16 March 2009

Mazatlan - 8 Mar. 2009

Leaving Ames at about 5:00 AM this morning, we drove through the rain down to the airport.  Before we knew it, we had landed in Mazatlan, Mexico!  

Below is a photo of the beach in front of our hotel, the Playa Mazatlan:

Here is a view from one side of the hotel:

It didn't take long to start tallying some fun tropical birds.  For example, the below picture is a Great Kiskadee on the hotel grounds:

Somewhat similar, the below bird is a Social Flycatcher:

We started our trip list as soon as our plane had landed.   Before the day was over, I had tallied the following species:

(*) = Endemic to Mexico

Blackbird, Red-winged 
Caracara, Crested 
Cormorant, Neotropic 
* Crow, Sinaloa 
Dove, White-winged 
Egret, Cattle 
Egret, Great 
Flycatcher, Social 
Frigatebird, Magnificent 
Grackle, Great-tailed 
Ground-Dove, Ruddy 
Gull, Heerman's 
Gull, Ring-billed 
Heron, Great Blue 
Kestrel, American 
Kiskadee, Great 
Oriole, Orchard 
Pelican, Brown 
Pigeon, Rock 
Sandpiper, Spotted 
Seedeater, White-collared 
Sparrow, House 
Swallow, Barn 
Tern, Caspian
Vulture, Black
Vulture, Turkey
Warbler, Orange-crowned