The spotters made a count for this area of Guayaquil. The objective of the project was to identify the species that still inhabit the urban area. Nancy Hilgert carries binoculars and a notebook in which she points out the species of birds she observes in her walks.
She is attentive to the sounds they make and their movements. Her gaze is focused on the branches of the giant trees of the Linear Park of Guayaquil (Malecón del Salado), where she looks for a color different from the green of the leaves. When she finds it, she starts shooting repeated flashes from her camera. She walked this Wednesday, December 19, for more than three hours next to the Estero Salado and the Zig Zag Bridge. There she discovered 53 species of birds that fly over the sector.
A large part travels from the Cerro Paraíso Protected Dry Forest and the Palo Santo Trail. During the tour, Hilgert found in the mangroves the species tangara azuleja, hornero del Pacífico, snowy white heron, blue and white swallows, parrot cachetigris, parakeet from the Pacific, aratinga from Guayaquil, the Ecuadorian blackbird and a collared mountain hawk.
Nancy, who is an ornithologist and founder of Birds and Conservation, assures that there is a variety of aquatic, urban and forest species that fly from these points. “There is an exchange of species. These places become a corridor.”
She was part of the Christmas bird count, organized by the Municipality of Guayaquil since 2014.
Eduardo Meneses, from the Guayaquil to Guided Visit group, assures that the city has more birds within the urban perimeter compared to others. “We are in the basin of the Guayas River, where there are more than 370 species.” For him, it is necessary to work in the promotion of bird tourism in the port. “In just two days I have photographed more than 70 birds.”
That same day, a second observation route was made in the Simón Bolívar Malecón. Another group of experts departed from Plaza José Joaquín de Olmedo and walked through the Administration Plaza, the Malecón Gardens to the wooded area of Puerto Santa Ana.
There, citizens registered 43 species that fly and feed on trees. In the country this month is characterized by the realization of bird counts, a tradition that was born in 1990 in the United States. On Saturday, in Quito, the count will be inaugurated in the Rumipamba Archaeological and Ecological Park and others in the Metropolitan Park, the Guapulo Park and Cruz Loma. (I)