NAYARIT (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (18-19th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

La Bajada is easily reached from San Blas, a medioum sized town with hotels and restaurants. A bus leaves the terminal between 06.00 and 07.00 for El Llano or La Palma seemingly depending on the day. If it goes to El Llano, get off at the junction for La Palma and walk uphill. Follow the map in the site guide. A bus leaves La Palma for San Blas at about mid-day which gives you enough time for a nice morning's birding at La Bajada. I failed to see Mexican Woodnymph and Black-capped Vireo in 2 days birding but saw many other interesting species along the path through the coffee plantation. 52 species including 20 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Thicket Tinamou ? Crypturellus cinnamomeus
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
  • Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Rufous-bellied Chachalaca Ortalis wagleri Endemic
  • Crested Guan h? Penelope purpurascens
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced species
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet Aratinga canicularis
  • Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius Endemic
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Colima Pygmy-Owl h? Glaucidium palmarum Endemic
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila
  • Citreoline Trogon Trogon citreolus Endemic
  • Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans
  • Russet-crowned Motmot Momotus mexicanus
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys Endemic
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
  • Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
  • Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
  • Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher h? Megarynchus pitangua
  • Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  • Happy Wren Thryothorus felix Endemic
  • Sinaloa Wren h? Thryothorus sinaloa Endemic
  • Blue Mockingbird Melanotis caerulescens Endemic
  • Swainson's Thrush ? Catharus ustulatus
  • Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus Endemic
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Black-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta colliei Endemic
  • Sinaloa Crow Corvus sinaloae Endemic
  • Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  • Golden Vireo Vireo hypochryseus Endemic
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Scrub Euphonia ? Euphonia affinis
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Yellow Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysopeplus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
  • Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  • Yellow-winged Cacique Cacicus melanicterus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced species

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse