Birding the Americas Trip Report
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Return to the South
12 - 17 March 2003
by Joseph Thompson
Venezuela, long popular with birders, has seen a marked decrease in tourism
following the 2 month general strike in late 2002. This report briefly
details a trip I undertook to Henri Pittier National Park in March, and I
am pleased to report that I encountered no problems of any kind.
The people remain extremely friendly and welcoming, there were no problems
whatsoever at police checkpoints, and gasoline was plentiful in all locations
that I visited.
Mar 12: arrive Caracas and overnight.
Mar 13-15: H. Pittier NP, staying in El Limon on the outskirts of Maracay,
close to H. Pittier. We stayed at an excellent inn called 'Posada El
Limon', owned by the enthusiastic and welcoming Bernardo von der Hock.
This inn is used to catering to birders and can arrange early breakfasts,
etc. Tel: (58)-(0243)- 2834925. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.posadaellimon.com Accepts credit cards.
Mar. 16: Ocumare: Cumbato Rd.
Mar. 17: Colonia Tovar (afternoon)
Mar. 18 departure for US
Logistics and Guide: Chris Sharpe, a British expat who
has lived in Venezuela for 13 years, has a well deserved reputation as an
excellent guide who is both personable and knowledgeable. He has made
numerous contributions to Venezuelan ornithology and contributed significantly
to Mary Lou Goodwin's recent site guide to Venezuela. He leads for
major tour companies, but is also available for private tours. He also
arranged our accomodation, and we utilized his 4-WD for transport.
Significant bird records by site (HO=Heard Only):
1) Rancho Grande, H. Pittier NP; 1050-1700
views on 2 diff. Days
Lined Quail-Dove (HO)
Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (HO)
close to research station entrance
Short-tailed Nighthawk ssp. schaferi
heliconias behind station
Crested Spinetail---building nest
at Research Station
sightings, including once from road near Research Station
2) Choroni Rd., 1350-1530m:
Scalloped Antthrush---seen well,
a spontaneously calling bird that responded well to tape
Black and White Becard---one male
3) Cumboto Rd., Ocumare, 30m
Buffy Hummingbird (actually seen
on hillside opposite Cata hi-rise condominiums)
Northern White-fringed Antwren
Glaucous Tanager (actually in
Cata residential area)
4) El Limon/lower Ocumare Rd. area; 500-600m
Rufous vented Chachalaca
5) Colonia Tovar: Cortada de Maya Rd.; 2070m
Green-tailed Emerald----1 male and 2
females of this species were seen at 1600m on the road from La Victoria to
Colonia Tovar, feeding on flowering mimosas.
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