Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Argentina 10

Argentina 10:  Our final blog on our Argentina birding trip from 1995. I have also included a number of butterflies with the odd animals etc.

During the 3 weeks trip, we identified a total of 436 species, of which the majority were new species for us.

Iguazu National Park Butterflies etc


                       

JFC and David watching butterflies at some puddles.

Some of the amazing butterflies seen at  Iguazu National Park

Dragonfly at  Iguazu National Park.

Spider at Iguazu National Park.


Deer at the Yala River


Lamas at Laguna Larga



Coyote at Cafayate

Monitor Lizard at Iguazu

 


Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus plebejus plebejus 

 

          Ash Breasted Sierra-Finch near Humahuaca.

Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru with its natural habitats are tropical dry shrubland or high-altitude grasslands. In the non breeding season, it can be found in large flocks. On our trip we found it very common on the drive to Lago Pozuelos with 100 seen on the 15th and 200 seen in the vicinity of Laguna Larga and the return drive to Humahuaca. six were seen above Tafi del Valle on the 22nd

.Grey-hooded Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus gayi 

Adult Male Grey Hooded Sierra-Finch near Cafayate.
Three subspecies. Its range is the Andean slopes of Chile and Argentina, south to Tierra-del Fuego (where it is rare and possibly only a summer visitor). We recorded ten on the drive to Lago Pozuelos on the 15th and eight were seen at Laguna Larga on the return drive on the 16th.

Black-hooded Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus atriceps

 Male Black Hooded Sierra-Finch near Lago Pozuelos.
Range is in the high Andes, mostly above 3,000 m in S. Peru, W. Bolivia, N. Chile and N.W.Argentina. 
During our trip ten were seen on the drive to Lago Pozuelos on the 15th and eight were seen at Laguna Larga and the return drive on the 16th.

Mourning Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus fruticetti fruticetti


Adult Male Mourning Sierra-Finches near Humahuaca.
Three subspecies. Present in the Andes from N. Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Casual to Tierra del Fuego. Mostly at 2,000 to 4,000 m, but can occur at sea-level in  S. Argentina. We recorded two towards Humahuaca on the 14th, twentyfive whilst driving to Lago Pozuelos on the 15th and fifteen in the vicinity of Laguna Larga on the 16th. Also four were seen above Tafi del Valle on the 22nd.

Stripe-capped Sparrow - Aimophila strigiceps dabbenei 

Striped Capped Sparrow near Yala
Two subspecies. Its range N. Argentina along the base of the Andes to S.W. Paraguay. We recorded twelve seen above Yala on the 14th, eight at Palomites on the 19th and three near Salta on the 24th.

Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis 

Rufous Collared Sparrow near San Clementine.
The common Sparrow of South America.

Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch - Poospiza erythrophrys erythrophrys

Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch in the Yala National Park.
Two subspecies. Its a fairly small range in the Andes from W. Boliva and N.W.Argentina mostlt at 1,200 to 2,100 m. We recorded ten at Yala NP on the 14th and one at San Lorenzo on the 24th.

Hooded Siskin - Carduelis magellanica

Female Hooded Siskin 
Twelve subspecies. Covers a large range in South America including Argentina. We recorded small numbers on 11 dates although absent at Iguazu. Just a daily maximum of 8 was recorded.

Red-rumped Cacique - Cacicus haemorrhous affinis
Red Rumped Cacique at Iguazu National Park.
Three subspecies. Small in South America. We only saw it at Iguazu NP where it proved common around the car park in the early morning being seen on all six days with a daily maximum of 20.

Brown-and-yellow Marshbird - Pseudoleistes virescens 
Brown and Yellow Marshbird at Punta Rasa.
Range; N.E.Argentina, Uruguay and extreme S. Brazil. Mostly below 300 m. Locally common in and around marshes and in adjacent moist grasslands and ploughed fields. We recorded forty seen on the drive to San Clemente on the 11th, eighty at Punta Rasa on the 12th, sixty at Campo del Tuyu and twenty on the drive to Attalaya on the 13th.










Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Argentina 9

 Argentina 9

Following on from our previous blogs

Two views of the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Buenos Aires

Plush-crested Jay - Cyanocorax chrysops chrysops / tucumanus

Plush Crested Jay at Iguazu National Park

Four subspecies. Found in several coutries and regions in South America including N.E.Argentina. We found it to be quite common in the north-west, at Iguazu NP but not seen at the coast. Seen on 12 dates in forest areas with a daily maximum of 15 seen at Calilegua on the 17th.

Rufous-throated Dipper - Cinclus schulzi 

Yala River and the overhanging tree which I laid on the bottom
branch to photograph the Dipper in order to get some clear views.


The Dipper River







Rufous Throated Dipper at the Yala River.
The rarest and best Dipper in the World.
E slope of the Andes in S. Boliva and N.W.Argentina. May be declining due to the development of mining and cattle overgrazing effecting many of the mountain streams and is now classified as vulnerable with only small populations. This was our only sighting during our trip, although we did spend around two hours watching it feeding, and certainly it was one of the main highlights of our trip.

Mountain Wren - Troglodytes solstitialis auricularis

Mountain Wren at the San Lorenzo Yungas Forest.
Five subspecies. found in the Andes of N.W.Argentina, Boliva, Colombia, Ecuador, Prtu and W. Venezuela. We recorded one in the forest below Tafi del Valle on the 21st with two there on the 22nd. Proved to be very common along the trail at San Lorenzo Yungas forest with a minimum of twenty seen on the 24th.

Chalk-browed Mockingbird - Mimus saturninus modulator 


Chalk Browed Mockingbird near Yala.
Four subspecies. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay. Its a bird of open woodland areas including urban and suburban gardens. We recorded it on four days along the coastal strip with two on the 11th, five on the 12th, ten on the 13th and four on the 4th. Very common in the cactus and scrub in the Andes between Yala and Humahuaca with at least 100 seen on the 14th. On the return journey a mere 16 were seen. Also seen near Cafayate with four on the 22nd and ten on the 23rd.

Creamy-bellied Thrush - Turdus amaurochalinus 


Creamy Bellied Thrush at Iguazu National Park.
Occurs in a wide range of wooded habitats in a large area of Central and Eastern South America. On our trip it was seen in small numbers on six dates with a maximum of six seen on the 21st. 

Masked Gnatcatcher - Polioptila dumicola dumicola 
Masked Gnatcatcher in the chaco at J.V.G.
Three subspecies. Present in large areas in central South America, Common in scrub and woodland and very common in chaco habitat. We recorded it in small numbers at widespread locations on six dates with a daily maximum of 8 in the chaco at JVG on the 20th.

Rufous-browed Peppershrike - Cyclarhis gujanensis 

Rufous Browed Pepper-shrike at Attalaya
Twentytwo subspecies. Widesprea and often common in woodland, forest edges from Mexico and Trinidad south to Argentina. We recorded with  two seen at Attalaya on the 13th, two at Calilegua on the 18th and one at Palomites on the 19th.

Riverbank Warbler - Basileuterus rivularis rivularis
Riverbank Warbler on the Sendero Yararatia track in Iguazu National Park.
Fairly common along streams and rivers and in swampy areas in forested regions with quite a large range in South America including N.E.Argentina. We recorded one which walked ahead of us along the wet Sendero Yararatia track at Iguazu NP on the 28th with it being seen again briefly on the 3rd. Superb.

Black-goggled Tanager - Trichothraupis melanops 

Male Black Goggled Tanager at Iguazu National Park.
It is found at low levels in forest and woodlands in South America and is present in a number of countries including N.E.Argentina. We recorded it on five dates in Iguazu NP with a maximum of twelve being seen on the 28th.

Fawn-breasted Tanager - Pipraeidea melanonota venezuelensis
Male Fawn Breasted Tanager at San Lorenzo.
Two subspecies It occurs in the Andes in a number of countries including N.W Argentina during our trip two were seen at Yala NP on the 14th and four at San Lorenzo on the 24th.

Golden-billed Saltator - Saltator aurantirostris aurantirostris


Adult Golden-billed Saltator in the Yala National Park.

Juvenile Golden-billed Saltator in the Yala National Park.
Six subspecies. Its natural habitat are tropical dry forests and dry shrubland. We recorded four were seen at Yala on the 14th with three seen at Palomites on the 19th and three on the 20th, two at JVG on the 23rd and two near Cafayate on the 23rd.

Black-backed Grosbeak - Pheucticus aureoventris aureoventris

Male Black Backed Grosbeak at Palomites
Five subspecies. Its present in five countries including Argentina. We recorded it along the Yala River one was seen on the 14th and at Calilegua one was seen on the 17th with three seen at Palomites on the 19th and two seen near Tafi del Valle on the 22nd.

Saffron-billed Sparrow - Arremon flavirostris

Saffron-billed Sparrow at Calilegua National Park.
Two Subspecies. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. We recorded them at Calilegua six were seen on the 17th and one on the 18th. In the chaco at JVG two were seen on the 20th and one at Iguazu on the 1st.

Yellow-striped Brush-Finch- Atlaptes citrinellus 

Yellow Striped Brush-Finches near Tafi del Valle.
Chiefly restricted to N.W.Argentina with its natural habitats are sub-tropical  or tropical moist montane forests or shrubland. During our trip we only saw two below Tafi del Valle on the 21st and four on the 22nd.

Common Diuca-Finch - Diuca diuca 
Common Diuca-Finch in the desert area at Cafayate
Four subspecies. Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,Chile and Uruguay. On our trip two were found in bushes on the sandy soil near Cafayate on the 23rd being unexpected and much better than expected.

Puna Yellow-Finch - Sicalis lutea

Puna Yellow-Finches above Humahuaca
A fairly small range in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, with its main habitat are high altitude grasslands. We recorded forty seen above Humahuaca on the 15th and ten on the return drive on the 16th.

Greenish Yellow-Finch - Sicalis olivascens olivascens 
Female/Immature Greenish Yellow-Finch near Humahuaca.
Found in the Central Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. We recorded ten, seen on the drive to Humahuaca on the 14th with thirty towards Abra Pampa on the 15th and two seen on the 16th. Also, two were seen at Tafi del Valle on the 22nd and sis near Cafayate on the 23rd.

Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus alaudinus venturii 

Male Band-tailed Sierra-Finch at Laguna Larga.
Natural habitats are tropical dry shrubland and high-altitude shrubland. We recorded three seen on the walk back from Laguna Larga on the 16th and one above Tafi del Valle on the 22nd.