We arrived late afternoon where we were taken to our room - a rather nice detached chalet in the midst of the gardens:
|Hacienda Chichen Itza|
|Our chalet.....and me on look-out|
|View from our chalet|
On the grass just outside the main building I found golden fronted woodpecker, clay coloured thrush, got a glimpse of a group of plain chacalacas, white fronted parrots plus some really tame sociable flycatchers. High in the trees near the entrance to the ruins a couple of Canivet's emeralds were feeding on the blossom.
Moving on I found turquoise-browed motmot, altamira oriole and melodious blackbird. Also around were kiskadee and a magnolia warbler but I'd seen these already at the coast.
The second day I went out in the morning at first light, did another circuit after breakfast with Angie and did a final round late afternoon. Overall the birding was a bit of a disappointment - I'd possibly built up my expectations too much - always dangerous. The garden whilst very pretty didn't have any areas of flowing plants to bring the hummingbirds down from the trees, a lot of the planting around the garden was of palms (both tall and short) and there were few shrubs for the small stuff. I did find one of the tracks into the nature reserve but this was quite narrow, more like a tunnel through the trees making birding a little challenging and everywhere outside the garden itself (which was copiously watered every night) was parched with a lot of the trees and scrub being devoid of leaves.
Those comments not withstanding notable additions to the holiday list were blue-crowned motmot, masked tityra, blue bunting, hooded warbler, yellow-throated euphonia, golden olive woodpecker, American redstart (female), yellow-bellied sapsucker (female), wedge-tailed sabrewing, squirrel cuckoo and common black hawk.
|Golden-olive woodpecker (from the chalet terrace)|
|Ivory-billed woodcreeper with one big bug.|
|Summer tanager (female)|
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (female)|
|Common black hawk|
The list looks somewhat better now than it did at the time. !