A year and a half ago, we visited Mexico in late November for the first time. I already posted about the birds we saw on that trip. But last summer, we went back to the Yucatan and saw a few more really cool birds. This group includes birds we saw in three places in the Yucatan: Merida, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.
Today, as we watch the snow melt after a freak early spring snowstorm here in Maryland, I think back to our visit to the Yucatan last November. Skies were sunny, the ocean was so very blue, temperatures were perfect and people were friendly and kind. Our trip revolved around family and wasn’t a birding expedition, but we still saw some cool birds in Mexico. I think of it as “birding around the edges.” Here are some of the birds we saw on our adventure in the Yucatan.
Note: On this trip, we saw birds in Cancun, Tulum, Progresso and Merida in the Yucatan. (We returned to the Yucatan the following summer and saw More Birds of Mexico.)
If pressed, I would say that I am an intermediate birder. I can successfully identify the common birds, as well as most of the regular migrants and less common birds, that might wander through my area. I’ve also seen some less common and rare birds, around here and in other places, that I would recognize again. Basically, when it comes to identifying birds, I know enough to be dangerous, not in a lethal kind of way, but in that way of assuming I know something that can lead me wrong. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. And that is where you make mistakes . . .