We came upon these Mexican Parrotlets in a coffee field while birding in Mexico a few years ago. One of my favorite aspects of world birding is directly engaging with other lifestyles and communities.
Our guide didn’t drive, so he hired his friend Lupe, a taxi driver, and we had the most wonderful three days together. Each day we met at the dark of dawn, spent the entire morning birding, parted for afternoon siesta, then met up again to bird in the cooler late afternoon and evening.
We enjoyed several different boat rides, walked many fields and trails, spent time birding on the beaches and estuaries. The nearby town of San Blas is located on the Pacific coast and is a migratory hotspot for birds. We spotted over one hundred species in those three days.
Armando, our guide, liked to stop for fried pork rinds at curbside stands; and took us to a local outdoor food tent where lunch was excellent food with made-to-order tortillas.
There’s nothing like travel to learn about our fellow humans, and birding is wonderful for the start of a common denominator.
Written by Jet Eliot.
Photos by Athena Alexander.