Monday, November 29, 2010

Managua Green-breasted Mango

A male Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii), seen November 29, 2010, near the U.S. Embassy's sewage treatment facility, appeared to be defending a territory. This bird has been spotted in the same location off and on since last December, but was noticeably absent from mid-February to early October.

Magnificent Frigatebird over Managua

Though common along Nicaragua's Pacific and Atlantic coasts, a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) seen soaring east to west over a residential neighborhood in southeast Managua on September 18, 2010, was an unexpected "yard bird" for Rob Batchelder. Rob saw a second Frigatebird - possibly the same individual - a couple days later soaring amongst a large kettle of Black Vultures near Laguna Nejapa in southwest Managua.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lesser Ground-Cuckoo at Laguna de Apoyo

A Lesser Ground-Cuckoo (Morococcyx erythropygus) seen at Laguna de Apoyo on October 10, 2010, was one of two new life birds for Managua-based birder Rob Batchelder during a weekend visit to the lake. The other was a very confiding Pacific Screech-Owl (Megascops cooperi), which responded to playback. Other birds seen included Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), Blue-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanura), Blue-crowned and Turquoise-browed Motmots, Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi), and large numbers of Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma).  Non-avian highlights of the weekend included dozens of nightjar-sized Greater Bulldog Bats (Noctilio leporinus) diving for fish at night, and a spider-like Tailless Whipscorpion (Phrynus whitei) found in a bathroom sink.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Green Shrike-Vireo at Finca Esperanza Verde

During a weekend visit to Finca Esperanza Verde near San Ramon, Matagalpa in July 2010, Rob Batchelder observed a juvenile Green Shrike-Vireo (Vireolanius pulchellus) foraging in short trees in an open area along the Red Trail, about 200m north of the main lodge. The Shrike-Vireo was one of 72 species recorded over the weekend, which also included seven hummingbirds; Gartered (Violaceous) and Collared Trogons; Plain-brown, Ruddy and Olivaceous Woodcreepers; seven tyrant flycatchers, including Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet; six wren species including Gray-breasted Wood-Wren; seven tanagers including Yellow-winged and Golden-hooded; Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch; Black-striped and Rusty Sparrows; and Chestnut-headed Oropendola.

Estero Real "Big Day"

During an informal "Big Day" on May 9, 2010, Steven Fondriest, Rob Batchelder, and Lili Nigaglioni tallied a total of 70 species in Chinandega's Estero Real.  Highlights included nine heron/egret species, Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus), Limpkin (Aramus guarauna), Black and Least Terns, a nesting Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae), Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis) and Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dickcissels at Gran Pacifica

During a March 2010 visit to Gran Pacifica resort, Rob & Karen Batchelder observed wintering flocks of hundreds of Dickcissels (Spiza americana) on a low-cut corn field along the main entrance road, just before the golf course. The birds were feeding in the field and congregating in trees where the dirt road to the beach bisects the field and enters an area of dry forest scrub.  During the same weekend, Rob recorded a total of 62 species including Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula), the "Mangrove" race of Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus subtilis), Merlin (Falco columbarius), Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus), Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans), Belted, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) and Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna).
Double-striped Thick-knee at Gran Pacifica

New Birds for Selva Negra Checklist

During a visit to Selva Negra on the weekend of March 6-7, 2010, Rob Batchelder recorded three species not previously found on SN's published checklist:  Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa), Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis), and Spot-breasted Wren (Thryothorus maculipectus). The Wren, an Atlantic slope species, was seen at nearly 1500m above sea level, more than 1000 meters higher than its published altitudinal range in Nicaragua.

Other interesting birds seen at Selva Negra on the same visit include Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia), Eye-ringed Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus brevirostris), Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus), Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Slate-colored Solitaire (Myadestes unicolor), Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), White-eared Ground-Sparrow (Melozone leucotis), Elegant Euphonia (Euphonia elegantissima), and Blue-crowned Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia occipitalis).

Nicaraguan Grackle at Mateare

On February 9, 2010, Rob Batchelder observed a female Nicaraguan Grackle (Quiscalus nicaraguensis), in the company of several Great-tailed Grackles and Groove-billed Anis, stalking cows in a lakefront pasture on the Chiltepe Peninsula just north of Mateare.  Other birds seen in the vicinity included Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), and Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja).
Cow pasture and wetlands on Chiltepe Peninsula north of Mateare

Northern Harrier at Laguna de Tisma

On a visit to Laguna de Tisma on February 7, 2010, Rob Batchelder recorded a number of open country species and waders not otherwise easily found near Managua. A hunting Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) was a particularly nice surprise. Other noteable species observed included Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris), Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura), Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus), and Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Monday, November 15, 2010

May 2010 Trip Report (Part 5)

During the final day of his visit to Nicaragua last May, Miami-based birder Stephen Paez recorded 35 bird species behind his aunt's home at Carretera Sur, Km 14.5.  Noteworthy species included White-fronted Parrot, Canivet’s Emerald, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Rose-throated Becard, Masked Tityra, Yellow-green Vireo, Banded Wren, Plain Wren, Black-headed Saltator, and Scrub Euphonia.

May 2010 Trip Report (Part 4)

Miami-based birder Stephen Paez recorded nearly 40 species on a May 16, 2010 visit to Chocoyero-El Brujo National Park, including a new lifer and two other species new to his Nicaragua list:
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Rock Pigeon (near entrance)
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • Common Ground Dove
  • Plain-breasted Ground Dove (LIFER)
  • White-tipped Dove
  • Pacific Parakeet
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet
  • White-crowned Parrot
  • Vaux’s Swift
  • Black-headed Trogon
  • Blue-crowned Motmot
  • Turquoise-browed Motmot
  • Collared Aracari
  • Hoffmann’s Woodpecker
  • Golden-Olive Woodpecker (my first for Nicaragua)
  • Dusky Antbird
  • Greenish Elaenia
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher
  • Masked Tityra
  • Long-tailed Manakin
  • Yellow-green Vireo
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  • Rufous-naped Wren
  • Rufous-and-white Wren
  • Plain Wren
  • Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
  • Gray-headed Tanager
  • Blue-black Grassquit
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Streak-backed Oriole
  • Yellow-throated Euphonia (my first for Nicaragua)
Heard, but not seen, at Chocoyero: Plain Chachalaca, Collared Forest-Falcon and Ivory-billed Woodcreeper

May 2010 Trip Report (Part 3)

During a May 14, 2010, visit to Rivas and Rancho Santana, Miami-based birder Stephen Paez recorded the following bird species:
  • Brown Pelican
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Great Egret
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Crested Caracara
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • Inca Dove
  • Groove-billed Ani
  • Lesser Ground Cuckoo
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet
  • Great Kiskadee
  • White-throated Magpie-Jay
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow
  • Great-tailed Grackle

May 2010 Trip Report (Part 2)

Miami-based birder Stephen Paez observed the following species at his aunt's house near Managua on May 14, 2010:
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • White-winged Dove
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • White-fronted Parrot
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet
  • Orange-fronted Parakeet
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird
  • Vaux’s Swift
  • Collared Aracari
  • Turquoise-browed Motmot
  • Hoffmann’s Woodpecker
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Rufous-naped Wren
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Blue-gray Tanager
  • Grayish Saltator
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Spot-breasted Oriole
  • Melodious Blackbird

May 2010 Trip Report (Part 1)

During a May 2010 visit to Nicaragua, Miami-based birder Stephen Paez reported the following birds seen in the vicinity of his hotel in Bluefields on May 13:
  • Brown Pelican
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Laughing Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Black Vulture
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Social Flycatcher
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  • Gray-breasted Martin
  • Clay-colored Robin
  • Blue-gray Tanager
  • Blue-black Grassquit
  • White-collared Seedeater
  • House Sparrow
  • Great-tailed Grackle

Managua Migrants

While an experimental "hawk watch" from a hill-top in western Managua on the morning of Saturday, October 16, produced no large kettles of migrating raptors, Rob Batchelder and Lili Nigaglioni recorded several other interesting migrant and uncommon resident species, including Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica), Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus), Purple Martin (Progne subis), Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca), and Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Waspam (RAAN) Migrants

During a morning of birding on the banks of the Rio Coco in Waspam on November 5, Rob Batchelder recorded a number of North American migrant species, including Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus), Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), and Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina). Among the resident birds seen were Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis), the "Mosquitia" race of Azure-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala chlorostephana), and Passerini's Tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii).

Interesting Sightings from Siuna (RAAN)

During an hour of birding on the grounds of Hospedaje Siu in Siuna (RAAN), on the morning of November 2, Rob Batchelder observed several noteworthy species, including Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis), White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris), Blue-throated Goldentail (Hylocharis eliciae), Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), Cocoa Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus susurrans), and Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas).

Great Crested Flycatcher at Chocoyero

On Saturday, November 13, Rob Batchelder observed a Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) at Chocoyero-El Brujo National Park near Ticuantepe.

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