Mostrando las entradas de octubre, 2000

American Avocet at Aguadulce

Indra Candanedo and Bill Porteous saw a single American Avocet at the Aguadulce Salinas. The bird with a group of Black-necked Stilts in the pool nearest the beach on the right hand side. It was asleep and almost completely hidden at first, and, based on its gray head, it almost got written off as a Willet, but the group of stilts moved and the Avocet woke, showing a strongly upcurved narrow black bill. The head and neck were grey, the underparts white, and the wing black with a white bar on the coverts. The legs were grey-blue.

White-throated Shrike-Tanagers at El Copé

Bill Porteous found no less that three males of White-throated Shrike-Tanager accompanying mixed flocks in El Copé. Both sightings were on the trail that goes down to the right beyond the ANAM refuge. The first was of a single bird which sat quietly on a branch at eye level and in full view, but about 30m distant. It had its back to me at first, and appeared all black with a triangular yellow mantle patch, but it turned to look at me, displaying its white throat and yellow underparts. The second sighting was of two males in the same mixed flock. Both were calling aggressively, and, following tape playback, they came in to about 5m range in the understory providing excellent views.