Ecuador - January 24 to February 9 2008

Published by Charles Hamel (PacNW47 AT hotmail.com)

Participants: Charles, Nada

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Itinerary

January 24: Landed in Quito at night. Overnight in Quito.

January 25: Spent day in Quito. Visited city and parks

January 26-28: Bellavista Lodge and reserve.

January 29: Transport to Quito. Bus to Banos.

January 30: Bus from Banos to Tenas. Taxi to Cabanas Alinahui.

January 31: Guided hike through primary forest, Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve, Canopy Tower and Botanical Garden.

February 1: To Quito via Baeza. Flight to Cuenca.

February 2: Trip to Ingapirca: the largest Incan site in Ecuador.

February 3: Sunday markets and Carnaval festivies in Gualaceo, Chordeleg and Sig Sig.

February 4: Trip to El Cajas National Park.

February 5: Bus trip from Cuenca to Vilcabamba via Loja.

February 6: Exploring Vilcabamba and surrounding dry forest.

February 7: Trip to the "back door" of Podocarpus NP.

Febraury 8: Bus to Cuenca via Loja.

February 9: Flight to Guayaquil in the morning. Day trip to Salinas to visit ecuasal lagoons.

February 10: 1:00am flight back to USA

Species Lists

Little Tinamou-heard frequently at Alinahui never seen
Brown Pelican-common off Salinas beach
Magnificent Frigatebird-common off Salinas beach
Neotropic beach-fairly common off Salinas beach
Striated Heron-two seen on lagoon shore near Alinahui
Cattle Egret-occasional in Amazon
Great Egret-fairly common on west coast
Chilean Flamingo-at least a dozen seen in ecuasal lagoons near Salinas
Andean Teal-a pair seen on a lake in El Cajas NP
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture-one seen near Alinahui
Turkey Vulture-abundant on slopes and in lowlands on both sides of Andes
Black Vulture-see above
Swallow-tailed Kite-occasional on slopes and in Amazon
Gray Hawk-one seen near Mindo
Variable Hawk-one seen near El Cajas NP
Broad-winged Hawk-one seen near Mindo
Roadside Hawk-one seen near Mindo and one in Amazon
Black-and-Chestnut Eagle-one seen in Podocarpus NP
Barred Forest-falcon-one seen near Alinahui
Black Caracara-fairly common in Amazon
Crested Caracara-one seen in western lowlands
Bat Falcon-one seen in Amazon
American Kestrel-commonly seen in Quito and on western slope
Spix's Guan-pair seen in Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve
Sickle-winged Guan-fairly common near Bellavista
American Oystercatcher-a few seen on Salinas beach
Whimberel-see above
Black-necked Stilt-several seen in ecuasal lagoons
Pectoral Sandpiper-common in ecuasal lagoons
Gray-headed Gull-common in ecuasal lagoons
Laughing Gull-common near Salinas beach
Royal Tern-common near Salinas beach
Band-tailed Pigeon-fairly common on both slopes
Eared Dove-abundant in Quito and Cuenca
Croaking Ground-dove-common in Vilcabamba
Blue Ground-dove-fairly common in Amazon
Pacific Parrotlet-occasional flock flying through at hosteria near Vilcabamba
Blue-winged Parrotlet-one flock seen in Alinahui
Cobalt-winged Parakeet-one seen on road in Amazon
Blue-headed Parrot-a pair seen from canopy tower
White-eyed Parakeet-common seen or heard flock around Alinahui
Smooth-billed Ani-common in Amazon
Groove-billed Ani-common in western lowlands
Hoatzin-six or seven adjacent to pond near rio napo close Alinahui
Pacific Pygmy-owl-one seen on lamp post near Vilcabamba
Common Potoo-one seen at Bellavist Lodge
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk-three seen roosting at Angel de Paz
Band-winged Nightjar-Seen flying at Bellavista
White-collared Swift-fairly common at Bellavista and Alinahui
Chestnut-collared Swift-common near Vilcabamba
Neotropical Palm-swift-one seen on eastern slope

more to be added later