Monday, January 27, 2014

Sierra de Managua CBC Sets New Record!

On December 28, 2013, the 22 participants in the annual Sierra de Managua Christmas Bird Count (CBC) tallied a record total of 116 species, covering three primary sites within the count circle: Finca El Nisperal, Bosques de Gaia, and Montibelli reserve.
Team "El Nisperal"

Species recorded for the first time in this year's count included Great Egret (Ardea alba), Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis), Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea), Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens), and Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis).
Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus)
The count also saw record numbers of several species, including White-crowned Parrot (Pionus senilis), and only the second record of Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) in the eight-year history of the Sierra de Managua CBC.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jabiru at RN Apacunca

Nels Nelson of Hillsboro, Oregon (USA) submits the following report of a Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) seen at Reserva Natural de Apacunca, Chinandega, on January 7, 2014:

"I was birding in the company of my guide and professional biologist Orlando Jarquin G. and his friend Gustavo Sarria M. We had been birding since early morning and had pretty much seen what we thought we were going to see that morning. The sun was starting to get oppressively hot and we had pretty much birded the areas Orlando had in mind for the morning part of the day and had returned to the main gravel road. As we were nearing the biological station headquarters and our vehicle, I suddenly heard Orlando (who was 50-100 feet in front of me) call out loudly "Jabiru" (several times) as he pointed upwards to the direction in the sky where he had spotted the lone Jabiru, circling with a flock of Wood Storks.

"I managed to get five fotos before the Jabiru disappeared from our view at 10:24 a.m.. As the Jabiru disappeared from view, we stood there in the road, exuberant & almost in shock at our good fortune of getting to see this rare bird, even if only for a moment or two."

Other noteworthy sightings from Nels and Orlando's visit to RN Apacunca include Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus), Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus), Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia), Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata), Nutting's Flycatcher (Myiarchus nuttingi), Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), and Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius).