Parque Ecologico Chipinque: September 17, 2017

On Sunday afternoon, I hiked through the lower section of Parque Ecologico Chipinque, which is located only ten minutes away from my house in Monterrey. Despite the heat, bird activity was surprisingly high, and I encountered several mixed flocks. Highlights included Black-and-White Warbler, Blue-Headed and Hutton's Vireos, and Flame-Coloured Tanager. I also spotted my first Elegant Trogon as it dove downhill from a roadside perch. It's certainly a luxury to live so near to a nature reserve, even if the birding is a little more prosaic than what I've grown accustomed to over the last decade in Uganda, Pakistan, Brazil, Tanzania, and Ecuador. Mexico obviously has a lot to offer birders, and hopefully I'll get out of Monterrey soon to explore the country further.





Notable birds seen: Black Vulture, Short-Tailed Hawk, Plain Chachalaca, Elegant Trogon, Acorn Woodpecker, Bronze-Winged Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Headed Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Clay-Colored Thrush, Black-and-White Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Painted Redstart, Chestnut-Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Summer Tanager, Flame-Coloured Tanager, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Audubon's Oriole.

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