Chile - Yeso Valley (Part1)

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5 years 11 months ago #69290 by nkgray
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I had a great day's birding (Saturday 17th March) in the Yeso Valley south-east of Santiago in the company of BirdingPal Gaston and his friend Michel. Without their knowledge of where to find particular species I would have undoubtedly missed out on some of the day's sightings.

We began the day in Santiago at an elevation of about 650m and once out of the city climbed steadily up into the Yeso Valley. The Yeso Dam (Embalse de Yeso) is one of Santiago's main water sources, sitting an an elevation of about 2550m. We continued beyond the dam and at the furthest point for the day peaked at around 2750m.

We managed only 28 species for the day, probably good by Chilean standards in this environment, but this did include 3 of Chile's endemics, 2 of these not that easy to find.
The day's list - not all of which were photographed - was, in the order seen, as follows:

Chilean Mockingbird (ENDEMIC)
Southern Lapwing
Rock Dove
Shiny Cowbird
House Sparrow
Long-tailed Meadowlark
Crag Chilia (ENDEMIC)
Tufted Tit-Tyrant
Dark-bellied Cinclodes
California Quail
Common Diuca-Finch
Austral Blackbird
Austral Thrush
Mountain Caracara
Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail
Southern House Wren
Grey-hooded Sierra-Finch
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-banded Miner
White-browed Ground-Tyrant
Yellow-rumped Siskin
Variable Hawk
Greater Yellow-Finch
Grey-breasted Seed-Snipe
Correndera Pipit
Moustached Turca (ENDEMIC)
Plumbeous Sierra-Finch
Chimango Caracara

First a few photos to give you a sense of what the environment was like.

Yeso Dam

Below Yeso Dam

as far as we went (Argentina beyond the mountains)

The three Chilean endemics....

the very common and widespread Chilean Mockingbird

and the rather harder to find Crag Chilia

....and Moustached Turca

A very obliging male Californian Quail

More to follow in Part 2.

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5 years 11 months ago #69298 by Ian_H
Ian_H replied the topic: Re: Chile - Yeso Valley (Part1)
Thanks for sharing, you are really getting some super birding in that side!!
Enjoy and keep the posts coming!

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