BIRDING TOUR IN CEIBAS (ENTRE RIOS), PUNTA RASA AND LAVALLE
Season: October to March
Program: 3 days-2 Nights
Day 1: Pick up at 6:30 am in a prearranged location. Full day birding in xeric woodlands and marshes in the locality of Ceibas (Entre Rios province). This is probably the best birding site near Buenos Aires. Normally in a spring day – with good weather – the total list here is about 80 species. Overnight: Hotel in Los Cardales.
Birds: Southern Screamer, Ringed Teal, Long-winged Harrier, Dusky-legged Guan, Giant Wood-Rail, Gilded Sapphire, Spot-winged Pigeon, Picui Ground-Dove, Ash-coloured Cuckoo, Checkered Woodpecker, White-fronted Woodpecker, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Spix’s Spinetail, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Little Thornbird, Brown Cacholote , Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Lark-like Brushrunner, Firewood-gathered, Short-billed Canastero, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Chotoy Spinetail, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Suiriri Flycatcher, White Monjita, Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Xenopsaris, Spectacled Tyrant, Tanager, Diademed Tanager, Xenopsaris, Spectacled Tyrant, Tanager, Diademed Tanager, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch, Sayaca Golden-billed Saltator, Grayish Saltator, Great Pampa-Finch, Red-crested Cardinal, Brown-and-yellow Marshbird, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Solitary Cacique.
Day 2: Transfer to San Clemente area (about 5 hours driving, but stopping on the way to check some lagoons).
In the afternoon: birding in the “true” Pampa area. We will explore the wide grassy meadows in search for screamers, rheas, and a variety of aquatic birds. Other possible fauna: skunks, armadillo, pampas fox. Overnight: Hotel in San Clemente or General Lavalle.
Birds: Greater Rhea, Spotted Nothura, Great Grebe, Chilean Flamingo, Southern Screamer, White-faced Ibis, Maguary Stork, Wood Stork, Black-necked Swan, Coscoroba Swan, Black-headed Duck, Snail Kite, Long-winged Harrier, Cinereous Harrier, Dot-winged Crake, Olrog’s Gull, Snowy-crowned Tern, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, many shorebirds and seabirds (plovers, sandpipers, gulls, oystercatchers, skimmers, and terns), Campo Flicker, Hudson’s Canastero, Firewood-gathered, Wren-like Rushbird, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Red-capped Wren-Spinetail, Spectacled Tyrant, Sooty Tyrannulet, Warbling Doradito, Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Grass Wren, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch, Great Pampa Finch, Grassland Yellow Finch, Correndera Pipit, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Brown-and-yelleow Marshbird.
Day 3: Full day around San Clemente. The classic site here is Punta Rasa, where hundreds of shorebirds and seabirds congregate in its tidal mudflats rich in nutrients because the junction of the Rio de la Plata and the oceanic waters. An early start is essential because the beaches get crowded of people in spring and summer. Apart of this, there are good brackish grasslands, lagoons and streams in the surroundings. In the afternoon, we can return to the grasslands and inner lagoons if we could not get there the day before. Return to Buenos Aires at about 6:00 pm.
-Private Transport (vehicle always available)
-Lunches, dinners, snacks and water in the field and at the meals