It was 6 o’clock in the morning of a cold and gloomy October day, and the city was barely waking up. That was the agreed time to meet in the linear Park La Presidenta. We were about 15 passionate birdwatchers loaded with our equipment and guides illustrated by hand, excited to perform a “pajareada” or bird watching in that place. All this within the framework of the festival of the birds of Medellin of the year 2018 The La Presidenta linear park is a small green lung that the city has in the Poblado sector, in a fully commercial and financial area of Medellin. This site, which is a great reservoir of fauna and flora species, is normally used for sports and some cultural activities.
The tall buildings, noisy streets and crowds of people on their way to work added to our disbelief, yet we began our tour of the small park. We had not finished organizing our equipment when we saw the first species of the day. Who better to brighten that cold morning and provoke our first smile than a Bell hopper Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) with his clown face? At the top of a tree trunk completely bored began to arrive other carpenters of the same species; in total, we saw five bellhop woodpeckers who continued with their usual work of drilling the wood of the mentioned tree.
We walked just five steps to locate ourselves in front of the brook that bears the name of the linear park. To everyone’s surprise, the small inhabitants of the area began to emerge in search of their morning food, which facilitated our sighting even more. One by one, we began to count species in our agendas and mobile applications. On the rocks and near the current of the brook we spotted some common species such as the sirirí (Tyrannus melancholicus), the black-footed thrush (Turdus ignobilis) and the small feeder-catcher (Sayornis nigircans). Fortunately, we also had the opportunity to start spotting some of the northern migratory birds that slowly begin to take our city as their own. Among some of these, we had as illustrious guests of honor the northern warbler (Parkesia noveboracensis), the yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia) and the spectacled thrush (Catharus ustulatus).
The blue sky opened a few times. The clouds fled to the shining rays of the sun that began to warm the morning and that foreshadowed a good sighting of birds furrowing the skies in the now more welcoming and warm morning of Medellín. A few minutes passed before we began to spot some birds that passed over our heads. In the distance, we saw some species such as tanned parakeets (Brotogeris jugularis); a small and boisterous flock of this species passed quickly in front of our eyes. While we continued looking at the indigo sky with our binoculars, they crossed a pair of coquitos (Phimosus infuscatus) that later settled near the stream in search of food. Among others, they also let us observe the now common Albiazul swallows (Pygochelidon Cyanoleuca) who were resting peacefully on the electric cables.
After two hours in our tour, perhaps the best part of our birding was in the linear park La Presidenta. I say this because of the quantity and color of the species that appeared in front of our lenses. As professional models, a couple of red-breasted flycatchers (Pyrocephalus rubinus), another species of northern flycatcher, the eastern pibi (Contopus virens) were seen among the branches of the trees; the colorful carpenter of punctate chest (Colaptes punctigula) also towards its appearance; a small, tender and lucid jumping boar (Serpophaga cinerea) also brought a smile to the participants of the activity. Finally, a couple of species of elusive hummingbirds emerged among the floral trees. This time we had the opportunity to see feeding from the sweet nectar of the flowers to a blue-green amazilia (Amazilia saucerrottei) and a black-billed mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis). At around nine in the morning and after only three hours of sighting birds in this small park in the city, we managed to spot 32 species. This figure speaks of the great ornithological wealth of the city in which we live and that we must preserve. If you want to know more about bird watching in Colombia and especially the city of Medellín, do not hesitate to contact us.