Wednesday, 29 November 2017

29th November 2017 Pululahua to Paz de Aves

We spent the early morning at Pululahua and then drove to Paz de Aves birding from the observation deck and watching the Hummingbird feeders there before walking to the Cock-of-the-Rock lek at 3pm where we met Angel Paz who kindly pointed out a distant Rufous-bellied Nighthawk sat roosting in a tree. Worryingly, Angel told us that he had only seen three species of Antpitta that morning and all three were species that I'd seen before! All the more worrying was him mentioning that he hadn't seen Giant Antpitta the day before either and that they usually prove very difficult to find in the rain - and it was just starting to rain!

Cattle Egret 2
Swallow-tailed Kite 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Eared Dove 1
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk 1
Green Violetear 1
Sparkling Violetear 4
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird 3
Andean Emerald 4
Speckled Hummingbird 2
Purple-bibbed Whitetip 1 male
Fawn-breasted Brilliant 4
Brown Inca 1
Collared Inca 2
Velvet-purple Coronet 2
Booted Racket-tail 2
Black-tailed Trainbearer 1
Violet-tailed Sylph 4
White-bellied Woodstar 1 male
Purple-throated Woodstar 6
Toucan Barbet 1
Crimson-rumped Toucanet 1
Pale-mandibled Aracari 1
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker 2
Azara's Spinetail 1
Rusty-breasted Antpitta h
Cinnamon Flycatcher 2
Smoke-coloured Pewee 1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1
Golden-crowned Flycatcher 2
Barred Becard 1 male
Black-and-white Becard 1 male
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock 8 males
Turquoise Jay 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Great Thrush 6
Tropical Mockingbird 1
Cinereous Conebill 1
White-sided Flowerpiercer 2
Rufous-chested Flycatcher 1
Blue-capped Tanager 1
Lemon-rumped Tanager 1
Southern Yellow Grosbeak 2
Slaty Finch 8
Rufous-naped/Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch 1
Rufous-collared Sparrow 20

leaving the Pululahua caldera

Andean Guan at Pululahua

Rufous-naped/Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch at Pululahua

Blue-capped Tanager at Pululahua

Male White-bellied Woodstar at Pululahua

Paz de Aves

very comfortable accommodation

Our veranda with the Paz de Aves Observation deck in the background

View from the Observation deck

Male Purple-bibbed Whitetip at Paz de Aves

Lemon-rumped Tanager at Paz de Aves

Red-eyed Vireo at Paz de Aves

Male Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks at Paz de Aves