Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sierra de Managua CBC Tallies 108 Species

Sally Gladstone reports that this year's Sierra de Managua Christmas Bird Count (CBC), held on January 3, 2012, recorded a total of 108 species, just shy of the standing record.  Highlights were three new species for the Sierra de Managua checklist: Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) at Montibelli, Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster) spotted by Sally's son Jack Hruska at Finca El Nisperal, and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum), which, although common in the area, had not been recorded during previous CBCs. The day's count also included 13 species of overwintering migratory warblers including two Hooded Warblers (Setophaga citrina) at Finca El Nisperal and both species of Waterthrush (Parkesia spp.). Sally notes that there were "lots of parrots and parakeets this year, all five species known to occur in the Sierra were counted including eight White-crowned Parrots (Pionus senilis)."