CHITRE (near) (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (10th March, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This site is about 7km from Chitre and accessed very easily by regular buses. The bus has Aguilito in big letters on the front and should leave from the terminal but also should pass through the town. It passes the airport where Yellow Pipit has been seen but I couldn't find it. When I went to Aguilito it was low tide and the sea was very distant. I still managed to see a good variety of waders and other water birds. There are also some mangroves north from the beach and also supposedly salt pans which I didn't manage to find. I actually walked to the beach and saw some good birds like Yellow-crowned Parrot, Spotted Bobwhite and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl in the fields and scrub west of town. I saw 45 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  • White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Mangrove Black-Hawk Buteogallus subtilis
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Crested Bobwhite Colinus cristatus
  • American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  • Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  • Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Brown-throated Parakeet Aratinga pertinax
  • Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
  • Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis
  • Yellow-crowned Parrot Amazona ochrocephala
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia ? Elaenia flavogaster
  • Panama Flycatcher Myiarchus panamensis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse