Parque Ecologico Chipinque: October 28, 2017

The weather cooled considerably this week in Monterrey. Once the sun set behind the jagged ridge of Chipinque late Saturday afternoon, the temperature plummeted below 60 degrees fahrenheit. Signs of fall were abundant, as Monarch Butterflies drifted southwards overhead, and the pine-oak forest was littered with migrating birds. Two recent arrivals included the Hermit Thrush and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. I also spotted a resident Rufous-Capped Brush-Finch, found here at the lower end of its altitudinal range from 900-3500 meters. At dusk, as I was descending along the Brecha del Chile, a Collared Forest-Falcon started calling farther up the mountain. Then, a few hundred meters down the trail, a Great Horned Owl began hooting. It was an inspiring end to a bracing hike.

Notable birds seen: Collared Forest-Falcon (h), Band-Tailed Pigeon, Great Horned Owl (h), Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Bronze-Winged Woodpecker, Dusky-Capped Flycatcher, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Blue-Headed Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Clay-Colored Thrush, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Rufous-Capped Brush-Finch, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch. 

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