Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Five

The Experienced Intermediate Birder

We’d dropped off Álvaro (we would miss him) for his ride home and checked in to Hotel Villabilbo on the evening of Day Five. The hotel is an attractive conglomeration of rooms and cabañas scattered across a hillside overlooking the Presa Jalpan. The presa is a reservoir/lake created decades ago by damming a river. From above it looks a bit like a tadpole with a very long, wiggly tail. It was still light as we settled in and a steady stream of Cattle Egrets, with a few Snowy Egrets and a Tri-colored Heron, whipped past enroute to their nocturnal roosts.

View from our deck

Cattle Egrets

Jalpan de Serra and the Presa in the morning

After an early breakfast on the morning of Day Six, we drove upstream about twenty minutes and arrived at a quiet area along the narrow tail of the tadpole…

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