OAXACA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography 2,750+m 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (5th November, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Cerro San Felipe was reached in just over an hour from Oaxaca´s second-class bus station by the 07.00 (Benito Juarez) public bus. A small collection of buildings comprises the windswept settlement of La Cumbre (2,750m) at km 192. From here an unpaved road headed nw uphill. I walked 4-5km along this road as well as going down a track (for 1-2km) leading left before the 3km marker. The main track headed gradually uphill upto 3000m altitude, where I turned back. The weather was very inhospitable. Constant mist, as well as occasional drizzle and strong winds made birding hard. An hour wait for a bus on the way back almost finished me off. The habitat was pine plus mixed forest and some cleared areas where a lot of flowers attracted many hummingbirds. I saw my target bird, the Dwarf Jay at the 1km mark just as I was heading back having given up. I saw 37 species including 7 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Band-tailed Pigeon ? Patagioenas fasciata
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis
  • Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus
  • Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
  • Bumblebee Hummingbird Atthis heloisa Endemic
  • Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus
  • Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis
  • Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
  • Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
  • Pine Flycatcher Empidonax affinis
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  • Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptilogonys cinereus
  • Gray-barred Wren Campylorhynchus megalopterus Endemic
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Brown-backed Solitaire h Myadestes occidentalis
  • Russet Nightingale-Thrush Catharus occidentalis Endemic
  • Mexican Chickadee Poecile sclateri
  • Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  • Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  • Dwarf Jay Cyanolyca nana Endemic Vulnerable
  • Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  • Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
  • Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa
  • 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
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Golden-browed Warbler Basileuterus belli
  • Yellow-eyed Junco Junco phaeonotus
  • Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii
  • Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum

Author: Charles Hesse