Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aplomado Falcon at Alamikangban

On a visit to Alamikangban in Nicaragua's remote North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) from April 4-7, 2012, Manfred Bienert, Liliana Chavarria and Georges Duriaux observed more than 70 species in the pine savanna, grasslands, and remnant patches of lowland Atlantic slope forest that characterize the area. According to Lili, the most noteworthy find was Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis), with a lone individual seen on April 6, and a pair seen on April 7.

Aplomado Falcons
Other highlights of the trip included Great Curassow (Crax rubra), Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea), White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus), Ochre-bellied Flycatcher (Mionectes oleagineus), Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus), Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus), Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina), Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata), and Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus).

The Alamikangban Natural Reserve is located 65 km ESE of Siuna and 72 km inland from the Atlantic coast.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spotted Nightingale-Thrush at Tepesomoto-La Patasta

Following Osmar Arróliga's December 2010 discovery of Spotted Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus dryas) in the Tepesomoto-La Pataste Nature Reserve (to be described in a forthcoming edition of the Cotinga), Liliana Chavarria and Georges Duriaux visited the same site on March 29-30, 2012 hoping to encounter this species, which represents a new addition to Nicaragua's checklist.  Using mist nets in a patch of remnant cloud forest within the reserve, Georges and Lili successfully captured a single individual Catharus dryas at 8:00 a.m. on March 30.

Other highlights of the visit to Tepesomoto-La Pataste included Green-breasted Mountain-gem (Lampornis sybillae), Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus), Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), Mountain Thrush (Turdus plebejus), White-throated Thrush (Turdus assimilis), and Blue-crowned Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia occipitalis).

Located in Madriz department in northwest Nicaragua, the Tepesomoto-La Pataste reserve comprises 10,200 hectares and encompasses several volcanic peaks, including Volcán Somoto (1,730 m) and Pataste (1,736 m).