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Arizona, or Central Mexico?

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I got back into birding less than a decade ago, long after moving to Mexico in 1983. This would sound attractive even to me, except for one fact: almost all of those exotic and beautiful species are common down here in central Mexico. But those are all full-time residents of central Mexico, with the exception of the Red-faced Warbler.

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The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

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Birding in Mexico is not like birding in the United States… especially when it comes to interpreting unusual sightings. There was the Yellow-billed Cuckoo that Mexico’s #1 birders pointed out to me one June, well south of its official summer range. In February of this year, he even saw 250 following tractors in his area.

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Birding Jonuta Road, in Tabasco, Mexico

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Tabasco is probably the wettest state in Mexico. During Mexico’s dry season (which is just now ending), most of the country turns brown, as our plants survive the annual drought by dropping their leaves. And the final species, seen in the neighborhood in which I was housed, gave me my 500th species in Mexico. Good choice!

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Birding (and drinking mezcal) in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Our local friend was already busy and everyone that had been suggested had to be flown in from either nearby Huatulco or Mexico City, which significantly added to the guiding fee. The post Birding (and drinking mezcal) in Oaxaca, Mexico first appeared on 10,000 Birds. This ended up being a bit more difficult than I imagined.

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Mexico Beat BBOTY

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It is one of those interesting few species that winter in South America, but only migrate as far north as Mexico to breed. Rufous-naped Wren: The lowest ranked 2020 lifer on my list, only because it is extremely common in tropical Mexico, and I was bound to see it eventually. Another Acapulco sighting. .

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Special ID problems in Mexico

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Between our many residents and migratory species, birding in central Mexico is a joy. But throughout central Mexico, Bluebirds may be either Eastern or Western , year-round. In some parts of Mexico, the same applies for Meadowlarks , although in the end I decided that those in my specific area all seem to be Eastern.

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Number of states with HPAI-infected dairy cows grows

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More dairy cattle in Idaho, New Mexico, and Texas have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI).

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