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Parque Arqueoecologico Xoclan

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There are so many parks and green spaces here in Merida.   And so many of them are well used and well maintained.


As a part of our monthly Bird (Yucatan Bird Club) outing we recently visited a 'new' park for me - Parque Arqueoecologico Xoclan.  This is one of those used, but not maintained parks.   


It covers a huge expanse of acerage, And has groomed walkways in place. What this park needs is a thorough cleanup, lighting, and police patrol for a while to establish its safety and for the population to feel comfortable and start using it.   You can see the size on Google Maps here


We went to Parque Arqueoecologico Xoclan on Sunday, 17 June.  I think our group was small because it was Fathers Day.  There were seven of us.


This park was created over a site where materials for construction were once mined.  This has created a very interesting landscape.  There are even some unimproved Mayan ruins on this site.  There is some water on the excavated side of the park which has created some interesting diversity if flora.  Campo or Selva plants on one side of the walkway and riparian zone on the other.


Our birding was actually pretty good, in spite of the heavy humid slightly overcast weather. We even found a kiskadee nest high up in a tree; none of us had ever seen one before.  We also saw a few ground squirrels, a rare sighting inside the city.
you might be able to see some of the facebook fotos here


We identified about 25 species, I'll have to wait for Cherie to type up the list as she was keeping the notes.  Many of the birders this morning have very fine cameras, and I've seen some of the photos posted on facebook already.
Unfortunately my little Panasonic point n shoot couldn't rise to the task.



How the morning began, from my backyard.


it's an odd eerie landscape.




Two local wetland areas in Merida

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I had the opportunity to go birding with some friends yesterday morning.  And to two locations I had not been to previously.

The first destination was an amazing wetland that was created over what was in the not to distant past a landfill.  This gorgeous open water environment is now home to, and migratory stopover destination for a number of water birds.  We saw a great number of whistling ducks, coots, stilts, sandpipers, grebes and herons, as well as quite a few songbirds.

This wetland area is adjacent to the CRIT - Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón facility, which although fraught with controversy was developed about 1998 to attend to children with disabilities.  

Now I don't know if this wetland was established as a part of the facility, or separate, which is unimportant, the site is awesome!

Beautiful wetlands, groomed walking paths, they are constructing a look out station, and have erected foot bridges over and connecting the separate wetland areas.  When we were there yesterday there were 3 separate ponds, this could change seasonally due to rain or drought.  We did not go to the 3rd pond as it seems to be quite polluted and there were no birds apparent to us there.

To get to the CRIT wetland area you travel on the western loop of the Periferico, km 34.6.  If you are approaching from the North heading South you will see a sign for CRIT, the wetland is on the North side of the CRIT building, which yesterday was brightly painted in oranges, blues, and yellows.  If you are approaching from the South you will see the building on your left but must go to just before the next overpass and make a U turn and come back.


Just look at this beautiful space!





they even have posted a sign identifying a number of the birds you will see there!


trimming the verge!






 the second pond




We then went to the Parque Ecológico del Poniente off of avenida Jacinto Canek.


In this photo, if you look closely just left of center you'll see a Snail Kite.



Lovely water features, great walking paths, beautiful water lilies, fish, birds, .....