Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Productive Visit to Sabalos Lodge

Janelle and Howard Freshman of Long Beach, California provide the following account of their recent visit to Sabalos Lodge, on the Rio San Juan:

My husband Howard and I birded at Sabalos Lodge February 10-16, 2016. We probably saw more species than on any previous trip to the area. We had a brief look at a pair of Royal Flycatchers (Onychorhynchus coronatus) along the path in the lodge. We saw three Olivaceous Piculets (Picumnus olivaceus) in a mixed flock that included a Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus), Plain Xenops (Xenops minutus), and two Dot-winged Antwrens (Microrhopias quixensis). We got a good look at a male Bare-crowned Antbird (Gymnocichla nudiceps). We saw plenty of wintering migrants including a beautiful male Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina), American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia), several Northern Waterthrushes (Parkesia noveboracensis), and plenty of Chestnut-sided Warblers (Setophaga pensylvanica) as usual. Resident birds that we saw included included a Bright-rumped Atilla (Attila spadiceus), Black-throated Wren (Pheugopedius atrogularis), Spot-breasted Wren (Pheugopedius maculipectus), Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus), Yellow-billed Cacique (Amblycercus holosericeus), Great Antshrike (Taraba major) and two Slaty Spinetails (Synallaxis brachyura). We also got great looks at two (Neotropical River) otters in front of the lodge!

Plain Xenops

Bare-crowned Antbird

Neotropical River Otter

1 comment:

  1. You are welcome to come to Montecristo Private Natural Reserve for bird watch. we are located 2 km down river from Sabalos Lodge. We also have our own ecolodge on site: Montecristo.