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Monterrico and Parque Hawaii, November 2006 ,
50; in 1 day (no guide)
50; 1 day high tally
*** I was a bit disappointed with Monterrico and Parque Hawaii. The countless hectares of sugarcane on the drive in were nearly devoid of birds. The mangroves and sea offer a great chance though to pick us some extra species. Get a kayak, you’ll want it.
A trail system wasn’t really developed that we could tell. We birded the roads and beach while on land. There was a nice mangrove kayak/canoe tour though.
Far southeastern Guatemala. The Parque leads right out into the Pacific.
How Do I get there:
There are several buses going into Monterrico from Puerto San Jose. Escuintla, a major hub, is 2 1/2 hrs by bus. There are also direct shuttles from Antigua and Guatemala City. You could also probably take a rent-a-car .
We stayed at the ARCAS—Monterrico Turtle station which was about $8 a night in a bunkhouse with mosquito nets with a commitment to hike 8km a night looking for eggs, minimum 1 week stay (negotiable). As far as I know, not much else in the vicinity of Parque Hawaii besides this though.
Note: Monterrico is at least 8km away from Parque Hawaii!Monterrico has a variety of cheap and nice places to stay.
What to bring:
Good flashlight/headlamp, You’ll want it when you’re hiking the beaches at night.
Food, they make a community meal at the ARCAS bunkhouse that they take turns cooking .
Mosquito spray and sun screen.
Kayak and dry bag, we got our kayak from ARCAS and we brought our dry bags.
1. Neotropical Cormorant Phalacocorax brasilianus
2. Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
3. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
4. Brown Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
5. Great Egret Ardea alba
6. Snowy Egret Garza Nivea
7. Green Heron Garza Verde
8. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
9. Yellow-crowned Night-heron Nyctanassa violacea
10. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
12. Turkey Vulture Carthartes aura
13. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
14. Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus
15. Mangrove Black Hawk Buteogallus sutilis
16. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
17. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
18. Merlin Falco columbarius
19. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
20. Grey-necked Wood-rail Aramides cajanea
21. Black Tern Chlidonias niger
22. Royal Tern Sterna maxima
23. Ruddy Ground-dove Columbina talpacoti
24. Plain-breasted Ground-dove Columbina minuta
25. Inca Dove Columbina inca
26. White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
27. Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
28. Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor
29. Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
30. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
31. Pacific Screech-owl Otus cooperi
32. Common Paraque Nyctridromus albicollis
33. Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle Americana
34. Pygmy Kingfisher Chloroceryle aenea
35. Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
36. Great Kiskadee Piangus sulphuratus
37. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
38. Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
39. Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
40. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
41. Mangrove Swallow Tachycineta albilinea
42, Rufous-naped Wren Campylorhynchus rufinucha
43. Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrine
44. Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
45. Mangrove (yellow) arbler Dendroica erithachorides
46. Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
47. Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
48. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
49. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
50. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
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