Bird report photographed and written by Interpretive Guide John Brush
It was a crisp and clear morning at Quinta Mazatlan – temperatures in the mid 40s but with the sun shining brightly. The minute we stepped out the doors we had a nice variety of birds. We barely went 50 yards in 20 minutes because we were seeing so much! A Rufous Hummingbird perched above our heads towards the end of the extravaganza, giving us a “rear view”. You can check out the full list of birds here.
This Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew into a Wild Olive tree behind the cottage and gave us some nice views of its red chin. You can see some of the sap wells the bird has dug on the tree trunk. It will come back and eat both the sap and the insects attracted to the sap.
It took us a few minutes of searching, but we finally got some brief looks at one of the ever elusive White-eyed Vireos in the park (archive shot). We could hear it singing, could see movement, but seeing these thornforest denizens out in the open is not the easiest! You can listen to the song here.
We got great looks at this Curve-billed Thrasher in the front garden. It hopped up onto one of our lamp posts and looked like it was enjoying the sunshine (just like we were!). Have a good weekend, and hope to see y’all out on a bird walk!
Bird walks are offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:30 am.