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OAXACA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography 2,750+m 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (5th November, 2004)


Birding Site Guide

Cerro San Felipe was reached in just over an hour from Oaxaca´s second-class bus station by the 07.00 (Benito Juarez) public bus. A small collection of buildings comprises the windswept settlement of La Cumbre (2,750m) at km 192. From here an unpaved road headed nw uphill. I walked 4-5km along this road as well as going down a track (for 1-2km) leading left before the 3km marker. The main track headed gradually uphill upto 3000m altitude, where I turned back. The weather was very inhospitable. Constant mist, as well as occasional drizzle and strong winds made birding hard. An hour wait for a bus on the way back almost finished me off. The habitat was pine plus mixed forest and some cleared areas where a lot of flowers attracted many hummingbirds. I saw my target bird, the Dwarf Jay at the 1km mark just as I was heading back having given up. I saw 37 species including 7 lifers. 

Species seen 

Author: Charles Hesse