We begin this month's gallery with Oaxaca tour participant Timothy Skillin's photo of Red Warbler, a fabulously eye-catching resident of the pine-oak forest of this part of Mexico.
Oaxaca's scenic Yagul Valley has been home to humans for millenia; the earliest evidence for the domestication of corn was found in caves here. Photo by participant Alan Abel.
The colorful Orange-breasted Bunting is a big hit on any Oaxaca tour! Photo by participant Timothy Skillin.
It's rare to get a glimpse of the poorly known Jaguarundi on most tours, so seeing this cat out in the open on our first Oaxaca tour was amazing! Photo by guide Dane Lane.
It can be surprisingly chilly in the Oaxaca highlands. Witness the hats and gloves -- definitely appreciated as we birded along Cabeza de Vaca trail! Photo by participant Alan Abel.
The spectacular ruins of Monte Alban add an intriguing cultural dimension to our Oaxaca tours. Photo by participant Alan Abel.
Very similar in pattern to the Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, the Collared Towhee here is behaviorally quite different. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
A Curve-billed Thrasher punctuates an Opuntia cactus. Photo by participant Ron Majors.
Let's move southward to our Guatemala: Shade-grown Birding tour. Collared Aracari is the northernmost representative of this small-toucan group. Photo by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
A lovely mirrored image of a Gray-necked Wood-Rail from our Guatemala tour by participants David and Judy Smith.
A Long-tailed Hermit hummingbird uses its long bill to reach deep into these tube flowers at Tikal's Jungle Lodge. Photo by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
A relaxing view at sunset at Finca Los Andes on the Guatemala tour, photographed by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
What a nice perch for an early morning cup of Guatemalan coffee at Finca Las Nubes! Photo by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
Getting this look at a Fulvous Owl (sometimes nicknamed Guatemalan Barred Owl) was a tour highlight! Photo by participants David and Judy Smith.
The lovely, tiny Wine-throated Hummingbird is endemic to northern Central America. Photo by participants David and Judy Smith.
Our visit to magnificent Tikal (where there's great birding, too) is an optional extension on our Guatemala tour. Photo by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
Lake Atitlan, deepest in Central America, is ringed by classic volcanoes. Photo by participant Mary Lou Barritt.
This Yellow-winged Tanager shows the bold wing pattern well. Photo by participants David and Judy Smith.
A pair of Yellow-naped Parrots, photographed by participants David and Judy Smith.
Moving on to Panama: A Gray-headed Kite photographed by participant Len Sander from the Discovery Center Tower shows every field mark!
A male Red-capped Manakin shows off his yellow leggings in this image by guide Doug Gochfeld from one of our Panama's Canopy Tower tours.
It takes a great view like this to appreciate the oddly curved culmen of the Southern Bentbill, a distinctive if drab flycatcher. Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
It took a second to locate the bird, right? That's why it's so hard to spot a Green Shrike-Vireo up in the forest canopy! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld.
Yellow-tailed Oriole adds a brilliant flash to the tropical greenery in this image by Panama tour participant Herb Lindsay.
Fasciated Antshrikes love vine tangles and similar vegetation, so this qualifies as an open view! Photo by participant Herb Lindsay.
This flashy Keel-billed Toucan came nicely onto an open branch near the Canopy Tower. Photo by participants Len and Mae Sanders.
Coquettes are tiny tropical hummers, and this female Black-crested from our Holiday Costa Rica tour is barely larger than the vervain cluster she's visiting. Photo by participant François Grenon.
A pair of Sooty-capped Chlorospingus feast on an abundance of berries in this colorful image from Holiday Costa Rica participant François Grenon.
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