Thursday, December 15, 2011

Snowy Cotinga at Refugio Bartola

During a four-day visit to Refugio Bartola (Rio San Juan) December 7-11, 2011, Lili Chavarria, Georges Duriaux, and Rob Batchelder recorded and captured nearly 150 bird species.  For Rob and Lili, a highlight of the trip was adding Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus) to their respective life lists when they observed a lone female feeding high in the canopy with a mixed flock.  The following morning, while Georges and Lili were tending to nearby mist nets, Rob encountered another group of at least four female Snowy Cotingas feeding high in a fruit tree with a group of Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) and Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus).

Other noteworthy sightings included Gray-headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis), Semiplumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus), Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus), Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri), Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti), White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis), White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus), Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus), Slaty Spinetail (Synallaxis brachyura), Black-striped Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus lachrymosus), Chestnut-backed (Myrmeciza exsul), Bicolored (Gymnopithys leucaspis) and Spotted Antbirds (Hylophylax naevioides), Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (Myiobius sulphureipygius), and Nicaraguan Seed-Finch (Oryzoborus nuttingi).

The group spent three mornings capturing and taking measurement data of Bartola's birds. Among those species captured were Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Glyphorynchus spirurus), Long-billed Gnatwren (Ramphocaenus melanurus), Tawny-crested Tanager (Tachyphonus delatrii), and Carmiol's Tanager (Chlorothraupis carmioli).

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Tawny-crested Tanager

Rob & Lili processing Long-billed Gnatwren

The birders also tried one evening to relocate the Ocellated Poorwill that Rob and his friend Klemens Steiof found at Bartola in March 2011, but were unsuccessful.  Few nocturnal birds were vocalizing, though Georges and Rob heard a pair of Spectacled Owls (Pulsatrix perspicillata) calling on the last night of the trip.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Western Slaty-Antshrike (female)

White-throated Crake

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