Late afternoon bird watching is rich is this area. Depending on sunset, you´ll be picked at the office in the historic center Oaxaca city between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. by a trusted taxi driver for a 30-minute trip east to Rancho Pitaya. Mary Jane will meet you with a checklist of local birds and binoculars for the experience. On the observation porch as you begin spotting the birds that frequent the water tubs and hummingbird feeders. Learn about the native plants on the ranch. Delight in resident species: Blue Grosbeak, Beryline and Dusky Hummingbirds, Vermillion Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, and the elegant Bridled Sparrow are just a few. In fall and winter, add Painted Bunting and Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the colorful line-up of winter visitors. Meander the small horse ranch while Mary Jane points out more species, including the woodpeckers nesting in old-growth cacti. Enjoy refreshments, and snacks on the shady terrace before setting of for the second part of the bird watching experience. Take a short drive west to wild communal lands, traditional farmlands and the Rio Salado. This diverse terrain offers a new lineup of birds like: Crested Cara-Cara, Groove-billed Ani and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are just a few. For the last part of the experience, visit the largest tree on the planet and the birds it attracts. Return to the city approx. 4 hours after pick-up.
I have spent the past twenty years exploring the great valley of Oaxaca leading horse riding tours in its fascinating nature abundant in agaves, cacti and sustainable farmlands. A deep interest in Oaxaca’s native plants naturally lead me to want to know more about the birds that live in this habitat. My expertise is focused on the birds found locally. Five years ago I began seriously studying birds, their habitat and their behavior. This interest has lead me to complete the course “Think Like a Bird: Understanding Bird Behavior”, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In 2018, I spent a week learning more about the birds of Mexico with Steve Howell author of “The Birds of Mexico and Central America”. Whether you are a novice at bird watching or just new to the birds of Oaxaca, I give precise information to spot then identify the species.
Water is available throughout the experience. Beverages and snacks offered mid-way through the experience.
Pick-up and return drop-off from the office in the historic centre. This transportation is provided by a trusted taxi…
High quality binoculars are available for the experience as well as a take-away checklist of the birds seen in the area. This…
1st: Birding watching from the covered veranda of the guide's own ranch. Sweeping vistas of the great Valle de Tlacolula. 2nd: Slowly driving with stops to get out and observe birds in the protected communal lands and farm lands and the Rio Salado. 3rd: Santa Maria El Tule and the largest tree on the planet
Birding & Botany in the Eastern Valley