Sunday, 11 March 2012


Visited the island of Cozumel during my Holiday which is a fifty minute ferry crossing from Player-del Carmen and cost about 300 peso's (about £15 return), having only half a day and Cozumel being a fairly big island i decided to take a taxi to the nearest Golf course which was about 6km away or 10 dollars!

Cozumel ferry

my gatecrashed venue

These seemed a good idea as along the entrance track alone picked up all the commoner wintering warblers plus the endemic Golden (yellow) Warbler along with blue-grey Gnatcatcher and the awesome Bananaquit, overhead Barn, Tree, Cliff and Northen rough-winged Swallows all fed, and came across no fewer than half a dozen Cozumel Emerald a single Green-Breasted Mango and a single Canivet's Emerald.

Golden (yellow) Warbler

Cozumel Emerald

Canivet's Emerald


Further along a stunning male Stripe-headed Tanager along with several Cozumel Vireo's, Black Catbird, Yucatan Woodpecker, Northen Waterthrush, Ovenbird and small parties of Yellow-faced grassquit.

Yucatan Woodpecker

yellow-faced grassquit

The Golf course ponds held Northen Jacana, American Coot, Spotted Sandpiper, Common Snipe and lots of Black-Necked Stilts.

Black-necked stilts

Most people didn't mind me walking around, and ground staff are quite polite if you wave and say hello (or Ola!) and the golfer's likewise.


  1. Cozumel is a great spot. I went there 6 years ago. You got some nice birds. Did you visit Lake Coba?

  2. Thanks David, had only a morning visit on the island so didn't travel to far, will hopefully spend more time there next trip!!