Monday, February 7, 2011

Gods, Men, Martyrs, Saints

Bat Falcons were fairly common throughout the swath of Mexico we birded, sometimes easily located on radio towers in small mountain towns. One of my new favorite birds.

Monday. Time is ticking before I head back to Mexico to work as a hawk counter, so I'll do my best to churn out some quality bloggage for ya'll. Again, all these species can readily be found as far north as Gomez Farias. All photos today provided by Nahtan Banfield.

Comida en Villa Escondida in Gomez Farias. Highly recommended.

Boat-billed Flycatcher. I never really knew these things existed until I saw one. They're like a beefy kiskadee but with a beak built to crush human skulls.

One time, in the midst of some withering mixed flock, I pointed out a Yellow-winged Tanager to the one known as "Stilt". Not only did she deny that the tanager was there, she denied the existence of the entire species for quite some time. It is important to stay hydrated and avoid getting too many life birds at once, or your brain will stop working.

Frank in the process of contracting ringworm from Francis The Cat. Feral animals love Frank, and frequently express their desire to be owned by him.

The aptly-named Blue Bunting. 

An Ivory-billed Woodcreeper snuffles along a mossy branch.


  1. The blue bunting is stunning against the brown background - what a cool shot....and bat falcons..holy cow - we had yet to see those, and just you tubed the heck out of them :)

    Boat-billed Flycatcher's were one of our favorite birds we worked with in Peru...their impressive beaks did a good job "gnawing" up our fingers!

  2. Yeah, I would not want to be bit by one of those guys. Interesting that for such a beefy bird they have the puniest calls!