La Mesa and Cara Iguana

27 June 2012  – La Mesa and Cara Iguana

La Mesa, above El Valle, was a gorgeous morning and perhaps our favorite destination in the immediate El Valle area. We had our first Silver-throated Tanagers which, while not rare, were still one of the most beautiful birds of the trip and, among Tanagers, second only to the Speckled Tanager for us. We had our only Plain Antvireo, Orange-bellied Trogon and Barred Hawk of the trip, along with Tawny-crested Tanager, Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, and Black Hawk-Eagle.

Tody Motmot

Tody Motmot

Our afternoon at Cara Iguana was a little slower and was a bit of a residential neighborhood, perhaps not as scenic as other destinations, though a Rufous-and-white Wren was beautiful and the highlight was certainly a pair of Tody Motmot that we were able to watch for an extended period as they sat and wagged their tails side to side (tic-tock, tick-tock). A terrific experience and another highlight of the trip for certain.

For a complete list of species seen, see our eBird report for La Mesa and Cara Iguana

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