Sunday, October 2, 2016

Brown Noddy at Corn Island!

September 14th to September 17th, Mangua-based birders Cal and Jessie Stuebner took a trip to Corn Island to do some snorkling and see some of the birds that are unique to that location, particularly Smooth-billed Anis and White-crowned Pigeons. They also saw a number of herons and shorebirds, including Black- and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Spotted Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, large numbers of Ruddy Turnstones, and more.

 Swallows were also present everywhere - mostly Barn Swallows; but Purple Martins and Cliff Swallows (both new for the highly under-birded hotspot) were also regular sights. Rarities included Short-billed Dowitchers, seen in a little wetland along with Blue-winged Teals, a Greater Yellowlegs, and a number of small sandpipers. The highlight of the trip, however, was a Brown Noddy, only the second report of this species for Nicaragua, and the first in over seven years! (There was one old report previously from very close to the Costa Rican border back in 2009.)

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