Once while staying in Sayulita, Mexico near Puerta Vallarta, I was awakened one morning by the sound of a big cart, one without any wheels apparently, being dragged down a paved road.
I was told that the noise was a actually a bird, a huge bird, and that one of the reasons it grew so huge was because it didn’t have to migrate (really?) I thought I’d checked into Jurassic Park. A few years later that the name of the bird was Chachalaka, the song of which another echoed "sounds like broken machinary trying to run."
Since then from time to time I have had fantasies about getting just the right hat, a journal, field guide and a pair of binoculars and living a day as a dodgy birder (I am rather stork-like anyway) once the weather cools a bit.
As you would expect from a country with such temperate weather, Mexico has stunning birds. With help from Birding Tours of Mexico, my friend Ricardo, and talented birder Greg Lavaty, I’d like to show you some of the most colorful ones in this part of Mexico.
The brown pelican
And finally, our sentimental favorite here in Mazatlán (just when you were beginning to think God didn't have a sense of humor), the Brown Pelican.
Related links: A short list of the most "magical" places to go in Mexico...Los Pueblos Magicos - Ventanas Mexico
Ron Parson's blog of the flowers of Central America
Bird-Watching Tours of Mexico - for trip info.
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Hola, I am a partner and writer for Ventanas Mexico and author of the "Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online" - a reference book for learning Spanish geared towards expats and potential expats along with "If Only I Had a Place" a guide for the aspiring expat seeking to rent luxuriously in Mexico.