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September 13, 2010

Birding at Arroyo Esquel

Filed under: South America — Tags: , , — admin @ 2:18 am

Arroyo Esquel Birding.

This morning I took off birding instead of skiing. I thought it might have been too icy up the mountain but it turned out all right. But anyway, I had a great day photographing birds and found lots of new ones. As soon as I crossed the street I spotted a Shiny Cowbird up in a tree near a house. I then walked along the train line to the Arroyo Esquel and headed up-stream. There were a couple of Teros at the start and also an Eared Dove having a feed on the grass.

Further up the creek, I spotted some Teros hassling a pair of Brown-hooded Gulls and about 3 Speckled Teals. The Spanish name for the Speckled Teal is Pato Barcino.

Speckled Teal
Speckled Teal (Anas flavirostris)

I went further up the valley and followed some birds up the hill where I spotted a few Long-tailed Meadowlarks. Their Spanish name is Loica Común.

Long-tailed Meadowlark
Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca)

I think this one is a young bird or a female.

Long-tailed Meadowlark
Long-tailed Meadowlark

There was a Grey-hooded Sierra-finch up the hill as well. The Spanish name for them is Comesebo Andino.

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch
Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus gayi) .

I think this bird is a House Wren, but I am not really positive about it. The Spanish name is Ratona Común.

House Wren
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Here is a Chilean Flicker and the spanish name is Carpintero Pitio. It is funny how the woodpeckers are called Carpinteros which means carpenter. I guess it makes sense, because they are both working on the wood.

Chilean Flicker
Chilean Flicker (Colaptes pitius)

There were a few Austral Thrush up the hill as well. I came down and followed the creek back to the road and then followed the train line for a while until I spotted an American Kestrel flying past.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

He flew past and settled on the top of a branch. The spanish name for the American Kestrel is Halconcito Colorado.

American Kestrel
Haloncito Colorado

I managed to slowly walk up to him and he did not get spooked at all.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

And at the end of my walk a flock of about ten Black-chinned Siskin flew out of the bushes next to the train track and settled on a bunch of bushes. The spanish name for them is Cabecitanegra Austral.

Black-chinned Siskin
Black-skinned Siskin(Carduelis barbata)

Arroyo Esquel bird list 12/9/2010

Shiny Cowbird
Eared Dove
Speckled Teal
Southern Lapwing
Brown-hooded Gull
Long-tailed Meadowlark
Gray-hooded Sierra-finch
House Wren
Chilean Flicker
Austral Thrush
American Kestrel
Black-chinned Siskin


  1. Lovely images Steve. The Kestrel looks beautiful!

    Comment by Mark Young — September 13, 2010 @ 2:50 am

  2. thanks mark.

    yeah i love the kestrel too. very similar to our nankeen kestrel.


    Comment by admin — September 13, 2010 @ 3:26 am

  3. sounds like you’re having a great time Steve. We passed thru Esquel on our way to Coyhaigue and a walk in Cerro Castillo.
    We loved Bariloche; but you’re right , it was expensive.

    Comment by Jim Happ — September 17, 2010 @ 5:35 am

  4. Yep, the season is drawing to a close. will be heading north soonish.


    Comment by admin — September 17, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  5. What a wonderful day’s birding, and fantastic images. Love the kestrels, and that first medowlark image looks like a painting.

    Comment by Marj Kibby — September 18, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

  6. thanks marj..


    Comment by admin — September 19, 2010 @ 1:21 am

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