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August 14, 2018

Baeza Birds One

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El Nido del Condor – Baeza

After a few days in Quito, I wandered down a few streets to catch a bus to Baeza. When I got to Baeza, I walked down the road, thinking the hostel was at the edge of town. But the map was wrong. It was more than five kilometers out of town, in the middle of nowhere. I had to catch a taxi there, which cost me a whole $2.50! I got a nice room and in the afternoon, I went for a wander along the track at the back of the hostel. Nothing around, except a few Black Phoebe.

Inca Jay
Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) Urraca Inca

I saw an Inca Jay over the other side of the road in a tree. It flew around making horrible noises, then was joined by a couple more. They came back a few times just outside while I was editing the photos, so I took a few more photos. Hopefully, they are better.

Russet-backed Oropendola
Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons) Oropendola Dorsirrojiza

I cannot find this in the books I have, which are not very good by the way. I am thinking this might be a Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons) Oropendola Dorsirrojiza or a Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) or some type of Cacique. I do not know. Russet-crowned Oropendola? Crested Oropendola? I am going for Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons) Oropendola Dorsirrojiza.

Russet-backed Oropendola
Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons)

Same bird as above, but on another tree on the other side of the hill.

Flycatcher
Flycatcher

I am not sure about this one at all. It has a yellow eyebrow, and yellow throat and chest.

Another flycatcher
Another flycatcher

Another flycatcher I do not know. It looks something like a dusky-capped.

speckled hummingbird
speckled hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) ?

I can see a white stripe above the eye and one below. Cannot work this one out. Maybe a Esmeralda Occidental (Chloristilbon melanorhynchus) or Chloristilbon mellisugus? I am going with speckled hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys).

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) Paloma Collareja

Finally a bird I can identify. A Band-tailed Pigeon.

Baeza Bird List

Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) Urraca Inca
3944 flycatcher with yellow eyebrow. yellow throat and chest.
Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons) Oropendola Dorsirrojiza
4097 flycatcher ????
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) Paloma Collareja
Black Phoebe
Blue-gray Tanager

Mindo Birding Part Four

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San Lorenzo Road – Mindo

This morning I went for a walk along the Rio Mindo. I think it is called the San Lorenzo Road. Famous in birding circles. That is what they tell me. I only walked a kilometer or so. There were a lot of lodges along the way. Expensive ones. Not for me.

Guira Tanager  - male
Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira) – male

My thought process for identifying the Guira Tanager went as follows. Is is a tyrannulet with yellow back, throat and white tummy? It had an orange lower bill. Was it an Olive-crowned Yellowthroat or a black-lored Yellowthroat? An Olivaceous Siskin??? Finally I found a photo on a world birds site that matched what I had – male and female Guira Tanager.

Guira Tanager  - female
Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira) – female

I think it might be a female Guira Tanager. It could even be juvenile. I am not real sure.

Torrent Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea)

This little fella popped onto a fence on the way home. I was just lucky.

White-lined Tanager  - male
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) – male

I have been seeing a lot of female White-lined Tanagers around town but the males are a bit harder to identify.

Tropical Parula
Tropical Parula (Parula pitiayumi)

Blue-necked Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis) Tangara Capuchiazul

Mindo bird list

White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)
Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira)
Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea)
Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis) Tangara Capuchiazul
Tropical Parula (Parula pitiayumi)
Black Vulture
Black Phoebe
Cattle Egret
Bananaquit
house wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Espiguero Negriblanco
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Shiny Cowbird

Resource for ID: http://www.pbase.com/ahlman/birds_of_ecuador

Mindo Birding Part Three

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The Yellow House Part Two

Carrying on from the last folder. At the Yellow House I had a cup of coffee and photographed the hummingbirds around the feeders out the back.

Sparkling Violetear
Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscansa) Orejivioleta Ventriazul

The Sparkling Violetear is quite common around the Mindo area.

Brown Violetear
Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) Orejivioleta Parda

The Brown Violetear is seen in many gardens around the area.

Andean Emerald
Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae) Amazilia Andina

Rufous Motmot
Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) Momoto rufo

I was very lucky to see this Rufous Motmot on the way out of the yellow house.

Mindo bird list

Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae) Amazilia Andina
Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscansa) Orejivioleta Ventriazul
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) Orejivioleta Parda
Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) Momoto rufo
tropical parula (Setophaga pitiayumi)
white-tipped dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
Saffron Finch

August 2, 2018

Mindo Birding Day Two

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The Yellow House

Up before 7am in the morning. It is dark and overcast. I head down the road on the way to the Yellow House, which has a few bird trails and some bird feeders. But it starts drizzling and just a little bit too hard to continue. So I stop and have breakfast at a local tienda. Coffee and scrambled eggs. Yumm. By the time I have finished my breakfast the rain has stopped so I carry on up to the Yellow House. It costs $6 for entrance.

hook-billed kite
hook-billed kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)

This Hook-billed Kite had me going for a while. I thought it was a Roadside Hawk with a weird head.

common black hawk
common black hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)

The main reason for this identification is the length of the legs in relation to the tail. But I am not real confident about it. It coudld have been a Great Black Hawk – Buteogallus urubitinga but the white stripe on top of the tail did not fit.

FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota)

The Fawn-breasted Tanager has a purple top of head, black mask, red eye and white tummy. I think it is a juvenile because of the white tummy. They are very similar to the masked flowerpiercer.

Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus) Tucanete Lomirrojo

Slaty-capped Flycatcher
Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris) Mosquerito Gorripizarro

Choco Tyrannulet
Choco Tyrannulet (Zimmerius albigularis)

Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Strong-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus) Tepatroncos Piquifuerte

This might be a Montane Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger).

Swallow Tanager - female
Swallow Tanager(Tersina viridis) Azulejo Tersina – female

Mindo Bird List

Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris) Mosquerito Gorripizarro ????
Swallow Tanager(Tersina viridis) Azulejo Tersina – female – green ????
Choco Tyrannulet (Zimmerius albigularis)
Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus) Tucanete Lomirrojo
Strong-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus) Tepatroncos Piquifuerte
hook-billed kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)
common black hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota)
Buff-throated Saltator
Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) Gavilan Campestre
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) Tangara Lomilimon
Palm Tanager
Bananquit
Shiny Cowbird
Bronze-winged Parrot
Cattle Egret

August 1, 2018

Ecuador Birding One

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Mindo Cloud Forest

It has been a while since I have posted a blog. I have come all the way from Cali in Colombia without taking a photograph. I crossed the border into Ecuador with thousands of Venezualan refugees. It was quite chaotic. I stayed a few days in Otavalo and Quito, the capital. This morning I caught the bus to Mindo. I am staying in a nice lodge and this afternoon I went for a walk to buy a local Mindo Field Guide.

Lemon-rumped Tanager  - male
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) – male

The Lemon-rumped Tanager is most frequently found below 1500 meters. They are found in pairs or small groups.

Lemon-rumped Tanager  - female
Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) Tangara Lomilimon – female

The Spanish name for the Lemon-rumped Tanager is Tangara Lomilimon.

White-lined Tanager   - female
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) – female

The White-lined Tanager feeds on fruits and are often seen close to roads. The Spanish name is Tangara Filiblanca.

Bananaquit
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Bananaquits are often found with tanagers and hummingbirds in fruit trees and flowering plants. They drink the nectar of flowers by puncturing the side of the flower.

Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetes cayanensis)

The Rusty-margined Flycatcher feeds on insects and some fruits. Its Spanish name is Mosquero Alicastano.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

This is a close-up of a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird piercing the side of a flower to suck out the nectar. I did not know they did this. The Spanish name is Amazilia Colirufa.

Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe

Black-and-white Seedeater   - male
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) – male

The Spanish name for the Black-and-white Seedeater is Espiguero Negriblanco.

Black-and-white Seedeater  - female
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) – female

Unknown seedeater
Unknown seedeater

I have no idea what this is.

Mindo bird list

Lemon-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus icteronotus) Tangara Lomilimon
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) Mielero Flavo
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) Tangara Filiblanca – female
Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetes cayanensis) Mosquero Alicastano
Black-and-white Seedeater (Sporophila luctuosa) Espiguero Negriblanco
Black Phoebe
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) Amazilia Colirufa
Blue-Grey Tanager
Feral Pigeon
Cattle Egret
Shiny Cowbird
Tropical Kingbird

Source: Birds of Mindo by William Patino.

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