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La Bajada, Nayarit (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of La Bajada, Nayarit

Map of La Bajada, Nayarit

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Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeous) Yellow Grosbeak (Pheucticus chrysopeplus) Female Yellow Grosbeak (Pheucticus chrysopeplus) Male Ivory-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster) San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus) Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius)
Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) Male

La Bajada is a small village just outside of San Blas in Nayarit state. It is one of the sites mentioned in Howell's "A Bird Finding Guide To Mexico"

The site consists of forest bordering on a banana/mango plantation. The hills surrounding the plantation were lush and appeared to be native forest. It was difficult to get beyond the forest edge due to the rough terrain.

This area had a good variety of colorful forest birds such as elegant Trogons, Streak-backed Orioles, Western Tanagers, Yellow and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Mexican Parrotlets, Yellow-winged Caciques, Cinnamon Hummingbirds, Common Tufted Flycatchers, Migrant warblers and vireos, a San Blas Jay, and a Sinaloa Wren. At about 7:00 AM, we encountered an excellent mixed-species flock, and we barely moved for over an hour while checking out the various birds.

There is an excellent waterfall near this location which I visited in December 2001, but I will warn that the road is poor, and the waterfall is not easy to find.


Mexico, Nayarit

1/9/2008: Came here with Mike from Portland again in the rental car but with better directions.

Previous Visit (Mantanchen Beach: 1/8/2008)
Next Visit (San Blas Ponds: 1/9/2008)

Species Recorded (13)

Birds ( 13 )

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Mexican Parrotlet - Forpus cyanopygius

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Elegant Trogon - Trogon elegans

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus flavigaster

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Tufted Flycatcher - Mitrephanes phaeocercus

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
San Blas Jay - Cyanocorax sanblasianus

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Sinaloa Wren - Thryophilus sinaloa

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Plumbeous Vireo - Vireo plumbeus

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Yellow Grosbeak - Pheucticus chrysopeplus
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Pheucticus ludovicianus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow - Melozone kieneri

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Yellow-winged Cacique - Cassiculus melanicterus


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