VOLCAN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (24th February, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

A series of lakes surrounded by nice woodland are found about 4km from the centre of Volcan. From the main junction in town, head towards Rio Sereno and take the 3rd turning on the left. The 4th and 5th streets will also take you there. Go straight and turn left at the Elsa Supermarket. Then follow the road along. There is a left curve after a while. The road eventually meets the airport runway. Cross over this and continue until you reach the forest. Go right where the road forks. Several trails go down to the water’s edge. Masked Duck can occasional be seen on the lake, although I didn't find it. I saw 69 species including 4 lifers 

Species seen

  • Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Green Heron Butorides virescens
  • Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Spotted Wood-Quail ? Odontophorus guttatus
  • Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • American Coot Fulica americana
  • Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa
  • Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Scaled Pigeon Patagioenas speciosa
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Vaux's Swift ? Chaetura vauxi
  • White-tailed Emerald Elvira chionura
  • Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Saucerottia edward
  • Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Olivaceous Piculet Picumnus olivaceus
  • Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
  • Slaty Spinetail Synallaxis brachyura
  • Red-faced Spinetail Cranioleuca erythrops
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Dusky Antbird ? Cercomacra tyrannina
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • Lesser Elaenia Elaenia chiriquensis
  • Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  • Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia
  • Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  • Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse