‘Step into my World – Entra a mi Mundo’
Parque las Vegas – Portoviejo, Ecuador – May 14/2022 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon –
Continuing the theme from the show at Museo Portoviejo, ‘Step into my World’ invites interested birders to meet at Parque las Vegas at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 14th to observe the birds on Migratory and Global Big Day. (To see the official list of 101 birds at Parque las Vegas, go here: Hotspot Parque las Vegas )
Several friends expressed an interest in participating, and though my main focus will be the serious study at nearby Refugio la Tomatera, I also planned to visit Parque las Vegas and a few other sites. So, why not invite others to ‘Step into My World’ and walk with me?!
This urban park, the phoenix that emerged from literal rubble of the earthquake, offers a balm not only to the humans, but also for the feathered visitors as well.
The landscaping crews now work with more respect, allowing more areas of protection for the birds along the river and by the little lagoon. The rare Scarlet Tanager, the Green Heron and the Eastern Kingbirds must use some type of travel handbook that suggests they visit Parque las Vegas on their winter vacations! Higher up will be Pacific Parrotlets, perhaps the endangered Gray-cheeked Parakeet, euphonias, kingbirds and flycatchers. It’s my hope that the administrators continue designing more bird-friendly spaces that connect the humans to nature.
What might we see on Saturday? Purple Gallinules, Common Gallinules, nesting Masked Water Tyrants and nesting Striated Herons, loud-mouthed Yellow-rumped Caciques and perhaps even the tiny Yellow Warbler that flits through the cattails.
Walk to the back side of the pond, and an careful study will allow a glimpse of another nest:
A lovely ‘Espina Tierra’ tree along the pond has low branches – Yay!
An easy walk along Rio Portoviejo might provide views of seedeaters, anis, Golden Grosbeak, and many of the same birds that are at the laguna. Looping back to the laguna, we will look for the resident Burrowing Owls, which are usually quite predictable.
( Find out where the Burrowing Owl lurks in the shadows – or presides over the park from a roof-top perch!)
To find an event in your area, check the world map: WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY
Nothing listed in your area? Well, giddye-up – it’s not too late to organize an impromptu event! What’s most important is to go out and celebrate the birds of your area! You might get lucky and stumble upon a rare bird!