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4 June - started driving from Quito to Mindo at 8:00pm. Arrived Mindo 10pm, overnighted at Hostal Gypsy.
5 June - Paz de las Aves Preserve, birded from 6:30am to 10am. Drove to Tandayapa Valley and visited the Nunnery's house. Birded around Bellavista Lodge, as well.
Overnighted in Mindo, Hostal Gypsy.
6 June - Milpe Reserve and Mirador de Los Bancos. Birded Milpe Preserve and road from 6:30am to 10am, again in the afternoon from 3 to 5:30pm. Overnighted in Bancos
Mirador de Los Bancos.
7 June - Birded in the morning at Rio Silanche Preserve and Road from 6:45am to 12pm. Headed back to Quito.
This trip was done on short notice with a buddy of mine, down from the U.S., with very little time. We tried to hit my favorite spots in the area, though three days is definitely not nough to do it justice. We were very happy with the results and had a great time doing. We birded hard in the mornings, took a little down time in the early afternoons, and then went back out for leisurely birding in the afternoons. The flocks were great at Milpe and Rio Silanche, as is par for the course. Angel Paz's place (Paz de los Aves) was an amazing experience, as always. Where else can you see Antpittas three feet away, in the open, acting like dogs? Really something to see. I'm a bit lax to go into too much detail, as I've another trip report to write before getting back into the field tomorrow. I didn't gauge numbers this time, and it would've been a real chore, given the numbers of birds we saw and the intensity of three of the flocks. To give the reader an idea, we recorded 32 species of Humingbirds, 8 species of Woodpecker, 8 species of Woocreeper, 19 Furnariids, and 43 species of Tanagers and Euphonias. The skies were overcast, so the only rel thing we missed out on waas raptors. In few words, a great two and a half days.
Since I've not written in numbers, I should at least highlight the specialty species, with commentary if worthy. We saw two hummingbirds, in particular, that had never been recorded as high as the altitudes we recorded them, one of which I've photographed.
Great Tinamou H
Little Tinamou H
Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail H
Dark-backed Wood-Quail H
Rose-faced Parrot H
Cloud Forest Pygmy-Owl H
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift
Violet-bellied Hummingbird, one seen at Tony and Barbara Nunnery's feeders, a first for Tandayapa valley and a full 1000m (3300ft) above normal elevational range
Amazilia Hummingbird, one seen defending a feeder at Mirador del Los Bancos Hotel, Los Bancos. These are only known to reach this elevation in El Oro and Loja
Western White-tailed Trogon
Blue-crowned Motmot H
Pied Puffbird H
Tawny-throated Leaftosser H
Northern Barred Woodcreeper
Fasciated Antshrike H
Rufous-breasted Antthrush H
Choco Tapaculo H
Spillman's Tapaculo H
Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant H
Green-and-Black Fruiteater H
Anden Solitaire H
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush H
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Whiskered Wren H
Southern Nightingale-Wren H
Species Seen - 278 sp.
Species Heard only - 28 sp.
Total Species Recorded - 306 sp.
Total Hours Birding in Field ~ 20 hours