Chipinque Parque Ecologico: August 4, 2018

Getting an early start at Chipinque this morning paid off. I arrived at the upper parking lot before sunrise and birded the Tubo Enterrado trail for hours without encountering another person. Bird activity was high, and the view of the ridgeline was spectacular. Mexican and Green Jays, Audubon's Oriole, Elegant Trogon were out in large numbers. Several Northern Pygmy-Owls were calling steadily, and I finally tracked one down midmorning. In a steep and shady bend in the trail, I found Black-Headed Nightingale Thrush and Canyon Wren, their melodic songs amplified by the rocky cliffs. My most fortuitous sighting, though, was of a Bat Hawk. I spotted it first in the distance perched on a snag, where it remained fifteen minutes later after I dashed down the trail and arrived at the base of the very same tree. 

Notable birds seen: Thicket Tinamou, Band-Tailed Pigeon, White-Winged Dove, Bat Falcon, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Elegant Trogon, Golden-Olive Woodpecker, Green Jay, Mexican Jay, Dusky-Capped Flycatcher, Brown-Backed Solitaire, Black-Headed Nightingale-Thrush, Black-Crested Titmouse, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, Carolina Wren, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Hepatic Tanager, Flame-Colored Tanager, Audubon's Oriole.

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