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Ecuador. ...But the Birding Was Great!

posted Jul 6, 2011, 2:54 PM by Arie Gilbert
Chapter 7: The Pitta and the Oropendula

    We began the next day at Cabanas San Isidro. We walked the paths and went to the rooftop platform where we were surrounded by many more birds. Finally it was here that I was able to get good looks at the Cinnamon Flycatcher, and once this happened, in keeping with the “universal laws” they were everywhere. Not everywhere, but certainly standing out, were the Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrants. The Hummingbirds also put on a show with Green Violet-ear,
Sparkling Violet-ear, Speckled Hummingbird ,Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Bronzy Inca, and Long-tailed Sylph. But the highlight was certainly being treated to a pair of White-bellied Antpittas coaxed out onto a clearing by a caretaker who provided them with worms. He even turned around at one point to give us a nice toothless grin for a photo.

    Later in the day we walked up the road, where we had Smoke-colored Pewee, Black Phoebe, Pale-edged Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Blue-and-white Swallow, Rufous Wren, Mountain Wren, and Glossy-black Thrush. Much to our delight the road was also strewn with butterflies, and it was hard to tear Alison away from photographing them.

    Back at the cabanas, we saw Inca Jay, Brown-capped Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler {everywhere~!}, Canada Warbler, Black-eared Hemispingus, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Beryl-spangled Tanager, Blue-and-black Tanager, White-sided Flowerpiercer, Bluish Flowerpiercer, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, and Russet-backed Oropendola .

    We then tried to go to Guacamayo Ridge, but this was another mountain facing the wrong way and the weather here was cold and rainy. Yuck, been there, done that. We hiked a while in the rain, then gave up and went back to Cabanas San Isidro. Later on though, we swung back again, and this time it was only foggy, but not raining. But oh the birds! Streaked Tuftedcheek, Collared Inca  Long-tailed Sylph Pearled Treerunner Montane Woodcreeper Green-and-black Fruiteater Cinnamon Flycatcher  Blue-and-white Swallow, Rufous Wren { big!}, Mountain Wren, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager { is that a great name or what?} Saffron-crowned Tanager,  Beryl-spangled Tanager { stunning}  Blue-and-black Tanager, Bluish Flowerpiercer,  Mountain Cacique, and that’s just the stuff I saw,  the others saw even more! Sometimes standing a few feet one way or the other makes all the difference in a dense forest.