News - May 2014

What birds are expected to arrive? More birds have been added to the list. Clic on Winter birds and you will see the list

Limpkin
Aramus guarauna
13-08-16 © Cora Rimoldi
Last day of the month with the reserve closed (at least during the morning). The walk along the outer sidewalk brought this surprise
Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps
31-05-14 © Cora Rimoldi
Rather far from the camera the pied-billed grebe also showed up. Only the dive and disappeared
Yellow-winged Blackbird
Agelasticus thilius
31-05-14 © Cora Rimoldi
Male and female of a small flock of 10.
Campo Flicker
Colaptes campestris
31-05-14 © Cora Rimoldi
Boulevard across the reserve

Banded Longwing
Heliconius erato phyllis
Almendra común/Banded Longwing© Nicolás Giorgio In this individual which is lapping lantana
Lantana camarawe can see that the red spot on the dorsal side has a different tone on the ventral one. CR
A few butterflies to close May
Thoas Swallowtail
Heraclides thoas thoantiades
Limonera grande/Thoas Swallowtail© Gustavo F. Brahamian
Mexican Silverspot
Dione moneta
Moneta/Mexican Silverspot© J. Simón Tagtachian
Southern Buckeye
Junonia genoveva hilaris
Cuatro ojos común/Southern BuckeyeFemale brown, male blue © Nicolás Giorgio
Painted Turtle
Trachenys scripta dorbignyi
Tortuga pintada/Painted Turtle© Nicolás Giorgio

Camuati Wasp
Polybia scutellaris
Camuati Wasp
14-05-14 © Nicolás Giorgio

Camuati Wasp
Polybia scutellaris
Camuati Wasp
14-05-14 © Nicolás Giorgio

Ultramarine Grosbeak
Cyanoloxia brissonii
Ultramarine Grosbeak
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Ultramarine Grosbeak
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian



New butterfly species: Banded Longwing
Heliconius erato phyllis
Almendra común/Banded Longwing© J. Simón Tagtachian

White-tipped Dove
Leptotila verreauxi
White-tipped Dove
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Southern Caracara
Caracara plancus
Southern Caracara
24-05-14 © Victoria Mansilla
Hepatic Tanager
Piranga flava
Hepatic Tanager
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Picui Ground Dove
Columbina picui
Picui Ground Dove
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Roadside Hawk
Rupornis magnirostris
Roadside Hawk
24-05-14 © Dolores Fernández
Golden-crowned Warbler
Basileuterus culicivorus
Golden-crowned Warbler
03-05-14 © Claudia y Tito Di Mauro
Nenday Parakeet
Aratinga nenday
Nenday Parakeet
24-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian
Campo Flicker
Colaptes campestris
Campo Flicker
24-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Spot-flanked Gallinule
Gallinula melanops
Spot-flanked Gallinule
24-05-14 © Sergio Cusano
Works in the Coypu Pond Obras/Works Obras/Works© Gustavo F Brahamian The work in the pond advances slowly but steadily. The spot of water widens and in some sectors it reaches the opposite edge. Unluckily it is not the same for Viamonte Canal, where no movement is seen. The Viamonte Canal is the access for the water coming from the river. If there is no pumping the future of the Coypu Pond will depend on the climatic conditions. A measuring rod has been placed in the pond. It marked 70 cm on 24th of May

Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
Knipolegus cyanirostris
Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Vista en el Camino del Medio cerca de la costa
Yellow-browed Tyrant
Satrapa icterophrys
Yellow-browed Tyrant
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

Seen at the Coypu Pond

Hepatic Tanager
Piranga flava
Hepatic Tanager
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Sayaca Tanager
Thraupis sayaca
Sayaca Tanager
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Nenday Parakeet
Aratinga nenday
Nenday Parakeet
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

They seemed to be eating in the puddle and something scared them away

Wren-like Rushbird
Phleocryptes melanops
Wren-like Rushbird
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
Tigrisoma lineatum
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Rufescent Tiger-Heron
17-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

The tiger-herons were eating keeping distance from each other in the coast of the river. All of a sudden a young flew next to the other. They made some displays and each attended to his own buisness.

Pseudoautomeris grammivora caterpillar Pseudoautomeris grammivora Pseudoautomeris grammivora© Flor

Rufous-sided Crake
Laterallus melanophaius
Rufous-sided Crake
09-05-14 © Claudia y Diego Bastías
Works at Coypu Pond Obras/Works Obras/Works© Marcelo Castro

Machines keep removing cattails from the pond

© Rodolfo Pani


Rosy-billed Pochard
Netta peposaca
Rosy-billed Pochard
17-05-14 © Ana Palatnik
White-tufted Grebe
Rollandia rolland
White-tufted Grebe
17-05-14 © Ana Palatnik
Great Pampa-Finch
Embernagra platensis
Great Pampa-Finch
14-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
American Kestrel
10-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

The grey coverts are not seen here. Nevertheless, this is a male. The design of the tail and the underparts are two good clues to differentiate it from the female. The male's tail is rufous with a wide black band and white tip. That of the female's is rufous but with fine black bars. The male's underparts has black speckles and the female's has brown streaks

Spix's Spinetail
Synallaxis spixi
Spix's Spinetail
10-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Giant Wood-Rail
Aramides ypecaha
Giant Wood-Rail
10-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian

A bad sign On Saturday at midday Simón and Emilio witnessed a very a sad event. As no more water was pumped into the Canal Viamonte the canal was slowly getting dry and destroying everything that had been gained during these monthes. Unluckily fish were stuck in a small pool of water and struggled for life. They informed the personnel so that they could act accordingly. Ver material de J. Simón Tagtachian On Tuesday Simón went back to the area and saw there were clear signs something had been done. Most fish had been removed but for a few dead ones.
New Moth species:
Philoros affinis
Philoros affrinis© Claudia y Tito Di Mauro
New butterfly species: Poltys Satyr
Parypthimoides poltys
Ocelada doble línea/Poltys Satyr© Victoria Mansilla
Remus Greenstreak
Cyanophrys remus
Frotadora esmeralda coluda/Remus GreenstreakLycaenidae, the family this greenstreak belongs to, lay only one egg at a time. © Victoria Mansilla
Butterflies in May
Julia
Dryas iulia alcionea
Julia/Julia© J. Simón Tagtachian
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon bazochii
Frotadora enana/Lantana Scrub-HairstreakHembra © J. Simón Tagtachian
Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis senna marcellina
Azufrada común/Cloudless Sulphur© J. Simón Tagtachian
Ithra Crescent
Ortilia ithra
Bataraza/Ithra Crescent© J. Simón Tagtachian
Fawn-spotted Skipper
Cymaenes odilia
Hierbera común/Fawn-spotted Skipper© Victoria Mansilla
Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae maculosa
Espejitos/Gulf Fritillary© Nicolás Giorgio
Southamerican Lady
Vanessa braziliensis
Dama pintada/Southamerican Lady© Victoria Mansilla
Chilean Lady
Vanessa carye
Dama manchada/Chilean Lady© Sergio Cusano
Bella Mapwing
Hypanartia bella
Bellísima común/Bella Mapwing© J. Simón Tagtachian
Lyssipoides Metalmark
Riodina lyssipoides
Danzarina chica/Lyssipoides Metalmark© Nicolás Giorgio
Monarch
Danaus erippus
Monarca/Monarch© Victoria Mansilla
Common Yellow
Eurema deva
Limoncito común/Common Yellow© J. Simón Tagtachian
White-patched Duskywing
Chiomara autander autander
Emparchada/White-patched Duskywing© J. Simón Tagtachian
Whirlabout
Polites vibex catilina
Saltarina parda/Whirlabout© Victoria Mansilla
Common Lazy
Actinote pellenea
Perezosa común/Common Lazy© Victoria Mansilla
Canna Skipper
Quinta cannae
Enrolladora común/Canna Skipper© Victoria Mansilla
Monarch
Danaus erippus
Monarca/MonarchIt was born with few scales © J. Simón Tagtachian
Common Lazy
Actinote pellenea
Perezosa común/Common LazyAberration © J. Simón Tagtachian
Mexican Silverspot
Dione moneta
Moneta/Mexican Silverspot© Gustavo F. Brahamian
Southern Buckeye
Junonia genoveva hilaris
Cuatro ojos común/Southern Buckeye© J. Simón Tagtachian
Two caterpillars
Leucanella
Leucanella viridiscens
Leucanella/Leucanella viridiscensLast month we saw this caterpillar eating leaves of the Cockspur Tree
Erythrina crista-galli. On this occasion it is the turn of the Castor oil plant
Ricinus communis © Claudia y Tito Di Mauro
Rothschildia
Rothschildia jacobaea
Rothschildia jacobaea© Claudia y Tito Di Mauro Rothschildia jacobaea© Nicolás Giorgio

Bumblebee
Bombus sp.
Bumblebee
03-05-14 © Claudia y Tito Di Mauro
Tomato stink bug
Arvelius albopunctatus
Tomato stink bug
26-04-14 © Dolores Fernández
Leaf beetle
Spintherophyta sp.
Leaf beetle
12-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian
Lace Bug
Corythaica sp
Lace Bug
26-04-14 © Dolores Fernández
Hoverfly
Toxomerus politus
Hoverfly
12-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian
Orb weaver
Araneus sp.
Orb weaver
04-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian
Giant crab spider
Polybetes phitagoricus
Giant crab spider
03-05-14 © Claudia y Tito Di Mauro

Scarlet-headed Blackbird
Amblyramphus holosericeus
Scarlet-headed Blackbird
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Harris's Hawk
Parabuteo unicinctus
Harris's Hawk
03-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian
Harris's Hawk
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

Remains of a Brazilian Guinea pig

Sayaca Tanager
Thraupis sayaca
Sayaca Tanager
03-05-14 © Elsa y Guillermo Marcaida
Green-winged Saltator
Saltator similis
Green-winged Saltator
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Pipraeidea bonariensis
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
03-05-14 © Claudia y Tito Di Mauro
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
08-05-14 © Nicolás Giorgio
Solitary Black Cacique
Cacicus solitarius
Solitary Black Cacique
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Picui Ground Dove
Columbina picui
Picui Ground Dove
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
White-lined Tanager
Tachyphonus rufus
White-lined Tanager
03-05-14 © Sergio Cusano
White-lined Tanager
Tachyphonus rufus
White-lined Tanager
03-05-14 © Elsa y Guillermo Marcaida
White-lined Tanager
Tachyphonus rufus
White-lined Tanager
03-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian

World Migratory Bird Day - May, 10th and 11th On the the second weekend each May the World Migratory Bird Day takes place. This event has the objective to raise awareness about birds and the need to preserve their habitats. The theme chosen for this occasion "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Toursim links sustainable tourism and birdwatching as a harmonic solution both to preserve migratory birds and their habitats and as a way to develop the involved communities. Festivals, exhibitions, watching trips and educational events will be held worlwide. In Costanera Fundación de la Tierra invites kids Flyer Día de las aves con dire

Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
Knipolegus cyanirostris
Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian

This male was spotted by Emilio in the Middle Path near the coast. 

Tropical Screech-Owl
Megascops choliba
Tropical Screech-Owl
03-05-14 © Sergio Cusano
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
Brotogeris chiriri
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
White-banded Mockingbird
Mimus triurus
White-banded Mockingbird
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Coscoroba Swan
Coscoroba coscoroba
Coscoroba Swan
03-05-14 © J. Simón Tagtachian
Solitary Black Cacique
Cacicus solitarius
Solitary Black Cacique
03-05-14 © Dolores Fernández
Great Kiskadee
Pitangus sulphuratus
Great Kiskadee
03-05-14 © Gustavo F. Brahamian