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)
*Red Warbler (Chris)