Monday, July 18, 2011

Uniform Crake at Sabalos Lodge

While walking a trail at Sabalos Lodge (Rio San Juan) during a slight break in the otherwise heavy rains on July 16, 2011, Liliana Chavarria and Georges Duriaux spotted a rufous bird with orangish legs, walking along the flooded path in dense secondary growth about 30 meters from the banks of the Rio San Juan. Before they could get a closer look, the bird disappeared and a heavy downpour ensued. When the rain finally let up and Georges and Lili were able to return to the site, to their pleasant surprise, they located the bird again, this time getting a longer and clearer view of a Uniform Crake (Amaurolimnas concolor). Unfortunately, due to the rain, Georges did not have his camera at hand and was unable to get a photo of the bird.

Lili and Georges recorded more than 50 other species on the same trip, including Glossy (Plegadis falcinellus) and Green Ibises (Mesembrinibis cayennensis), Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis), Short-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas nigrirostris), Olive-throated Parakeet (Aratinga nana), and Gray-capped (Myiozetetes granadensis), and White-ringed Flycatchers (Conopias albovittatus).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Three-wattled Bellbird at Volcan Maderas (Ometepe)

During a July 2-4, 2011, weekend visit to Ometepe, organized by Salvadora Morales of Quetzalli Tours, John Menzel, Lili Nigaglioni and Rob Batchelder recorded more than 50 species of birds on the island.  A Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus), seen by Salvadora and heard calling by the other visitors at Totoco Eco-Lodge, was perhaps the most noteworthy record of the weekend. Other highlights included dozens of Yellow-naped Parrots (Amazona auropalliata) flying in to roost at sunset in the forest near Santo Domingo beach, a pair of Double-striped Thick-knees (Burhinus bistriatus) in a field near the El Ceibo museum, and seven species of egrets & herons in a single roadside creek, including five adult Black-crowned Night-Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) and a lone Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum). The group also recorded several uncommon species not yet on the Ometepe checklist (published in 2008 with USAID funding), including Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata), Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica), and Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi).