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Bird Monitoring 2022 - the first six months!

2022 is halfway done and in fact we have also finished the first round of bird monitoring for this year. This means that all 129 bird observations points have been visited and monitored at least once. Most monitoring sessions were done in May, which is somewhat outside of the usual range (June - August).

Within the most observed species there were no surprises:

  1. Gray-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucophrys) present in 79,88% of all sessions

  2. Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster) 54,59%

  3. Slate-throated Whitestart (Myioborus miniatus) 54,02%

  4. Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsonii) 54,02%

  5. Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) 44,82%

  6. Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius ruficeps) 41,95%

  7. Blue-winged Mountain-Tanger (Anisognathus somptuosus) 37,35%

  8. Booted Racket-Tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) 35,63%

  9. Dusky Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus semifuscus) 31,03%

  10. Brown-capped Vireo (Vireo leucophrys) 29,88%

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren

But in the "lower ranks" there were some not-so-expected species.

The Rufous-bellied Nighthawk (Lurocalis rufiventris) made its second appearance ever (once registered in 2018) in the bird monitoring. This species is not uncommon in the Santa Lucía reserve, but does not often appear in the monitoring because it - obviously - nocturnal and the monitoring is focused on the early morning hours.

Another nocturnal bird, the Band-winged Nightjar (Systellura longirostris) made its first ever appearance in our monitoring at two different monitoring points (it has been on our bird list though).

Also Noé was lucky to register some of the "river-birds": Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata), White-capped Dipper (Cinclus leucocephalus) and Rufous-gaped Hillstar (Urochroa bougueri).

White-capped Dipper

A total of 146 species was registered in 174 monitoring sessions.

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