Parque Ecologico Chipinque: November 2, 2017

Daylight saving time has ended, and my late afternoon walks at Chipinque now push well into the evening. The dusk quiets diurnal birds, and after the Painted Redstart, Carolina Wren, and Brown-Backed Solitaire turn in, nocturnal birds begin to stir. On Thursday evening, I heard a new voice in the crepuscular chorus, the gentle trilling of the Middle America Screech Owl. The pine-oak forest at Chipinque is dense, and the hillsides are too steep for going off trail, but I need to be prepared for a chance encounter with an owl, forest falcon, or nightjar. From now on, I'll be carrying my spotlight and playback equipment.

Notable birds seen: Middle American Screech Owl (h), Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Bronze-Winged Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Brown-Backed Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Clay-Colored Thrush, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Dark-Eyed Junco, Audobon's Oriole.

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