Saturday, August 17, 2019

Colombia Day 2 - KM4 (29Jul2019)

As became the norm on this trip, we woke very early and left way before the hotel could offer any food.  However, thanks to our early departure we got to our first birding spot early while bird activity was at its highest and ended up with over 70 species in just a couple hours.  The spot known simply as km 4 is coincidentally about 4 kms outside of Barranquilla, or maybe it's not a coincidence.  It is a wetland and farming area which accounts for the nice diversity of birds.

Yellow-headed Caracara - a nice young bird.

Unfortunately Large-billed Terns never came very close so I had to settle for poor pics.

Carib Grackles were mixed in with Great-tailed Grackles.  The above was a Carib.

Cattle Tyrants ended up being a pretty common bird and easy to ID once you saw a few.

Bicolored Wrens were gregarious and loud.

Southern Lapwings were once again ignored by most the group.

Brown-chested Martins were abundant with one tree containing a couple hundred.

Red-crowned Woodpeckers resemble our Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Wattled Jacanas are also common.

Rufescent Tiger Herons are not common so we spent a good bit of time admiring this one.

Bare-faced Ibis

Snail Kite with a snail.

Yellow-chinned Spinetail

Brown-chested Martins are similar to Bank Swallows in the chest pattern with a nice neat band separating the chin and lower breast.

Snail Kite

Amazon Kingfisher

Crested Caracara

White-winged Swallows - a snazzier version of the Mangrove Swallow.

Cocoi Heron - very similar to GBHs.

Pied Water-tyrant

Striated Heron

When this Yellow-hooded Blackbird was called out, I almost dismissed it as a Yellow-headed BB.  You have to stay on your toes when almost every species you see is probably a new one and resist the urge to lump the birds with birds you are familiar with.

These Northern Screamers were over a mile away so I will anxiously await another trip to get a better look.

Amazon Kingfisher and Brown-chested Martins.

Spot-breasted Woodpecker

Brown-throated Parakeet.

Russet-throated Puffbird!

The puffbird was a nice way to end the morning's session.  Virgilio was waiting for us in the shade with some snacks and coffee.  It was blazing hot and I realized that my supply of shirts was probably going to get soiled pretty quick.  We visited several more spots on Day 2, but I will cover those in a separate post.

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