Birding La Selva Baja
As the birds wake up we arrive on the dry forest of Celestun, in these area there are several cenotes sinkholes, that provide water to the main village and the forest. This forest becomes dry and hot, all of the grass, small shrubs become dormant during the dry season which is around the months of February to May, the trees loses their leaves during the hot dry season but they don´t die instead they have thorns as modified leaves that help them to preserve water during the dry season, as it rains again they will start budding and blooming this is what makes this forest so unique, as the trees and shrubs bloom in different periods birds have been adapted to feed on different fruits and flowers from different trees.
Some of the trees, shrubs and flowers that represent this forest are: Mourning glories, cattails grass, gumbo limbos, cecropias, catuses, agaves, kapok trees, gourd trees, and many epiphytes.
We will be birding along the ejido trails that belong to Celestun which is a very comfortable walk and we would have de opportunity to see a good number of brids as: Yucatan jay, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatn Woodpecker, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Yellow-lored Parrot, Orange Oriole, Balck Catbird, Black-throated Bobwhite, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, indigo bunting, painted bunting, white-collared Seedeater, Yellow-face Grassquit, Blueblack Grassquit, Vermilion, Brown-crested, Dusky-caped, Least, Social, Boat-billed, Yucatan, Flycatchers, Tropical Kingbird, Great kiskadee, White-fronted Parrot, Green-breasted Mango and many others.
Important information: Take along plenty of biodegradable insect repellent.
Suggested attire: Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, comfortable shoes (top siders, tennis shoes)
Special equipment: Binoculars
Itinerary: Depart from the Casa de los Flamencos Guest House by Van.
Price $ 60 usd per person, starting with 2 pax.
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