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April 12, 2018

Guatemala Lake Atitlan 1

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Panajachel, Lago Atitlan. Guatemala.

Day one in Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. I got here about mid-day from Xela. I caught three chicken buses which were quite good. No crowding or smelly chickens. It only took me about three hours to get here.

Black-capped Swallow
Black-capped Swallow (Atticora pileata)

In the afternoon I walked down to the lake to see if there were any birds about. I am staying by the river so it is pretty close to the lake shore. First up I saw a whole bunch of Black-capped Swallows perching on the wires above the sewerage treatment works.

Black-vented Oriole
Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri)

I saw this new Oriole in the tree next door. I keep finding new species of Orioles. There must be hundreds of them.

American Coot
American Coot (Fulica americana)

The only birds on the lake were the American Coots. No ducks, nothing. The spanish name for American Coot is Gallareta Americana.

Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

I could not identify this Black Phoebe at first because I thought it had too much rufous colouring in it. But I was wrong, again!

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

There was one solitary wader by the shore. The spanish name for Spotted Sandpiper is Playero Alzacolita. I think it had its breeding plumage happening. Last time I saw one of these was in Campeche, Mexico. By this time the wind was getting up and it started to rain. So I high-tailed it back home.

Tennessee  Warbler
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)

Back at the house, I saw this Tennessee Warbler in the trees.

Panajachel Bird List

Black-capped Swallow (Atticora pileata)
Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri)
American Coot – Gallareta Americana (Fulica americana)
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Spotted Sandpiper – Playero Alzacolita (Actitis macularius)
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
White-winged Dove
Great-tailed Grackle
House Sparrow

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