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July 3, 2018

Northern Colombia Birding

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Santa Marta Museum

This morning I caught the bus from Cartagena to Baranquilla, then changed to a bus to Santa Marta. After a dinner of fish, I found my hostel, had a shower and a lie down, then proceeded to explore my surroundings. There were heaps of Red-crowned Woodpeckers and Grayish Saltators just in the street outside.

red-crowned woodpecker
red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)

After a few photos, I sussed out the busses up the road, then went across the roundabout to have a look at some scrub. It turned out to be the grounds of a museum.
“The red-crowned woodpecker is a resident breeding bird from southwestern Costa Rica south to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and Tobago. This woodpecker occurs in forests and semi-open woodland and cultivation.” (wiki)

Yellow-crowned Parrot
Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala)

This Yellow-crowned Parrot was just sitting up in a tree chilling out. All by his lonesome.

Yellow Oriole
Yellow Oriole ( Icterus nigrogularis)

And I was very surprised to see this Yellow Oriole. I have seen so many orioles in Central America. I am not sure if I have seen them all.

Russet-throated Puffbird
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)

This Russet-throated Puffbird just jumped on a branch right in front of me so I had to take his photo.

Bicolored Wren
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)

And another wren. I have not seen that many wrens to be honest.

iguana
Iguana

This iguana was really creepy looking.

Santa Marta bird list

red-crowned woodpecker (Melanerpes rubricapillus)
Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala)
Yellow Oriole ( Icterus nigrogularis)
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)
Bicolored Wren (Campylorhynchus griseus)
greyish saltator (Saltator coerulescens)
Brown-throated Parakeet
Tropical Kingbird
Great-tailed Grackle
yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima)

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