A highlight for this trip was the 10" Blue-and-white Mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus). This bird is a resident from southern Mexico to El Salvador. It is one of 2 species in the genus and different from the mimus genus, gray mockingbirds we are all familiar with. It is a snazzy looking bird, blue above and white below with a black mask. We saw one in a tree and he pretty much stayed hidden, but while we were at lunch one flew and landed on the lawn outside where we were eating and fortunately I saw it and got some nice photos.
Another blue lifer was the 10" Black-throated Jay (Cyanolyca pumilo). He is blue with a black throat. His range is southern Mexico to Honduras.
|Yellow Grosbeak - male|
|Yellow Grosbeak - female|
|Red-breasted Chat - male|
|Varied Bunting - male|
I have photos of 14 of the 34 mockingbirds and thrashers.
And I have photos of 28 of the 130 crows and jays
And I have photos of 44 of the 130 blackbirds and orioles.
And I have photos of 2 of the 6 kinglets.
And I have photos of 34 of the 65 cardinals and grosbeaks.
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2006 - 2017 David McDonald
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