Just a day’s drive from the United States border lies the beautiful colonial town of Alamos, Mexico. It is here that we encounter the mixing habitats of the Sonoran Desert and the highest northern reaches of the tropics. We also spend a day on the Sea of Cortez, awash with wintering shore and seabirds, where we dedicate time to learn about the Sinaloa thorn forest and the dry tropical deciduous forest, two of the most endangered habitats in the world.

Birds we hope to see on this trip into Mexico include Rose-throated Becard, Blue Mockingbird, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Purplish-backed Jay, Elegant Quail, Russet-crowned Motmot, Lilac-crowned and White-fronted Parrots, White-fronted Parrot, Mexican Parrotlet, Five-striped Sparrow, Elegant Trogon, Crane Hawk, Common Black Hawk, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Happy and Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, and more.

And while the focus of this trip is birding, we would be remiss if we didn’t take the time to recognize the rich cultural history of the region. In fact, the heart of Alamos is a National Historic Monument, as well as a “Pueblo Magico” of Mexico.

For most of the tour we stay at the beautiful El Pedregal Nature Lodge, set on 20 acres of tropical deciduous forest.

Tour Highlights

  • Bird through the Sonoran Desert en route between Tucson and Alamos
  • Relax at El Pedregal Nature Lodge, a unique and beautiful location just outside of Alamos
  • Explore Sinaloa thorn forest, dry tropical deciduous forest, tropical deciduous habitat, and Sea of Cortez riparian zones and shorelines
  • See stunning Mexican specialties like the Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Purplish-backed Jay, Crane Hawk, Rose-throated Becard, and Plain-capped Star-throat
  • Tour the stunningly-beautiful historic town of Alamos, a Mexican “Pueblo Magico”
  • Experience winter flocks of shorebirds by the thousands on the edge of the Sea of Cortez

Photo credits: Banner Photo: White-fronted Parrot by Robert Gallardo; Elegant Trogon by Tom Dove; Roseate Spoonbills by Betty Andres; Green Kingfisher by Peg Abbott; Common Black Hawk by Greg Smith; Brown Booby by Peg Abbott; Osprey by Bud Ferguson; Gambel's Quail, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Black-vented Oriole by Robert Gallardo.