La Colina is located along the Aguacatal – Las Calabazas trail which runs from San Pancho up into the mountains along our “riparian” (def: relating to or situated along the banks of a river) dirt road. Click Here for map and directions.
There’s an active birding/twitching community in San Pancho: www.birdingsanpancho.com Contact Luis for excellent birdwatching tours.
The area is well known for the great variety of birdlife. There’s a great blog post written by some birders who visited in 2013. Here’s an excerpt:
We had great looks at the endemic Stripe-headed Sparrow all along the trail. Previously we have only seen a couple of these little guys so it was great to see a bunch of them again. This area is also a great place to see Orange-fronted Parakeets up close and personal as well as Elegant Trogon, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Scrub (Godman’s) Euphonia, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Blue Bunting, and Pale-billed and Lineated Woodpeckers. We were also fortunate to spot two San Blas Jays, another western Mexico endemic that, as it turns out, is often easier to see the further south of San Blas you go. The geography of the San Pancho area is quite unique as the mountains come down to the ocean providing a really interesting mix of species. Some species that you often expect to encounter at higher elevations can be seen just outside of town. For example, Military Macaws can easily be seen around San Pancho . Golden Vireo, another species more frequently encountered at higher elevations, is quite common here at lower elevations. Parrots are fairly common and there are Thicket Tinamous here as well, though obviously easier to hear than see. Bat Falcons are also a guarantee around San Pancho as they have been nesting in the communication towers in town.