|Tikal archeological site, Guatemala|
We did quite well on the trip bird-wise, finishing with 356 species in 13 days. Of these, we managed to encounter almost all of our main target species, including Pink-headed Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager, Belted Flycatcher, Horned Guan and Orange-breasted Falcon. We did have one miss that stung - not seeing Goldman's Warbler (currently still considered a subspecies of Yellow-rumped Warbler, limited to a few mountains in Guatemala) - but otherwise we couldn't have asked for a better trip, bird-wise! Considering that we did not use a guide for any part of the trip, we were very happy with what we found.
Herps were also in abundance despite the very dry conditions almost everywhere that we stayed. Temperatures were also well below average, likely a function of the "polar vortex" in North America, which suppressed reptile activity as well. That being said we still managed to turn up 21 snakes of 7 different species as well as a nice variety of other herps. When the night-hiking was slow, there were often an array of insects and arachnids to keep us occupied.
|Blunthead Tree Snake|
|Small-spotted Cat-eyed Snake|
Mammals are also a big focus for Dan and I when we travel. While we didn't see anything crazy like a big cat, we did turn up a few interesting species here and there. My favorite mammal sighting of the trip was a Mexican Mouse Opossum, hanging out in some trail-side bamboo during one night hike at Los Torrales Natural Reserve.
|Mexican Mouse Opossum|
Later today I will be flying out to Cuba where I will be leading a nature tour for Quest. I'm excited to be heading back!