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A hum … a buzz … a ripple through the birding community … it has been reported that a Tropical Parula has arrived at Quinta Mazatlan. The gardens at this splendid, restored, adobe house provide shelter and food for migrating birds.  Carrina and I brave the cold morning to arrive at 8am when they open the gates and join the shivering group … wandering amid the thickets, hedges, and lawns.  Ten o’clock and no bird has shown up to sip from the fresh orange halves adorning the feeders …and then!! there he is!!

Tropical Parula

Tropical Parula

A tiny bird with blazing yellow tummy and blue-gray back.  A rare tropical treat … seldom seen in the U.S.

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Across the pond a Ringed Kingfisher swoops down and poses for us.  This bird is seen only here on the border with Mexico. He is BIG!

We are delighted and frozen, so off to get coffee and marvel at the Green Jays and Kisskadees energetically stripping the feeders of seeds and suet.  We see these local wonders every day and are continually amused by their antics. They restore my soul.

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