Our 6th Copper Canyon tour featured great lodges, stellar participants, and some mighty fine birding. Here are the highlights:
Day 1: We headed south from Nogales, AZ on our way to San Carlos. Our desert stop north of Hermosillo was quiet but we did manage good looks at Rufous-winged Sparrow and Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. Lunch on Estero Soldado in San Carlos was a refreshing break from our desert drive with numerous shorebirds, waders, gulls and terns. One never tires of seeing Roseate Spoonbills in breeding plumage. We pressed on to our night's stay at the lovely El Pedregal in Alamos.
Day 2: Off early to one of Nature and Culture International's ranches, El Guayabo, located east of Alamos along the upper reaches of the Rio Cuchujaqui. Our first looks at Elegant Trogon enroute let us know we had really arrived in the foothill forest of West Mexico. Highlights while at El Guayabo included an inquisitive pair of Squirrel Cuckoos, a territorial pair of Common Blackhawks, and a brief glimpse of a female Gray-collared Becard. On our return to Alamos, a roadrunner zoomed in front of us and obligingly paused in the thorn scrub long enough for us to determine it to be a Lesser. As we enjoyed this bird a Five-striped Sparrow came in for close views as well.
Day 3: Our morning was spent along Alamos Arroyo where we saw regulars such as White-fronted Parrot, Blue Mockingbird, and Red-billed Pigeon. One of my favorite aspects of birding in southern Sonora is seeing where some of our avian friends from the western US pass the cold weather months. Various warblers such as Black-throated Gray, Orange-crowned, and Nashville and vireos such as Plumbeous, Cassin's, and Warbling are all present. As the day heated up we drove to the south end of the Sierra de Alamos to the sprawling Rancho San Jose. This wild area seems to always have some noteworthy birds in store for us and this trip, spanning an afternoon and a morning, was no exception. Arroyos with water are where we head and our first stop, Arroyo Higuera, sheltered Rufous-capped Warbler and a surprisingly secretive group of Purplish-backed Jays. We hiked further to refind the jays and they finally came back in for close-up views. What a bird! At Arroyo Higuerita, we called in a spiffy pair of Linneated Woodpeckers (here at the northern edge of their range), heard a persistent but shy Colima Pygmy Owl, and my first Sonora encounter with Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow.
Day 4: After our morning at Rancho San Jose, we headed to the coast and the Navopatia Field Station located on Estero Agiabampo. Here the pithaya cactus forest meets the mangrove forest on the edge of the estuary. We added some shorebirds that had been missed at San Carlos, such as Snowy and Wilson's Plovers, as well as Gull-billed and Royal Terns. At night we ventured into the cactus forest and were rewarded with lighted views of an Elf Owl at its nest hole in a pitahaya cactus. Certainly a trip highlight.
Day 5: On our way to the morning boat trip, we finally saw the Clapper Rails that had been clammering since pre-dawn. A short trip across to a nearby mangrove island did not produce the hoped for Mangrove Vireo but we had great looks at Northern Waterthrush and the mangrove subspecies of Yellow Warbler as well as many photo ops of various herons and egrets. We then departed for El Fuerte pausing at a nearby abandoned ranch where we found a beautiful adult male Orchard Oriole and a pair of first year male White-collared Seedeaters. As we neared El Fuerte, we checked the Dominguez reservoir and were surprised to encounter a migratory flock of about 200 Bonaparte's Gulls. At night we had Pauraques making their bizarre vocalizations directly behind our hotel.
Day 6: Time to catch the train and head to the high country. By boarding the Copper Canyon train in El Fuerte rather than Los Mochis, one gets to begin viewing the spectacular west slope of the Sierra Madre much quicker. The middle two hours of our 4.5 hour ride is simply one jaw-dropping vista after another. I like to play the game of keeping a "train list" of species we see from the iron horse. This year I was able to see and clearly id a group of 6 Lilac-crowned Parrots somewhere below the Temoris station (fortunately, on our return trip, one of the clients saw them in the same area as well). After our transfer from the Bahuichivo station to Hotel Paraiso del Oso, we were in the completely different world of pine/oak. A late afternoon foray along the nearby creek revealed many of the regulars of that habitat such as Grace's Warbler, Painted Redstart, Hutton's Vireo, and Buff-breasted Flycatcher. At night, one other client and myself were treated to close views of one of the many calling Whiskered Screech Owls.
Day 7: We are off early to the deepest of the 5 canyons that make up the Copper Canyon region-Barranca de Urique. First we go up to cross Mesa del Arturo. This is the highest altitude portion of the trip and our only chance to see the likes of Mexican Chickadee, Olive and Crescent-chested Warblers, White-eared Hummingbird, and Mountain Trogon (all of which we saw). After drinking in the view from the edge of the canyon, we began our mile deep descent into the canyon. At our regular Scott's Oriole stop (with a male singing away) I had the thought to play Red-headed Tanager. Incredibly, a pair responded right away and we had eye level views of this northern most member of the Tangara genus. We continued down to Urique and made our way north to Arroyo Mescalero. Although our early evening birding started slow, it soon gained momentum . I played Colima Pygmy Owl as we had heard this species at this spot a year ago. One immediately sounded off on a nearby thorn forest hillside and soon worked its way right in front of us. Not needing my tape player I shut it off and let the owl do the work. Soon we had a group of birds scolding the owl that included Flame-colored Tanager and White-throated Robin. While enjoying the show we noticed a raptor in a steep dive from high over the canyon. We lost sight of the bird for a few beats but then it came blasting down the arroyo right over our heads in hot pursuit of a dove. This Northern Goshawk put us in a state of awe. As the sun dipped below the canyon rim high above us, we headed back to Entre Amigos Hostal. Enroute we managed to lure out a skulking Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush at a spot where it has wintered several times.
Day 8: An early departure got us to Arroyo Hacienda just west of Guapalaina well before heat started to build in the canyon. At about 1,700' elevation this location has some of the species we saw around Alamos such as Black-throated Magpie Jay, Squirrel Cuckoo and Streak-backed Oriole. While we were unsuccessful in repeating our past encounters with Military Macaw here, we did find a very territorial Golden Vireo male with his spouse close by. This is the only spot that I know of for this bird in the state of Chihuahua. We have found it in all four trips we have made to this spot. As the heat builds rapidly in the canyon bottom we bid Urique farewell and began the climb back into the cool pine/oak zone. Near the mirador we found White-striped Woodcreeper and Brown Creeper in the same ravine and Rufous-crowned Sparrow nearby. In the late afternoon at El Cajon near the hotel, we entered a cool, shaded canyon and were treated to close-ups of Spotted Wren and Brown-backed Solitaire all the while being escorted by a noisy group of Mexican Jays.
Day 9: One of my favorite spots on this itinerary is the Rio Cuiteco east of Bahuichivo. At one of our first stops we lured a group of Black-headed Siskins in to a N. Pygmy Owl tape. Once again, we soon had the real thing right above us. The mob of songbirds was soon joined by an animated male Gray-collared Becard that put on quite a show with its ruffled crest and tail fanning. When the N. Pygmy Owl flew the bird police were in hot pursuit, including a much larger Blue Mockingbird that was literally nipping at the owl's tail. Quite a sight. Further up the canyon we found Russet Nightingale Thrush, Gray-crowned Woodpecker, Slate-throated Redstart, and Blue-throated Hummingbird. At one of our last stops I was looking at a House Wren under a log when a part of the log seemed to move. It was actually a pair of Montezuma Quail that slowly walked off before melting back into the underbrush. Our afternoon was another thrilling train ride back to El Fuerte in the lowlands.
Day 10: Our last full day in Mexico and we wanted to make the most of it. Heading east of town to the boat put in on the Rio Fuerte (which drains all 5 canyons in the region) we finally had good looks at Rufous-bellied Chachalaca while Felipe set up the boat. A relaxing float gave us a chance to see Common Blackhawks up close, Great Kiskadees and a Grayish Saltator on the shore, and our best looks at Elegant Quail during a short hike on the north side of the river. Further downstream, we found Bare-throated Tiger Heron that serenaded us with a voice lower than mine. We were keen to find Northern Jacana but were running out of patches of water hyacinth to look in. As we turned to continue back to the take out Sue spotted one of these surprisingly small marsh fellows doing its jabberwocky thing on the floating vegetation. It's fluttering flight seems to make it more butterfly than bird. After saying our goodbyes to El Fuerte, we started the drive north. A drainage on the road that connects El Fuerte to Highway 15 produced a male Rose-throated Becard and the lily ponds in Navojoa hosted numerous Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and several more Northern Jacanas. Following lunch it was the highway haul up to San Carlos where we enjoyed watching both Brown and Blue-footed Boobies diving close to shore as well as Elegant Terns in the estuary. Our final stop (the local sewage ponds-how fitting) gave us our first looks at Mangrove Swallow and numerous ducks. Also present-about 50-60 Bonaparte's Gulls. I wondered if they were part of the massive flock we had seen just days before in El Fuerte.
Day 11: An early departure and the long haul back to Santa Fe via the Tucson Airport. Ironic, the morning I left for the tour it was 19 degrees and snowing and, sure enough, same thing on our return. Those 100 degree temps at the bottom of Barranca de Urique seemed like a distant memory
DAY 1: We broke up our day’s drive from Nogales, AZ to Alamos, Sonora with an afternoon stop at Estero Soldado in San Carlos. It is always great to get to that salt air after a long desert drive. We hit a productive mid tide with various shorebirds and waders feasting on the abundant fiddler crabs. A group of Roseate Spoonbills with adults sporting fresh breeding plumage was the highlight. We also had a close look at a Large-billed version of Savannah Sparrow running along the edge of the mangroves. We finished our drive to Alamos and our night's stay at David and Jennifer MacKay's great cabanas at El Pedregal. Calling Western Screech and Ferruginous Pygmy Owls lulled us to sleep. Zithromax coupon, DAY 2: We were off early to Rancho El Guayabo, about an hour east of Alamos, a part of a larger Nature&Culture International area called Reserva Monte Mojino. Here, near the headwaters of the Rio Cuchujaqui, we were in foothill tropical deciduous forest. Some typical TDF birds, including Happy and Sinaloa Wrens, Red-billed Pigeon, Zithromax dose, and Black-throated Magpie Jay (the icon of that habitat) all showed well but we were denied a look at a scolding (and skulking) Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush. A Common Gallinule (Moorhen) seemed out of place so far from the coast. The first of many Common Blackhawks for the trip gave us encouragement that this deciduous riparian species is doing well.
DAY 3: Our morning was spent at Rancho San Jose at the south end of the Sierra de Alamos (with a great view of a group of Elegant Quail enroute). We were a bit higher than the previous day and were able to have great looks at Linneated Woodpecker, Purplish-backed Jay, and Rufous-capped Warbler. On our way back to ranch HQ we were surprised by a Crane Hawk that flew up from a cattle tank and perched in a mesquite. I guess when it’s 98 degrees, birds will show up for water in odd places. Later in the afternoon, while at the El Pedregal feeders, we were able to get good looks at Streak-backed Oriole, Varied Bunting, Rufous-backed Robin, and Blue Mockingbird, Zithromax Price.
DAY 4: On our way to the Navopatia Field Station on Estero Agiabampo, we detoured to the bay at Yavaros, a shrimp port south of Navojoa. This is a vast feeding area for a myriad of coastal birds. Dozens of Wilson’s Plover, hundreds of Dunlin (most in some degree of breeding plumage), Zithromax treatment, and thousands of Western Sandpipers were spread over the flats. Our search for the declining Red Knot, however, went (wait for it) for naught. Late afternoon found us driving through pitahaya cactus forest, a habitat being decimated for agribusiness, on our way to the field station. The sights, sounds, and smells of the estuary during a memorable sunset were grand indeed. After dinner, order Zithromax from United States pharmacy, one client and myself ventured into the cactus stands and were rewarded with great views of an Elf Owl sticking its head out of a spine-surrounded hole.
DAY 5: Prior to our morning estuary boat trip, we heard the loud clamoring of Clapper Rails coming from the mangroves and one birder managed some clear views. With frigatebirds overhead, we headed to a nearby mangrove island to search for the recently returned Mangrove Vireo that the station director had been hearing across the inlet. We swung and missed on that one but enjoyed the tranquility of a mangrove inlet on a windy morning. Tino, our boatman, Cheap Zithromax, made the call to press on to a sand spit south of the estuary mouth that was home to a bunch of Blue-footed Boobies. Downy nestlings, at widely varying stages of growth, dotted the sandbar. Some obviously deceased chicks awaited disposal by the nearby Yellow-footed Gull patrols. On our way back to the station, after zipping by a late Common Loon, we made one last foray into the mangroves. Here a male Mangrove Vireo was singing away and gave us great close up views (along with an equally eye-popping male Mangrove Yellow Warbler). Following lunch and our goodbyes to the kind folks at the research station, we headed southeast across the Sinaloa border to El Fuerte. We stopped at one of three massive reservoirs in the area (Presa Dominguez) to view a Black-crowned Night Heron colony and rafts of wintering Lesser Scaup. Night found us at Hotel Rio Vista overlooking the Rio Fuerte and listening to many Common Pauraques on the rooftops below.
DAY 6: Leaving the lowlands on the CHEPE (Chihuahua al Pacifico) train, get Zithromax, we gained altitude through spectacular scenery on our way to the high country. Following our transfer from the Bahuichivo station, we arrived at Hotel Paraiso del Oso near Cerocahui. Entering a nearby pine/oak canyon we encountered birds typical of the area including Mexican Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, and Hutton’s Vireo. White-throated Robin and Brown-backed Solitaire were present as well, Zithromax images, recently returned from lower altitudes. After dinner at the lodge we ventured out to hear the local Whiskered Screech Owls.
DAY 7: We departed early for our destination at the bottom of the deepest of the 5 major canyons in the Copper Canyon region, Barranca de Urique. First we traversed Mesa del Arturo-at over 7,500’- the highest spot on the tour. While finding many of our sought after species in that habitat zone including Crescent-chested and Olive Warblers, White-eared Hummingbird, and Hepatic Tanager, we were able to only get a distant vocalization from the Mountain Trogon. As we began our mile deep descent to the town of Urique, buy Zithromax online cod, we called in a lovely Scott’s Oriole, the 4th oriole species of the trip. Once down to the bottom of the canyon, we dropped our gear at the Entre Amigos Hostal and headed north in a side canyon to Mescalera Chica. Late afternoon turned out to be a great birding time as we reeled off a nice mix of species including Yellow Grosbeak, Flame-colored Tanager, Five-striped Sparrow, Zithromax australia, uk, us, usa, and Colima Pygmy Owl (a first for this itinerary). As the activity was starting to wane, one of the clients spotted a pair of Golden Vireos. Though I have seen this bird south of Urique, this was the first encounter north of town. The area represents the only spot in the state of Chihuahua where this bird occurs.
DAY 8: This morning we headed south to the village of Guapalaina and our hike into Arroyo Hacienda-a spectacular steep walled box canyon. Great looks at Berylline Hummingbird, Squirrel Cuckoo, and Elegant Trogon graced our walk in. Once in the box canyon itself, we found a territorial Blue-throated Hummingbird and a feisty Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush. As we departed the canyon, buying Zithromax online over the counter, a pair of Military Macaws circled several times, giving us great views, as they apparently searched for a suitable nesting site on the cliff face. After lunch in Urique, complete with a fly by Common Blackhawk, we began our ascent-much easier on the nerves than our descent! Late afternoon back by Paraiso del Oso, Where can i find Zithromax online, we found Slate-throated Redstart, White-striped Woodcreeper, Mountain (Northern) Pygmy Owl, and, after dark, several calling Mexican Whip-poor-wills.
DAY 9: Before descending by train back to El Fuerte, Zithromax street price, we had the whole morning to bird the Rio Cuiteco just north of Bahuichivo. Within a stone’s throw of town we encountered a mixed species flock that revealed both male and female Gray-collared Becard-a species that has a much jazzier looking female. As we savored the moment, I heard the squeak of an Eared Quetzal and quickly fired tape in response. A female came in immediately for great close-up looks. Another first for this itinerary. Further up the canyon, another flock revealed Red-faced, Townsend’s, and Hermit Warblers and a Hooded Grosbeak, Zithromax use, the Sierra Madre cousin of our Evening Grosbeak. At a bridge crossing, we tried for Gray-crowned Woodpecker (where we had the first Chihuahua record in 2011) and a pair zipped right out. I was thrilled that this species at the extreme edge of its range seemed to have put down roots here. Nearby, we enjoyed a co-operative pair of Rufous-capped Brushfinches. Our afternoon train ride down to El Fuerte was as enchanting as ever.
Day: 10 Our last day of full birding started out great with a group of Mexican Parrotlets in the trees above Hotel Rio Vista where we were staying. As our hosts hooked up the boat to go out for our Rio Fuerte float, we had great looks at Orchard Oriole (5th oriole of the trip) and a singing Grayish Saltator at the north extreme of its’ breeding range. On the way to the river we had great looks at a singing Rufous-winged Sparrow (at the south end of its’ limited range) as well as a surprise encounter with a Solitary Sandpiper on a local pond. Once on the river, we glassed White-fronted Parrots perched on cactus stalks (nice contrast). Along the river itself, Great Kiskadee, after Zithromax, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Social Fly catcher, and Vermilion Flycatcher all presented on prominent perches. On the north side of the river, we searched the local haunt of Russet-crowned Motmot but with no luck. Habitat degradation in the area may have been the culprit. We were rewarded with great views of Rufous-bellied Chachalacas however. Back on the river, we finished our float with great looks at Northern Jacana and Bare-throated Tiger Heron. Next, Zithromax pictures, we had to hit the road north to San Carlos. Some late afternoon birding in the desert produced great looks at Bendire’s Thrasher-our 266th, and last, species of the trip. We rested up that night for our push back to Santa Fe the next day.
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