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From east to west: The X-mas bird counts 2014 -- Part 2 Mindo

We all had a very short week of work as we came back from the Cosanga count on Monday and the Mindo count already started on Friday. Nicole had a lot of stress in this week, because this year she took over the compiler role from Lani Miller and she had to organize some parts of the bird count in Mindo including the elaboration of the bird check lists. Furthermore this year was the twentieth (20th) anniversary of the bird counts in Mindo.

Therefore we left the reserve on Friday after lunch and arrived in Mindo in the late afternoon. After we had dinner at the pizza place we went to the opening ceremony. Due to the 20th anniversary a couple of people gave speeches and presentations.

Opening ceremony in Mindo

Lani Miller was honored for her work as a compiler and the new compiler Nicole also gave a short welcome speech.

Lani Miller getting honored for her work as the compiler for 20 years

Nicole's welcome speech

Later groups were organized. We arranged one group for the Reserva Las Tangaras for the next day. On the following morning we wanted to search for owls and for that reason we met already at 4:30 am. And luckily the early wake up call was successful as we registered a Mottled Owl on our hike to Las Tangaras. After reaching the reserve and meeting up with the managers we split up into two groups.

The bird count team

While the other group counted in the forest, and saw a Bicolored Hawk and visited a Cock-of-the-Rock lek, our group discovered the mountains and counted on a cow pasture. And besides all cow poop we found and stepped in, we even saw some birds flying around. After this somewhat interesting hike we had a nice dip into the river to cool down a bit.