domingo, 28 de agosto de 2011

Getting Back on Birding ( Resume after Hurricanes Irene)

A week after Hurricane Irene passed through the island I'm back. I'll try to summarize what happened on the island ah after the hurricane.

Although was heading as a tropical storm in the course of entering the island was developed as a hurricane category one. The northwest and west of the island did not suffered the onslaught of much wind.. But the east and northeast of the island suffered a lot. Many roads were impassable, either due to flooding as fallen trees and landslides. About 600,000 people were without electricity, now has nearly restored throughout the island. Heavy rains caused extensive flooding. In some municipalities fell to 17 inches of rain. 20 million were lost in agriculture and 500 million in infrastructure.

President of the United States, Barack Obama said in Puerto Rico as an area of ​​"major disaster", so the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, for its acronym in English) of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States announced that federal disaster assistance is available to the government of Puerto Rico to complement the efforts of state and local recovery in the area impacted by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 21, 2011 onwards.

jueves, 4 de agosto de 2011

Birding Day at Camuy

Well, have past much days that I do not post anything about my "birding" in Puerto Rico. And these last few days have been productive with seabirds like terns, sandpipers and plovers. On Wednesday July 27, I was with some friends at the town of Camuy. There are 3 main places we visited: 2 ponds and the river mouth. It was a very productive day as we see more than 40 epecies, two rare Included.

Wilson's Plover (this photo is from 2009)

Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Black-necked Stilt
Little Egret
The day start rainy, but still we wait for a while and them we go down to watch. Commencing at the mouth of Rio Camuy, where we saw several species of terns including Least Tern, one of my favorite especie of terns. We saw Wilson Plover in the area . Then in the ponds we saw a Little Egret (Egretta garzeta) which is a rare sighting, although Earlier this year was seenone  too in the same area. Also between 358 Swallows Cave, that we count,  was a Cuban Martin (Progne cryptoleuca). We also found a White-cheeked Pintail with 14 ducklings.