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Puerto Rico Jan/Feb 2012

From January 30 to February 04 2012 Sheridan Coffey and myself birded Puerto Rico - we rented a small car and birded without a guide, relying on trip reports found on the internet plus the recent book " A Birdwatcher's Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans".

Elfin Woods Warbler Setophaga angelae: A charismatic bird with an equally charismatic name, only discovered in 1971. During our few hours across two days on the upper reaches (from PR-20) of the Maricao Forest we found them to be fairly common by voice and easy to "see". By "see" I mean they were close-by and allowed brief looks as they scuttled about the mid-level tangles without stopping. I rate this as one of the hardest Wood Warblers to get a good look at - and even harder to get a photo of (as my images below and almost all those on the Internet will attest!):