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DOS January Meeting: “Witness to the River of Raptors in Vera Cruz, Mexico” by John Mercer

January 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

Note: The traditional January CBC recap has been moved to March due to a scheduling conflict.

A photographic travelogue of a trip with Hawk Mountain and ProNatura to watch the River of Raptors in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  A chronological tour of what we did and what we saw, with pictures of birds , sites and interesting critters, but mostly birds. A terrific trip especially for raptor lovers, but we also did a lot of other birding and some cultural visits, making this a well rounded and delightful trip.

John Mercer has been a serious birder since January 2005 although he always had an interest in birds.  He is a member of the West Chester Bird Club and the Treasurer and Field Trips Committee Chair for the club.  He lead beginning and Meadow bird walks at Longwood for several years until Covid put a stop to it and would like to get back to doing that. He says he is a birder who takes pictures, not a photographer who shoots birds, so he has some nice pictures and some not so nice.  He eBirds frequently, but has no real concern for his list, He is more proud of getting a picture of the birds on his life list, currently, at 91%.  His eBird list is 812 birds, but does not include birds of Australia, Hong Kong and Costa Rica from before he started eBird, so the actual list is around 1000.