[Tweeters] RFI: Mexico bird guide

Mark Egger m.egger at comcast.net
Tue Jul 11 14:33:37 PDT 2006

All good advice, but don't forget the Howell's OTHER book: "A
Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico, which has location info & species lists
for P.V. as well as several nearby birding sites. But be forewarned
-- birding in Mexico is ADDICTING -- everyone wants to go to Costa
Rica & S. America (which are great as well), but there are
outstanding birding opportunities & beautiful scenery to be had
throughout Mexico. Take heed of the personal safety recommendations
in the guide book (like dressing and acting modestly, not travelling
at night and avoiding big cities) and you should have no problems.
Also, try very hard to avoid travelling alone -- it is more fun and a
lot safer to travel with others outside the tourist areas (where the
great birding is to be had).

Have fun & send us a report!


>Howell and Webb for sure, at least to have in the car. If you can

>stand to dissect the book, a bound set of the plates is useful in

>the field. But also Peterson and Chalif; even if some of the

>taxonomy needs revising, it's a great field companion. Recognize

>that you'll be encountering North American migrants, especially

>warblers, and you need to have a sure guide to all of them,

>including all the eastern species. The fifth edition of the

>Peterson Eastern Field Guide shows them all, of course, along with

>plates of some South Texas specialties which you'll see across the

>border. Lotsa fun. But I wasn't prepared for tropical foliage to

>be so dense that it's often hard to get good looks at little guys

>among the leaves.


>Burt Guttman

>The Evergreen State College

>Olympia, WA 98505 <mailto:guttmanb at evergreen.edu>guttmanb at evergreen.edu

>Home: 7334 Holmes Island Road S. E., Olympia, 98503



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>Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Mexico bird guide


>Tweeter folks -


>I am finally making my first trip to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta area in

>October). I'd appreciate recommendations on which field guide to





>birding in Lynnwood, WA

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Mark Egger
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