Friday, May 28, 2010

Peru, Day 7 May 8, 2010 I get high on birding!

We left our hotel in Olmos and headed up to the Abra Porculla area. The pass is at 2100 meters, just under 7,000 ft, not all that high, but enough to have a little chill in the air. The views from the pass are breathtaking! The clouds were below us and the birds in the area were great. There are a number of endemics which we were looking for.

We did quite well here, picking up Chapman’s Antshrike, Rufous-necked Foliage Gleaner, Black-cowled Saltator and the sometimes difficult to find Piura Chat-Tyrant. I got a decent look at Bay-crowned Brush-finch. A Peruvian Sheartail, though not rare, was a big treat. There is something about long-tailed hummingbirds… Spot-throated Hummingbird is far from a “looker”, but we were very happy to add it to our list. I was walking along the road and heard what sounded like a bumble bee. I looked up and saw a tiny hummingbird zipping off, a Short-tailed Woodstar. Unfortunately no one else saw it. Luckily after a little searching we re-located it. We had both Black-chested Buzzard-eagle and Variable hawk flying over. Maranon Crescent-chest was probably my favorite bird here

We stopped at a scrubby hill side to look for Little Inca Finch. It took some real effort, but we finally got good looks when one responded to Alex’s play back. We also had Elegant Crescent-chest. How could anyone complain about a two crescent-chest day? There were a couple of spinetails working a mossy tree and we had the obligatory grassquits and seed-eaters.

Photos for the day:

Bird list for the day:

1 Great Egret

2 Snowy Egret

3 Cattle Egret

4 Black Vulture

5 Turkey Vulture

6 Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle

7 Variable Hawk

8 Rock Pigeon

9 West Peruvian Dove

10 Eared Dove

11 Ecuadorian Ground-Dove

12 White-tipped Dove

13 Groove-billed Ani

14 White-tipped Swift

15 Gray-chinned Hermit

16 Sparkling Violetear

17 Spot-throated Hummingbird

18 Amazilia Hummingbird

19 Andean Emerald

20 Peruvian Sheartail

21 Short-tailed Woodstar

22 Azara's Spinetail

23 Necklaced Spinetail

24 Rufous-fronted Thornbird

25 Point-tailed Palmcreeper

26 Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner

27 Chapman's Antshrike

28 Collared Antshrike

29 Northern Slaty-Antshrike

30 Chestnut-crowned Antpitta- Heard

31 Maranon Crescentchest

32 Elegant Crescentchest

33 Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet

34 Mouse-colored Tyrannulet

35 Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant

36 Common Tody-Flycatcher

37 Vermilion Flycatcher

38 Piura Chat-Tyrant

39 Tropical Kingbird

40 Blue-and-white Swallow

41 Speckle-breasted Wren

42 Superciliated Wren

43 Mountain Wren

44 Tropical Gnatcatcher

45 Great Thrush

46 Long-tailed Mockingbird

47 Citrine Warbler

48 Three-banded Warbler

49 Bananaquit

50 Rufous-chested Tanager

51 White-lined Tanager

52 Silver-beaked Tanager

53 Fawn-breasted Tanager

54 Streaked Saltator

55 Black-cowled Saltator

56 Plumbeous Sierra-Finch

57 Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch

58 Little Inca-Finch

59 Blue-black Grassquit

60 Black-and-white Seedeater

61 Chestnut-bellied Seedeater

62 Dull-colored Grassquit

63 Rusty Flowerpiercer

64 Saffron Finch

65 Bay-crowned Brush-Finch

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