Sit back, relax and let the birds come to you

/ 2013-04-02 / 21:44:56

Birding in the forests here is quite special. A lot of the time you walk around and see nothing. Ofc you always hear birds and you're never far away from the nearest one, but often it's those annoying invisible birds. Until the wave hits. In the blink of an eye you're surrounded by tanagers of different species, always together with some flycatchers and maybe a warbler. Furnarids and woodcreepers follow moments later. There are so many birds you don't know where to look!
And then they are all gone. And you're back to trying to find that damn invisible thing.

The other day we spent some time trying to find out from which direction one of our groups come, when they come to feed their chick. Here follows a list of all the species I saw, standing in pretty much the same spot.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Gray-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis)
El Oro Parakeet (Pyrrhura orcesi)
Red-masked Parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys)
Bronze-winged Pionus (Pionus chalcopterus)
Golden-olive Woodpecker (Piculus rubiginosus)
Spotted Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus erythropygius)
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
Azara's Spinetail (Synallaxis azare)
Slaty Spinetail (Synallaxis brachyura)
Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tubereulifer)
Golden-crowned Flycatcher (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)
Blue-and-white Swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca)
Gray-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris)
Gray-breasted Woodwren (Henicorhina leucophrys)
Slate-throated Whitestart (Myioborus miniatus)
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)
Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster)
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris)
Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola)
Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota)
Golden Tanager (Tangara arthus)
Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala)
Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii)
Black-chinned Mountain-tanager (Anisgonathus notabilis)
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus)
Common Bush-tanager (Chlorospingus opthalmicus)
Black-winged Saltator (Saltator atripennis)
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa)
Chocó Brush-finch (Atlapetes crassus)
Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris)

The last one, the Black-striped Sparrow, was a new species for me. I love that I still see new birds almost every day! In total I've seen closer to 140 so far :)

These pictures I took when we we're catching parakeets with mist nets in Ñalacapac. It's a female Orange-bellied Euphonia and a Common Bush-tanager (the one with the white eye).


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