Monday, 20 November 2017

20th November 2017 Wild Sumaco Lodge

We awoke to steady rain but Alan Wilkinson kindly pointed out a pair of Gorgeted Woodstars found by his guide, Byron, feeding on a plant originally brought to Ecuador from Central America by birders knowing how Hummingbirds enjoy feeding on the flowers! Once the rain had eased we walked the Coopmans Trail that produced four noisy Military Macaws. Although a prolonged watch of the Hummingbird feeders behind the Research Centre produced 2 Napo Sabrewings there was no sign of a Gould's Jewelfront that sometimes also attends. In the early afternoon we decided to walk the F.A.C.E. trail again but it soon started to rain heavily. Luckily there is a shelter along the loop trail so we decided to sit out the rain there. We soon found ourselves in the midst of a thunderstorm. Almost unbelievably, given the area of forest all around, there was a large crack of lightning directly above us that caused a huge tree limb to fall directly onto the metal roof of our shelter! Fortunately the roof held in place, no harm was done, but a fortunate escape with what effectively amounted to a direct hit! The heavy rain continued and it became increasingly dark under the grey clouds so we really had no option but to walk back to the lodge in the rain, and with little associated wind, our umbrellas did a good job of keeping us relatively dry! The rain continued unabated and was torrential throughout the evening.

Black Vulture 3
Roadside Hawk 1
Military Macaw 4
Chestnut-fronted Macaw 2
Squirrel Cuckoo 1
Brown Violetear 4
Sparkling Violetear 6
Black-throated Mango 1 female
Violet-headed Hummigbird 2
Wire-crested Thorntail 4
Golden-tailed Sapphire 6
Many-spotted Hummingbird 2
Ecuadorian Piedtail 1
Black-throated Brilliant 1 male
Peruvian Racket-yail 1 male
White-bellied Woodstar 1 female
Collared Trogon 3
Many-banded Aracari 4
Crimson-crested Woodpecker 1
Ornate Flycatcher 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Tropical Kingbird 4
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock 3 males
White-breasted Wood-Wren 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Blue-naped Chlorophonia 1
Blue-necked Tanager 6
Palm Tanager 1
Silver-beaked Tanager 6
Scarlet Tanager 2 females
Slate-coloured Grosbeak 1
Black-and-white Seedeater 6
Yellow-browed Sparrow 2
Yellow-rumped Cacique 1
Crested Oropendola 6
Russet-backed Oropendola 8

Views from Wild Sumaco Lodge

Observation decking at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Golden-tailed Sapphire at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Female Gorgeted Woodstar at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Male Gorgeted Woodstar at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Male Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Military Macaws at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Many-banded Aracari at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Female Crimson-crested Woodpecker at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Male Napo Sabrewing at Wild Sumaco Lodge