4-12 September 1998
by Richard Palmer
Friday, September 4 Dick and Troy departed at 6:20 AM from Tucson flying to Hermosillo (Aero Mexico flight 2436) and then to Guadalajara (Aero Mexico flight 105) arriving around 12:00 noon.
Friday, September 4 Joan and Ramsay flew American Airlines from Harrisburg, PA (flight 719) to Chicago to Dallas (flight 2213) to Guadalajara (flight 1623) arriving around 3:21 PM.
Friday, September 4
We picked up a Chevrolet Suburban rental car from National at the Guadalajara airport. The Suburban was a four door with air conditioning but not 4 wheel drive. Most important, the car had fairly high ground clearance which was necessary on the Volcan de Colima road. National Rental Car Company phone number at Guadalajara - (3) 688-5021 Approximate cost 65,000 pesos for the 7 day rental.
Troy and Dick filled out a tourist permit (visa) on the Tucson - Hermosillo flight and had it authorized by customs at Hermosillo. Ramsay and Joan had theirs authorized at the Guadalajara Airport. Customs was cleared by all for the bags at Guadalajara.
We drove south to Ciudad de Colima where we arrived at our hotel for the next few days. It took about 3 hours to drive from the Guadalajara airport, via a tollroad for most of the way. Arrived at the Hotel Los Candiles in Colima around 8:00 PM. Dinner this evening was around 8:30 PM at the hotel. Hotel phone numbers in Colima are (331) 2-3212 or (331) 3-1707 [135 miles total]
Saturday, September 5:
We birded around El Cobano north of Colima this morning. A short drive and there was no need to get up extra early. The grass was wet this early in the day and we were glad we had brought waterproof walking shoes or slip on boots. Chiggers love these grass fields so we prepared before we left the motel for them. We birded the area until around noon when we returned to Colima for lunch. A couple of hours off for lunch and to get some groceries we then we headed for the Rio Salado east of Ciudad de Colima, where we walked some trails along the river in the early afternoon. We allowed time to bird El Cumbre just down the road until early evening when the usual afternoon rains started. Back to the Hotel Los Candiles in Colima for the evening meal . [50 miles total round trip]
Sunday, September 6:
We departed 1 hour before sunrise to arrive at the Volcan de Colima National Park access road at near sunrise. Birded a baranca on old highway 54 just south of the turn off for the Volcan with several species noted. Birded the road from the highway toward the volcan and the birding was good. We brought lots of snacks with us today. No place to get food out here. Arrived back at the motel by 6:00 PM. Cleaned up and went to dinner at 7:00 PM. We did the bird list tonight as we waited for dinner as we did each night. Night at the Hotel Los Candiles, Colima. [120 miles total round trip]
Monday, September 7:
We departed 2 hours before sunrise today for the Volcan de Colima and drove the gravel road we birded yesterday in the dark to arrive at the micro relay tower around sunrise. Brought our lunch with us again. We did a great deal of walking today doing the microondas and the road up to around the 8000 foot level. Left around 4:00 PM and arrived back at Colima by 6:00 PM. Night at the Hotel Los Candiles in Colima. [120 miles total round trip.]
Tuesday, September 8:
Departed just before sunrise toward Manzanillo. We arrived shortly at the small village of Tecolapa on the road to Manzanillo where we birded in the early morning. Birding was not good at Tecolapa as we had intermittent rain the whole time. Continuing on we arrived at Manzanillo on the coast. We birded along some of the lagunas and the coast line from the car as we still had rain showers. We headed away from Manzanillo hopeing the rain would cease toward Playa de Oro. Arriving at the road to Playa de Oro we found the creek was too high to cross. Assuming the water would recede we left this area until later. We returned to the car and headed for the Manzanillo Airport road just a little further west down the main highway. We birded the airport road until noon. Lunch was back toward Manzanillo and we ate at one of the many restaurants along Manzanillo Bay. The afternoon found us returning toward Playa de Oro in the hopes the water had receded, it had not. But just east of the Playa de Oro road was one of the best roads that we found the entire trip. It is called the road to the microondas El Toro. Most of the afternoon was spent carefully birding this road. We returned to Hotel Los Candiles in Colima for the night. [150 miles total round trip.]
Wednesday, September 9
We headed from Colima to just past Manzanillo to bird at Playa de Oro road this morning. The water was still too high to drive the car across and we had to ford the creek on foot up to our knees. The birding this morning was not as good as it was yesterday as it was now hot and humid. We also checked the road to the Manzanillo Airport one more time but added only a couple of species for the trip. Lunch was at Barra de Navidad at a restaurant called Popeye's along the bay. We stopped on the way back to Colima at the San Padrito Laguna near Manzanillo to bird the mangroves for a short time but once again the rains cut our birding short. We hated to leave this area so soon but we returned to Hotel Los Candiles in Colima for the night. [190 miles total round trip.]
Thursday, September 10
This was a one day trip to the mountain town of San Antonio where we birded the Laguna La Maria for most of the morning. Denied access to the Hacienda San Antonio Coffee Finca, we headed up past San Antonio to the town of Nuevo Pueblo San Antonio where we walked the roads around the corn fields at the end of the road. Rain once again forced us to retreat to the car and head back down to San Antonio where we found a new road. It had been built to access the area toward Zapotitlan, Jalisco. This road was good at least for the first 5-10 miles but we were for the most part birding from the car due to the showers. Night at the hotel in Colima. [120 miles total]
Friday, September 11
The group decided to return to the Volcan de Colima today. We left at 5:30 AM and drove the gravel road up to the 8000 foot level where we had quit walking a few days before. Just past here we found the road blocked by a rock slide so we parked the car at a convenient location and walked on up the mountain to about the 10,000 foot level. We returned down the mountain around 2:00 PM hoping to arrive Guadalajara around 6:00 PM. But we found this did not go quite as planned. As we drove down the mountain and rounded a curve a fallen tree blocked the road with no room to get the car around. Luckily the tree had fallen parallel to the road with the trunk next to the inside and only the limbs extending over the road. What should we do? The nearest help was at least 10 miles away and perhaps 20. We decided to try and clear out the limbs. It took us over an hour to do so but we managed to saw through two large limbs and break the rest. A very close fit but we cleared the tree with no damage to the car. We spent the night at the Holiday Inn close to the Guadalajara Airport. [150 miles round trip estimated.]
Saturday, September 12
Flights out to the states.
Joan and Ramsay departed 9:01 AM on American Airlines flight 1588 to Dallas, then flight 2248 to Chicago and then flight 510 to Harrisburg which arrived at 7:32 PM.
Troy and Dick departed 11:00 AM on Aero California flight 500 to Los Mochis and then flight 170 from there to Hermosillo and Tucson and arrived at 1:00 PM .
We had driven 1022 miles in the rented car.
Additional information is available upon request.
9,925 individual birds of 246 species seen:
2 at Ciudad de Colima
Black Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma melania
50 in the bay at Barra de Navidad
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
2 in the bay at Barra de Navidad.
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
1 in Manzanillo Bay.
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
23 mostly at Barra de Navidad.
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
51 mostly near the Manzanillo Airport.
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
8 + in the marshes near the Manzanillo Airport.
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
65 along the coast.
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja
36, mostly at San Padrito Laguna near Manzanillo.
Wood Stork Mycteria americana
Great Egret Ardea alba
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
4 at Laguna La Maria near San Antonio, slightly south of normal range.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
1204 of the diazi race, Mexican Duck.
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
American Wigeon Anas americana
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
2 seen near the Manzanillo Airport building a nest. This is a range expansion compared to Howell's book.
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Great Black-Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga
Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Crested Caracara Caracara plancus
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
1 heard along the El Toro Microondas road.
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Rufous-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis wagleri
2 seen on the road to Volcan de Colima with full rufous bellies. This is a range expansion from Howell's book.
West Mexican Chachalaca Ortalis poliocephala
29 seen various places. Most had a little buffy in the tail spots indicating intergrades with Rufous-bellied Chachalaca?
Long-tailed Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx macroura
16 heard only as usual on the road to the Volcan de Colima.
Banded Quail Philortyx fasciatus
19, good numbers with many seen well along the Volcan de Colima road.
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
Limpkin Aramus guarauna
16, all along the road to the Manzanillo Airport. This is a range expansion compared to Howell's book.
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Wilson's Phalarope Steganopus tricolor
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
Elegant Tern Sterna elegans
Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Rock Dove Columba livia
Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris
Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Inca Dove Columbina inca
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
7 heard only - various places.
Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
2 not seen well near Manzanillo.
Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius
2 seen well at El Cobano
Lilac-crowned Parrot Amazona finschi
3 seen flying along the highway near Manzanillo.
Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor
2 heard only.
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo Morococcyx erythropygus
Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Mountain Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
Colima Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium palmarum
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
3 seen well on the El Toro road near Manzanillo.
Mottled Owl Strix virgata
1 heard on the road to Volcan de Colima near the microondas.
Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Golden-crowned Emerald Chlorostibon auriceps
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris
White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
Berylline Hummingbird Amazilia beryllina
Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus
Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae
Plain-capped Starthroat Heliomaster constantii
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Citreoline Trogon Trogon citreolus
Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus
Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans
Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus
2 along the creek at El Cobano.
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Strickland's Woodpecker Picoides stricklandi
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
Gray-crowned Woodpecker Piculus auricularis
6, mostly at Laguna La Maria near San Antonio
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
2 of the red-shafted form.
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe
4 heard only.
Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Sinaloa Martin Progne sinaloae
15 from the top of the El Toro Microondas Road.
Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa
San Blas Jay Cyanocorax sanblasianus
Mexican Jay Aphelocoma ultramarina
Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri
Bridled Titmouse Baeolophus wollweberi
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
18 of the black-eared form.
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Gray-barred Wren Campylorhynchus megalopterus
Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
Spotted Wren Campylorhynchus gularis
Happy Wren Thryothorus felix
Sinaloa Wren Thryothorus sinaloa
White-bellied Wren Uropsila leucogastra
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
3; 1 Northern, 2 Brown-throated
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
Russet Nightingale-Thrush Catharus occidentalis
White-throated Thrush Turdus assimilis
Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus
Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens
Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Slaty Vireo Vireo brevipennis
1 one the road to the Volcan at about kilometer 8.0.
Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii
Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapillus
Dwarf Vireo Vireo nelsoni
1 on the road to Volcan de Coliima near the microondas.
Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
Golden Vireo Vireo hypochryseus
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys
11 mostly near the microondas on the road to the Volcan de Colima
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla
Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
61 of the aestiva race.
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
2 of the bryanti race, Mangrove Warbler.
Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis
Grace's Warbler Dendroica graciae
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons
Red Warbler Ergaticus ruber
18 of the form with the white face, higher elevation on the Volcan de Colima road.
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
Fan-tailed Warbler Euthlypis lachrymosa
Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli
Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis
Elegant Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager Habia rubica
Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Red-headed Tanager Piranga erythrocephala
6 near Nuevo San Antonio
Rosy Thrush-Tanager Rhodinocichla rosea
5, 2 pair on the El Toro Microondas road, 1 on the Playa del Oro road.
Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina
Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea
Orange-bellied Bunting Passerina leclancherii
Dickcissel Spiza americana
6 heard flying over
Rufous-capped Brush-Finch Atlapetes pileatus
Green-striped Brush-Finch Buarremon virenticeps
Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow Melozone kieneri
Collared Towhee Pipilo ocai
Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Sporophila minuta
14, along the road to the Manzanillo Airport.
Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
1 of the Slate-blue form on the road to El Cumbre near Ciudad de Colima.
Cinnamon-bellied Flower-piercer Diglossa baritula
Black-chested Sparrow Aimophila humeralis
2, El Cumbre
Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri
Audubon's Oriole Icterus graduacauda
Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
Yellow-winged Cacique Cacicus melanicterus
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata
Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Dick Palmer (Trip leader and compiler.)
Green Valley, AZ
Members of the trip:
Mr. Troy E. Corman
8852 North 13th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020-3019
Mr. Ramsay Koury
123 Old Ford Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011-8399
Mr. Richard D. Palmer (Trip leader and compiler.)
370 South Avenida de las Sabinas
Green Valley, AZ 85614-4701
Ms. Joan Renninger
174 Brownstone Park
Hummelstown, PA 17036-9283