Parque Ecologico Chipinque: October 22, 2017

It was another tranquil Sunday afternoon at Chipinque. Although very few birds were active, the air was filled with thousands of Monarch Butterflies drifting softly above the pine-oak forest. Fall migration funnels these butterflies directly through Cumbres de Monterrey National Park on their way to southern Mexico. Although no individual butterfly completes the entire migration cycle, it is still remarkable that these seemingly fragile and impotent insects can travel thousands of miles. Despite the spectacle overhead, I did manage to train my eyes into the forest undergrowth below, spotting this Thicket Tinamous shuffling through the leaf litter.

Notable birds seen: Red-Tailed Hawk, Thicket Tinamou, Acorn Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Hutton's Vireo, Clay-Colored Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow.

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