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San Blas - Fort, Nayarit (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of San Blas - Fort, Nayarit

Map of San Blas - Fort, Nayarit

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Black-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta colliei) Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja)
Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor) Male Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola) Male Feeding

The San Blas Fort is on a hillside overlooking the town of San Blas.

I visited this site on two afternoons: January 6, 2008 and January 2002. From the top, there is an excellent view of the entire area. The habitat consists of weedy fields, rocky outcroppings, a few scattered trees, and the convergence of an updraft.

The bird highlight of the fort would have to be the close-flying Turkey and Black Vultures which can be seen on the very top. In addition, I was able to get close looks at a Short-tailed Hawk and a Zone-tailed Hawk. A final highlight was a good view of a flying Roseate Spoonbill. In the weedy area, I was able to get some great looks at Variable Buntings, Collared Seedeaters, Blue Grosbeak, and Yellow Chat. The trees held Black-throated Magpie Jay, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ruddy Ground Dove, Inca Dove, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Overall, I would recommend a visit to the fort. It is possible to walk to the fort from town (look for the sign to the constabalario). Up top, there is about 50 cents entry fee.


Mexico, Nayarit

1/6/2008: Afternoon visit on sunny warm day.

Previous Visit (Playa Punta Raza: 1/5/2008)
Next Visit (Singayta: 1/6/2008)

Species Recorded (15)

Birds ( 15 )

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Short-tailed Hawk - Buteo brachyurus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Common Ground-Dove - Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Lineated Woodpecker - Dryocopus lineatus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Black-throated Magpie-Jay - Calocitta colliei

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Yellow-breasted Chat - Icteria virens

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater - Sporophila torqueola

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Blue Grosbeak - Passerina caerulea
Varied Bunting - Passerina versicolor

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Yellow-winged Cacique - Cassiculus melanicterus
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus


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