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near GRACIA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3-4th January, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Gracias (about 700m altitude) was used as a base to visit the Celaque National Park. It was 7km from town to the park boundary which is as far as I went on the first day. This was a good walk and there were many birds in the farmland and patchy pine forests. On the second day I left in the early morning and walked into the park proper. On the lower slopes was good pine forest. Golden-cheeked warbler was seen in pine forest in a mixed-species flock about 1,640m. Higher up, the habitat changes to evergreen forest and finally great cloud forest by the second campsite called El Naranjo at 2,560m. Quetzals had been seen here the previous day but I didn't see any. I do not recommend doing it in a day trip from Gracias. I climbed up about 1,800m and was exhausted. There is a basic dormitory at the park HQ at 1300m (bring a sleeping bag). Camping at one of the campsites (2,050m or 2,560m) would mean getting to good habitat early in the morning. Entry and accomodation fees are payable at a house on the way up from Gracias. More time at higher altitudes should produce many more cloud forest species. I saw 56 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen 

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse