Saturday, December 13, 2014

El Jaguar CBC on January 4

This year's annual Christmas Bird Count at the El Jaguar cloud forest preserve in Jinotega has been confirmed for Sunday, January 4, 2015.  Participants should arrive during the afternoon of January 3, and will be divided into sector teams that evening after dinner.  A contribution of USD 60 is requested to cover two nights' lodging and five meals (including dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast prior to departure on January 5).  Transportation to El Jaguar to/from the city of Jinotega is available upon request.  Prior El Jaguar CBCs have tallied upwards of 200 species on count day, consistently making this event Nicaragua's most "birdy" Christmas count!

For more information and to confirm your participation, please contact Liliana Chavarria and Georges Duriaux directly at: and

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Olivaceous Piculet & Other Highlights from Rio San Juan

Janelle Freshman, who along with her husband Howard has visited the Rio San Juan region twice a year for the past several years, recently submitted the below photos of interesting birds seen on their visits to Los Guatuzos and Sabalos Lodge. Janelle notes that "the birds we saw in Los Guatuzos were found with the assistance of Armando Carballo of Cabinas Caiman in Papaturro. He has been taking us on amazing bird walks for almost 5 years now and he has become our friend also. Armando and his wife Aileen have 2 cabins with meals in Papaturro. They are wonderful people."
(note: all photos copyright Howard & Janelle Freshman,

Olivaceous Piculet at Los Guatuzos, August 2014
Pied Puffbird seen along Rio Papaturro, Aug 2014

Nicaraguan Seed-Finches at Los Guatuzos, Dec 2011 (also seen in Aug 2014)

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Rio Papaturro, Dec 2011

Golden-olive Woodpecker at Sabalos Lodge, February 2014

Yellow-billed Cacique at Los Guatuzos, August 2014