Birding around Lake Pátzcuaro

WEDNESDAY, June 8 (Pátzcuaro)

We went birding with Georgia Conti, an  American living in Mexico.  Georgia is the kind of birder I want to be when I grow up.  We visited her house on a hill in the small village of Arocutín.  It has a wonderful view of the lake. Her hummingbird feeders are a delight to watch.

Life birds we saw with Georgia:

Canyon Towhee
Black-polled Yellowthroat (endemic to a few areas in Central Mexico)
Berylline Hummingbird (at Georgia's feeders)
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Hybrid Towhee (Spotted x Collared)
White-tipped Dove
Crescent-chested Warbler
Pine Flycatcher
Lesser Roadrunner

For lunch Georgia took us to the nearby town of Erongarícuaro where a Mexican couple, friends of hers, make the most delicious quesadillas. They cost 12 pesos or $.66.  Unless you’re ravenously hungry, one fills you up.

In other news: With the instructions on how to dismantle the kitchen faucet in hand, I found the aerator to be clogged with fine sand.  Which begs the question: why isn’t our sediment filter keeping sand out of the plumbing?

FYI: I’m storing my best images from our trip here.