Thursday, January 7, 2010

In La Botija

Today a couple of pictures from our third field site, La Botija in southeastern Honduras, near the Nicaraguan border. In fact, the butterflies you see here mating are Nicaraguan Satyrs. They're perched on fallen oak leaves. Broad-leaved oaks are fairly common here, but thin-leaved oaks, beloved by wintering Golden-cheeked Warblers, are quite scarce. In previous years, goldencheeks themselves were fairly scarce around here, although they were found every year.

We didn't find any this morning, when we did our first mixed species flock here. If we're lucky, we'll find one or two at this site.

American Kestrels on the other hand are quite common here.

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