Well, well, well... To begin, I'd like to mention that this was my first tour to guide in the two years since the pandemic began, and I was very pleased that it was finally happening. What a great trip to enter 2022 with! One of my favorite tours yet...and there are many reasons why:
San Isidro and Wildsumaco lodges sit in the middle of their own reserves, and we were fortunate enough to have birds everywhere, even just outside the dining rooms. The highlands provided us with the most amazing views of Andean Condors, Andean Ibis, Andean Lapwing, and even Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. And I am sure that everyone remembers, when we entered the dining room, the Scarlet-rumped Caciques, Green Jays, Masked Trogons, Cinnamon Flycatchers, and the many other birds at San Isidro's porch that were enjoying the moths for breakfast already.
The variety of most unique hummingbirds were a joy to watch: Giant, Sword-billed, Booted Racket-tail, and many Wire-crested Thorntails. The Military Macaws looking for nests, Golden collared-Toucanet, and my personal favorite the Lined Forest-Falcon at Wildsumaco.
The couple of long drives that we made to reach the lodges were very productive, and we managed to see some of the targets that we wanted. One of them wasn't even a bird but the Spectacled Bear that we saw near Papallacta Pass. Now that was superb...
Weather was generally dry, possibly too dry, but the birds didn't care, and we birders didn't mind, so it worked out nicely. I was lucky enough to have a group of troopers with good patience, determination, and strength to deal with some of the challenges we faced along the way, so for that I want to say a huge thank you to the group. I also want to say thank you to Mitch at San Isidro and Carolina at Wildsumaco, each of them really looked after us all. Finally, thank you to Edgar, our fantastic driver who took us where we needed to be and was always on time.
I hope that you will keep birding, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
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
LITTLE TINAMOU (Crypturellus soui)
Heard a couple of days
TORRENT DUCK (Merganetta armata)
One of the most exciting events on the trip was to see a family of these amazing ducks feeding in the rushing waters of the Quijos river at Guango.
ANDEAN TEAL (Anas andium)
ANDEAN DUCK (Oxyura ferruginea)
A couple of males at Antisana
SPECKLED CHACHALACA (Ortalis guttata)
WATTLED GUAN (Aburria aburri)
Very vocal especially at night. Scope views of a bird at San Isidro from the car park, and we saw another one at Wildsumaco at night.
SICKLE-WINGED GUAN (Chamaepetes goudotii)
Some birds came to eat the Cecropia fruits in front of the lodge.
SILVERY GREBE (Podiceps occipitalis)
A pair at the lake at Antisana
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
SCALED PIGEON (Patagioenas speciosa)
RUDDY PIGEON (Patagioenas subvinacea)
BLACK-WINGED GROUND DOVE (Metriopelia melanoptera)
Very few at Antisana
RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana)
We saw this colorful bird at least a couple of times flying at Wildsumaco.
WHITE-THROATED QUAIL-DOVE (Zentrygon frenata)
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani)
SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)
COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)
Heard at the carpark at Wildsumaco
WHITE-CHESTED SWIFT (Cypseloides lemosi)
Some seen nicely at Wildsumaco
CHESTNUT-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne rutila)
WHITE-COLLARED SWIFT (Streptoprocne zonaris)
Big flocks of this big bird at Wildsumaco
SHORT-TAILED SWIFT (Chaetura brachyura)
Some were flying by the lodge
GREEN HERMIT (Phaethornis guy)
A few coming to the feeders but some also in the forest
TAWNY-BELLIED HERMIT (Phaethornis syrmatophorus)
Some people saw this stunning Hermit at San Isidro
SPARKLING VIOLETEAR (Colibri coruscans)
The most common hummingbird on the trip
BROWN VIOLETEAR (Colibri delphinae)
Very common at Wildsumaco
BLACK-THROATED MANGO (Anthracothorax nigricollis)
Males and females were coming to the feeders at Wildsumaco.
TOURMALINE SUNANGEL (Heliangelus exortis)
WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL (Discosura popelairii)
ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL (Phlogophilus hemileucurus)
Surprisingly common at the feeders in Wildsumaco
SPECKLED HUMMINGBIRD (Adelomyia melanogenys)
LONG-TAILED SYLPH (Aglaiocercus kingii)
ECUADORIAN HILLSTAR (Oreotrochilus chimborazo)
Nice views of a male at Antisana
BLACK-TAILED TRAINBEARER (Lesbia victoriae)
A few males with long tails were present at Tambo Condor.
TYRIAN METALTAIL (Metallura tyrianthina)
A few at Antisana
SHINING SUNBEAM (Aglaeactis cupripennis)
Not many, but nice views of some at Tambo Condor where we had our lunch
BRONZY INCA (Coeligena coeligena)
COLLARED INCA (Coeligena torquata)
BUFF-WINGED STARFRONTLET (Coeligena lutetiae)
Some were at Guango
MOUNTAIN VELVETBREAST (Lafresnaya lafresnayi)
Some of our group saw this nice hummingbird at Guango.
SWORD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD (Ensifera ensifera)
We managed to see the incredible long bill of this bird at Antisana.
GREAT SAPPHIREWING (Pterophanes cyanopterus)
The second largest hummingbird that we saw at Antisana
BUFF-TAILED CORONET (Boissonneaua flavescens)
CHESTNUT-BREASTED CORONET (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
The most dominant hummingbird at San Isidro
BOOTED RACKET-TAIL (PERUVIAN) (Ocreatus underwoodii peruanus)
Males and females were seen at Wildsumaco; the very distinctive chestnut boots were stunning.
GREEN-BACKED HILLSTAR (Urochroa leucura)
The stop that we made at the waterfall gave us the chance to see this beauty.
RUFOUS-VENTED WHITETIP (Urosticte ruficrissa)
BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa schreibersii)
GOULD'S JEWELFRONT (Heliodoxa aurescens)
One of the group's favorites, especially the males at Wildsumaco
FAWN-BREASTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa rubinoides)
VIOLET-FRONTED BRILLIANT (Heliodoxa leadbeateri)
Not many of this species, but we managed to see some males at Wildsumaco.
GIANT HUMMINGBIRD (Patagona gigas)
It was fantastic to see this GIANT, the feeders at Tambo Condor were very popular for them.
WHITE-BELLIED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus mulsant)
A female seen at Guango
GORGETED WOODSTAR (Chaetocercus heliodor)
At least once a day they came to the Verbenas at Wildsumaco.
VIOLET-HEADED HUMMINGBIRD (Klais guimeti)
NAPO SABREWING (Campylopterus villaviscensio)
FORK-TAILED WOODNYMPH (Thalurania furcata)
MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD (Taphrospilus hypostictus)
Not the most colorful birds, but they were very numerous at Wildsumaco.
GOLDEN-TAILED SAPPHIRE (Chrysuronia oenone)
Males and females were seen at Wildsumaco.
GLITTERING-THROATED EMERALD (Chionomesa fimbriata)
SLATE-COLORED COOT (Fulica ardesiaca)
CHESTNUT-HEADED CRAKE (Anurolimnas castaneiceps)
We tried hard but the bird never showed, though it was great to hear it call several times.
SOUTHERN LAPWING (Vanellus chilensis)
ANDEAN LAPWING (Vanellus resplendens)
RUFOUS-BELLIED SEEDSNIPE (Attagis gayi latreillii)
A trip above the Papallacta pass gave us the chance to see this unique bird.
ANDEAN GULL (Chroicocephalus serranus)
Big flocks at Antisana
ANDEAN IBIS (Theristicus branickii)
Only three, but it was great to see them.
ANDEAN CONDOR (Vultur gryphus)
The condors were a show at Antisana, adults and young birds were seen in good numbers.
BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)
TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Elanoides forficatus)
BLACK HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus tyrannus) [*]
ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)
WHITE-RUMPED HAWK (Parabuteo leucorrhous)
One of these small hawks was flying at San Isidro.
VARIABLE HAWK (Geranoaetus polyosoma)
BLACK-CHESTED BUZZARD-EAGLE (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
Great looks of this raptor at Antisana, where adults and young birds were soaring
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (Buteo platypterus)
TROPICAL SCREECH-OWL (Megascops choliba)
Four were roosting at the research station, where we had great scope views.
FOOTHILL SCREECH-OWL (FOOTHILL) (Megascops roraimae napensis)
This small owl is always hard to see, but some lucky folks in our group had great views.
BAND-BELLIED OWL (Pulsatrix melanota)
Our hard work paid off in the end, and to see this nice owl roosting was a treat.
GREAT HORNED OWL (GREAT HORNED) (Bubo virginianus nigrescens)
Far scope views but it was this owl. Thank you to Alejandro, who found it.
BLACK-BANDED OWL (Ciccaba huhula)
Every night at San Isidro
GREEN-BACKED TROGON (Trogon viridis)
A female was around the Coopmans trail at Wildsumaco.
BLUE-CROWNED TROGON (Trogon curucui)
Some people saw a nice male of this species.
COLLARED TROGON (Trogon collaris)
Comming to eat the moths at Wildsumaco
MASKED TROGON (Trogon personatus personatus)
At the dining room at San Isidro. What a treat!
ANDEAN MOTMOT (Momotus aequatorialis aequatorialis) [*]
WESTERN STRIOLATED-PUFFBIRD (Nystalus obamai)
Great views of this superb bird at Wildsumaco
WHITE-CHESTED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fusca)
This very quiet bird came to the moth trap very early in the morning.
BLACK-STREAKED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
We did well with this family, and we saw this species at the moth feeder and also in the forest.
BROWN NUNLET (Nonnula brunnea)
We were so close to seeing this bird, but it never showed in the open. At least we heard it twice.
COPPERY-CHESTED JACAMAR (Galbula pastazae)
Fantastic views of this iconic bird, which is the logo of Wildsumaco lodge
GILDED BARBET (Capito auratus)
RED-HEADED BARBET (Eubucco bourcierii)
SOUTHERN EMERALD-TOUCANET (ANDEAN) (Aulacorhynchus albivitta albivitta)
This green toucanet was very well camouflaged amidst the green vegetation at San Isidro.
CHESTNUT-EARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus castanotis)
This is the one with a single red band on its breast.
GOLDEN-COLLARED TOUCANET (Selenidera reinwardtii)
Fantastic looks at a very colorful male at Wildsumaco
YELLOW-THROATED TOUCAN (BLACK-MANDIBLED) (Ramphastos ambiguus ambiguus)
WHITE-THROATED TOUCAN (CUVIER'S) (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri)
CHANNEL-BILLED TOUCAN (YELLOW-RIDGED) (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus)
LAFRESNAYE'S PICULET (Picumnus lafresnayi)
This tiny woodpecker was seen at the lodge.
YELLOW-TUFTED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes cruentatus)
LITTLE WOODPECKER (Dryobates passerinus)
POWERFUL WOODPECKER (Campephilus pollens) [*]
We heard it but no luck seeing it.
CRIMSON-CRESTED WOODPECKER (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Seen few times along the road at Wildsumaco
LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)
CRIMSON-MANTLED WOODPECKER (Colaptes rivolii)
Scope views at San Isidro, what a stunning bird
LINED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur gilvicollis)
Possibly the bird of the trip, for me anyway, and thanks to some sharp eyes that worked hard to find this special bird.
COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus)
Heard at San Isidro
BLACK CARACARA (Daptrius ater)
A couple of times seen in flight
CARUNCULATED CARACARA (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)
Antisana is still the best place to see this species.
YELLOW-HEADED CARACARA (Milvago chimachima)
AMERICAN KESTREL (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Falco sparverius aequatorialis)
APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)
We saw this one a couple of times at Antisana.
BARRED PARAKEET (Bolborhynchus lineola)
A few seen in flight at Guacamayos
RED-BILLED PARROT (Pionus sordidus)
Some seen in flight, and some were feeding at the Wildsumaco carpark
SPECKLE-FACED PARROT (WHITE-CAPPED) (Pionus tumultuosus seniloides)
Scope views at San Isidro
BLUE-HEADED PARROT (Pionus menstruus)
SCALY-NAPED PARROT (Amazona mercenarius)
MAROON-TAILED PARAKEET (Pyrrhura melanura)
CHESTNUT-FRONTED MACAW (Ara severus)
MILITARY MACAW (Ara militaris)
It was so nice to see so many of these, some pairs were looking for nests inside the old palm trees. Incredible sights.
WHITE-EYED PARAKEET (Psittacara leucophthalmus)
LINED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)
PLAIN ANTVIREO (Dysithamnus mentalis)
Males and females came to the moth feeders every day.
ORNATE STIPPLETHROAT (WESTERN) (Epinecrophylla ornata saturata)
YELLOW-BREASTED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus axillaris)
RUSTY-WINGED ANTWREN (Herpsilochmus frater)
STREAK-HEADED ANTBIRD (Drymophila striaticeps) [*]
BLACK ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides serva)
A very sneaky Antbird that we saw along the lower road from the lodge.
BLACKISH ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides nigrescens aequatorialis)
WESTERN FIRE-EYE (BLACK-BELLIED) (Pyriglena maura castanoptera)
BLACK-FACED ANTBIRD (Myrmoborus myotherinus)
Very active males and females eating the moths at the moth trap
PLAIN-BACKED ANTPITTA (Grallaria haplonota)
At least 3 of them were coming to the feeders
CHESTNUT-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaria ruficapilla) [*]
WHITE-BELLIED ANTPITTA (Grallaria hypoleuca)
This bird hadn't been showing for over a week, but we took a chance and had great looks at one in San Isidro.
TAWNY ANTPITTA (Grallaria quitensis)
OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula flavirostris flavirostris)
SLATE-CROWNED ANTPITTA (Grallaricula nana) [*]
OCELLATED TAPACULO (Acropternis orthonyx) [*]
WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO (Scytalopus atratus atratus)
Great looks at one that came briefly to the antpitta feeders
LONG-TAILED TAPACULO (Scytalopus micropterus) [*]
BLACKISH TAPACULO (BLACKISH) (Scytalopus latrans latrans) [*]
SPILLMANN'S TAPACULO (Scytalopus spillmanni)
Really nice looks at one at Guacamayos
SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH (Chamaeza campanisona) [*]
OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)
PLAIN-BROWN WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
Seen a few times at the moth place
OLIVE-BACKED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus triangularis)
Common at San Isidro
MONTANE WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger)
The most common woodcreeper at San Isidro
STREAKED XENOPS (Xenops rutilans)
STREAKED TUFTEDCHEEK (Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii)
Nice looks at a pair at Guango
CHESTNUT-WINGED CINCLODES (Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris)
STOUT-BILLED CINCLODES (Cinclodes excelsior)
MONTANE FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Anabacerthia striaticollis)
LINEATED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Syndactyla subalaris)
BUFF-FRONTED FOLIAGE-GLEANER (Dendroma rufa)
BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)
PEARLED TREERUNNER (Margarornis squamiger)
One of the prettiest Furnariidae that we saw during the trip
ANDEAN TIT-SPINETAIL (Leptasthenura andicola)
It was great to see one nesting at Antisana.
MANY-STRIPED CANASTERO (Asthenes flammulata)
STREAK-BACKED CANASTERO (Asthenes wyatti)
We had to work a bit for this bird, but we all managed to see it nicely at Antisana.
ASH-BROWED SPINETAIL (Cranioleuca curtata)
DUSKY SPINETAIL (Synallaxis moesta) [*]
DARK-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis albigularis)
AZARA'S SPINETAIL (Synallaxis azarae)
Great looks of a pair at San Isidro from the dining room
BLUE-RUMPED MANAKIN (Lepidothrix isidorei)
WHITE-CROWNED MANAKIN (WHITE-CROWNED) (Pseudopipra pipra coracina)
GREEN-AND-BLACK FRUITEATER (Pipreola riefferii)
SCARLET-BREASTED FRUITEATER (Pipreola frontalis) [*]
FIERY-THROATED FRUITEATER (Pipreola chlorolepidota)
We had great scope looks of a male at Wildsumaco.
GRAY-TAILED PIHA (Snowornis subalaris)
A few people managed to see this incredibly well-camouflaged bird.
MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)
BARRED BECARD (Pachyramphus versicolor) [*]
WHITE-WINGED BECARD (Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus)
WING-BARRED PIPRITES (Piprites chloris) [*]
OLIVE-STRIPED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes olivaceus)
SLATY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon superciliaris)
RUFOUS-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (Leptopogon rufipectus)
One seen at San Isidro and another one at Guango during our last day
MARBLE-FACED BRISTLE-TYRANT (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus)
ECUADORIAN TYRANNULET (Phylloscartes gualaquizae)
RUFOUS-HEADED PYGMY-TYRANT (Pseudotriccus ruficeps)
SCALE-CRESTED PYGMY-TYRANT (Lophotriccus pileatus)
RUFOUS-CROWNED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus ruficeps)
This bamboo specialty was seen twice at San Isidro.
GOLDEN-WINGED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus calopterus)
COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)
YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (CONFUSUS) (Tolmomyias sulphurescens confusus)
CINNAMON FLYCATCHER (Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus)
CLIFF FLYCATCHER (Hirundinea ferruginea)
A few were catching insects along the Loreto road the day that we drove to Wildsumaco from San Isidro.
ORNATE FLYCATCHER (Myiotriccus ornatus)
All the ones that we saw were very ornate indeed.
HANDSOME FLYCATCHER (Nephelomyias pulcher)
WHITE-TAILED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus poecilocercus)
SULPHUR-BELLIED TYRANNULET (Mecocerculus minor)
TORRENT TYRANNULET (Serpophaga cinerea)
SOOTY-HEADED TYRANNULET (Phyllomyias griseiceps)
GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET (GOLDEN-FACED) (Zimmerius chrysops chrysops)
OLIVE-CHESTED FLYCATCHER (Myiophobus cryptoxanthus)
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Contopus cooperi)
SMOKE-COLORED PEWEE (Contopus fumigatus)
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (Contopus sordidulus) [b]
BLACK PHOEBE (Sayornis nigricans)
PLAIN-CAPPED GROUND-TYRANT (Muscisaxicola alpinus)
RED-RUMPED BUSH-TYRANT (Cnemarchus erythropygius erythropygius)
It was a nice moment to find this unusual bird on our way to the Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe site.
BROWN-BACKED CHAT-TYRANT (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
LARGE-HEADED FLATBILL (Ramphotrigon megacephalum)
This bamboo specialty was showing off along the road at Wildsumaco.
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
PALE-EDGED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cephalotes)
BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (SOUTH AMERICAN) (Megarynchus pitangua pitangua)
SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)
LEMON-BROWED FLYCATCHER (Conopias cinchoneti)
This canopy flycatcher was a treat to see at San Isidro.
GOLDEN-CROWNED FLYCATCHER (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
BLACK-BILLED PEPPERSHRIKE (Cyclarhis nigrirostris)
A few of these were coming to the dining room at Wildsumaco.
OLIVACEOUS GREENLET (Hylophilus olivaceus)
SLATY-CAPPED SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius leucotis) [*]
RUFOUS-NAPED GREENLET (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)
BROWN-CAPPED VIREO (Vireo leucophrys)
CHIVI VIREO (Vireo chivi)
TURQUOISE JAY (Cyanolyca turcosa)
GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)
VIOLACEOUS JAY (Cyanocorax violaceus)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
BROWN-BELLIED SWALLOW (Orochelidon murina)
WHITE-THIGHED SWALLOW (Atticora tibialis)
SOUTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis)
WING-BANDED WREN (Microcerculus bambla)
This small dark wren is always hard to see, but we had a very curious one along the FACE trail at Wildsumaco. Great looks at a very secretive bird.
GRAY-MANTLED WREN (Odontorchilus branickii)
HOUSE WREN (Troglodytes aedon)
MOUNTAIN WREN (Troglodytes solstitialis)
GRASS WREN (PARAMO) (Cistothorus platensis aequatorialis)
THRUSH-LIKE WREN (Campylorhynchus turdinus)
PLAIN-TAILED WREN (Pheugopedius euophrys) [*]
CORAYA WREN (Pheugopedius coraya) [*]
WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (BLACK-CAPPED) (Henicorhina leucosticta hauxwelli)
GRAY-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucophrys)
MUSICIAN WREN (Cyphorhinus arada) [*]
It was a shame that we didn't get to see this cool bird, but it was a treat just to hear it.
SPECKLED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH (Catharus maculatus) [*]
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (Catharus ustulatus) [b]
I have never seen so many of this species before during a tour.
WHITE-NECKED THRUSH (Turdus albicollis) [*]
PALE-EYED THRUSH (Turdus leucops) [*]
BLACK-BILLED THRUSH (Turdus ignobilis)
GREAT THRUSH (Turdus fuscater)
GLOSSY-BLACK THRUSH (Turdus serranus) [*]
PARAMO PIPIT (Anthus bogotensis)
It was hard to spot this cryptic bird that was hiding so well in the grass.
ORANGE-BELLIED EUPHONIA (Euphonia xanthogaster)
BRONZE-GREEN EUPHONIA (Euphonia mesochrysa)
YELLOW-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (YELLOW-THROATED) (Chlorospingus flavigularis flavigularis)
SHORT-BILLED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus parvirostris)
ASHY-THROATED CHLOROSPINGUS (Chlorospingus canigularis)
COMMON CHLOROSPINGUS (NORTHERN ANDES) (Chlorospingus flavopectus phaeocephalus)
YELLOW-BROWED SPARROW (Ammodramus aurifrons)
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
RUSSET-BACKED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius angustifrons)
CRESTED OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius decumanus)
SCARLET-RUMPED CACIQUE (SUBTROPICAL) (Cacicus uropygialis uropygialis)
These caciques were the first birds to show up at the dining room in San Isidro, just before the whole place was draped with other species of birds.
YELLOW-RUMPED CACIQUE (Cacicus cela)
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) [b]
SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (Myioborus miniatus)
SPECTACLED REDSTART (Myioborus melanocephalus)
SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra) [b]
SCARLET TANAGER (Piranga olivacea) [b]
MAGPIE TANAGER (Cissopis leverianus)
The largest tanager that we saw on our trip.
BLACK-EARED HEMISPINGUS (Sphenopsis melanotis)
WHITE-LINED TANAGER (Tachyphonus rufus)
SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER (Ramphocelus carbo)
HOODED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Buthraupis montana)
GRASS-GREEN TANAGER (Chlorornis riefferii)
BLUE-WINGED MOUNTAIN TANAGER (Anisognathus somptuosus)
BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)
The Blue-gray Tanagers in this part of the world have big white patches on the wings, and they are very different from the ones of the west slope of Ecuador's Andes.
PALM TANAGER (Thraupis palmarum)
SPOTTED TANAGER (Ixothraupis punctata)
BLACK-CAPPED TANAGER (Stilpnia heinei)
BLUE-NECKED TANAGER (Stilpnia cyanicollis)
BLUE-AND-BLACK TANAGER (Tangara vassorii)
BERYL-SPANGLED TANAGER (Tangara nigroviridis)
PARADISE TANAGER (Tangara chilensis)
This is considered one of the prettiest tanagers in the whole family, I guess that's how it got its name!
BAY-HEADED TANAGER (Tangara gyrola)
SAFFRON-CROWNED TANAGER (Tangara xanthocephala)
FLAME-FACED TANAGER (FLAME-FACED) (Tangara parzudakii parzudakii)
GOLDEN TANAGER (Tangara arthus)
This fantastic tanager was seen at Wildsumaco. On this side of the Andes they are more orange than the ones on the west slope that are yellow.
SWALLOW TANAGER (Tersina viridis)
BLACK-FACED DACNIS (BLACK-FACED) (Dacnis lineata lineata)
BLUE DACNIS (Dacnis cayana)
BLACK FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa humeralis)
WHITE-SIDED FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa albilatera)
DEEP-BLUE FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa glauca)
BLUISH FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa caerulescens)
MASKED FLOWERPIERCER (Diglossa cyanea)
PLUMBEOUS SIERRA FINCH (Geospizopsis unicolor)
GRAY-HOODED BUSH TANAGER (RUBRIROSTRIS) (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris rubrirostris)
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SEEDEATER (Sporophila castaneiventris)
PLAIN-COLORED SEEDEATER (Catamenia inornata)
BANANAQUIT (Coereba flaveola)
BLUE-GRAY SALTATOR (Saltator coerulescens)
Birds of this taxon used to be called Grayish Saltator, but the name has been changed. We saw them a few times at Wildsumaco.
BLACK-MANTLE TAMARIN (Saguinus nigricollis)
RED-TAILED SQUIRREL (Sciurus granatensis)
This is the one that we saw at San Isidro.
NORTHERN AMAZON RED SQUIRREL (Sciurus igniventris)
This species we saw at Wildsumaco.
AMAZON DWARF SQUIRREL (Microsciurus flaviventer)
CULPEO FOX (Lycalopex culpaeus)
SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus)
Stunning views of one from the road on our way to Papallacta Pass.
MOUNTAIN TAPIR (Tapirus pinchaque)
Some of our group who stayed longer in the dining room in San Isidro saw this unique mammal from there.
WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)
Totals for the tour: 299 bird taxa and 8 mammal taxa