Saturday, 22 September 2012

Cerro la Judía

The mountains just to the east of of Floridablanca rise steeply up to about 2500m and are known as the Cerro La Judía. There are some areas of intact forest higher up and some fantastic waterfalls. You can walk up about 7km or drive the rough road which starts near "Limoncito" bus stop.

The birdwatching is excellent. Insects and spiders are also abundant and eye-catching. No doubt there are many hard to see mammals up there in the forest, but the slopes are very steep!

Some parts of the area have some level of protection via a "Regional natural park" designation but there are some ideas to develop an "Ecopark" here (Ecoparque Cerro del Santísimo), something like Panachi. I'm not sure I like the proposed idea of a cable-car and any associated tourism development.

Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivaceus).

There is a lot else to see such as Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Black and White Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Siskin and many colorful tanagers including at least Blue and Grey, Palm, Scrub, Crimson-backed, Lemon-rumped, Bay-headed, Golden, Golden-naped, Black-capped and Blue-necked. No doubt there are quite a few more tanagers there I haven't seen yet.

More trips soon....

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