Sadly I went down without a guidebook, which, in retrospect, was pretty stupid. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake of assuming some birds were the same (in terms of differentiating between them--not knowing the little signs to look for, or listening carefully).
Then I get home and find out that there is a page full of birds that look pretty much the same. Ouf! Tough lesson learned. Once I finally decided on the guide I liked, Amazon couldn't get it to me on time...sad face. It's tough buying a guide when you can't look at it, and they don't tend to stock those ones around here. I did see one at the Nature Museum--so glad I didn't buy that one online--when I saw it was so cumbersome and a ton of text, not a lot of illustrations. Go figure, the guide I wanted was out at the library and came in for me 2 days after we left! (thank god I finally figured out how to make stupid tables in blogger...not sure why it seemed so hard)
Well, at least this many:
There are a few obvious ones and a few I'm not really sure of. Anyways, I'll share all the pics since they are really lovely birds!
#217: Great Kiskadee; February 15, 2012; Riviera Maya, Mexico
comparison of Western, Tropical and Couch's Kingbirds...it's pretty fuzzy business....This guy's bill seems shorter than the last guy, and the tail seems lighter, but maybe it's even a juvenile.
This one is definitely different, but I wasn't able to quite pin it down. If I'd had a shot of the upperparts, it might have helped. The black eye stripe is so striking!
Now that's out of the way, I'm looking forward to new arrivals and some posts on local birds!