Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (29th September, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

La Pesca can be visited in a day trip from Ciudad Victoria, a large city with all amenities, although it is 3hr each way on buses. There should be places to stay in Soto La Marina just 1hr from La Pesca but it did not look such a nice place. A bus left the terminal in Ciudad Victoria for Soto La Marina at 07.30. There we had to wait for another bus to La Pesca. On the second bus ride you pass some lakes, one of which was full of egrets, ibis and Roseate Spoonbills. At La Pesca the bus drops you in town but it is another 2-3km to the beach. On this walk, I saw Nashville Warbler and Plain Chachalaca. At the coast, there is a small river mouth where I saw Long-billed Curlew and the main beach with lots of terns and waders, including Piping Plover. The beach looked like it caters for many tourists with lots of umbrella, seats and restaurants. It was deserted when I was there but if you picked the wrong day, it could be full. Avoid weekends and holidays. 50 species including 21 lifers. 

Species seen

  • American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  • Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
  • (Northern) Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
  • Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  • Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Vulnerable
  • Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus Near-threatened
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Sanderling Calidris alba
  • Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  • Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia
  • Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
  • Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
  • Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
  • Royal Tern Sterna maxima
  • Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  • Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Red-billed Pigeon Patagioenas flavirostris
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • Inca Dove Columbina inca
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  • Tamaulipas Crow Corvus imparatus Endemic
  • Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  • Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
  • Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse