Birding Argentina – Planning Stage

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At the early stages of our planning we were aiming to spend a few days in Santiago de Chile and then move to the North-west Argentina where we planned to spend most of our time and then to finish near Buenos Aires. To give you some idea of our crazy birding ambitions our plan was stretched to 20 days with 15 different lodging reservations, two overnight bus trips, two internal Argentina airline reservations, and three rental car reservations. Plush-crested Jay.

Birding Argentina – Salto Encantado and Yaguarundy Reserve

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Trips Argentina birding misiones salto encantado yaguarundy reserve Continued from. Birding Chaco at JV Gonzales. Our original plan was to fly from Salta to Buenos Aires and then to rent a car for 7 days birding from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls, and then to fly back to Buenos Aires. This plan was scratched when we arrived at Buenos Aires and were told by the rental car company that our car reservation was cancelled since the car return trip (driven by them) was too risky!

Birding Argentina – Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires

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Trips Argentina Buenos Aires Costanera Sur After our first leg of this birding trip we took a couple of days to visit Buenos Aires and to soak-in some of the local culture; BA is a beautiful city and our stay was very memorable. Costanera Sur was an old riverside resort which was restored to and Ecological Reserve back in the 1970.

Birding Mendoza and Tafi del Valle Argentina

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A great way to travel in Chile and Argentina is by bus. We took two overnight buses to get us from Santiago de Chile to San Miguel de Tucuman in northern Argentina. On our first night-travel we reached Mendoza in Argentina by 6 am and we spent the day visiting wineries (yum!) The second night we slept really well and woke early to prepare for the next adventure in Northern Argentina beginning is San Miguel the Tucuman.

Birding Calchaqui Valleys in Northern Argentina

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Continued from Birding Mendoza and Tafi del Valle Argentina. A great combination for any birder wanting a richer experience of northern Argentina and it birds. The special attraction in the Calchaqui valleys are the outstanding sceneries created by color contrasting mountains, deserts, and clear blue skies.

Birding Argentina – Araucaria Provintial Park | Cruce del Calballero | Piñalito

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continued from: Birding Argentinga – Salto Encantado | Yaguarundy. We left Yaguarundy in search of the Araucaria Provintial Park located in the town of San Pedro, Misiones. This is a short drive of about 25 km and you have to drive through the town since the park is located at the edge of town. We stopped at this park in search of the Araucaria Tit-Spinetail which is near-threaten due to the destruction of its highly specialized habitat, the Araucaria trees.

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Birding Humauaca and Abra Pampa – Northern Argentina Trip Report

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Continued from: Potrero de Yala – Yungas forest and birds. As we headed north of the Yala Biosphere the lush forest quickly disappeared and the dry valleys returned as we started climbing through the countryside toward Abra Pampa. On the way up we had chosen a couple of good birding areas to stop but as always our limited time did not allow for proper exploration.

Golden-crowned Warbler

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This individual was seen in Costanera Sur, Argentina and found a gentle pish to be simply irresistible. Birding Argentina Central America Golden-crowned Warbler New World Warbler South AmericaThis is a Golden-crowned Warbler , Basileuterus cucilivorus. It is a common bird of humid, lowland forest in Central and South America where it is usually found in the lower storey. It belongs to the Parulidae family, but along with the rest of the Basileuterus genus is non-migratory.

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Green-barred Woodpecker?

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The individuals in this gallery were found at Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Birds Argentina Green-barred Woodpecker woodpeckersThis is a Green-barred Woodpecker , common and widespread throughout South America to the south of the Amazon River and to the east of the Andes. In the southern part of their range, they sport a golden yellow on breast and belly.

White-tufted Grebe

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Usually I see these birds in ones and twos, but a trip to Argentina in the southern spring brought much greater numbers. Birds Argentina Costanera Sur White-tufted GrebeIt is quite possible that I might have overlooked the White-tufted Grebe on my first sighting if I had not been primed to look for it. In silhouette it is very similar to the more familiar Eared Grebe.

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Great Great Grebe.

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From southern Brazil on the east coast, it extends down through Uruguay and Argentina as far as the cape. Birds Argentina Great Grebe grebes Despite having only revealed 6 pictures on my Kylie Minogue calender so far, I may already have a candidate for Best Bird of the Year. The Great Grebe , Podiceps major , is a bird of South America where it frequents large waters and coastline on both sides of the continent.

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The world is getting smaller

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Our range of destinations is reduced as required and this week I said a fond farewell to Buenos Aires , Argentina. Adios Argentina. Birding Argentina Buenos Aires Costanera SurYou may know by now that my beat as international birder is being pinched by re-allocation of routes from our DMARDS-dependent fleet to our cost-effective colleagues. This post will be a reflection on how much pleasure the city has given me and the posts that it has inspired.

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Chalk-browed Mockingbirds; Feeding time.

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It is spring in Argentina. Birds Argentina Buenos Aires Chalk-browed Mockingbird Costanera SurThis brood of three Chalk-browed Mockingbirds were waiting for a parent to return with food in the Costanera Sur Reserve by the Rio Plata in Buenos Aires. I concentrated my camera on the chick on the right which was best placed, but not best pleased when an adult delivered a food parcel to one of the other siblings.

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Guira Cuckoo

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Birds Argentina Buenos Aires Costanera Sur Guira CuckooYou could be forgiven for thinking that I only ever post about birds from Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires. The Guira Cuckoo will make an even dozen galleries from the reserve, but I surprise myself that it has taken this long. They are common and confiding birds that form small flocks and roost together in a cuckoo knot.

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Cafayete to Cachi – Fantastic scenery but few birds

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Continued from: Birding Calchaqui valleys in northern Argentina. Trips Birding Argentina Cachi Cafeyete Quebrada de Las Flechas We began our next leg with our final destination the mountain town of Cachi. Not far from Cafayete the road changed to a dirt road with lots of dust and almost no vehicles. Soon we picked up on the side of the road a female Ultramarine Grosebeak and what appear to be a juvenile Lesser Seed-Finch. Ultramarine Grosebeak Female. Lesser Seed-Finch.

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Spot-flanked Gallinule

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Birds Argentina Spot-flanked Gallinule The Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops is a common rallid of southern South America. It is easily seen and can be very approachable. These birds were seen as part of a 5-rallid morning on the promenade at Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires with this picture featuring 3 of them. The common name is self-explanatory while the latin name describes the dark marking of the head.

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Birding Santiago de Chile – Trip Report

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This is a continuation of Birding Argentina – Planning Stage. To be continued… Trips Argentina Santiago de Chile South America Farellones – Santiago de Chile. Since we could get cheaper air tickets going through Santiago de Chile we started at this location to pick up some specialties that can be picked up rather easily.

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Calilegua National Park Birding – Trip Report

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Trips Birding Argentina birding Calilegua Calilegua National Park Cream-backed Woodpecker Yellow-collared Macaw Calilegua National Park Birding – Trip Report. … continued from: Bird Watching Laguna del los Pozuelos. Driving to Calilegua National Park was not very difficult, apart from one wrong highway exit, we did not have any other troubles. From La Quiaca, near the border with Bolivia, to Calilegua it takes six hours so we arrived to Libertador General San Martin by 7 pm.

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Double-collared Seedeater

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This week my birdy buddy, Martin, joined me for a trip to Argentina and one of our first birds from the Costanera Sur Reserve was a male Double-collared Seedeater. Birds Argentina Buenos Aires Costanera Sur Double-collared SeedeaterMost of you will either know or have guessed, that I am in a privileged position that allows me to bird around the world and pass it off as work.

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Potrero de Yala – Lakes – Yungas Forest and Birds

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Trips Biridng Nortwest Argentina Potrero de Yala Provincial Park Red-faced Guan Rufous-throated Dipper Continued from: Birding Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. This is an important conservation area declared a Biosphere by UNESCO for its unique cloud forest ecosystem. This is a must stop by all birders interested in local specialties like Red-faced Guan and Rufous-throated Dipper. Getting to Yala turned out more difficult than we planned.

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Birdwatching Laguna de los Pozuelos – Trip Report

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Continued from: Birding Humauca and Abra Pampa – Northern Argentina Trip Report. After a goodnight sleep in a simple and clean hostal in Abra Pampa, we got up early so we could reach Laguna de Los Pozuelos at sunrise for a full day birding at one of the iconic places in Northern Argentina. It was one of the first lakes in Argentina to be included in the Ramsar list since 1992.

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Birding Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park

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Trips Argentina Cuesta del Obispo Los Cardones National Park South America Continued from: Cafayete to Cachi fantastic scenery but few birds. The morning arrived without a cloud in the sky and birds in our minds. After returning to the town of Cachi to get our patched tire, we drove east toward Los Cardones National Park. After driving for half and hour we arrived at Los Cardones and we still could see the Cachi Mountains on the west. Road to Los Cardones National Park.

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21 Polo Horses Die in Florida

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Authorities are looking in the deaths of 21 polo horses from Argentina. So far they have ruled out disease and are even looking into the possibility that they were deliberately killed. Yikes.

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Argentine Dog Saves Baby

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A dog in Argentina saved an abandoned baby. The baby, weighing 4kg (8lb 13oz), had some slight injuries, but no bite marks. The owner called the police and the child is now being looked after by the authorities, while a decision is taken about his future

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Save the Whales! Kill Some Gulls?

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Gulls in Argentina have learned to land on Southern Right Whales as the whales come to the surface to breathe. The gulls then peck at the whales’ backs, causing wounds from which the gulls feed. The solution? Kill the gulls. There has to be a better way to deal with this, no? Asides

Does Choco Screech-Owl Occur in Costa Rica?

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In any case, screech-owls are birds of the Megascops genus, small nocturnal owls found in wooded habitats from southern Alaska to northern Argentina. Screech-owls don’t actually screech. It’s true and yet that was the name they were given.

Leapin’ Grassquits, Sandy!

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Blue-black Grassquits are tiny birds, only four inches long, that are very common in subtropical savannah habitats from Mexico to Argentina.

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Marchesi Biscardo – Corvina della Provincia di Verona (2017)

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Except for a small planting in Argentina, the entire world crop of Corvina is grown in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, which includes the Verona Indicazione Geografica Tipica.

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Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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The first, A Guide to the Birdsong of South America , was released in 2015 and helped raise nearly $15,000 for a pair of non-profit environmental organizations in South America; Aves Argentinas and the Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco in Ecuador. Do you want to help endangered birds?

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Is the White-naped Xenopsaris Migratory? or The Limits of Citizen Science

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I wondered about whether that could be extrapolated for the region (Santa Fe) or even the whole southern part of its range (Argentina and Uruguay). And here’s what I found for Argentina… And for Santa Fe. At any rate let it be known to all readers here that the White-naped Xenopsaris is (probably) migratory in Argentina! That’s a question you’ve probably never asked yourself. There’s a decent chance you’ve never even heard of it before.

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Tussock Jumper: Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)

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King Penguins breed in Antarctica, the Falklands and a few other South Atlantic islands, and in Argentina and Chile, along that odd border between the two countries in Tierra del Fuego. This Cabernet Sauvignon hails from Argentina as well, though it’s from the Tulum Valley wine region near San Juan, over a thousand miles north of the King Penguin breeding grounds at the southern end of the continent.

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Angry Birds, What’s Black and White and Hungry All Over, and a Little Something for the Ladies: This Week in Bird News

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It’s a feeding frenzy in southern Argentina, as one million-plus Magellanic Penguins descend on Punta Tombo’s beaches due to an unusual glut of sardines and anchovies. If there’s one common theme to this week’s bird news items, it’s their collective bizarreness: The eagle has landed—on the drone, as France trains birds to take out drones that stray into restricted airspace.

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The Squirrel Cuckoo in Photos

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It is found mature humid forest in Amazonia, the humid foothill of the Andes, dry and deciduous forests, second growth, coffee plantations, and just about any type of standing forest from Mexico to Argentina. The Squirrel Cuckoo is the most common and widespread of all New World cuckoos. Wherever this cuckoo occurs, it never fails to be center of attention, even for those who don’t pay much attention to nature and birds. Photo: Christoph Diewald (Flickr).

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Collaborative List – September 2019 – (Red-letter version)

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However ticks from Argentina, Brazil, China and Mexico have pushed it to 3836. 10 Beats have been out in 9 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Serbia, China, Costa Rica, USA, UK, Italy and Mexico) and have shared 125 lists to account for 916 birds. The autumn is upon us. Southbound migrants are passing through in torrents. Are you getting any action? The beats have been ranging far and wide.

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

Swarovski NL Pure – the Sexiest Binoculars Ever

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Once at home, I looked at Wildfowl by Steve Madge and Hilary Burn, to quickly discover that I was watching the Chiloe Wigeon , indigenous to Chile and Argentina.

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The Andean Gull

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This gull inhabits the high Andean plateau of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina at elevations ranging from 3300 to 4400 m (10827 to 14436 feet). On the series “North American birds with Neotropical Counterparts”, this time I introduce the Andean Gull. Gulls are often referred as “seagulls” due to their general association to the sea or sea shores. The Andean Gull could not be further from this general association. It normally lives as far from the sea as can be.

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

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The more predictable of these is the Syrah (or Shiraz) variety, famous the world over thanks to its spread not only to Portugal, but much further afield to Australia, South Africa, Argentina, and other overseas wine regions.

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The Andean Avocet

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This is partly because it leaves at such high elevations (11,811 – 15,090 feet above sea level) along the high Andes of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. I am starting a series of posts where I introduce little known birds we can relate. These would be mostly Neotropical birds that have a North American counterpart most are familiar with. Today I introduce the cool Andean Avocet. The Andean Avocet is not a rare bird, but not a lot of folks have seen it.

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Red-legged Seriema

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Red-legged Seriema, Cariama cristata , can be seen in Brazil and Uruguay and overlap with the Black-legged Seriema in Northern Argentina and Paraguay. The first time I saw a Red-legged Seriema , I had no idea what it was. What family is it from? Where does it come from? How do I get to see one in the wild? I didn’t even know where to start.

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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migration corridors from Argentina in the Southern tip of South America to Canada. In the spring, key staging and stopover areas include Patagonia, Argentina; eastern and northern Brazil; the southeast United States; the Virginia barrier islands; and Delaware Bay. Additionally, about a third of knot habitat in the United States is still available for development, and winter and stopover habitats in the wintering grounds of Argentina and breeding grounds of sub?Arctic The U.S.

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Birding Chaco at JV Gonzles – Trip Report

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We had been birding the north-west side of Argentina for 7 days and drove more than 3,000 km. This was the first part of our birding trip to Argentina and it was coming to an end. Continued from: Calilegua National Park Birding Trip Report. We started our drive towards J.V Gonzales and decided to follow the locals advice and took the shorter route going through secondary roads. We used our GPS to guide us towards J.V Gonzales and had a nice but bumpy ride.

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves. It’s when Orange-crowned Warblers share the Goldenrod with lisping and chirping sparrows, when hardy Yellow-rumped Warblers dominate the Parulid scene.