Birdwatching North America with Birdingpaltours

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Birdwatching in Mexico

Tour I.
Bird Northern Mexico with Rene Valdes
Tour II.
The Yucatan Peninsula with Luis Ku

Tour III.
Yucatan’s Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve with Elmer Canul

Tour IV.
Oaxaca with Eric Antonio Martinez

Tour V.
Baja California with Maria Elena Muriel

Bird Northern Mexico with Rene Valdes.

Tour I

Read Rene’s great description of his birding trips in Northern Mexico, he has some really mouth watering birds on his trips. He leads trips to the north-east and north-west of Mexico and specializes in one day trips for cruise ship passengers. Here’s what he says…..

FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST: As I currently live in Monterrey (northeast MX), but I also do several trips to Mazatlan (Northwest MX) during the year, I lead trips in both sides of the country. In the Monterrey area we have some interesting species such as Blue-crowned Motmot, Blue Bunting, the northeastern endemic Crimsom-collared Grosbeak, Rufous-capped Warbler. We will listen to the calls of the Thicket Tinamou, among several tropical species. If you are in Monterrey for late July, or late March, we can go to find the very rare Golden-cheeked Warbler in some mountainous terrain near the city.

"Golden-browed Warble"   © R Valdes

Only 1.5 hrs from Monterrey are the pine-oak forest of the Sierra Madre Oriental, where we can find the endemic and endangered Maroon-fronted Parrot (May-Oct only), and at the same area other possible species are the Colima Warbler, Crescent-chested Warbler, Elegant Euphonia, Pine Flycatcher, Elegant Trogon, and Hooded Yellowthroat.
About two hours from Monterrey is one of the only known places where the Worthen’s Sparrow can be found all-year round. Other species are typical for prairie habitats but this varies depending on the time of year. In winter we have the most species diversity, with the sparrows being the most common; others species are Mountain Plover, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, American & Sprague’s Pipit, to name a few.

"Green-striped Brush-Finch"   © R Valdes

In the Mazatlan-Durango hwy area we will start in the port of Mazatlan by visiting a couple of estuaries situated only 15 minutes from the “Golden zone” (main tourist area). The habitat is dry forest and mangroves, and this is easy birding since we will be walking along well kept trails. Target species are Purplish-backed Jay, Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Gila and Golden-cheeked Woodpeckers, Scrub Euphonia, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Sinaloa Wren, and many water birds mainly in the winter season.
This kind of tour is ideal if you are here on a cruise stop, or vacationing with your family and can´t spend more than a morning for birding activities.

"Tufted Jay"   © R Valdes

A very interesting and famous tour in Mexico is the Mazatlan-Durango Hwy, and if you are already here in Mazatlan don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. We will depart from Mazatlan, and you will have an incredible birding experience from sea level to 6000ft high. At the foothills we’ll be looking for the amazing Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Yellow-winged Caciques, and White-throated Thrushes, Military Macaw, among others. We can spend a night in a small town here if you decide to do more extensive birdwatching. Then, we will drive higher up to get to the Tufted Jay Preserve (also known as Barranca Rancho Liebre), You will be able to see the amazing Tufted Jay, ‘til now the only place on earth to see it. Other targets are: Red Warbler, Golden-browed Warbler, White-striped Woodcreeper, Mountain Trogon, Red-headed Tanager, Blue Mockingbird, and Green-stripe Brush-Finch. We also can spend the night in the preserve since there are beautiful cabins available.
If you still have time and want to extend your trip in the area, we can visit the famous “Booby rocks”, which are small islands in front of Mazatlan where you can easily see the Blue-footed and Brown Boobies. Besides, you can have a wonderful experience here by looking at sea lions resting among the rocks, dolphins alongside the boat, and even better, we will go further out to sea to do some whale watching, humpbacks are the most plentiful.

Costs: In a customized trip, you just tell me how many days you want to go for birding and what are your interests in, according to the previous text. In this case, the client must pay my guiding service which is $120/day/person.
Not included in the cost are any other expenses that the tour requires, such as a rented vehicle, gasoline, tolls, meals, accommodations, etc.

I can do this also as an all-inclusive trip. It will last for 3 days in the Monterrey area (season is May-October), and 5 days for the Mazatlan-Durango trip (could be anytime, but best season is Nov-Apr). I work with small groups since I think this is better for all, birds and clients. I run the all-inclusive tour only with four clients, and costs are $400/person for Monterrey, and $800/person for Mazatlan-Durango trip.

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Birding guide Rene Valdes, your local Birdingpal guide
Rene Valdes is a field Ornithologist who lives in Monterrey city. He was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and it was there, as a teenager that he became involved in bird watching. His first sightings were at an estuary in Mazatlan looking for the deciduous forest’s species. When he moved to Monterrey, he became a specialist on psittacines field research working at both Sierra Madre Oriental and Occidental conducting research on the endangered Thick-billed Parrots and Maroon-fronted Parrots. He is also expert on pine-oak forest bird diversity, and has acquired the knowledge of hot spot locations with many other endangered and endemic bird species over the past 8 years. Some of his rare or out of range bird findings had been published in journals in Mexico. Rene guides birding trips in Monterrey and adjacent areas in northeastern Mexico, and also in Mazatlan and the Durango highway. He also participated as one of the official guides of the 1st Mazatlan Bird Festival, and as well as giving a conference about bird identification. He has become a keen bird photographer.

The Yucatan Peninsula with Luis Ku.

Tour II

The Yucatan Peninsula with around 548 bird species is unique. This area is the most commonly visited by birders. The open setting makes birding easy with some spectacular concentrations and diversity of species where 100 per day could be identified, such as: Thicket Tinamou, Great Curassow, Ocellated Turkey, Black-throated Bobwhite, Singing Quail, Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture, King Vulture, Crane Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Barred Forest-Falcon, Ruddy Crake, Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail, Spotted Rail, Black Catbird, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Vireo, Mexican Ant thrush, Yucatan Parrot, Vermiculated Screech-Owl,Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Orange Oriole and many more. It is a wonderful birding and nature experience.
Why not join Luis in his native province and enjoy what he calls a wonderful birding and nature experience.

Birding Tours
Each of these tours can be taken as a one day tour or more if you wish.
01 day.
Puerto Morelos, Central Vallarta, Cenote Road 05:00: Pick up in the hotel Lobby 06:15 to 10:30: Birding in Central Vallarta and then continue to Cenote Boca del Puma 11:00-13:30: Birding in Cenote Boca del Puma 13:30-14:30: Return to your Hotel.
02 day.
Muyil, Sian Ka´an, Biosphere Reserve & Xel-ha Ruins 05:00: Pick up you in the hotel Lobby 06:15 to 10:30: Birding in Muyil and then continue to Xel-ha Ruins 11:00-13:30: Birding in Xel-ha Ruins 13:30-15:00: Return to your Hotel.

"Violaceous Trogon"

03 day.
Birding in Coba Ruins and Punta Laguna 05:00-06:15: Pick up in the hotel Lobby 06:15-10:30: Birding in Coba and then continue to Punta Laguna 11:00-13:30: Birding in Punta Laguna 13:30-15:00: Return to your Hotel.
04 day.
Birding Tours to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Vigia Chico Road 04:00: Pick up in the hotel Lobby 06:15-14:00: Birding in Felipe Carrillo Puerto areas and Vigia Chico Road Lunch include in “El Faisan y el Venado” and return.17:00. We will drop off the guests at the hotel of their choice in the Riviera Maya or Cancun.

"Yucatan Jay"

05 day.
Birding Tours to Ek-Balam Ruins and Rio Lagartos 05:00: Pick up in the hotel Lobby 07:30-09:30: Birding in Ek-Balam and then continue to Rio Lagartos11:00-12:30 :Birding at “San Salvador". Activity: Pink Flamingo sanctuary as well as sightings of sea birds in wetlands. Midday Lunch included at “La Torreja” in Rio Lagartos. 17:00 Guests will be dropped off at the hotel of their choice in the Riviera Maya or Cancun
06 day.
Birding to Ek-Balam Ruins and Chichen Itza

"Ruddy Crake"

07 day.
Cozumel Island Birding. 05 AM Pick Up time at hotel. 6:30AM, we must be at the dock for 7AM departure on the passenger ferry to the Island of Cozumel. 8AM “San Gervasio ruins” to observe endemic birds.

Cost: for an all-inclusive tour: 1 person 300 Dollars per day, 2 people 400 Dollars per day, 3 people 500 Dollars (van) per day, 4 people 600 Dollars per day, 5 people 700 Dollars per day
Included: Transportation (pick up on the hotel Lobby at 05:00 morning) and then return about 15:00. Orange juice, water, Coke and sandwiches. Entrance fee for the parks.

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Birding guide Luis Ku, your local Birdingpal guide
Luis was born in Yucatan and studied in the University of Yucatan. He worked for 17 years in the Botanical Garden, ”Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin” of Puerto Morelos. Luis is a specialist birding guide and one of the most experienced and qualified specialist in the Yucatan Peninsula, Luis has been guiding biologists, bird lovers and other specialists in the field. As a birder he has spent the last 20 years searching for the best places to find birds around the Yucatan Peninsula.


Sr. Luis Ku: I am writing to thank you for the incredible day of birding this past week. The attached list shows that we tallied 120 species during our visits to Muyil, Xel-Ha, and Puerto Morelos. Thirty of those species were lifers for me! Thank you very much.
I also want to make some additional comments, so that others might know of your skills and might also benefit from one or more days afield with you and Mario. First, your prompt replies to my emails were much appreciated. This was my first experience with a birding guide and your quick replies gave me confidence that our plans would be fulfilled. Second, your promptness in picking me up at my resort at 4:30am was also much appreciated. When I strolled into the lobby at 4:20am, the man on duty called my name and told me that my guide was waiting for me; I looked through the front door and there you were. Third, your and Mario's knowledge of the roads, the birding sites, the language and the customs were not only obviously helpful in getting us to birding sites, they were entertaining as well. I also enjoyed the rolls and juice when we came out from our walk at Muyil. Finally, your birding skills are excellent: you clearly knew calls very well, which led us to some very good birds. Your knowledge of the sites was also an obvious benefit. The next time I return to the Cancun area, I look forward to spending one or more days with you again.
Sincerely, C. H. Lebanon, Indiana, USA

Yucatan Peninsula with Elmer Canul.

Tour III

Yucatan’s Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve with Elmer Canul.

The Yucatan Peninsula has an amazing wealth of bird life. 533 species have been recorded here and Rio Lagartos Reserve is one of the best places on the peninsula to see some of them. So why not join Elmer on one of his excellent adventures to the Rio Lagartos Bio-Reserve on the eastern end of the Yucatan Peninsula.
As Elmer says whether you are an experienced birder, a novice or interested in a class for beginners, he can arrange an outing that matches your experience and knowledge level. He offers outings on land and by boat in order to see as many birds as possible in the rich variety of habitats included in the 150,000 acre wildlife refuge.
The following lists (by land and by boat) are a sampling of the 388 species that have been recorded here in the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. 488 species have been recorded in the state of Yucatan and 533 on the Yucatan Peninsula. Of course, the time of year and passage of migratory flocks and a bit of luck is always a part of birding but the amazing array of birds never ceases to amaze visitors.
The best way to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the area is to spend a few days with us. Good lodging is available and we will make the arrangements for those booking tours.
Land outings: Yucatan Wren, Yucatan Bobwhite, Mexican Sheartail, Carnivet's Emerald, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Grove-billed Ani, Tropical kingbird, Tropical Mockingbird, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Vermilion Flycatcher, Mangrove Vireo, Rose-throated Becard, Plain Chachalaca, Mangrove Cuckoo, White-lored Gnatcatcher and many more.
By Boat: Mexican Bare-throated Tiger-heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Woodstork, Blue-winged Teal, Boat-billed Heron, Snowy and Great Egrets, Reddish Egrets, White Ibis,Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons, Pygmy Kingfisher, Brown and White Pelicans, Magnificent Frigatebird, Anhinga, Double -breasted Cormorant, Royal and Sandwich Terns, Herring, Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, Green Heron.

"Rio Lagartos Bioshere Reserve"

You can expect 60 to 120 species during one Day in Rio Lagartos. Elmer will customize a schedule to match your interests.
The following is an example.
8.00 am arrival at Las Palapas restaurant for breakfast.

"Roseate Spoonbill"

8.45 am birding at scrub forest. Specialties such as: Black-throated Bobwhite, Zenaida Dove, Mexican Sheartail, Yucatan Wren, White-lored Gnatcatcher, raptors (Laughing Falcon, Great Black Hawk, Crane Hawk, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture and Zone-tailed Hawk), Ridgway´s Rough-winged Swallow and many others.
12.45 pm lunch at restaurant Las Palapas de la Toreja.

"Aztec Parakeet"

1.45 pm We`ll take a leisurely boat ride during which we hope to see such species as: Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Common Black Hawk, Royal Tern, Caspian Tern, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Osprey, Shore birds (Semipalmated Plover, Wilson’s Plover, American Oystercatcher) and many others.
5.30 pm Back to your hotel.

Cost first option:
Roundtrip transportation (Cancun and Riviera Maya), food, snack, beverages, land trip, boat trip, boat and guide service all day is 650US$ for two people.

Cost second option:
Client use a rental car. Guide all day, food, snack, beverages, land trips, boat trips, boat is 380US$ for two people.

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Birding guide Elmer Canul, your local Birdingpal guide
Elmer was born in the state of Yucatan in 1973, studied at a local school in the community of Rio Lagartos. He became interested in birds because of the enormous diversity of birdlife in the area. He began working with some local expert birders and in time became an expert, himself , in the bird life around Rio Lagartos. He has guided many international visitors to Rio Largartos Bisosphere Reserve and is always happy to show off his local patch to birders from around the world. He has guided a number of famous bird watchers from the States and elsewhere and is well known in the birding community.


The birding was great, and the guide was fabulous....he knew his birds, was very helpful and friendly, and also a true expert, in that he knew his birds by their sound.
Sincerely Chuck Zimmerly.

Birding Oaxaca with Eric Martinez

Tour IV

Eric outlines 16 wonderful days birding in and around the Oaxaca area. You can take all 16 days or 1 or as many as you like and in different combinations. As always with Birdingpaltours the choice is yours. Just contact Eric and let him know your schedule.


01 day.
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.
02 day.
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

03 day.
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.
04 day.
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

05 day.
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.
06 day.
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.
07 day.
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.
08 day.
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.
09 day.
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.
10 day.
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.
11 day.
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.
12 day.
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.
13 day.
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.
14 day.
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.
15 day.
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.
16 day.
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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Birding guide Eric 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.

Birding Los Cabos & Baja California Península with Maria Elena Muriel

Tour V

Hola, I am a birding guide based at Los Cabos Baja California Sur Mexico, but I can lead you all around the Baja California peninsula. In 1984 got certified by ministry of tourism as a federal guide, in 1999 I earned credentials as certified Interpretive guide by the national association for Interpretation NAI-USA, also in 1999 I took my first ornithology class, but I didn't get involved in birding until 5 years ago, when Sonoran joint venture in coordination with Pronatura, gave us a training workshop to provide us a certification as birding guides.

"Belding's Yellowthroat"

Now I’m dedicated to lead birding walks, tours and expeditions. The area is so new that nobody else, but our group will be enjoying the same birds, the main intention, besides you to enjoy birds, is to preserve an estuary, that almost disappear and is home of our endemic Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi). In addition we are home of the endemic Xantus Hummingbird (Xantus xatusii) and Gray Thrasher (Toxostoma cinererum) and more than other 100 desert migrants and residents. Either staying at a hotel or coming on a cruise ship, I will be more than happy to lead your birding. My goal: "Providing you opportunities to create you everlasting memoirs in touch with the Natural and Cultural heritage of the area".

Basic 4 hrs. trip looking for the three endemics
Los Cabos is home of the endemics Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi), Xantus Hummingbird (Xantus xatusii) and Gray Thrasher (Toxostoma cinererum). We will visit the estuary of San Jose del Cabo bird refuge and a historical site and other desert areas in search of the birds. The tour is designed with moderated walks and drives. In addition to the endemics, we will enjoy more than 100 desert migrants and resident birds. Such as Phyruloxia, Phainopepla, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, the handsome White-collared Seedeater, Cassin’s and Tropical Kingbird, the noisy Gila, Ladder-back and Gilded Flicker, Egrets, Black and Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Cooper’s Hawk and Peregrine Falcon. We will find waterfowls such as Sora, Virginia Rail, Least and Pied-billed Grebe, Blue-winged Teal and many more. Along the tour we will chit-chat about the natural history and culture of this region, and why is so important for birds and other wild-life. I include besides the guiding services, round Transportation, bottles of water, access fees and permits, the use of scope, field guides and a check-list to take home.
Cost per person is US$77

Gray Thrasher

5 hrs birding for endemics and a mini pelagic tour.
In addition to looking for endemic birds such as Belding’s Yellowthroat, Xantus Hummingbird and Gray Thrasher, we will enjoy a boat tour in the bay looking for pelagic and marine birds, such as Magnificent Frigatebird, Osprey, Western Gull, Terns, Brant’s and Double-crested Cormorants, Masked, Brown and Blue-footed Booby and of course the endemic of the Sea of Cortez. The Yellow-footed Gull. We also have a good chance to encounter whales, dolphins, sea lions and other marine life. We will chit-chat about the natural history and culture of this region, and why is so important for birds and other wild-life.
I include besides the guiding services, round trip transportation, bottles of water, access fees and permits, the use of scope, field guides and a check-list to take home.
Price per person is US$99.

Xantus Hummingbird

4 hrs. birding for "Cruisers" looking for the three endemics.
Schedule is adapted to the time of your cruise ship arrival and we take you to enjoy the endemic Belding's Yellowthroat, Xantus hummingbird and Gray Thrasher. First we will visit the estuary of San Jose del Cabo bird refuge, but also a historical site. We will then bird other desert areas looking for endemics and more than a 100 desert migrants and resident birds. Along the tour we will chit-chat about the natural history and culture of this region and why is so important for birds and other wild-life.
I include besides the guiding services, round trip transportation, bottles of water, access fees and permits, the use of scope, field guides and a check-list to take home.
Price per person is US$99.

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At each tour I guarantee great photo opportunities.
In order to give you a personal attention and respect the habitat our tours are limited to 10 participants.
If you want longer expeditions, information or reservation please contact me. We have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural and cultural heritage and it will be a pleasure to tour you around.

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Birding guide Maria Elena Muriel, your local Birdingpal guide
I am a birding guide based at Los cabos Baja California Sur Mexico, but I can lead you all around the Baja california peninsula I'm a certified guide by minister of tourism since 1984 , I earned credentials as certified Interpretive guide by the nationnal association for Interpretation NAI-USA in 1999 also in 1999 I took my first ornithology class but didn't involved in birding much until 5 years ago when Sonoran joint venture in coordination with pronatura came and gave a training workshop to provide us a certification as birding guides, now I'm dedicated to lead birding walks ,tours and expeditions tours to preserve an estuary that almost disapear and is homme of our endemic Belding's Yellowthroat (Geothlypis beldingi), in addition we are home of the endemic Xantus hummingbird (Xantus xatusii) and Gray thrasher (Toxostoma cinererum) and more than other 100 desert migrants and residents , either staying a hotel or comming on a cruiship, I will be more than happy to lead your birding , my goal: "Providing you opportunities to create you everlasting memoirs in touch with the Natural and Cultural heritage of the area".


Prior to a pelagic trip Fritz Karger, Doug Koch and my self spent the day around Cabo birding for the Baja endemics with good success. We were guided by Maria Elena Muriel a local guide with a good knowledge of the natural history of the area. If you are going to Cabo E-mail her, the price is very reasonable and promoting the budding local ecotourism business is good for all especially the local birds. In a few hours she found us the three local endemics - Belding’s Yellowthroat, Gray Thrasher and of course the Xantus’s Hummingbird. Maria Elena also leads trips to the mountains for the other Baja endemics.
Thanks Kirk Zufelt .- Nature photographer
On behalf of the San Diego Audubon Society and the 2013 Bird Festival Committee, I wish to invite you to attend the 2013 San Diego Bird Festival as a workshop presenter. You will present a workshop on Birding Baja & Birding Bilingually. In addition, you are invited to serve as a birding guide on the post-festival Birding the Baja Peninsula trip, March 4 through 13. The trip is operated by Andiamo Tour Mexico and sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society
Sincerely Karen Straus.- Audubon-San Diego bird festival coordinator

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

A Bird Watcher's Guide to Mexico, ML Wheeler. Mexicana 1993 A Birders Checklist of the Birds of Mexico. Edited by Dave Sargeant
A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador - Ernest Preston Edwards, Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator) Hardcover - University of Texas Press
Collins Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Central America, Ber Van Perlo. Harper Collins 2006

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Bird Recordings from Mexico

Birds of Mexico. MP3 Sound Collection Peter Boesman 6 hours playing time. Birdsounds Netherlands 2006

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Last update 20/02/2014