Wednesday, January 20, 2010

La Tigra

After a short intermission, we're back on the Golden-cheeked Warbler project in Honduras. Kashmir returned to San Salvador Monday evening, and Tuesday morning he and I set out for Tegucigalpa, to reconnect with Fabiola and go to our fourth field site, national park La Tigra. This is the oldest national park in Honduras, a stone's throw away from the capital Tegucigalpa.

Golden-cheeked Warblers are fairly common there, and in the flock this morning we found no fewer than three individuals. The bird pictured above is a Golden-cheeked Warbler, but not one of today's birds. Lighting conditions weren't favorable for photography.

Two of today's birds were adult males, and we could tell there were at least two of them, because we saw them fairly close together. The third individual appeared to be an adult female, with a black throat but whitish chin. (Adult females are very similar to immature males, and it's possible that it was that. Immature males, however, tend to show whitish tips on black throat and breast feathers, which this bird didn't show.)
With today's birds taken into account, we're now at 13 individuals overall, 8 of which were adult males.

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