VALPARAISO (near) (Compass)

 Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (8th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Con Con was an excellent birding area within easy reach of Valparaiso. A direct buses drops you at the bridge. The river mouth and estuary had a number of wading species as well as large flock of Black Skimmers. From the bridge walk north along the road until a train track crosses the road. Turn left onto this track and follow it along for several km. It passes 2 small lakes on the right with a few ducks and wader. Further on it passes through heathland where Austral Negrito was seen. Eventually you cross a bridge over a river with excellent birding. Left to the river mouth were fair numbers of waders and right were reed beds with large numbers of ducks. Quintero was reached from Con Con by taking another bus north. From the bus terminal, walk out to Punta Liles which is supposedly good for sea-watching. We saw few birds and also failed to see Humbolts Penguin which has been seen in the bay. I saw 56 species. 

Species seen 

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
  • Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
  • Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  • Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
  • Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops
  • White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera
  • Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
  • Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons
  • Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Surfbird Aphriza virgata
  • Gray Gull Larus modestus
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
  • Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  • Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
  • Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara
  • Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
  • Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa
  • Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca Endemic
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelaius thilius
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse