Birdwatching Buenos Aires
This 4-day birding Buenos Aires tour is probably one of the best introductions to Argentina’s bird diversity. It covers the main sights of the world-famous Pampas flatlands, north and south of Buenos Aires, birding at several Important Bird Areas, a region of vast expanses of wild landscapes, agricultural fields and the Atlantic seashore.
An early departure will take us birding south of Buenos Aires towards grasslands, marshes, freshwater lakes and woodlands home of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, ducks and several species of passerines, including Rufous Hornero, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch and Masked Gnatcatcher. In the afternoon we arrive at the small beach town of San Clemente which will be our base for two days. From here we will explore the migratory bird reserve of Punta Rasa and “estancias” (ranches) located inland. The estuarine habitats are a feeding station for hundreds of
waders, terns, skimmers, gulls (including Olrog’s, in Winter and early Spring), as well as Hudson’s Canastero, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail and other passerines. In the marshes and open grasslands of the San Clemente area we will come across Southern Screamer, a variety of wildfowl (including Black-headed Duck), Correndera Pipit, Firewood Gatherer and the secretive South American Painted-snipe.
On the third day, we retrace our way back to Buenos Aires, stopping en route for Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Blue-and-yellow Tanager and Red-crested Cardinal, and continue on to the Otamendi Nature Reserve. Here we will find a mixture of grasslands, marshes and gallery forest hosting specialities such as both Curve-billed and Straight-billed Reedhaunters, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Many-colored Rush-tyrant and Diademed Tanager. On the last day, before returning to Buenos Aires, we’ll go across the Parana River delta towards Entre Rios, looking for a completely new set of birds typical of the “Espinal” woodland: Brown Cacholote, Scimitar-billed
Woodcreeper, Short-billed Canastero, Xenopsaris and many others.
Alternative Name: Birding Buenos Aires & the Pampas of Argentina