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Argentina Buenos Aires province 21-25 October 2000,
Argentina Buenos Aires province Oct. 2000
On the way back from his Bolivia trip, John van der Woude made a short excursion into the Buenos Aires province, an area of grasslands and wetlands. This is a summary of the full report at http://johnbirding.wolweb.nl. There you will also find photos of the scenery of the birding sites, and a map.
During a 5-day stopover on our flight from Bolivia (see report) back to Europe, we birded in Buenos Aires province. This province has some well-known birding sites, mainly at or near the coast. Here we added 68 species, passerines as much as non-passerines, to the list of the whole trip, although we had already seen quite some pampas species in the Bolivian lowlands.
The itinerary was:
Sat. 21: Costanero Sur reserve near B. Aires, then
on to Magdalena
Sun. 22: Atalaya site near Magdalena, then on to San Clemente
Mon. 23: Punta Rasa and other sites near San Clemente
Tue. 24: seabirds, and same as 23
Thu. 25: seabirds, and slowly back to B. Aires, for evening flight back to Madrid
Species highlights were:
Spotted Nothura, Greater Rhea, Great Grebe, Black-browed Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Manx Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-petrel, Stripe-backed Bittern, Southern Screamer, Lake Duck [Argentine Blue-bill], Black-necked Swan, Coscoroba Swan, Chiloe (Southern) Wigeon, Red Shoveler, Rosy-billed Pochard [Rosybill], Black-headed Duck, Cinereous Harrier, Chimango Caracara, Giant Wood-rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule, White-winged Coot, Red-gartered Coot, Red-fronted Coot, South American Snipe, Hudsonian Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pomarine Skua, Olrog's Gull, Brown-hooded Gull, Cayenne Tern, Snowy-crowned Tern, Monk Parakeet, White-throated Hummingbird, Checkered Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Tufted Tit-spinetail, Hudson's Canastero, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Bay-capped Wren-spinetail, Wren-like Rushbird, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Firewood-gatherer, Sooty Tyrannulet, Many-coloured Rush-tyrant, Warbling Doradito, Spectacled Tyrant, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Correndera Pipit, Masked Gnatcatcher, Long-tailed Reed-finch, Black-and-rufous Warbling-finch, Black-capped Warbling-finch, Brown-yellow Marshbird, Scarlet-headed Blackbird.
For more details see the full report.