Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Sorry about the title, but I couldn’t resist.

Oscar Guzón, owner of Onca Explorations, said he would pick us up at the campground at 6:30am.  He along with his colleague Saul showed up at 6:15am.

Neither Oscar or Saul are birders, which worried me a bit.  Oscar said not to worry, that we would also have a local guide who knew the area and the birds.

The drive to El Palmito -including a stop in a forest clearing for snacks, took about 2 hours.  The area we birded, Chara Pinta, is a Tufted Jay Preserve in the Sierra Madre mountains, cared for by an ejido (group of families).

We never saw a Tufted Jay – but we heard one.  The area we birded was a mixed pine and oak forest on the edge of a deep canyon.  The local guide, Santos Vasquez – called Don Santos by Oscar – knew the area and the local birds. The highlight was seeing 2 Mountain Trogans at close range.

After about almost 4 hours of traipsing up and down logging roads and trails we went to Don Santos’ home in El Palmito.  His wife had prepared 5 different fillings for gorditas – and frijoles – on a wood burning stove. We washed it down with cold jamaica (hibiscus tea).

Chara Pinta Bird List:

*Tufted Jay (heard)

*White-eared Hummingbird

*Mountain Trogon

*Grey Silky-Flycatcher

*Blue Mockingbird

*Blue-hooded Euphonia

*Rufous-sided Towhee

*Black-throated Magpie-Jay

*Warbling Vireo

*Slate-throated Whitestart

*Rufous-capped Brushfinch

*Red Warbler (Chris)

**Eastern Bluebird

**Painted Redstart

**Black Vulture

**Turkey Vulture

**Acorn Woodpecker

**Robin

Key:

*Life bird

**Trip bird

One thought on “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”

  1. Wow that’s a lot of birds!!! You must be thrilled to find all those “life” birds.
    (I’m happy when my flock of 50 robins stops by my manzanita bush twice a year…coming and going!!!!) and strips it clean…so no berries all over the cement!!!
    Carry on……….

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