Following the previous outing, on Saturday 31st, July we managed to continue such project by visiting the area with a three-man team led by Juan Pablo Seco Pon. Again, we used a 4x4 vehicle to reach water bodies in order to seek for ducks.
Though this time of the year low temperatures are expected in the area, we encountered a mild weather throughout the outing. We managed to visit 22 lagoons that day; all of them holding at least one or two species of duck of interest. These included chiefly the Speckled Teal and the Southern Wigeon
As in previous outings, other bird species were spotted that day apart from the ducks latter referred. These included (incomplete list) several species of aquatic birds (Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Southern Screamer, South American Stilt, Black-necked Swan, Maguari Stork, Coscoroba Swan), a number of raptors (Chimango Caracara, Southern Crested Caracara), several species of “land-birds” (Rufous Hornero, Picazuro Pigeon, Eared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Guira Cuckoo, Southern Lapwing, White-banded Mockingbird, Field Flicker, Brown-and-yellow Marshbird, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, European Greenfinch, Shiny Cowbird, Great Kiskadee, Great Pampa Finch, Bay-winged Cowbird), three species of coots (Red-legged, White-winged and Red- Fronted coots), three species of grebes (Great, Silvery and Pied-billed grebes), some species of swallows (White-rumped, Blue-and-white and Barn swallows), and the Brown- and Grey-hooded Gull.
Dr. Juan Pablo Seco Pon