It’s interesting to note that the habitat these neotropical migrants were caught in resembles that of their breeding habitat in the deciduous forests of the United States and Canada: denser secondary and successional forest for the warblers, and mature forest for the Wood Thrush. Traveling thousands of miles between two different ecozones, these birds are not arbitrarily picking breeding habitats in the Nearctic or wintering habitats in the Neotropic, but are selecting similarly aged and vegetated habitats.
|American Pygmy Kingfisher|
At an elevation over 8,000 feet, the field station Julie will be at is described as having an “alpine” feel, and is broken up by many pastures among the surrounding cloud forest. With the opportunity to see birds such as the Resplendent Quetzel, Collared Trogon, and even the Green-fronted Lancebill, Julie has already worked with solitaires, brush-finches, tropical vireos and warblers, woodcreepers, elaenias, and the Fiery-throated Hummingbird.