Parque Ecologico Chipinque: December 23, 2017

For months I have been sleeping in on the weekends well past the dawn chorus, but on Saturday morning I finally got up early to go birding at Chipinque. I was rewarded with several excellent sightings, including Elegant Trogon, Thicket Tinamou, and Blue-Crowned Motmot. I also encountered several mixed flocks with goodies such as Black-and-White Warbler, Bridled Titmouse, and Audubon's Oriole. The only drawback I found to getting an early start is that the trails at Chipinque are more crowded in the morning than the afternoon. Only by luck did I steal a few moments alone with this trogon before a group of mountain bikers barreled past me downhill.

Notable birds seen: Thicket Tinamou, Elegant Trogon, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Hutton's Vireo, Long-Billed Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Audubon's Oriole.

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