Fasciated tiger-heron

Bird of the Day – Fasciated Tiger-heron

This was the first photograph taken of a Fasciated Tiger-heron here in San Antonio (courtesy of Gonzalo Porras)

This was the first photograph taken of a Fasciated Tiger-heron here in San Antonio (courtesy of Gonzalo Porras)

Yes, the Fasciated Tiger-heron is definitely a permanent fixture down on Quebrada La Loca. It may have always been there, but Chalo Porras documented it photographically for the first time last year. It’s not always easy to find, and so, on a very rainy day this week an adult bird looking exactly like the one in Chalo’s photo becomes my Bird of the Day. As before, it flew up into a tree to hide when I approached. The day was not without other interest. The forest patch at don Martin’s is much depleted because ground cover has been removed and the recent rains have toppled several trees. The White-breasted Wood-wren was absent, perhaps because of the lack of ground cover, but the resident Golden-crowned Warblers were still there.  I could hear the rattle of a White-throated Crake off in a wet field behind don Luis Poveda’s cabin. Another candidate for Bird of the Day was a vibrant male Golden-winged warbler, fluttering just a few feet from the front window at home. Our guayabos also yielded a nice Golden-olive Woodpecker plus the first Yellow-throated vireo in quite a while. Here, courtesy of Richard Garrigues, is a great shot of aforesaid species of woodpecker, now perhaps the one that occurs most regularly here at home:

The white cheeks of the Golden-olive woodpecker are distinctive

The white cheeks of the Golden-olive woodpecker are distinctive

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