Parque Ecologico Chipinque: December 24, 2017

Chipinque proved deserted on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. At the start of Brecha del Chile, I photographed a large mixed-species flock for nearly ten minutes without interruption. This area is often thick with mountain bikers and hikers. Among the many wood warblers species in the flock present was Nashville Warbler. I also picked off a Hermit Warbler in a small canopy flock, my second new tick of the day. Towards dusk, I put my camera to the test photographing Hermit Thrush and Long-Billed Thrasher in the gloomy understory. Despite the poor air quality, the city of Monterrey looked enchanting as I descended the trail in darkness.

Notable birds seen: Mexican Jay, Green Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Black-Crested Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Blue-Headed Vireo, Long-Billed Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Painted Redstart, Rufous-Capped Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, Audubon's Oriole.

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