The first couple of hours I spent here as the sun slowly came up was truly a magical birding experience. The overgrown scrubby areas before the forest proper are really birdy and I had so many birds quickly that it was difficult to keep up - 2 Spot-breasted Wrens, White-bellied Wren, Green-backed Sparrow, Mangrove Vireo, Yucatan Parrots, Olive-throated Parakeets, Barred Antshrike, 2 Grey-throated Chats, Trilling Gnatwren, Yucatan Flycatcher, several Velasquez's Woodpeckers and Wedge-tailed Sabrewing.
Tearing myself away I ventured a little further down the track to a clearing where a Laughing Falcon was sat sentinel in a tree while 2 Gartered Trogons also perched up at distance.
The forest proper was much queiter but I hit the jackpot here with some amaxing views of a perched Collared Forest Falcon by the track (with me desperately hanging out of the car window trying to get a shot!) plus Lesser Greenlet, a flock of c8 Red-throated Ant Tanagers, Grey-throated Chat, Yucatan Jay, Brown Jay, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Northern Parula and Magnolia Warbler before I had to get back to Belinda at the villa!
Collared Forest Falcon
Red-throated Ant Tanager
After a bit of a chill we decided on a return visit to Laguna Ocom. Although still quiet there were a few other customers there today. Nonetheless the first Black-cowled Oriole of the trip plus Altamira Oriole and Northern Waterthrush are enjoyed over a lazy beer con limon (with lime)!
Back at the villa in the late afternoon things hotted up again as I went for a short stroll along the entrance road. Birds in a fruiting tree caught my attention and the first bird I look at was a stunning male Blue Bunting! Then a Yellow-winged Tanager and a small group of Yellow-throated Euphonias! Some commotion ensued when a Grey Hawk flashed through and the next few minutes saw me getting point blank views of 2 Collared Aracaris and a Velasquez's Woodpecker - wow! When things had quietened down I retreated back to the villa and had Squirrel Cuckoo and Black-headed Trogon together with the ever-present Social Flycatchers.
A few beers and tequila shots were enjoyed that night as we frolicked around our pool!