Jalisco and Nayarit


Hi, my name is Cole and I’m a 15 (nearly 16) y/o birder from Vancouver, BC. I’ve been fascinated by birds and nature all my life. In Dec. 2016, I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was an incredible trip. In this post I’ll cover the highlight birds. I went to Mexico last December as well, but still got 46 lifers from this trip as I birded significantly more.

Lifers from the trip:

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Least Grebe
  • Red-billed Tropicbird
  • Northern Jacana
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Mottled Owl
  • Bumblebee Hummingbird (7!)
  • Golden-crowned Emerald
  • White-eared Hummingbird
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Mountain Trogon
  • Russet-crowned Motmot
  • Acorn Woodpecker (nemesis)
  • Arizona Woodpecker
  • Gray-crowned Woodpecker
  • Lilac-crowned Parrot
  • Greater Pewee
  • White-throated Flycatcher
  • Pine Flycatcher
  • Nutting’s Flycatcher
  • Flammulated Flycatcher
  • Gray-collared Becard
  • Rose-throated Becard
  • Golden Vireo
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Transvolcanic Jay
  • Black-throated Magpie-Jay
  • Spotted Wren
  • White-bellied Wren
  • Black-capped Gnatcatcher
  • Brown-backed Solitaire
  • Gray Silky-Flycatcher
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Crescent-chested Warbler
  • Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Red-faced Warbler
  • Painted Redstart
  • Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow
  • Canyon Towhee
  • Rusty Sparrow
  • Yellow Grosbeak
  • Orange-breasted Bunting
  • Varied Bunting
  • Painted Bunting
  • Audubon’s Oriole



Bumblebee Hummingbird – San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco. 2nd smallest bird on Earth.


Transvolcanic Jay – San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco. One of the very few locations to see this species.


Mottled Owl – Sayulita, Nayarit


Rufous-backed Robin – Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens


American Redstart – Estero el Salado Mangrove. This mangrove is just outside downtown and is a good spot for Boat-billed Herons.


Collared and Wilson’s Plovers – Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. The shorebirds in Mexico were extremely tame. This WIPL was about 4 feet away from me, and only had one foot. I can’t wait for the shorebird migration in BC next year!


Military Macaw – El Tuito, Jalisco. A week before this we found an undocumented nest near here. We heard a juvenile calling and eventually located the cavity.


Ivory-billed Woodcreeper – Yelapa, Jalisco. This one held the side of its head to the fence post every few seconds as it fed (listening for insects inside). They are very loud and clever.

Despite the botflies, mosquitoes, and norovirus it was an extremely fun trip! I especially enjoyed seeing all the species that are Code 4-5 in the ABA. I look forward to contributing to the blog a lot more. I’m posting this at 11 PM and am not going to bother making it more detailed.

Oh, and when I got back from Mexico, I saw this…DSCN9674.JPG


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