NAYARIT (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (17-19th October, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

San Blas can be reached by a 2hr bus from Tepic. We stayed at the Hotel Ranchero which was basic and cost 150 pesos for a double. There are several different areas good for birding. On the Sewage-pond trail (lots of mosquitos) I saw many waterbirds as well as Black-throated Magpie-Jays. At the castle on the hill we saw Mexican Parrotlets and on the outskirts of town I saw Black-vented Oriole and Paraque. On the way to La Bajada there were mangroves and shrimp ponds with Yellow-winged Caciques and many waterbirds. 64 species including 14 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  • Gray Hawk Asturina nitida
  • Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  • Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  • Wilson's Snipe ? Gallinago delicata
  • Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Solitary Sandpiper ? Tringa solitaria
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
  • Western Sandpiper ? Calidris mauri
  • Franklin's Gull ? Larus pipixcan
  • Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  • Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  • Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius Endemic
  • Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  • Violet-crowned Hummingbird ? Agyrtria violiceps
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Golden-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysogenys Endemic
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  • Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus Endemic
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  • Black-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta colliei Endemic
  • Sinaloa Crow Corvus sinaloae Endemic
  • Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow Aimophila ruficauda
  • Lark Sparrow ? Chondestes grammacus
  • Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  • Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus
  • Black-vented Oriole Icterus wagleri
  • Yellow-winged Cacique Cacicus melanicterus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse