SINALOA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (16th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

It is possible to visit this site in a day trip from Mazatlan but it takes 3 and half hours to arrive by bus. A bus leaves the terminal in Mazatlan for Durango at 06.00. Ask to get off at El Palmito (at km 200) and follow the instructions in the site guide. It would probably be better to stay closer to arrive earlier. You could even camp up there as there is nobody around. Tufted Jays were quite easy to see on several parts of the trail and I also had a pair of Military Macaws at the Barranca itself. 37 species including 14 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  • Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • Military Macaw Ara militaris Vulnerable
  • White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae
  • Arizona Woodpecker Picoides arizonae
  • White-striped Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes leucogaster Endemic
  • Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
  • Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  • Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis
  • Russet Nightingale-Thrush Catharus occidentalis Endemic
  • American Robin Turdus migratorius
  • Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri
  • Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  • Tufted Jay Cyanocorax dickeyi Endemic Near-threatened
  • Common Raven Corvus corax
  • Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus
  • Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
  • Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
  • Hermit Warbler Dendroica occidentalis
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons
  • Red Warbler Ergaticus ruber Endemic
  • Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Red-headed Tanager Piranga erythrocephala Endemic
  • Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse