Sunday, November 11, 2012

Upland Sandpiper at Chiltepe Peninsula

Manfred Bienert observed 63 bird species on a visit to the Chiltepe Peninsula northwest of Managua on October 13, 2012. Highlights included Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Crested Bobwhite (Colinus cristatus), White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), Nicaraguan Grackle (Quiscalus nicaraguensis), and Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus). The day's most unexpected surprise, however, was an Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) found in an overgrown field normally used for peanut cultivation. A rare passage migrant, Upland Sandpiper has been recorded only a handful of times while migrating through Nicaragua.

Upland Sandpiper

Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus) was another interesting find on Manfred's recent outing to Chiltepe. He observed three individuals on this visit, but saw 12 in the same location on August 11, 2012 – an unusually high number for this uncommon grassland-dwelling resident.

Double-striped Thick-knee