September 1-7, 2008
Trip Report and Trip List
In short, Cayaya Birding
adapted its Pacific Slope Highland Endemics Tour to us.
Other Perspectives on Species Already Showcased Above:
A Sampling of Other Bird Species Sighted:
that nevertheless offer evidence that we saw these birds.
We saw these birds well through our guide's scope.
Multiple Avian Species in the Same Frame:
- The Yellow-winged Tanager was common but I only saw it in all its glory through the scope. I remember several moving around in the dark center of a very tall palm tree, for instance.
- The Blue-throated Motmot is endemic to Northern Central America. Its habitat is forest above 1800m. Its tail lacks raquet tips.
- The Ornate Hawk-Eagle was my personal favorite bird of the trip.
Places and Things:
- The Guatemalan flag features the Resplendant Quetzal, the national bird.
My own hypothesis for the significance of the bracketing blue is that Guatemala spans Central America from coast to coast.
The flag mentions Independence on September 15, 1821. When we were in Guatemala we saw a school band practicing for
the upcoming Independence Day parade.
- The Quetzal is the national currency.
- School mural. The Horned Guan that we did not have
the stamina to hike to at Los
Tarrales is on the left. In the center is the Emerald Toucanet that we did see, and between the two,
the Quetzal, which we saw
in Costa Rica before the advent of digital cameras. I memorialized our sighting on our
1991 Christmas Card.
- Observation tower
in the forest near Guatemala City where we had the Golden-browed warbler.
- A volcano, on the slopes of which live the Horned Guans.
- Thatched roof
from the inside of the restaurant on the shores of Lake Atitlan, near Santiago.
- Thatched cabin on the restaurant's grounds.
- Church dating from 1547, in Santiago, a town we visited on market day.
- Baroque Church in Antigua Guatemala.
- The Cathedral in Antigua Guatemala, the former capital. The current capital is Guatemala City.
- Antigua Guatemala. Centuries ago that arch was used by cloistered nuns to cross the street to their other building.
- The university was founded in 1675.
- Signs at a Los Tarrales were beautifully done.
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