This week’s photo, taken February 21, 2013 in a neighborhood park in Mexico City, Mexico, features two RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS shortly after they descend to the ground near a group of homo sapiens who are engaged in an outdoor dance class. The music is lively and inviting, and the robins probably are thinking about joining the fun.
Laura and I leave the Pacific Northwest and fly to Mexico City for a week, where she performs a lovely piano concert to an appreciative audience. They are most grateful that she plays several pieces by Mexico’s beloved composer, Manuel M. Ponce. (Listen to tracks from Laura’s CD at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/lauradean or visit her web site at www.lauramusic.biz).
Although birding is not our main focus this week, we observe some interesting species while walking the streets and park paths of the city. We spot LADDER-BACKED WOODPECKER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, WILSON’S WARBLER, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, CANYON TOWHEE, WARBLING VIREO and a plethora of INCA DOVES. We also see some birds not often found north of the border, including GRAY SILKY-FLYCATCHER, MEXICAN CHICKADEE, and 2 eager-to-dance RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS.
I know what some of you are thinking, so here’s my opinion: “Yes, it is safe to travel to Mexico.” Of course, in any country, some areas are safer than others, so wherever you intend to go: plan ahead, always be aware of your surroundings, and leave your Rolex watch at home.
We enjoy the museum tour in Tepotzotlan, the pyramids of Teotihuacan (plus the nearby La Gruta Restaurant, which is situated in a cave!). In the city itself, highlights include the castle in Chapultepec Park and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Mexico offers far more than wonderful varieties of colorful birds. It’s worth visiting this beautiful country just to savor the warmth and kindness of the Mexican people. The local residents will have time to spend with you, so be sure to make time for them.