Thursday, November 20, 2008

In Honduras

Yup folks, "back by popular demand" as they say, I'll try to continue blogging while zigzagging through Central America, in search of Golden-cheeked Warblers and just sheer adventure. The first we already found - see picture above - during a highly enjoyable workshop in Honduras. Next week, my colleague Alberto and I are off to Costa Rica to look for these birds there. Recent sightings indicate that some females and immatures of the species may winter outside of the Central American pine-oak eco-region, perhaps even as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

I'll be sure to let you know if we find them in Costa Rica. Here's another bird we found yesterday in Uyuca, not far from Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. We found five individuals in one flock!

And here are some of the workshop participants. This is an international ensemble, with from left to right: Alberto (Mexico), Pablo (Nicaragua), Becky (USA), Jose (El Salvador), Chico (Nicaragua), Aura (Nicaragua) and Oscar (El Salvador):

Other team members from Mexico, USA, and Guatemala are not in this photo. The guy in the middle, explaining something to Becky, was our botanical expert yesterday, and helped us identifying trees in the pine-oak forest. I'll be traveling to Costa Rica next week with Alberto (far left).

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