Antonio de la Sierra road with 5 on 23-Jan and 25 on 24-Jan. Six on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris

Four at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Seen daily in Baja. Four at Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 50 there on 4-Feb.

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Common in Baja and San Blas, with up to 100 daily.

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Ten Singayta on 27-Jan and small numbers in other areas. Not recorded from Baja.

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerine

Common and widespread.

Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti

Two at Barranca el Choncho on 1-Feb.

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Widespread and common around San Blas and coastal areas. Not recorded in Baja.

Military Macaw Ara militaris

About 12 birds in small groups seen from the Mirador near San Blas in the heat of the day.

Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis

Six at Singayta on 27-Jan, 30 La Bajada on 30-Jan, 12 Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan, and heard there on 1-Feb.

Mexican (Blue-rumped) Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius

At least 40 at Singayta on 27-Jan and 12 at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Lilac-crowned Parrot Amazona finschi

Only recorded from Barranca el Choncho with 8 on 31-Jan and 2 on 1-Feb.

Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana

Two at Singayta on 27-Jan, and singles at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 1-Feb and near Guzmán on 4-Feb.

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris

Common around San Blas and Barranca el Chocho. Singles near Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

A single in pine-oak forest along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-Jan.

Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox

Singles in fields below Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and-4 Jan.

Whiskered Screech-Owl Otus trichopsis

A single bird seen well on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Balsas [Western] Screech-Owl Otus (kennicottii) seductus

A total of three heard at La Cumbre on 1-2-Feb

Mottled Owl Strix virgata

A pair at La Bajada on 27-Jan.

Colima [Least] Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium (minutissimum) palmarum

A total of 5 heard at La Cumbre on 1-2-Feb.

Ridgway's [Ferruginous] Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium (brasilianum) ridgwayi

One heard at La Bajada on 30-Jan, and one seen well along the playa de oro road on 31-Jan.

Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis

Three around the La Paz airport terminal building on 25-Jan.

Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi

Two on the road at La Cumbre on 1-Feb.

Mexican [Northern] Whippoorwill Caprimulgus (vociferus) arizonae

A single bird seen well on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi

Three over La Cumbre on 1-Feb.

Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus

Up to 6 daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Golden-crowned [Fork-tailed] Emerald Chlorostilbon (canivetii) auriceps

Only recorded from Barranca el Choncho with 3 on each visit on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris

Only recorded from Barranca el Choncho with 3 on 31-Jan and 2 on 1-Feb.

Mexican Woodnymph Thalurania ridgwayi

A pair on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan.

Xantus' Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii

Recorded from the San Antonio de la Sierra road, with 3 on 22-Jan, 2 on 23-Jan and 2 on 24-Jan.

White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis

Common in highland forests of Cerro de San Juan, Volcán Fuego and Volcán Nieve.

Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina

Fifteen on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and 3 there on 29-Jan. Two at La Bajada on 27-Jan and 4 there on 30-Jan. Two on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila

Ten at La Bajada on 27-Jan. Also recorded from Barranca el Choncho with 3 on 31-Jan and 4 on 1-Feb.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps

Three at the feeders at Bob's house in Lake Chapala on 5-Feb.

Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus

A single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens

Ten at higher elevations on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb, and a single at Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Only recorded from La Cumbre with 1 on 1-Feb and 2 on 2-Feb.

Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae

Common in Baja. Recorded daily with max. 10 along the San Antonio de la Sierra road.

Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope

Another one of the small confusing hummingbirds that appears to be common in montane forest. Recorded in small numbers from Cerro de San Juan, La Bajada, and the Colima volcanoes.

Bumblebee Hummingbird Atthis heloisa

It took us some time to get acquainted with the subtle difference of the small hummers. A single on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and small numbers of both Colima volcanoes with max. 6 above Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus

Two in scrub lower down on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

Three on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and 2 again on 29-Jan. A single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and 2 above Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Citreoline Trogon Trogon (citreolus) citreolus

A female at La Bajada on 27-Jan and two there on 30-Jan. Four at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus

Two above Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans

One at La Bajada on 27-Jan and two there on 30-Jan. Two on Peso Island on 28-Jan.

Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon

Recorded in small numbers on six dates.

Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus

A single in scrub below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

The dark-eyed form was common in pine-oak forest along the San Antonio de la Sierra road, with max. 30 on 24-Jan. Two on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, 2 on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 4 again on 4-Feb. Two above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys

Fairly common around San Blas, with up to 10 daily. Two below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis

Fairly common in deserts of Baja with max. 20 daily.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

A single en route on 5-Feb.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

A single on Cerro De San Juan on 26-Jan. Two on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 3 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

A few daily in Baja. Small numbers on the Colima volcanoes.

Arizona [Strickland's] Woodpecker Picoides (stricklandi) arizonae

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan.

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

A pair above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Northern (Common) Flicker Colaptes auratus

Four in desert on 22-Jan.

Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus

Two at Singayta on 27-Jan, and singles at La Bajada and Barranca el Choncho.

Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster

A single at La Bajada on 30-Jan and 2 at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster

Three Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, but none seen on the return visit on 30-Jan. Singles on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb, Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Northern Beardless Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe

One on Peso Island on 28-Jan and one along the Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan.

Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata

A single at La Bajada on 30-Jan, another on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and 1 at Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus

Common in highland forests at La Bajada, Cerro de San Juan and the Colima volcanoes.

Coues' [Greater] Pewee Contopus (fumigatus) pertinax

Not seen in Baja or around San Blas town. Otherwise recorded in small numbers daily.

White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis

The only positive identification was a single in marshland at Singayta on 27-Jan.

Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus

One in scrub adjacent to the beach along the Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan.

Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii

We had great difficulty differentiating this species from Pine Flycatcher. A few on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Grey Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii

An easily identified species! Common in deserts of Baja, with up to 10 daily.

Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri

Two in fields below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis

Two in high altitude pines on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and another above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Pacific-slope [Western] Flycatcher Empidonax (difficilis) difficilis

Fairly widespread and common. Recorded in most areas with max. 8 along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 34-Jan.

Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons

A single in open scrub at km 2.3 on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan. Two on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and 3 on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Only seen along the San Antonio de la Sierra road with a few daily on 22-24-Jan.

Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

In Baja a single en route on 22-Jan. A single along the Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan and a few at lower altitudes around the Colima volcanoes.

Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus

A single at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Dusky-capped (Olivaceous) Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer

The only positive identification was of 2 on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan.

Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens

Common in deserts of Baja with a few daily 20-24-Jan.

Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi

A few in Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Two Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and another there on 1-Feb.

Flammulated Flycatcher Deltarhynchus flammulatus

Three birds in Barranca el Choncho on 1-Feb.

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus (melancholicus) melancholicus

A single along the Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan was the only observation. Probably widely overlooked as we did not study kingbirds with any real zeal.

Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans

Three en route in Baja. Common in fields below Volcán Fuego and Volcán Nieve on 3-4 Feb.

Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris

Four at Miraflores on 23-Jan. Four at Singayta on 27-Jan, 1 on Peso Island on 28-Jan, 1 Playa de Oro road on the 31-Jan, and 4 en route on 4-Feb.

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Two at Singayta on 27-Jan and 3 on Peso Island on 28-Jan.

Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similes

At least 20 along Playa de Oro road on 27-Jan.

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

A single at Singayta on 27-Ja, 10 Peso Island on 28-Jan, and 2 on both dates at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Grey-collared Becard Pachyramphus major

Two singles on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan.

Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae

Recorded on seven dates in small numbers from San Blas and the Colima volcanoes.

Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata

Eight at Singayta on 27-Jan, 4 at La Bajada on 30-Jan and 4 Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma (coerulescens) californica

Common in Baja in desert scrub, with max. 20 on 24-Jan.

Grey-breasted (Mexican) Jay Aphelocoma ultramarina

Six above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

San Blas Jay Cyanocorax sanblasianus

Only recorded from Barranca el Chocho with 20 on 31-Jan and 10 on 1-Feb.

Purplish-backed Jay Cyanocorax beecheii

One group of 6 on Peso Island on 28-Jan. Seen early morning and evening.

Green Jay Cyanocorax luxuosis

One heard on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan.

Black-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta colliei

Common in the San Blas area 26-30 Jan.

White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa

Recorded from Barranca el Choncho, and La Cumbre.

Sinaloa [Mexican] Crow Corvus (sinaloae) sinaloae

Only recorded around San Blas with max. 100+ Singayta on 27-Jan.

Common (Northern) Raven Corvus corax

Only recorded in Baja, with small numbers daily.

Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii

Three on Peso Island on 28-Jan, a single at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 2 there on 1-Feb.

Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla

One at La Bajada on 30-Jan and 1 along Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan.

Dwarf Vireo Vireo nelsoni

A single seen very well on Volcán Nieve on 4-Feb.

Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni

Fairly common on the Colima volcanoes.

Grey Vireo Vireo vicinior

A single near La Paz on 20-Jan.

Golden Vireo Vireo hypochryseus

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and 1 at La Bajada on 30-Jan. Small numbers also seen at Barranca el Choncho and on the Colima volcanoes.

Cassin's [Solitary] Vireo Vireo (solitarius) cassini

Up to 3 daily along the San Antonio de la Sierra road 22-24-Jan, a single on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 2 there on 4-Feb.

Plumbeous [Solitary] Vireo Vireo (solitarius) plumbeus

Singles at Singayta on 27-Jan, Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

Warbling Vireo Vireo (gilvus) gilvus

Two at Singayta on 27-Jan were the only record around San Blas. Small numbers daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Up to 20 in Baja, driving between La Paz and San Carlos on 20-Jan. A few on the return journey on 21-Jan.

Grey Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 30-Jan. Small numbers on the Colima volcanoes on 2-5-Feb.

Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens

Four en route to San Carlos on 20-Jan and 2 along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-Jan.

Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Two singles at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, 2 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb,and a single on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis

Heard on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan. A single seen La Bajada on 30-Jan, and a few heard on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb and above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Catharus frantzii

One on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus

A single at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

In Baja, one en route on 20-Jan and one along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 24-Jan. Two at La Cumbre on 2-Feb, 2 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and a single above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis

A large group of 25 on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan. At least 10 in a fruiting tree at La Bajada on 30-Jan, and a single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Rufous-backed Thrush Turdus rufopalliatus

Four at La Bajada on 30-Jan, 6 at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan, and a single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Grayson's [Rufous-backed] Thrush Turdus (rufopalliatus) graysoni

Three very pallid and washed-out birds bathing at a small pool on Peso Island on 28-Jan.

American Robin Turdus migratorius

A single above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

San Lucas [American] Robin Turdus (migratorius) confines

Up to 8 daily along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-24-Jan. It was interesting to note that this species responded well to the song of American Robin.

Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens

Three on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and 2 at La Bajada on 30-Jan. Small numbers daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Fairly common in Baja and San Blas areas. Two below Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Grey Thrasher Toxostoma cinereum

Up to 3 daily in Baja 20-24-Jan.

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Pairs near Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 4-Feb.

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Four on buildings in La Paz town on 25-Jan.

Brown Creeper Certhia americana

Singles above Floripondio on 4-Feb and 5-Feb.

Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis

Six in fields on Cerro De San Juan on 30-Jan, and 4 below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Fairly common in Baja with up to 6 daily.

Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha

Two at Barranca el Choncho on 1-Feb and 2 La Cumbre on 2-Feb.

Grey-barred Wren Campylorhynchus megalopterus

Six on Volcán Fuego on 3-Feb and 6 above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus

A single en route below Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

A single en route in Baja on 22-Jan.

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Four at Singayta on 27-Jan, and 2 Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Happy Wren Thryothorus felix

A few daily in the San Blas area.

Sinaloa Wren Thryothorus sinaloa

Not a particularly easy species to see – remains hidden in cover. Three at Singayta on 28-Jan, A single at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and two there on 1-Feb.

Northern House Wren Troglodytes (aedon) aedon

Only recorded in Baja. Max 6 along San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-Jan.

Brown-throated [House] Wren Troglodytes (aedon) brunneicolis

A single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb, and 2 above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra

Three Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Common in deserts of Baja.

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Widespread and common. Recorded in small numbers daily.

California [Black-tailed] Gnatcatcher Polioptila (melanura) californica

Up to 10 in desert en route between La Paz and San Carlos on 20-Jan.

Black-capped Gnatcatcher Polioptila nigriceps

Eight along Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan, 12 La Cumbre on 1-Feb and 4 there on 2-Feb.

Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

A single on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb, and at least 10 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea

A few around San Blas.

Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina

Up to 50 at Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Fairly common in the San Blas area.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Two Peso Island on 28-Jan, and 10 around Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Two along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-Jan. One Sierra de San Juan on 26-Jan and again on 29-Jan. Two on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb, 1 Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb, and 2 above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa

Three at high altitude on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri

Two at high altitude on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi

Two on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Widespread, but not common, in towns and villages.

Buff-bellied (American) Pipit Anthus rubescens

Two at Laguna Sayula on 5-Feb.

Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus

Up to 20 above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata

Fourteen on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and 4 on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria

In Baja recorded daily in small numbers. A single on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and 10 there on 30-Jan. Up to 8 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb, and 30 on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus

Six at Estero de San José on 22-Jan, and a single along the San Antonio de la Sierra road, and 3 Cerro de San Juan on 30-Jan.

Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostre

Two on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and a single on Volcán Nieve on 4-Feb.

Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus

Two on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata

Widespread and very common.

Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla

Not recorded in Baja. Otherwise widespread and common.

Lucy's Warbler Vermivora luciae

Two in scrub by the beach at the end of the Playa de Oro road on 31-Jan.

Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi

Two on Peso Island on 28-Jan, 2 at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 2 there on 1-Feb, and 2 at La Cumbre on 2-Feb.

Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa

Recorded in small numbers in mixed feeding flocks on Cerro de San Juan and the Colima volcanoes.

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia

Small numbers in sites around San Blas.

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata

Common and widespread in Baja. Ten on Cerro de San Juan on 30-Jan, and a few singles daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Black-throated Grey Warbler Dendroica nigrescens

Widespread. Recorded in small numbers almost daily.

Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi

At least 10 on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and again on 29-Jan. Small numbers daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and small numbers on the Colima volcanoes.

Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan.

Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia

Not recorded in Baja. Otherwise a few most days.

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Four at Singayta on 27-Jan, a single on Peso Island on 28-Jan and 1 on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan.

Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis

A single on Peso Island on 28-Jan.

MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei

A few in scattered localities.

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

About 10 at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Belding's Yellowthroat Geothlypis beldingi

Two singles at Estero de San José on 22-Jan.

Grey-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala

One in fields below Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina

One at La Bajada on 27-Jan was the only recorded. Out of usual range.

Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla

Widespread. Recorded in small numbers at most localities.

Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons

Recorded in small numbers from the highland forests of Cerro de San Juan and the Colima volcanoes.

Red Warbler Ergaticus rubber

A few daily on the Colima volcanoes.

Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus

Two daily at Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan and 29-Jan.

Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus

Small numbers on the Colima volcanoes.

Fan-tailed Warbler Euthlypis lachrymose

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and 2 at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and three there on 29-Jan. Three on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb.

Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli

A single on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 2 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens

A single at Singayta on 27-Jan, 3 on Peso Island on 28-Jan, 2 Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan, 1 on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb 1 en route on 4-Feb.

Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

A single at Singayta on 27-Jan, on 30+ on 4-Feb.

White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Twenty en route to San Carlos on 20-Jan.

Yellow-eyed Junco Junco (phaeonotus) phaeonotus

About 15 at high altitude on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb, and 20+ above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

A single along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 24-Jan.

Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerine

A few in scattered localities.

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Common in Baja. A few groups around San Blas, and 20 at Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

A few en route to San Carlos on 20-Jan.

Black-chested Sparrow Aimophila humeralis

Only seen at La Cumbre with 8 on 1-Feb and 4 on 2-Feb.

Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda

Six Singayta on 27-Jan, 4 at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan, and 6 there on 1-Feb, and up to 15 above Floripondio on 5-Feb.

Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus

Fairly common in Baja with up to 6 daily.

Collared Towhee Pipilo ocai

Eight on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Spotted [Rufous-sided] Towhee Pipilo (erythophthalmus) maculates

Four daily along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-24-Jan.

California [Brown] Towhee Pipilo (fuscus) crissalis

Up to six daily along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 22-24-Jan.

Canyon [Brown] Towhee Pipilo (fuscus) fuscus

Fairly common around the Colima volcanoes.

Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow Melozone kieneri

Two at the start of the road up Cerro de San Juan on 9-Jan, 4 below Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb,and again on 4-Feb.

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Singles at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan and 1-Feb.

Rufous-capped Brush-Finch Atlapetes pileatus

A single on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb and another on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Green-striped Brush-Finch Buarremon virenticeps

At least 10 on Volcán Fuego on 2-Feb and 12+ on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Rosy Thrush-Tanager Rhodinocichla rosea

Three in dense undergrowth at La Bajada on 30-Jan, and a pair in more open undergrowth at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica

A female at Barranca el Choncho on 31-Jan.

Flame-coloured Tanager Piranga bidentata

A female on Volcán Fuego on 3-Feb.

Northern Hepatic Tanager Piranga (flava) hepatica

Fairly common on the Colima volcanoes. Singles also at Cerro de San Juan and Barranca el Choncho.

Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana

Widespread and recorded in small numbers from most sites.

Red-headed Tanager Piranga erythrocephala

Three on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan.

Elegant (Blue-crowned) Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and two on Volcán Fuego on 4-Feb.

Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina

A few at Singayta on 27-Jan, and 2 below Floripondio on 4-Feb.

White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola

Two at Estero de San José on 22-Jan were slightly unexpected. Introduced and spreading? Small numbers around San Blas.

Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta

Three at Singayta on 27-Jan.

Cinnamon-bellied Flower-piercer Diglossa baritula

Three on Volcán Nieve on 3-Feb.

Northern Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus

One on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and one at La Bajada on 30-Jan.

Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus

Widespread and recorded in small numbers in Baja. Common on the Colima volcanoes.

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Small numbers daily in Baja.

Greyish Saltator Saltator coerulescens

Three at Singayta on 27-Jan, a single on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and two at Barranca el Choncho on 1-Feb.

Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina

Only recorded from Barranca el Choncho with 4 on 31-Jan and 2 on 1-Feb.

Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and 10 above Floripondio on 4-Feb.

Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena

Up to six along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-24-Jan.

Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor

Two Peso Island on 28-Jan, 1 Cerro de San Juan on 29-Jan, and fairly common on the Colima volcanoes.

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Up to 10 at Singayta on 27-Jan, 4 Peso Island on 28-Jan, and 3 below Volcán Fuego on 3-Feb.

Orange-breasted Bunting Passerina leclancherii

Fairly common in fields around La Cumbre 31-Jan – 1-Feb. A single along the Playa de Oro road.

Yellow-winged Cacique Cacicus melanicterus

Common in forests of the San Blas area.

Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus

A few daily at sites around San Blas.

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

A single on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and again on 29-Jan. Also at La Bajada on 30-Jan, and Barranca el Choncho on 1-Feb.

Bullock's [Northern] Oriole Icterus (galbula) bullockii

Two on Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and a single there on 29-Jan. A few on the Colima volcanoes.

Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri

Two in palms at Singayta on 27-Jan, and singles below Volcan Fuego on 2-Feb and 4-Feb.

Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum

A total of 13 along the San Antonio de la Sierra road on 23-24-Jan.

Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Twenty near Cerro de San Juan on 26-Jan, and 1000+ near Laguna Zapotlán on 5-Feb.

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Three en route in Baja on 20-21-Jan.

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Common in the San Blas area.

Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Common in Baja.

Bronzed (Red-eyed) Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Ten near Laguna Zapotlán in 5-Feb.

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

At least 500 near Laguna Zapotlán in 5-Feb.


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