Mexico: La conclusión

First views of Mexico from the plane

This is it, the last post from Mexico.   I already blogged about almost everywhere we went and everything we saw, but of course there are numbers to be discussed and a bloopers reel and all that.  There is also Peso Island, which I completely forgot to blog about.

Let's talk numbers first. 

Total species seen in Mexico*:  340
Total lifers:  138
Quesadillas consumed:  20+
Cookies consumed:  80+ (probably way more)
Bottles of el Jimador consumed by the group:  8??
 *This is my list, not the group list.  I missed many birds.

This means roughly 40% of the birds I saw were life birds.  Many more were birds I had only seen once or twice.

Now for Peso Island...

This fellow got us there

We visited this island off San Blas to see Purplish-backed Jays.  We saw them and they were rad and then they disappeared.  I offer you piglets instead, which are abundant on this island.

Royal and Common Tern pals

A Common Black Hawk was standing in the sand on the beach, then flew closer to us giving us ridiculous opportunities to crush it.

Nerd trio on a jetty

 Mexican skies are filled with frigatebirds

 Quality combo:  Cinnamon-rumped (formerly White-collared) Seedeater and Great Kiskadee

American Oystercatcher

Steve crushing that poor oystercatcher

That's it.  That's all of it.  Mexico is over.

A million thank yous to Steve for planning this whole thing.  Sometimes I think about how different my life would be if I had not met Steve, and it is too sad to dwell on for even a few minutes.  He is probably the best birder I know and for some reason puts up with all of my stupid questions and rarely makes me feel like an idiot.  I could gush all day about his many attributes but I won't because I don't show emotion.

Let it be known that Caroline, Frank, and Dan were fantastic birding and browning around companions.   I appreciate them putting up with me, my lack of birding skills, and Miss Brown on this trip.  

The best, most amazing, dazzling, and yet also good, times!!!


  1. If anyone else was U.S. #7 I'm sure they would have done the same. It is the duty of the Top Ten.

  2. WHAT A COUNT AND WHAT A TRIP!I know you will never forget it and it will be hard to top!! Maybe South America could top it....I enjoyed all the posts and learned a lot too!

    1. It will be hard to top, but I am willing to try. Glad you enjoyed it!


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