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December 1996

by Barry Levine

A nine day trip to Puerto Vallarta, Barra, Colima, and San Blas was a little disappointing both numbers-wise and for some of the endemics I was hoping to find.  Other birders that I encountered seemed to be experiencing the same malaise.  What accounted for this I can't explain.  Maybe someone could tell me whether it is the time of the year (Xmas),s or just this particular year.  The weather was hot on the coast during the day and the rivers were pretty low.  The evenings and early mornings were quite cold.  I nearly froze on the volcano at Colima.  Warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and vireos abounded.  Here's the list of birds seen, with an H after the species if it was only heard.

Least Grebe
Pied Billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Neotropical Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebird
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roeseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Muscovey Duck
Green-winged Teal
Mexican Duck
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Common Black Hawk
Solitary Eagle
Harris' Hawk
Grey Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
West Mexican Chachalaca
Crested Guan
Banded Quail
Clapper Rail
Rufous-necked Wood-Rail
Common Moorhen
American Golden Plover
Collared Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Black-necked Stilt
Northern Jacana
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Heerman's Gull
Royal Tern
Elegant Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern
Rock Dove
Red-billed Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Orange-fronted Parakeet
Military Macaw
Squirrel Cuckoo
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo
Groove-billed Ani
Balsa Screech-Owl (H)
Mottled Owl (H)
Stygian Owl
Black Swift
Mexican Hermit
Green Violet-ear
Golden-crowned Emerald
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Mexican Woodnymph
White-earred Hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Amethyst Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Citroline Trogan
Elegant Trogan
Russet-crowned Motmot
Ringed Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Arizona Woodpecker
Grey-crowned Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pale-bellied Woodpecker
Linneated Woodpecker
White-striped Woodcreeper
Northern Beardless Tyrannulet
Greenish Elaenia
Tufted Flycatcher
Greater Pewee
Western Pewee
Grey Flycatcher
Pine Flycatcher
Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Buff-breasted Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Flammulated Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Social Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Cassin's Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Thick-billed Kingbird
Grey-collared Becard
Rose-throated Becard
Masked Tityra
Violet Green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Magpie-Jay
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Green Jay
Purplish-backed Jay
San Blas Jay
Grey-breasted Jay
Common Raven
Mexican Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Wren
Happy Wren
Sinaloa Wren
Brown-throated House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Russet Nightingale-Thrush
White-throated Thrush
Rufous-backed Thrush
American Robin
Aztec Thrush
Blue Mockingbird
American Pipit
Grey Silky
Bell's Vireo
Dwarf Vireo
Solitary Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Golden Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Colima Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Virginia's Warbler
Lucy's Warbler
Crescent-chested Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Mangrove Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace's Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush
MacGillivray's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Grey-crowned Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Red-faced Warbler
Red Warbler
Painted Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart
Fan-tailed Warbler
Rufouws-capped Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Olive Warbler
Summer Tanager
Red-headed Tanager
Greyish Saltator
Yellow Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Bunting
Varied Bunting
Orange-breasted Bunting
Rufous-capped Brushfinch
Green-striped Brushfinch
Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow
Collared Towhee
White-collared Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer
Stripe-headed Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savanah Sparrow
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Orchard oriole
Hooded Oriole
Streak-backed Oriole
Yellow-winged Cacique
House Finch
Black-headed Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Barry Levine
1025 N.E. 72nd St
Seattle Wa. 98115