Friday, June 11, 2010

Peru. May 14, Day 13: One more time

We would be leaving Abra Patricia this morning, so Martin got up very early, about 4:30 AM to try for the Long-whiskered Owlet one last time. He was joined by Alex and Juan Jose. They were next to the tower, an area that the owl had been seen at before, when a small, almost tailless. owl shaped bird flew right past Juan Jose and Martin. Was it the owlet? Since I wasn't there, I can't say, but Juan Jose and Martin both are fairly sure it was. Martin was pretty jazzed when he came back to get me up to go to breakfast.

After we ate we went back to the gate area one more time. We looked again for the Lulu's Tody-tyrant, but only heard it. We packed up and headed down hill for the final time. We stopped a few times before getting to Afluentes. We finally got good looks at Bar-winged Woodwren, a much wanted bird that we had been trying for for several years. We saw a number of Swallow-tailed Kites again.  I felt a little sad to be leaving this area. We stopped at a pull out and I picked out a bird that Martin was excited about despite its rather subdued appearance, a Drab Hemispingus, a type of tanager. We did see a pair of Lulu's Tody-tyrants nearby.

We arrived at Afluentes and immediately picked up a good mixed flock. The tanagers were thick. There were Golden, Flame-faced, Beryl-spangled, Saffron-crowned and Grass Green, all birds I have seen before, but love so much. Then Martin found a Blue-browed Tanager, which I wanted very much! Martin was on a bit of a roll. He spotted a flash of red and black. At first he thought it was a White-winged Tanager, which we had seen a few days before at this site. Then he realized it was one of his main targets, a Vermilion Tanager and it was a stonker, as he would say. A beautiful red, about the size of our Scarlet Tanager, but with a black mask similar to a Cardinal, this was a real looker. We ended up seeing four of them.  Then Alex found a bird that trumped the tanager, at least as far as I was concerned, a Lanceolated Monklet! It perched for ages, giving good looks and crummy photos, well MY photos are crummy.

It was hard to leave, but we had a ways to go, so we took off, stopping at the chicken restaurant in Agua Verdes one more time. We had driven just a bit further when we saw a very long snake crossing the road. Snakes are almost as good as birds as far as I am concerned. (I wanted to be a herpatologist when I was a kid.) We backed up and stopped; then we jumped out of the car. The snake was crawling down a concrete drainage ditch, so we got great looks and a few photos. It was black with diagonal yellow stripes. Juan Jose said it was some kind of rat snake, and not venomous, which was a little disappointing. Martin had seen a large Coral Snake a couple of days previously, so I was wanting something a bit more dangerous.

We pressed on to Rioja. In the late afternoon we visited the forest at Yacumama again, where we had seen Point-tailed Palm-creeper on our previous visit. It was rather quiet, but we did add both Amazon and Green Kingfisher on the river, as well as Black-fronted Nunbird. A Tropial showed well on the other side of the river. As we were leaving I spotted a Capped Heron, a big favorite of mine, in one of the lagoons.
Photos for the day:

Bird list for the day:

1 Great Egret

2 Cattle Egret

3 Striated Heron

4 Capped Heron

5 Black Vulture

6 Turkey Vulture

7 Swallow-tailed Kite

8 Roadside Hawk

9 White-throated Hawk

10 Rock Pigeon

11 Band-tailed Pigeon

12 Plumbeous Pigeon

13 Blue Ground-Dove

14 White-eyed Parakeet

15 Cobalt-winged Parakeet

16 Red-billed Parrot

17 Smooth-billed Ani

18 White-collared Swift

19 Fork-tailed Palm-Swift

20 White-bearded Hermit

21 Tawny-bellied Hermit

22 Sapphire-spangled Emerald

23 Speckled Hummingbird

24 Violet-fronted Brilliant

25 Chestnut-breasted Coronet

26 Collared Inca

27 Emerald-bellied Puffleg

28 Long-tailed Sylph

29 Masked Trogon

30 Amazon Kingfisher

31 Green Kingfisher

32 Lanceolated Monklet

33 Black-fronted Nunbird

34 Versicolored Barbet

35 White-throated Toucan

36 Lafresnaye's Piculet

37 Yellow-tufted Woodpecker

38 Little Woodpecker

39 Golden-olive Woodpecker

40 Pale-legged Hornero

41 Azara's Spinetail

42 Cinereous-breasted Spinetail

43 Ash-browed Spinetail

44 Streaked Tuftedcheek

45 Montane Foliage-gleaner

46 Plain Xenops

47 Buff-throated Woodcreeper

48 Montane Woodcreeper

49 Variable Antshrike

50 Rufous-vented Tapaculo- Heard

51 Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet

52 White-crested Elaenia

53 Inca Flycatcher

54 Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant

55 Golden-faced Tyrannulet

56 Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant

57 Lulu's Tody-Flycatcher

58 Cinnamon Flycatcher

59 Rufous-tailed Tyrant

60 Dusky-capped Flycatcher

61 Great Kiskadee

62 Boat-billed Flycatcher

63 Social Flycatcher

64 Gray-capped Flycatcher

65 Tropical Kingbird

66 Barred Fruiteater

67 Barred Becard

68 Brown-capped Vireo

69 Rufous-browed Peppershrike

70 Blue-and-white Swallow

71 Southern Rough-winged Swallow

72 Thrush-like Wren

73 Gray-mantled Wren

74 House Wren

75 Bar-winged Wood-Wren

76 Gray-breasted Wood-Wren

77 White-capped Dipper

78 Andean Solitaire

79 Swainson's Thrush

80 White-eared Solitaire

81 Black-billed Thrush

82 Great Thrush

83 Slate-throated Redstart

84 Spectacled Redstart

85 Russet-crowned Warbler

86 Magpie Tanager

87 Rufous-crested Tanager

88 Black-capped Hemispingus

89 Oleaginous Hemispingus

90 Drab Hemispingus

91 Capped Conebill

92 Common Bush-Tanager

93 Blue-gray Tanager

94 Palm Tanager

95 Blue-capped Tanager

96 Vermilion Tanager

97 Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager

98 Grass-green Tanager

99 Golden Tanager

100 Saffron-crowned Tanager

101 Flame-faced Tanager

102 Blue-browed Tanager

103 Beryl-spangled Tanager

104 Blue-and-black Tanager

105 Silver-backed Tanager

106  Black-faced Dacnis

107 White-sided Flowerpiercer

108 Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch

109 Rufous-collared Sparrow

110 Giant Cowbird

111 Orange-backed Troupial

112 Yellow-rumped Cacique

113 Crested Oropendola

114 Golden-bellied Euphonia

115 Bronze-green Euphonia

116 White-vented Euphonia

117 Blue-naped Chlorophonia

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