|View from Ballenas Trail|
Photos: Shari Zirlin
We weren't far along the trail when we saw a black bird fly across from one stand of trees into another. I knew, just knew, it was a good one, and when Shari said that she'd seen red on it, I was even more certain. She found it in the back of a tree a little higher than eye level. Fortunately, it moved slightly when I started looking and went into a patch of sunlight. I saw the red on its head and throat and the huge beak and it was what I thought the moment I saw it fly--a Puerto Rican Bullfinch.
It is a 2 km trail but seemed longer. The bay was in sight but we never seemed to be close to reaching it. Once we got down to a flat area and still didn't see the road ahead we decided to turn around. It was a very good walk for endemic species. In addition to the bullfinch, we also had Puerto Rican Woodpecker, Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Puerto Rican Tody and Adelaide's Warbler.