Saturday, 21 March 2015

Resort Birding in Playa Del Carmen Mexico!

I just got back from a great stay in Playa Del Carmen Mexico.  We stayed at the beautiful Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, and I can easily say it is the best resort I've ever stayed at!  The grounds were immaculate and had lots of natural vegetation which attracted lots of really cool birds!  I have included a few shots of the wildlife and scenery that we saw in and around our resort in the Mayan Riviera!

We saw numerous mammal species on the resort grounds including Spider Monkeys, Deer, Coatimundis and Agoutis.

White-tailed Deer (a familiar face)
Common birds on the resort were Great-tailed Grackles, White-winged Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Kiskadee, Yucatan Jay among others.

Great-tailed Grackle
Eurasian Collared Dove
Melodious Blackbird
Yucatan Jay (male with the yellow bill on the left, female on the right)

I was also happy to see several of our own neotropical migrants on the resort including numerous warblers such as Yellow-throated, Magnolia, Yellow and Black-and-white as well as others such as Summer Tanager.

Yellow-throated Warbler!
Summer Tanager!
Other birds I was really happy about seeing all within a stone's throw of my hotel door were the following beauties:

Yucatan Woodpecker
Black-headed Trogon!
Black-headed Trogon 
White-fronted Parrot
White-fronted Parrot
Plain Chachalaca

Probably one of our favourite birding moments came while biking around the resort area when I heard a funny sound up in one of the trees along the sidewalk and stopped to investigate.  Here we found 2 tiny Ferruginous Pygmy Owls!  We had great views and got a couple of shots!

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl!

A couple of other species around the hotel grounds included Cinnamon Hummingbird, Clay-coloured Thrush, and Black-bellied Whistling Duck.

Cinnamon Hummingbird
Clay-coloured Thrush
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
 We did one main excursion where we went ziplining, rappelling into a cenote (a cave with fresh water at the bottom) and also visited a huge ancient mayan city called Coba.  The Coba temple is the tallest one in Mexico.  It was also here that Caitlyn discovered her fear of heights.

View from the top of Coba Temple

There were numerous interesting birds around the ruins including this King Vulture which soared overhead.
King Vulture
Also several songbirds such as Social Flycatchers and Yellow-throated Euphonias

Social Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Euphonia

Flying out of Cancun Airport
We flew out of the Cancun Airport hoping that the weather had improved back home, another great trip in the books with my wonderful wife!

1 comment:

  1. Great post, All images are looking most beautiful. Good job.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Tours in Playa Del Carmen