The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter
October 6th, 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! Check out our tour spotlight on Oaxaca, Mexico, which offers fantastic birds, scenery, and great local food. We also have the usual tour status updates, new tours, new trip reports, and upcoming events.
Oaxaca: Legendary Birds and Temples
Oaxaca is Mexico's most bird-rich state with nearly 700 species. It is also a safe, beautiful, and culturally-rich part of this vibrant county. Our tour is divided into a 12 day main tour, with an optional seven day extension that crosses the isthmus and finishes in the state of Chiapas.
The main tour begins in the dry Oaxaca valley, which is home to a number a superb endemics like Ocellated Thrasher, Oaxaca Sparrow, and Beautiful Hummingbird. We then bird both the Gulf and Pacific slopes of the Sierra Madre mountains seeking out a huge number of species from the tiny Bumblebee Hummingbird to the colorful Keel-billed Toucan, also targeting tougher local specialties like Sumichrast's Wren and Dwarf Jay. The tour finishes in the dry thorn forest next to the Pacific with unforgettable species like Red-breasted Chat and Citreoline Trogon.
The lengthy extension (which can also be taken as a stand-alone tour if you have previously visited Oaxaca) traverses the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and adds even more colorful birds to the growing tally. Favorites among these include Rosita's Bunting and the must-see Pink-headed Warbler, but we also have a decent chance to find Resplendant Quetzal (the nominate northern subspecies, which some ornithologists consider a distinct species from the ones in Costa Rica and Panama). We'll also enjoy some dramatic scenery at the Sumidero Canyon.
This tour is fairly easy and a bit more relaxed than many trips, but still goes after the top endemics. Along with the fantastic birds, we'll sample some amazing local foods (real, authentic Mexican!), visit some local ruins, and take in some nice scenery. It makes a great late-winter to early-spring getaway.
Next tour dates: Main tour: 15-26 March 2017 Isthmus extension: 26 March - 2 April 2017 Click here for more info on this tour. Also check out the trip reports on that web page - links are located under the map.
SPECIAL OFFERS We are offering a limited-time 10% discount on the following tours
These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at www.tropicalbirding.com. Also don't forget that we run dozens of customized private tours every year to these and many other destinations; a custom tour can be an attractive option for groups that enjoy traveling together, for those who want to get off the beaten track, or for people whose work schedules make joining a set-departure tour difficult.
UPCOMING EVENTS Catch up with the Tropical Birding guides and staff at the following events.
Cape May Fall Bird Festival21-23 October 2016. Iain Campbell and Sam Woods will be attending this year's festival, giving photo procession workshops, and leading photography walks. Nature Visons Photo Expo18-20 November 2016. Iain and Nick will be heading down to this weekend event in Manassas, Virginia.
INTERESTED IN A TOUR?
Just send us an email to email@example.com or call us at (800) 348-5941 or +1-409-515-9110 to check availability and ask any questions you might have. We'll then send you a link to our online booking form. Once we receive your booking form, we'll send you invoice for the tour deposit.