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it's hell being the king of the mountain if you're the size of the mountain pygmy-owl

2016-11-07 - 5:57 a.m.

I seem to be forever running behind, so I have to abandon the plan to provide a daily trip report. In the interest of time, let me hit some bullet points--

* On the afternoon of Day 4, after the glorious morning at the Yagul ruins, we had some time to explore the Oaxaca square and the huge cathedral lined with gold leaf. We hired some random guy to talk about it, and he explained that it was in the baroque style (ya think?) & some other random facts that went on for 15 minutes. Impressive.

* Dinner at some fancy restaurant where (yikes) some waiters were inveigled into bringing out birthday cakes for me and our glorious leader. Evidently our birthdays are a day apart.

* Day five was a day trip to the Santa Caterina de Ixtepeji forest. Brown-backed Solitaire was singing and infinitely more visible than its Slaty cousin. Collared Towhees were the self-appointed songbirds of the forest though, putting on a great display. Many other warbler trees and banks of hummingbird flowers all abuzz with various hummingbird species.

* Especially impressed with the beauty & numbers of my life Hermit Warbler. A highlight was viewing the singing Mountain Pygmy-Owl at the top of the mountain (all filled with hummingbird flowers) & observing such tinies as the Hermit Warbler chasing it from tree to tree. When it's fluff bucket vs. fluff bucket, who wins the prize for cutest of them all?

* We saw many & many species of hummingbirds, including (would you believe it?) an obnoxious little male Rufous Hummingbird who wanted to display over his little kingdom. Many of the hummers buzzing around like flies were White-eared Hummers but there were a number of species both rare and common-- full list to come at a later date when I don't have to be packing my bags for the next stop...

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