Saturday, September 15, 2007

Daytrip to Juliaca 14.09.07

I had a job related trip Arequipa – Juliaca - Arequipa yesterday. I stopped and did some birding at suitable sites, mostly looking for Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, and yes, I found at last one at a bog close to the highest point at the road “Cruce Alto” at 4528 m. I did not look especially after passerines, so there are not many of them on the trip list. I took all pictures between 3500 and 4500 m.

White-tufted Grebe 2, Night Heron 3, Little-blue Heron 1, Puna Ibis 40+, Andean Ibis 2, Chilean Flamingo 60+, Andean Goose 12, Crested Duck 2, Speckled Teal 50+, Puna Teal 10+, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle 2, Cinereous Harrier 1, Puna (Variable) Hawk 1, Mountain Caracara 40+, American Kestrel 10+, Common Moorhen 3, Andean Coot 100+, Andean Lapwing 20+, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover 1+, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Sandpiper sp. 4, Puna Snipe 1, Wilson’s Phalarope 200+, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe 7, Andean Gull 20+, Rock Dove, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Andean Flicker 6, Common Miner, Plain-breasted Earthceeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant, Andean Negrito, Blue-and-white Swallow, Andean Swallow, House Wren, Chiguanco Thrush, Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Black Sisikin.

A couple of Andean Goose (and one Andean Gull) at a frozen bog.

Mountain Caracaras having a party (left), and immature Mountain Caracara (right)

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