Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Live from Cerro Punta

All week we will be on location in Cerro Punta an environs investigating the reports of seeding bamboo and hoping to run into those pesky seeding bamboo followers: Peg-billed Finch, Barred Parakeet, and Maroon-chested Ground-Dove. Since blogger's iPhone interface sucks (i.e. It doesn't have one), we will be posting mostly on Twitter. @xenornis. Go ahead, follow us.
But here's what we have so far: yesterday morning I walked up to the grounds of Los Quetzales cabins and found two big patches of bamboo. The first one was completely devoid of birds, but the second had a flock of at least four Peg-billed Finches, foraging and calling. No adult males were seen, just female-plumaged birds. Also seen were Green-fronted Lancebill and Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner (shamebird no more). Today I went with Jan Axel Cubilla and Gloriela Archbold to PILA Las Nubes, where we found lots of bamboo but no bamboo followers. After lunch, and after Jan Axel and Gloriela had headed back to civilization, I walked up towards the waterfall, where the only noteworthy event was a flock of Barred Parakeets calling from the mist above the canopy (heard only, sadly enough). The town of Las Nubes had a flock of about 50 Crimson-fronted Parakeets, which may or may not be noteworthy.

1 comment:

Bjorn said...

Great stuff. I did not seen any Peg-billeds, but found a Slaty Finch at Cabaña 2/3 on Monday morning plus many Barred Parakeets.

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