BIRDING TRIP SOUTHERN ECUADOR, FEBRUARY 2019.
By Susan Norris. Guided by Pablo Andrade
Here is my summary of the trip: Pablo Andrade is one of the best birding guides I have ever known, and I have known several. I classify bird guides into two categories: those that just take you around to birding spots and identify the birds that they see and those that really know the birds in an area and work hard at finding them for you. Pablo is definitely in the second category. I hired Pablo for his 14 day Southern tour in February. During this period, I got pictures of about 230 different birds, of which about 150 were new. We also heard, but did not see another 30 others. A few notables were: Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Club-winged Manakin, Barred Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, Gray-capped Cuckoo, Horned Screamer, Comb Duck, Tumbes and Amazillia Hummingbirds, Spangled Coquette, Fasciated Wren, and Jocotoco, Chestnut-naped and Watkin's Antpittas. If you are planning an Ecuador birding trip and want to see lots of birds, I highly recommend hiring Pablo for any area of Ecuador. Tips: bring lots of insect repellent and use it, bring some rain gear, and be prepared to walk as Pablo could probably bird 24 hous a day.
Other birds seen and heard:
Gray Tinamou,Pale-browed Tinamou (h),Black-bellied Whistling- Duck, Comb Duck, Fasciated, Yellow-crowned, Straiated, little -blue Herons; Osprey, Gray-headed; Swallow-tailed, Snail, and Plumbeous kites; Gray-back, Sabanna, Road Side, and Gray-lined Hawks; Laughing Falcon (h): Crested and BlackCaracaras; Rufous-sided and White-throated Crakes (h); Blackish Rail (h); Purple Gallinule; Southern Lapwing; Black-necked Stilt; Spotted and Greater Yellowlegs; Wattled Jacana; Gray Hooded Gull; Ecuadorian, Croacking, and Blue-ground Doves: White-throated Quail-Dove; Red-masked, White-eyed. and Golden-plumed Parakeets; El Oro and White-necked Parakeets; Pacific Parrotlets; Gray-cheecked Parakeet and others; Little Cuckoo; West Peruvian Screech Owl; Band-bellied Owl; Black-and-white Owl; Peruvian-pygmy Owl; Blackish Nightjar;Tumbes Hummingbird, Black-throated Brilliant; Blue-tailed Emerald, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, and many others; Green, Amazon, Collared Trogon and Ecuadorian Trogon; Whooping, Andean Motmot and others; Coopery and Purplish Jacamars; Black-streaked Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet; Gilded Barbet; Choco, Chestnut-billed, Channel-billed and Gray-breasted Mountain Toucans; Golden-collared Toucanets; Chestnut-eared, and Pale-mandibled Aracaris; Spot-breasted Woodpecker; Blackish-headed Spinetail; Rufous-fronted Thornbird; Scaly-throated, Rufous-necked, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleanersand others; many Woodcreepers among them Strong-billed Woodcreeper; Fasciated, great, lined, Collared, Black-crowned, Plain-winged. Mouse-colored, White-shouldered Antshrikes; Ornate, Pygmy, Slaty, Yellow-breasted, and Rufous-winged Antwrens; Peruvian-warbling, Gray, Black-faced, Chestnut-backed, Esmeraldas, Zimmer´s, Zeledon´s, Spot-backed, and Common Scale-backed Antbirds; White-backed Fire-eye; Scaled Antpitta (h); Plain-backed,, Watkins´s, Chesnut-naped, white-bellied and Thrush-like Antpitta; Ash-colored, Blackish, Long-tailed and Chusquea Tapaculos.
Among other remarkable birds are: Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, White-bellied Pygmy Tyran, Black and white Tody Flycatcher, Orange-banded Flycatcher, Euler´s Flycatcher, Crowned Chat-Tyrant, Ochraceous Attila; Green-amd-black, Barred, and Scaled Fruiteaters; Andean Cock-of-the Rock, Long-wattled Umbrellabird; Dwarf-tyrant, club-winged, Striped, Blue-rumped, and White-bearded Manakins; Yellow-cheecked, Chestnut-crowned, Black-and-white, and One-colored Becards; Slaty-capped Shrike Vireo, Olivaceous and Lesser Greenlets; Musician Wren and others; Half-collared Gnatwren; Marañon Thrush.
Among remarkable Tanagers: Black-faced, gray-hooded, flame-crested, Orange-throated; Hooded, Lacrimouse, Grass-green, Golden-crowned, Masked, Blue-necked, Tuquoise, Paradise, Opal-crowned, Bay-headed, Green-and-Gold, and Swallow Tanagers; Black-faced and Yellow-bellied dacnis; Purple Honeycreeper; Yellow-backed Tanager and others.