Parque Ecologico Chipinque: September 30, 2017

Bird activity was remarkably high this afternoon at Parque Ecologico Chipinque, and I saw a number of new birds: White-Throated Swifts swooped out recklessly over the pine-oak forests; a female Elegant Trogon lurked in a shady stand of mature trees; and a female Gray-Collared Becard called plaintively from dense bushes along the trail. It has been raining intermittently this month, and the forest is turning a rich, multihued green. The temperature is also cooling off, making my weekend afternoon hikes much more pleasant, despite the increase in mosquitos. I stayed in the park well after sunset, relishing the feel of the desert night air as I descended along the road.

Notable birds seen: Short-Tailed Hawk, Band-Tailed Pigeon, White-Throated Swift, Elegant Trogon, Acorn Woodpecker, Rufous-Winged Woodpecker, Empidonax species, Grey-Collared Becard, Green Jay, Mexican Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Clay-Colored Thrush, Wilson's Warbler, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Painted Whitestart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Hepatic Tanager, Flame-Colored Tanager, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow.

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