Saturday, October 31, 2009

Aves Coloridas del Caribe 2009

El evento ya paso y la lista de personas que tendria que agradecer es casi tan larga como la lista de aves asi que Uds. ya saben quienes son mucha! Muchas Gracias!!! A mi juicio el evento, siendo el primero de su indole, fue todo un éxito y eso pues el merito le va a Esvin Chacon de Social Travel por su empeño en sacar esto adelante. Adjunto y abajo van unas fotos y el credito de ello va a Maynor Ovando que nos acompaño y asesoro durante el evento. Aqui la lista de Aves elaborada por Maynor y el equipo en general:

Localidad: Hacienda Tijax
Fecha de Observación: 24/10/09
Notas: Listado consolidado de las especies observadas durante el 1er. Encuentro Regional de Observación de aves en Hacienda Tijax.
Numero de las especies: 72

Plain Chachalaca - Ortalis vetula X
Neotropic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax brasilianus X
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens X
Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis X
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus X
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura X
Ruddy Crake - Laterallus ruber X
Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti X
Olive-throated Parakeet - Aratinga nana X
Red-lored Parrot - Amazona autumnalis X
Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana X
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris X
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum X
Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis X
White-collared Swift - Streptoprocne zonaris X
Stripe-throated Hermit - Phaethornis striigularis X
Violet Sabrewing - Campylopterus hemileucurus X
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl X
Black-headed Trogon - Trogon melanocephalus X
Ringed Kingfisher - Megaceryle torquata X
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Melanerpes aurifrons X
Lineated Woodpecker - Dryocopus lineatus X
Ruddy Woodcreeper - Dendrocincla homochroa X
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus flavigaster X
Barred Antshrike - Thamnophilus doliatus X
Tropical Pewee - Contopus cinereus X
Least Flycatcher - Empidonax minimus X
Dusky-capped Flycatcher - Myiarchus tuberculifer X
Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus X
Boat-billed Flycatcher - Megarynchus pitangua X
Social Flycatcher - Myiozetetes similis X
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus X
Western Kingbird - Tyrannus verticalis X
Masked Tityra - Tityra semifasciata X
Black-crowned Tityra - Tityra inquisitor X
Bell's Vireo - Vireo bellii X
Lesser Greenlet - Hylophilus decurtatus X
Brown Jay - Cyanocorax morio X
Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis X
Spot-breasted Wren - Thryothorus maculipectus X
House Wren (Southern) - Troglodytes aedon [musculus Group] X
Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus X
Wood Thrush - Hylocichla mustelina X
Clay-colored Thrush - Turdus grayi X
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis X
Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia X
Magnolia Warbler - Dendroica magnolia X
Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia X
American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla X
Worm-eating Warbler - Helmitheros vermivorum X
Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapilla X
Louisiana Waterthrush - Seiurus motacilla X
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat - Geothlypis poliocephala X
Hooded Warbler - Wilsonia citrina X
Wilson's Warbler - Wilsonia pusilla X
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager - Habia rubica X
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra X
Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus X
Yellow-winged Tanager - Thraupis abbas X
Blue-black Grassquit - Volatinia jacarina X
Variable Seedeater - Sporophila corvina X
White-collared Seedeater - Sporophila torqueola X
Yellow-faced Grassquit - Tiaris olivaceus X
Black-headed Saltator - Saltator atriceps X
Melodious Blackbird - Dives dives X
Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus X
Black-cowled Oriole - Icterus prosthemelas X
Orchard Oriole - Icterus spurius X
Altamira Oriole - Icterus gularis X
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula X
Yellow-throated Euphonia - Euphonia hirundinacea X

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Joana & Chiltepe

This upcoming December will be my 2oth anniversary of starting the Hacienda Tijax project. I may write something about this separately, however I must say that when I arrived I had dreams and expectations that were brewed some twenty years earlier to the tunes of Jimmy Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Moody Blues and books like Carlos Castañedas don Juan series, Whole Earth Catalog, Woods hole "Stewardship of the Earth" and more such pre-new age stuff.

I was also escaping a crumbling reality of too much of everything and city life and a totally unmanageable life so I wanted to get "back to the roots" or at least recover the thread of my earlier vision. Ive written some of this in the "vision" dept.

The point here is that in this "Vision" I wanted to create a place or a space intrinsically different from the standard version of a western biz-hotel-farm. I wanted it to be eco-friendly, interactive, self sustaining and so on. Some of these goals have partially been achieved and some not. but this story is not about me nor Tijax but rather about Joana and Chiltepe. Somehow at times the "vision" becomes fuzzy and blured and I forget what exactly it is I'm doing here. during the twenty years I've been here I have seen some 200,000 visitors at tijax and to my dismay, the vast majority simply cruise on by looking for the next cheap beer or some other rather mundane amenity.

Joana and family was crew on "Migo" a 40+ fibergalss, well appointed sloop on what seemed to me an extended voyage, perhaps around the world.. who knows? At any rate Joana soon discovered that we had horses here at Tijax and with another girlfriend approached me about "working with the horses" request. I probably cringed as I have had good and bad experiences with volunteers but mostly because of the resposability of having two young good looking teen age girls prancing around the farm and forest, exposed to all kinds of risks like snakes, insects, local "macho" types and goofy tourists.

After a trip home Joana returned more determined, in the meantime I thought really I should give this girl the chance to live out her dream, being one of the "original" aspects of my "vision" to have an open place and allow people to learn and interact with nature. We have a nice young stallion called "Chiltepe" because of his fiery disposition that no one of my cowboys had dared nor succeeded in training much less mounting.

Joana was adamant and she brought some equipment and got some ropes from the stables. with the help of some oat concentrate she was able to befriend the beast and daily spent hours with Chiltepe in the pastures just getting acquainted. I would zip by on my Honda and get glimpses of her patiently cleaning and dressing the horse with the apparels.

After a month or so of this she had the Horse on a tether and was walking him to and from the stables and had cut off the sweet oats. A few weeks went by and one or two episodes where my cowboys reported the horse had acted up, well, in a beastly fashion rearing up and trying to throw off the saddle while nearly kicking Joana (I wonder if her parents know this) she was able to get on the horse and stay on!! She would report to me occasionally as I'm usually too busy but I did notice from her smile that there was progress being made.

Finally "Success"!! she was riding regularly with the other horses and therefore the mission had been accomplished. A day or two before she left I saw her riding along witht he rest of the Horses on one of our regular "tours" She looked extremely good and secure on Chiltepe, so congratulations!! Joana and Chiltepe and mostly a Big "thank you" for reminding me why I wanted to do this in the first place. Wherever you go next I wish you and your lovely family all the best and I'm sure someone with your character and personality will certainly succeed in Life.

Tijax 31st of Oct. 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Y Mas Aves...

Aqui se ve la espiral de los "Azacuanes" muy bien..

A los que nos critican porque no somos "Ecologicos" aqui esta su respueta: traten de ver esto desde su hotelucho barato......

Mas Aves...

El avistamiento de aves para los que vivimos aqui es cuestion de todos los dias, esta foto es un nido de Colibries que se instalo un mangral al lado del muelle en la Hacienda Tijax.

Evento Aves del Caribe Verde..

Estamos organizando un lindo evento para todos los interesados en aves, fotografia de aves, o solo aprender al respecto y caminar en los senderos, para mayor informacion visitar los sitios web o

Paso de los Azacuanes Tijax 2009

Sali a darle comida al perro hoy las 8:00 a.m. y esto estaba pasando en el cielo arriba de la casa...
Siempre el paso de los Azacuanes es una Epifania, marca las estaciones, el Otoño en este caso y la aproximación del fin del año. Viene los cambios en el ciclo agrícola, terminan las tormentas tropicales e inician los nortes con su viento frío, cielos azules como solo en Guatemala los tenemos, Lunas de uña y lunas llenas que alumbran de noche encendiendo en toda cosa viva la luz interior.

Los niños salen con sus barriletes a la calle y el olor a leña donde cuecen tamales invade los barrios de los pueblos y aldeas.

Es una epoca linda..Hoy tambien es 13 Keme presagia la Muerte anuncia ambos el bien y el mal porque todo fin es nuevo principio.