Mexico – Nonbirding Trip… (ok, I managed a little bit of birding)

Species seen while vacationing at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya in Playa Paraiso in the Yucatan Peninsula…

Birds with an asterik are Lifebirds….

  1. Yucatan Jays*
  2. Green Jays*
  3. Plain Chachalaca
  4. Cinnimon Hummingbird*
  5. Great Kiskadee*
  6. Social Flycatcher*
  7. Golden-fronted Woodpecker*
  8. Couch’s Kingbird*
  9. Tropical Kingbird*
  10. White-eyed Vireo
  11. Yellow-throated Warbler
  12. American Redstart
  13. Clay-colored Thrush (Robin)*
  14. Tropical Mockingbird
  15. Great-tailed Grackle
  16. Melodious Blackbird*
  17. Altamira Oriole*
  18. Hooded Oriole*
  19. Gray Catbird
  20. Magnificant Frigatebird
  21. Royal Tern
  22. Brown Pelican
  23. Sanderling
  24. Ruddy Turnstone
  25. Willet
  26. Laughing Gull
  27. Eurasion collared Dove*
  28. Yucatan Woodpecker*
  29. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (calling 4/7 nights in wooded area near my building)*
  30. Yucatan Vireo*
  31. Common Black Hawk*
  32. Orchard Oriole
  33. Mangrove Vireo*
  34. Yellow-backed Oriole*
  35. Orange Oriole*
  36. Snowy Egret
  37. Great Egret
  38. Black Vulture
  39. Turkey Vulture

The Iberostar Paraiso Maya is located in the Yucatan Peninsula about 40 minutes south of Cancun.. My wife and I were there in 2005 right after the hurricane… It was almost as if the Hurricane killed off all of the birds… it was a birding ghost town… so this time, when we decided to go and take the boys, we did not know if there would be much to see.. I left my nice camera equipment at home… With luggage for 4 I did not want to worry about it… So I was left to using my Iphone for any pictures… So please excuse the quality…

The pictures below areĀ  a Cinnamon Hummingbird that I found inside the building near the front lobby… He must have buzzed inside when someone left a door open… I was heading out the door to go back to the pool area when I noticed this little guy violently flying into the windows trying to get back outside… I cupped him in my hand, took a couple of pics and released him outside…. He was perfectly fine as he flew off….

 

Our building was located in between our resort and the Iberostar Grand next door…. It was a heavily wooded corridor and it made for some nice balcony birding… Every morning the “mob” of Yucatan Jays would come by for some fruit or corn flakes… whatever we had on hand… They were hilarious.. not afraid of us at all… The same could not be said for the Green Jays that would hide in the top of the trees and then swoop in for a quick visit and then be gone again…. Below is a video of the Jays and of a Magnificent Frigatebird soaring over my head on the beach… They were very cool to watch every day…

 

Ok, the most annoying bird song of all time has to be the plain Chachalcha…. We came across several of them in a tree in one of the courtyards, and they were all singing (?)…. Like nails on a chalk board…..

 

All in all, a great time with family and 20 new life birds for me… I enjoyed my daily walk around the 4 resorts… (if you stay at the Maya, you can use all 4).. These are very lush and highly forested resorts… the outer edge of the Iberostar Del Mar was the best….

 

 

 

 

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