Parque Ecologico Chipinque, Nuevo Leon: August 19, 2017

I recently moved to Monterrey, sometimes referred to as the business capital of Mexico. Indeed, the city is as modern as I have lived in for many years, offering commerce and comfort well beyond my previous countries of residence. Monterrey also boasts a spectacular panorama of jagged mountain peaks. On its southeast flank, the city abuts Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey, an expansive national park that encompasses a dense stack of corduroy ridges draped in arid scrub and pine-oak forest. Judging from my first foray into the park last Saturday afternoon, the birding is relatively diverse for North America. Exploring the lower trails of Parque Ecologico Chipinque, I noted several of the park's resident bird species, including the Painted Redstart and Black-Crested Titmouse.

Notable birds seen: Turkey Vulture, Bronze-Winged Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Audubon's Oriole.

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