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Best Time for visit (3rd May, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

San Gabriel is fairly easily reached from Santiago by public transport. Take Line 5 (the green line) to Bellavista de la Florida (340 pesos off peak). Next to the Metro station is the Metrobus station. Take Metrobus (sky blue colour) number 72 to San Jose del Maipo (700 pesos). From there take another bus or colectivo (1000 pesos) further along to San Gabriel. From here walk along the river past where the Rio Yeso and Rio Volcan join. After a km or so there is a left turn signed to Embalse El Yeso. The best birding along this road is after about 3-4km. Andean Condors were easily seen and Crag Chilia seen hopping on rocks just before a group of buildings. Diademed Sandpiper-Plover can apparently be seen past the reservoir but very few cars pass along the road during the week and hitching seemed difficult. It may be more possible to hitch up there at the weekend. I saw 17 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
  • Andean Condor Vultur gryphus Near-threatened
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis See on way El Yeso
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced species
  • Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius
  • Crag Chilia Chilia melanura Endemic
  • Dark-bellied Cinclodes ? Cinclodes patagonicus
  • Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius Endemic
  • Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca Endemic
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch ? Phrygilus gayi
  • Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse