Mexico, The Yucatan, Day 8 - Laguna Bacalar, 20 February 2020

Today was a little bit of a day for kicking our heels. I found the whole Bacalar area, whilst scenically nice, a bit boring. Around the accommodation early morning some nice showy birds in the palm trees kept me and my camera amused. Velasquez's Woodpecker, a pair of Hooded Orioles, Yellow-throated Warbler and Yellow Warbler plus the resident Snail Kites and Mangrove Swallows. Breakfast at a lakeside restaurant near to Ecotucan was possibly the worst one I've ever had and after paying for that they would only allow us to swim off their jetty for 30 minutes without paying more. Mexican money-grabbing at it's finest so I hope they enjoy this bad review - the place was called Casa Kukulkan - avoid like the plague! While we were there a snake was found in the hut on the end of the jetty that was later id'd as Tiger Tree Snake - the staff there claimed it was poisonous and tried to kill it - WTF!!

Lunch in the village proper (back at our fave coffee shop) was very nice however - this place is on the 'seafront' road and is called Picaflor (aka hummingbird) and has a big hummingbird mural - highly recommended.

  
Tiger Tree Snake

Striped Basalisk

Returning to our digs in the afternoon I found a pair of Morelet's Seedeaters along the entrance dribe plus Yellow-winged Tanager, Summer Tanager and an Orchard Oriole

The only new things seen around the lake that day were a single Caspian Tern, 2 Clay-coloured Thrushes, 2 Grey-breasted Martins, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Little Blue Heron, Osprey, Cinnamon Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald and Mourning Dove.

Velazquez's Woodpecker


Hooded Orioles (m & f)

Yellow-throated Warbler

Great Kiskadee

Mangrove Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Orchard Oriole

Hooded Oriole


   

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