A winter morning in Oaxaca, Mexico—a great time to visit old friends who spent the summer in the United States. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Western Tanagers—northern summer-nesters that winter in western Mexico—mingle with resident Berylline Hummingbirds, Gray Silky-Flycatchers, and this Crescent-chested Warbler.
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Morning in Oaxaca
Written by Bob Sundstrom
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[Ambient bird calls of Nayarit, Mexico]
Today we’re in the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Winter here is a great time to visit old friends—birds, that is—we met in summer, back in the US.
The tops of flowering trees are “busy” with Yellow-rumped Warblers and Western Tanagers [Western Tanager call notes]—northern nesters that winter in Mexico. These northerners get to mingle with Berylline Hummingbirds [Wings] and Gray Silky-Flycatchers, year-round residents of the tropics.
Let’s leave Oaxaca City for the countryside, and ascend through a series of habitats. Here—where tall stands of cactus give way to shrubby oaks—another bird is escaping the northern winter, a neon-orange Bullock’s Oriole, perched in a morning-glory tree. [Call of Bullock’s Oriole]
And, just below, is a Blue Mockingbird, a tropical gem found only in Mexico. [Song of Blue Mockingbird]
Ascending further, to 7000 feet, we’ve entered a misty forest of tropical oaks festooned with bromeliads. Wow! What a flock of warblers working that oak tree! Flashy Townsend’s Warblers and glowing yellow Hermit Warblers [Song of Hermit Warbler], foraging alongside the splendid Crescent-chested Warblers of the tropics.
And listen to that! It’s a Brown-backed Solitaire singing, a song that fills the Mexican forest as no other can. [Song of the Brown-backed Solitaire]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Western Tanager call notes, Hermit Warbler song and Brown-backed Solitaire song and song of Blue Mockingbird and call of Bullock’s Oriole recorded by G.A. Keller.
Wings and calls of Berylline Hummingbirds recorded by Martyn Stewart of naturesound.org
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