Birds and Birdwatching

Mary Jane Gagnier offers personalized guided birdwatching experiences.  This is a  fascinating activity for novice birders just beginning or seasoned birdwatchers visiting Oaxaca. Numerous local endemic birds can be viewed right on Rancho Pitaya: Gray-breasted Wookpecker, Dusky Hummingbird, White-throated Towhee and Rufous-backed Thrush.

This is one of the only guided birdwatching experiences in Oaxaca that provides high quality (sanitized) binoculars and take-home checklist. For the steady handed, Mary Jane recommends her Zeiss Conquest 10 x 42 binoculars to get that extra magnification to see small birds and fine details. She also commends her Athlon Midas and Vortex Diamondback 8 x 42 binoculars for novices or  birders who don’t want to invest too much but still want high quality optics.

An average of 20 – 35 species can be sighted during a 3-hour birding experience.

Enjoy a relaxed walk from Rancho Pitaya through the communal lands, the Rio Salado across and into the ejido farmlands. Mary Jane enjoys sharing her knowledge of the local flora and her understanding of the ancient system of sustainable agriculture. There is, also,  stationary birding watching from the ranch that is suitable for persons with mobility limitations. Watching the plentitude of hummingbirds at the feeders is a highlight for many visitors.

Also available, is a full-day guided birding experience that begins in the valley at 1,500 m and ascends through numerous ecosystems to 3,000. meters. This is a tour-de-force of the incredible biodiversity inherent to Oaxaca. Expect to view 35 – 70 species depending on the season.

Inquire about costs and times.