Blooming Acacias Havardia mexicana and a few Mesquite trees were buzzing with Mexican Honey Wasps Brachygastra mellifica. This is a small paper wasp that builds basket ball shaped nests.
|Campsomeris ephippeum left photo by Doug Danfoth. Specimen spread by John Palting|
But for most of our group, birds were the main attraction. During the first 2 mornings, we just waited by a pool close to the campground and were rewarded with a multitude of warblers, fly catchers, wrens, tanagers and sparrows. On the third day the stream began to trickle out. We had arrived just at the right moment.
|Acorn Woodpecker, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager|
|Hooded Oriole (in the Pueblo), Dusky Capped Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Hermit Warbler|
|Tom VanDevender, Enrique Yescas and Eric Wallace with Mexican Mud Turtle Kinosternon integrum|
|Photo by Nikki Burns|