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Holiday at Ecuador's Wildsumaco Lodge 2018
Dec 29, 2018 to Jan 8, 2019
Willy Perez

After celebrating the New Year at the wonderful San Isidro Lodge, we spent 6 nights at Wildsumaco Lodge. Here's the group on one of our morning starts, with Sumaco Volcano in the background. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

Ecuador is so biodiverse, and although this one week tour is short, it is always great. We stayed in only two lodges, but we visited great places at different altitudes, and that makes all the difference in the number of species seen. We started the tour in the dry valley of Tumbaco at 2400m, and gradually climbed to our highest point of 3200m whilst visiting the Antisana National Park, with a superb volcano in the background. After driving down through dramatic montane forest, we arrived at San Isidro Lodge which is located at 2000m, with the most birdy gardens on the east slope of the Andes in Ecuador. After San Isidro, we settled in for 6 nights at the wonderful Wildsumaco Lodge, with a view of Antisana volcano from the porch. The week was packed full of action from the first day when we visited Antisana, with Andean Condors us, flying by close enough to see the real size of them. Everyone was quite impressed with the number of Carunculated Caracaras along the paramo, followed by great views of Black-faced Ibis and the superb male Ecuadorian Hillstar protecting his territory.

We had a great time at San Isidro, not only with the birds, but also the cultural side. As it was the end of the year (31st December), we were offered a nice glass of Champagne and we burnt the dummy that represents the old year. At the gardens there we saw Masked Trogons, Green Jays, Cinnamon Flycatchers and the little elusive Gray-breasted Wood-Wren that came to eat some moths.

But that was just the warm up for the real stuff..... Wildsumaco Lodge was as impressive as usual, with many fancy hummingbirds like Golden-tailed Sapphire, Wire-crested Thorntail, Booted Racket-tail and fantastic male Gould's Jewelfront, to mention a few. The moth feeders and the Antpitta feeders at Wildsumaco gave us the face to face experience with hard birds such as some of the Antbirds. Finding some of the unique birds of the foothills is always a challenge, but the rewards were super when we saw them, and believe me, you now are ahead of some other birders.

Here are some of the superb birds that you enjoyed the most along the way.

-The big Andean Condors at Antisana. I mentioned them before, but Condors are the winners of all and there is a reason for that.

-Colorful Paradise Tanagers that came in and out several times along the trip just to cheer up our day. What colorful birds!

-The noisy Band-bellied Owls that showed nicely just at the car park were a treat.

-It was so nice to see the two Military Macaws that saved the day. They were splendid!

-What about the sneaky Chestnut-headed Crake that crossed the road. I never expected that, but that is why birding is good fun.

-I enjoyed the challenge to find the Western-Striolated Puffbird (I almost took it personally!), but it was so nice to find it.

-And for some people, the icing on the cake was the incredible Sword-billed Hummingbird that we saw the last day at Guango lodge.

I have to say that the trip was a full-on package of birding and fun. Thank you to all of you for traveling with us, and I hope that we will see you in some more birding adventures.

Good birding, Willy.

One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant

This amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird was one of the last birds we saw, but we were all impressed with that bill! Photo by participant Daphne Gemmill.

Tinamidae (Tinamous)
GREAT TINAMOU (Tinamus major) [*]
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui) [*]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata) – A last day prize on our way back to Quito; a pair were just sitting on a rock near Cosanga.
RUDDY DUCK (ANDEAN) (Oxyura jamaicensis ferruginea)
Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)
WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri) – Distant but good scope views of a bird that was displaying on a tree-top at San Isidro. It was so cool; the bird stayed for a long time until George ran to bring Daphne from the lodge. Thanks for the effort, George!
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
SILVERY GREBE (Podiceps occipitalis) – Very few but at least some in Antisana.
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
BLACK-FACED IBIS (BRANICKII) (Theristicus melanopis branickii)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus)

We got a great view of this beautiful male Black-faced Antbird. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus) – There were a good number of them at Wildsumaco.
BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus melanoleucus)
BARRED HAWK (Morphnarchus princeps)
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma) – This big hawk was seen the first day at Antisana.
BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) – Adults and young birds were seen soaring with Variable Hawks and Andean Condors at the same time in Antisana.
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus) [b]
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
CHESTNUT-HEADED CRAKE (Anurolimnas castaneiceps) – We worked hard for this bird, and in the end it gave up and crossed the road for a quick but good view.
SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis) – The usual group that I believe is very established near San Isidro.
ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (Actitis macularius)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus) – A couple of them seen at Antisana.

The Condor Lookout at Antisana allowed us to see these magnificent birds really well. Photo by participant Daphne Gemmill.

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)
PLUMBEOUS PIGEON (Patagioenas plumbea)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
BLACK-WINGED GROUND-DOVE (Metriopelia melanoptera)
WHITE-THROATED QUAIL-DOVE (Zentrygon frenata) – There was one coming to eat corn near the lodge at Wildsumaco; what a pretty bird!
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
Strigidae (Owls)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba) – We had to visit my friend's house to see this bird. It worked out nicely when one was coming to Campeon's house to catch some moths.
RUFESCENT SCREECH-OWL (Megascops ingens) [*]
BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota)
BLACK-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba huhula) – I like these owls; they are so reliable at San Isidro!

The gorgeous Golden-eared Tanager was just one of many that we saw. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

RUFOUS-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba albitarsis) [*]
Steatornithidae (Oilbird)
OILBIRD (Steatornis caripensis) – One bird was seen nicely at Wildsumaco.
Apodidae (Swifts)
WHITE-CHESTED SWIFT (Cypseloides lemosi)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
GRAY-RUMPED SWIFT (Chaetura cinereiventris)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)
BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans) – Very common along the trip.
TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)
WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii) – A few males with a very fancy crest, and some females, at Wildsumaco.
ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)
LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii) – Mostly males with long tails at San Isidro.
ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)

This Ochre-breasted Antpitta was one of the cutest birds we found. It posed so nicely for participant Whitney Mortimer, too!

TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)
SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis) – Great looks at this unique hummingbird, especially the rainbow rump.
BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)
COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)
GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus) – It was a shame, as we saw a nice male but it had a broken wing; we hope that he survived.
BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (PERUVIAN) (Ocreatus underwoodii peruanus)
WHITE-TAILED HILLSTAR (WHITE-TAILED) (Urochroa bougueri leucura)

We saw many fancy hummingbirds, too, including this lovely Tourmaline Sunangel. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

RUFOUS-VENTED WHITETIP (Urosticte ruficrissa)
BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa schreibersii)
GOULD'S JEWELFRONT (Heliodoxa aurescens)
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)
GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas) – We had to wait but eventually we saw them well, and we definitely understand why they are called giant!
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)
NAPO SABREWING (Campylopterus villaviscensio)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)
GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone) – The most numerous hummingbird at Wildsumaco.
Trogonidae (Trogons)
GOLDEN-HEADED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus auriceps)
CRESTED QUETZAL (Pharomachrus antisianus)
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris) – Regularly coming to the moths at Wildsumaco.
MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus personatus) – This is the one that we saw from the porch at San Isidro.
Bucconidae (Puffbirds)
WHITE-CHESTED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fusca)
BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
BROWN NUNLET (Nonnula brunnea) – Rare at Wildsumaco but we got to see it.
Galbulidae (Jacamars)
Capitonidae (New World Barbets)
GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus) – Fantastic views from the porch at Wildsumaco.
RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)
Ramphastidae (Toucans)
CHESTNUT-TIPPED TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus derbianus) [*]
MANY-BANDED ARACARI (Pteroglossus pluricinctus)
GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii) – We had great looks at this very colorful toucanet from the porch at Wildsumaco.
YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN (BLACK-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus ambiguus)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)

We had a chance to hike in the paramo at Antisana Reserve. This was one of the highest elevations we reached on the tour. Photo by participant Daphne Gemmill.

RUFOUS-BREASTED PICULET (Picumnus rufiventris)
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Picoides fumigatus)
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Veniliornis passerinus)
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
POWERFUL WOODPECKER (Campephilus pollens) – This big Woodpecker showed up nicely during our walks at San Isidro.
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) – Very vocal at Wildsumaco, just before breakfast. Some people saw them flying around.
BUCKLEY'S FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur buckleyi) [*]
CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans) – This unique falcon that feeds mostly on snakes was found a couple of times along the lower road at Wildsumaco.
AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)

We visited Campeon's house to see this Tropical Screech-Owl, which was coming to eat moths there. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)
SPOT-WINGED PARROTLET (Touit stictopterus)
RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)
SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (WHITE-CAPPED) (Pionus tumultuosus seniloides)
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)
SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura) – Great sightings of this small parakeet around the lodge at Wildsumaco.
MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris)
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)
Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)
LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)
PLAIN-WINGED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus schistaceus)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)

This Red-billed Tyrannulet was seen on the Sumaco Road one day. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

WHITE-STREAKED ANTVIREO (WHITE-STREAKED) (Dysithamnus leucostictus leucostictus) [*]
FOOTHILL ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla spodionota)
ORNATE ANTWREN (Epinecrophylla ornata) – One of the colorful antwrens that we saw near the low hummingbird feeders in Wildsumaco.
PLAIN-WINGED ANTWREN (Myrmotherula behni)
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris) – It was great to see this species coming to eat the moths at Wildsumaco.
RUFOUS-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus) [*]
STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps)
PERUVIAN WARBLING-ANTBIRD (Hypocnemis peruviana)
BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE (BLACK-BELLIED) (Pyriglena leuconota castanoptera) – Males and females were coming everyday to eat moths at Wildsumaco.
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)
Conopophagidae (Gnateaters)
CHESTNUT-CROWNED GNATEATER (Conopophaga castaneiceps)
Grallariidae (Antpittas)
PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota) – Still coming to the worm feeders.

A Black-streaked Puffbird posed very well for participant Whitney Mortimer, who got this great portrait.

WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca)
TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis) – During our Ecuadorian Hillstar stop, we managed to scope one of this species sitting on a small tree during our visit to Antisana.
OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula flavirostris flavirostris)
Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos)
ASH-COLORED TAPACULO (Myornis senilis) [*]
BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]
LONG-TAILED TAPACULO (Scytalopus micropterus) [*]
WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus) – This is the only tapaculo that we saw. It was quick but nice looks when one came to get some worms at the Antpitta feeding place at Wildsumaco.
Formicariidae (Antthrushes)
SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]
Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)
WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)
OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)
MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)

We celebrated New Year's Eve at San Isidro, where we said goodbye to 2018 in true Ecuadorian style! Photo by guide Willy Perez.

PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)
STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)
CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris) – The small cinclodes with a short bill that we saw in Antisana.
STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)
MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)
LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)
BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)
SPOTTED BARBTAIL (Premnoplex brunnescens) [*]
PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger) – One of the most good-looking furnariids that we saw in San Isidro.
ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura andicola)
MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)
DUSKY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis moesta)
DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis)
AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)
RUFOUS SPINETAIL (Synallaxis unirufa)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
WHITE-BANDED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus stictopterus)
TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea) – This small flycatcher that likes to be close to water was seen a couple of times along the trip.
STREAK-NECKED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes striaticollis)
OLIVE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes olivaceus)
SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)
ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)
RED-BILLED TYRANNULET (Zimmerius cinereicapilla)
GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (GOLDEN-FACED) (Zimmerius chrysops chrysops)

This pretty White-throated Quail-Dove was coming to a corn-feeder at the lodge at Wildsumaco. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus) – A few of them were at the car park at Wildsumaco.
SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)
RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps)
BLACK-AND-WHITE TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus capitalis)
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (CONFUSUS) (Tolmomyias sulphurescens confusus)
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus) – Several of them were feeding at San Isidro lodge.
CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea) – Some of them were sitting on a wire close to a cliff nearby on our way back to Quito the last day.
HANDSOME FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias pulcher)
FLAVESCENT FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus flavicans)
OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus)

White-backed Fire-eyes were coming to feed on moths at Wildsumaco. Participant Daphne Gemmill got this nice image of one of them.

BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)
PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)
BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
LONG-TAILED TYRANT (Colonia colonus) – At least one male with a long tail was seen nicely at Wildsumaco.
LARGE-HEADED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon megacephalum) – This flycatcher that likes bamboo showed up nicely during our walk from the research station.
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes)
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Cotingidae (Cotingas)
GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris) [*]
Pipridae (Manakins)
GREEN MANAKIN (GREEN) (Cryptopipo holochlora holochlora)

Long-tailed Sylph is another of the wonderful hummingbirds we saw at San Isidro. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei)
STRIPED MANAKIN (WESTERN) (Machaeropterus regulus striolatus)
WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (WHITE-CROWNED) (Dixiphia pipra coracina) – The common manakin that we saw at Wildsumaco.
WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris)
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)
BLACK-CROWNED TITYRA (Tityra inquisitor buckleyi)
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)
OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)
RUFOUS-NAPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)
RED-EYED VIREO (Vireo olivaceus)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa) – We had a group of these pretty birds at Guango Lodge.
GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)
VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)
WHITE-THIGHED SWALLOW (Atticora tibialis)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
WING-BANDED WREN (Microcerculus bambla) – Mostly heard, but some people managed to see one crossing at the moth feeders.
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)
PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) – This was the perfect duet that we heard coming out from the bamboo at San Isidro. It got even better when we saw a pair that came out from the foliage.
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya)
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (BLACK-CAPPED) (Henicorhina leucosticta hauxwelli) – Normally these little birds are hard to see but this time a pair was coming to eat moths every day.
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)
MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada) – We didn't see them but just listening to their song was spectacular. [*]
Cinclidae (Dippers)
WHITE-CAPPED DIPPER (Cinclus leucocephalus)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
ANDEAN SOLITAIRE (Myadestes ralloides) [*]
SPOTTED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH (Catharus dryas) – A young bird came to eat worms at Wildsumaco.
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (Catharus minimus minimus) [b]
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [b]
PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops)

Paradise Tanagers were one of the highlights at Wildsumaco. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus)
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
PARAMO PIPIT (Anthus bogotensis) – Very well hidden but we managed to see one at the Paramo during our visit to Antisana.
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (Mniotilta varia) [b]
AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla) [b]
CERULEAN WARBLER (Setophaga cerulea) [b]
TROPICAL PARULA (Setophaga pitiayumi)
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Setophaga fusca) [b]
BLACK-CRESTED WARBLER (Myiothlypis nigrocristata)
RUSSET-CROWNED WARBLER (Myiothlypis coronata)
CANADA WARBLER (Cardellina canadensis) – One of the most common birds of the trip. [b]
SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)

Participant Whitney Mortimer got this great shot of a tiny White-bellied Woodstar in flight.

SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)
BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Sphenopsis melanotis) – Nice looks at several birds at the car park in San Isidro.
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
VERMILION TANAGER (Calochaetes coccineus) – This red and black tanager was seen by some people the last day of the trip.
HOODED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Buthraupis montana) – Guango worked nicely for this species, at least a couple were feeding along the trail.
GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii)
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN-TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)
FAWN-BREASTED TANAGER (Pipraeidea melanonota)
ORANGE-EARED TANAGER (Chlorochrysa calliparaea) – A very green bird that we saw at Wildsumaco.
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)

Green Jays are common at San Isidro Lodge. This one seems to be wondering "What are you looking at?!" Photo by guide Willy Perez.

PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Tangara cyanicollis)
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii) – Seen at Guango the last day.
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)
BLUE-BROWED TANAGER (Tangara cyanotis)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis) – Seen several times at Wildsumaco.
GOLDEN-EARED TANAGER (Tangara chrysotis)
SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (FLAME-FACED) (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)
GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)

Black-tailed Trainbearer is another hummingbird species that we saw well. Photo by participant Whitney Mortimer.

GOLDEN-COLLARED HONEYCREEPER (Iridophanes pulcherrimus)
CAPPED CONEBILL (Conirostrum albifrons atrocyaneum)
CINEREOUS CONEBILL (Conirostrum cinereum)
BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)
BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa caerulescens)
PLUMBEOUS SIERRA-FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)
GRAY-HOODED BUSH TANAGER (RUBRIROSTRIS) (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris rubrirostris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
BLACK-AND-WHITE SEEDEATER (Sporophila luctuosa) – Small groups of these seedeaters were present at Wildsumaco.
PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
GRAYISH SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
Passerellidae (New World Buntings and Sparrows)
SHORT-BILLED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus parvirostris) – This was a surprise for us in Guango, normally they are at a lower elevation.

One of the non-bird species that we noted was the Black-Mantle Tamarin that we saw at Wildsumaco Lodge. Photo by guide Willy Perez.

COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (NORTHERN ANDES) (Chlorospingus flavopectus phaeocephalus)
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
SLATY BRUSHFINCH (Atlapetes schistaceus)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra) [b]
SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea) [b]
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (Pheucticus ludovicianus) [b]
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus) – The large oropendola that we saw at Wildsumaco.
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SUBTROPICAL) (Cacicus uropygialis uropygialis)
MOUNTAIN CACIQUE (GOLDEN-SHOULDERED) (Cacicus chrysonotus leucoramphus)
GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus oryzivorus)

The view from San Isidro Lodge was very lovely! Photo by participant Daphne Gemmill.

Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
BLUE-NAPED CHLOROPHONIA (Chlorophonia cyanea) – Some people managed to see a male feeding on the Cecropia fruits at Wildsumaco.
BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
OLIVACEOUS SISKIN (Spinus olivaceus)

BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)
COMMON WOOLLY MONKEY (Lagothrix lagotricha)
BRAZILIAN RABBIT (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)
RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis) – We saw this species at San Isidro.
NORTHERN AMAZON RED SQUIRREL (Sciurus igniventris) – This is the one found at lower elevation.
AMAZON DWARF SQUIRREL (Microsciurus flaviventer)
BLACK AGOUTI (Dasyprocta fuliginosa)
CULPEO FOX (Pseudalopex culpaeus)
KINKAJOU (Potos flavus)
WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)


There were other very interesting animals that we saw during our trip:

Blunt-headed tree snake (Imantodes cenchoa), Stag-horn Beetle, many spectacular moths and also many butterflies.

Totals for the tour: 305 bird taxa and 10 mammal taxa