March 2nd, 2010, 11:24 PM
Shiripuno: Salvin's Curassow homeland
Day 1.- Our trip started in Quito, meeting us in the airport and continue to Coca, right at the airport a Cattle Tyrant while we wait for our luggage and we move in town and gather up all our supplies by the ground logistics, we start our journey to Shiripuno River, counting on the road Black-throated Mango, Pearl Kite, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Gilded Barbet, Grayish Saltator, our Huaorani Guide Pedro and the motorized canoe were waiting for us already; for Pedro it was going to be his first birding tour after the birding course a week earlier. Before we embark the canoe we had a little time to check the surroundings and finding Hoatzin, White-eared Jacamar, Rufous-sided Crake was calling but we did not see it, Dusky-headed Parakeet chewing Inga fruits, Orange-backed Troupial, Scarlet-crowned Barbet. Our canoe trip last for 4 hours in the River, along its way we start finding White-banded Swallow, King Vulture, White-throated Toucan, Little Blue heron is an occasional visitor to our area, Red-throated Caracara, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, Gray-fronted Dove, Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Green-and Rufous Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Lettered Araçari, Little Woodpecker, Plum-throated Cotinga. As soon we arrive to Shiripuno Lodge we head out to the Colibri Trail and before we hit the 100 mt. sign, a Rusty-belted Tapaculo gave us a good look, Variegated and Great Tinamous were singing, Long-winged Antwren, We took Bates Trail and Yasuni Antwren was giving us hard time to spotted but that was a good sign for being the day 1; Salvin's Curassow was not far feeding in the ground we watch it for a while and found a White-chested Puffbird below the cracid; Fiery Topaz was calling in dead branch eye-level on the river.
Day 2.- After breakfast we move to E. O. Wilson Trail but before to go far we move to La Playa del Amor Trail to find Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Lettered Araçari, Striped Woodcreeper, Tiny Hawk sitting on a Cecropia tree, Brown Nunlet, Coraya Wren. Once in the original trail we had a good look of Ringed Antpipit, Yellow-throated Flycatcher show up in the canopy of a palm tree; and not far an small mixed flock with great species such as Pearly Antshrike, Undulated Antshrike, Great Jacamar. Once we got to the junction of Wallace Trail and E. O. Wilson Trail and with enough time to return for lunch we decide to look for Spotted Puffbird right in the area I found few months ago. The best of Wallace was to watch a pair of Salvin's Curassow
In the afternoon we explore La Laguna finding Collared Trogon, Blue-crowned Trogon, Short-billed Antwren, Opal-crowned Tanager, Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner, Chestnut-headed Crake was herd, Giant Cowbird and Moriche Oriole.
Day 3.- The Mirador Trail have several mixed flocks, Great Tinamou, Red-throated Caracara, Black-faced Hawk, , We try Ochre-striped Antpitta with no luck, Heard Salvin's Curassow in the distant, Cinnamon Neopipo, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Spot-winged Antshrike, Rufous-tailed Antwren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Green-and-Gold Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Yellow-backed tanager, Red-billed Scythebill,
Misterioso: Chestnut-headed Crake gave us great looks, Black Antbird, Tawny-crowned Greenlet,
Day 4.- Common Piping Guan when we were leaving to Skutch Trail, and started with a Undulated Tinamou, Eastern Woodhaunter, Yasuni Antwren, Broad-billed Motmot, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Lawrence's Thrush fool me couple of times, Grayish Mourner, Brown Nunlet, Black-bellied Cuckoo. On Colibri Trail We try for Western Striped Manakin, Slaty-backed Forest Falcon was in the same territory was a week earlier, Right and the junction of Colibri and Carue Trail there a a lek of Golden-headed Manakin and we spot Ash-throated Gnateater, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Cinereous Mourner. Almost when we had finish Colibri trail we found a underground army ants with White-plumed Antbird, Lunulated Antbird, Southern Nightingale Wren, Bicolored Antbird, Black-faced Antbird, Long-billed Gnatwren.
Day 5.- On this day we focus to complete with the Shiripuno specialties such as Rio Suno Antwren, Ringed Woodpecker, Black Bushbird, White-lored Antpitta, Spix's Woodcreeper, Black-throated Brilliant. it was a lot of moving in diferent trails but the taste of getting a new rare one was unique.
Day 6.- Leaving to the forest before breakfast, and finding Rufous Potoo, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Breakfast and jump to the canoe and far we got another new one Olive Oropendola, Brazilian Tapir specialty of Shiripuno, two Sunbitterns , Chestnut-eared Araçari, Hook-billed Kite. Return to Coca to continue to Wild Sumaco another great birding destination
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