Sunday, April 2, 2000

Blue Grosbeaks in Altos del María

Solange Anchor sent the following report


Sunday April 2nd with my husband we went hiking from Sora to Altos de María and down to Felipino village, just before the village in a small rice plantation , we saw a small “family group” of blue grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea) 4 adult males 2 adult females and 2 or 3 immature.
Field marks: Heavy conical beak. Adult males deep blue with 2 broad chestnut “rusty” wing bars. Immature looked patchy with blue and brown. Females were brownish-gray with two chestnut wing bars, and rump very pale blue.
The field was divided in 4 sections , one had rice almost ready to crop, another looked like it was recently planted , the other two were muddy but one had 10cm of water . They were foraging on ground in the parcel that seemed recently planted, and occasionally perching on wires of the fence or on low branches of a tree close by.
Yellow face grassquit (Tiaris olivacea pusilla) one fork tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savanna monacha) were in the same field.
Wild life!! Sunday april 16th on Pipeline road I saw a jaguarundi.

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