Monday, February 16, 2009

Rufous-capped Warbler

Today a picture of a Rufous-capped Warbler, one of the most common birds in the dry scrub forest here at Laguna de Apoyo. We're in the dry season, so the forest is a half-open mixture of greens and browns, with many bright yellow flowers in tree crowns. Walking the trails, you will occasionally see a Rufous-capped Warbler going about its business. It’s when you whistle the song of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl that you discover just how abundant these warblers are around here. From patches of forest that seemed ‘dead’, suddenly several Rufous-capped Warblers appear, all busily looking for that owl. No matter where you do this, there are always Rufous-capped Warblers around to come and check you out. They’re not shy and will come close, but quickly lose interest when the ‘owl’ turns out to be just a birder.

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