Wednesday 8 May 2019

Yanacocha and International Flight (NW Ecuador) – 8th May (Day 14)

We were up at 03:30 in our comfortable lodge in Nono and after a swift breakfast headed up to Yanacocha leaving at 04:20 and arriving at around 05:00. After a walk of 30 minutes or so in darkness we arrived at the area of cliffs within the park which is a known lek area for Imperial Snipe but despite hearing calling there was no sighting of any birds which was somewhat of a disappointment. We spent the rest of the morning birding this fantastic moss covered montane forest with the highlights being Andean GuanOcellated Tapaculo, Crowned Chat-tyrant, Purple-backed Thornbill, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Buff-winged Starfrontlet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Andean Snipe, White-throated Screech-owl, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Undulated Antpitta, Rufous Antpitta, Blackish Tapaculo, Yellow-breasted Brush-finchEyebrowed Hemispingus, Green-mantled Tanager, Hooded Mountain-tanager and Blue-and-yellow Tanager. We wandered the forest for Imperial Snipe but with no luck and by 10:15 we had run out of time and needed to start heading back. During the walk back to the car the heavens opened and by 11:00 it was pouring with rain. We spent some time around the visitor centre area but it was pretty grim and we saw little of note but for Shining Sunbeam, Andean Guan and Ochraeceous Conebill.

Yellow-breasted Brush-finch - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

White-throated Screech-owl - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Yellow-breasted Brush-finch - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Andean Guan - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Ocellated Tapaculo - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Glossy Flowerpiercer - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Great Sapphirewing - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Tyrian Metaltail - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Spectacled Whitestart - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Masked Flowerpiercer - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Shining Sunbeam - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Shining Sunbeam - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Shining Sunbeam - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Great Thrush - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

Andean Guan - Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

 Most covered forests of Yanacocha, North-west Ecuador

We were back in the village of Nono by 12:15 and headed to the lodge to pack and for a freshen up before heading to Quito, a journey of around 2.5 hours. My flight left on time at 17:40 and landed in Madrid at 11:10, my onward flight was at 12:10 and I landed in London at 13:35 on 9th May.

Village of Nono, North-west Ecuador

List of Birds Recorded in North-west Ecuador
We recorded 412 species 102 of which were ticks for me (shown in bold). Bird of the trip for me was  Rufous-crowned Pittasoma followed by Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

Berlepsch's Tinamou
Sickle-winged Guan
Baudo Guan
Andean Guan
Crested Guan
Rufous-headed Chachalaca
Rufous-fronted Wood-quail
Dark-backed Wood-quail
Black-bellied Whistling-duck
Fulvous Whistling-duck
White-cheeked Pintail
Yellow-billed Pintail
Pied-billed Grebe
Rock Dove
Southern Band-tailed Pigeon
Ruddy Pigeon
Dusky Pigeon
White-tipped Dove
Pallid Dove
White-throated Quail-dove
Eared Dove
Common Ground-dove
Ecuadorian Ground-dove
Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Greater Band-winged Nightjar
Choco Poorwill
White-chested Swift
White-collared Swift
Band-rumped Swift
Pale-rumped Swift
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift
White-necked Jacobin
White-tipped Sicklebill
Band-tailed Barbthroat
Stripe-throated Hermit
White-whiskered Hermit
Brown Violet-ear
Green Violet-ear
Sparkling Violet-ear
Purple-crowned Fairy
Gorgeted Sunangel
Green Thorntail
Speckled Hummingbird
Violet-tailed Sylph
Black-tailed Trainbearer
Purple-backed Thornbill
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
Tyrian Metaltail
Hoary Puffleg
Sapphire-vented Puffleg
Golden-breasted Puffleg
Shining Sunbeam
Brown Inca
Collared Inca
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Sword-billed Hummingbird
Great Sapphirewing
Buff-tailed Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet
Booted Racket-tail
Rufous-gaped Hillstar
Purple-bibbed Whitetip
Green-crowned Brilliant
Empress Brilliant
Blue-tailed Emerald
Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer
Crowned Woodnymph
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Andean Emerald
Blue-chested Hummingbird
Purple-chested Hummingbird
Purple-throated Woodstar
Smooth-billed Ani
Striped Cuckoo
Common Squirrel-cuckoo
White-throated Crake
Purple Gallinule
Andean Coot
Fasciated Tiger-heron
Pinnated Bittern
Black-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Green-backed Heron
Cattle Egret
Cocoi Heron
Great White Egret
Tricolored Heron
Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Brown Pelican
Magnificent Frigatebird
Neotropical Cormorant
Black-winged Stilt
Andean Lapwing
Andean Snipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Royal Tern
Cloudforest Pygmy-owl
White-throated Screech-owl
Turkey Vulture
American Black Vulture
Hook-billed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Black Hawk-eagle
Ornate Hawk-eagle
Black-and-chestnut Eagle
Double-toothed Kite
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Plumbeous Kite
Roadside Hawk
Harris's Hawk
Plumbeous Hawk
Black-chested Buzzard-eagle
Grey-lined Hawk
Golden-headed Quetzal
Slaty-tailed Trogon
Choco Trogon
White-tailed Trogon
Black-throated Trogon
Masked Trogon
Rufous Motmot
Broad-billed Motmot
Ringed Kingfisher
Green-and-rufous Kingfisher
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
White-necked Puffbird
Black-breasted Puffbird
Lesser Pied Puffbird
Barred Puffbird
White-whiskered Puffbird
Lanceolated Monklet
Yellow-throated Toucan
Choco Toucan
Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Plate-billed Mountain-toucan
Stripe-billed Araçari
Pale-billed Araçari
Orange-fronted Barbet
Five-colored Barbet
Red-headed Barbet
Toucan Barbet
Splendid Woodpecker
Guayaquil Woodpecker
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker
Golden-olive Woodpecker
Cinnamon Woodpecker
Dusky-winged Woodpecker
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Red-rumped Woodpecker
Scarlet-backed Woodpecker
Yellow-vented Woodpecker
Bar-bellied Woodpecker
Laughing Falcon
American Kestrel
Bat Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Rose-faced Parrot
Red-billed Parrot
Blue-headed Parrot
Bronze-winged Parrot
Lilacine Amazon
Southern Mealy Amazon
Pacific Parrotlet
Choco Parakeet
Great Green Macaw
Dot-winged Antwren
Checker-throated Antwren
Pacific Antwren
White-flanked Antwren
Slaty Antwren
Plain Antvireo
Spot-crowned Antvireo
Black-crowned Antshrike
Dusky Antbird
Streak-headed Antbird
Ocellated Antbird
Bicolored Antbird
Spotted Antbird
Short-tailed Antbird
Stub-tailed Antbird
Esmeraldas Antbird
Zeledon’s Antbird
Western Russet Antshrike
Rufous-crowned Pittasoma
Undulated Antpitta
Giant Antpitta
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta
Yellow-breasted Antpitta
Rufous Antpitta
Western Tawny Antpitta
Streak-chested Antpitta
Ochre-breasted Antpitta
Ocellated Tapaculo
Blackish Tapaculo
Plain-brown Woodcreeper
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Black-striped Woodcreeper
Southern Spotted Woodcreeper
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Montane Woodcreeper
Streaked Xenops
Streaked Tuftedcheek
Pacific Hornero
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Lineated Foliage-gleaner
Striped Treehunter
Western Woodhaunter
Spotted Barbtail
Fulvous-dotted Treerunner
Pearled Treerunner
White-browed Spinetail
Red-faced Spinetail
Rufous Spinetail
Slaty Spinetail
Azara's Spinetail
White-bearded Manakin
Club-winged Manakin
Red-capped Manakin
Choco Manakin
Golden-winged Manakin
Orange-breasted Fruiteater
Green-and-black Fruiteater
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Chestnut-bellied Cotinga
Red-crested Cotinga
Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Rufous Piha
Black-tipped Cotinga
Tawny-breasted Flycatcher
Black-crowned Tityra
Masked Tityra
Cinnamon Becard
Northern Mourner
Golden-crowned Spadebill
Rufous-headed Pygmy-tyrant
Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant
Streak-necked Flycatcher
Olive-striped Flycatcher
Slaty-capped Flycatcher
Yellow-margined Flatbill
Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant
Common Tody-flycatcher
Black-headed Tody-flycatcher
Western Ornate Flycatcher
Choco Tyrannulet
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
Sooty-headed Tyrannulet
White-banded Tyrannulet
White-throated Tyrannulet
Piratic Flycatcher
Boat-billed Flycatcher
Golden-bellied Flycatcher
Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Grey-capped Flycatcher
White-ringed Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Long-tailed Tyrant
Orange-crested Flycatcher
Crowned Chat-tyrant
Yellow-bellied Chat-tyrant
Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant
Common Vermilion Flycatcher
Masked Water-tyrant
Smoky Bush-tyrant
Black Phoebe
Acadian Flycatcher
Smoke-colored Pewee
Pale-legged Shrike-vireo
Lesser Greenlet
Brown-capped Vireo
Beautiful Jay
Turquoise Jay
Barn Swallow
Grey-breasted Martin
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
White-thighed Swallow
Brown-bellied Swallow
Tawny-faced Gnatwren
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Slate-throated Gnatcatcher
Southern Nightingale-wren
House Wren
Mountain Wren
Grass Wren
Plain-tailed Wren
Rufous Wren
Stripe-throated Wren
Bay Wren
White-breasted Wood-wren
Grey-breasted Wood-wren
White-capped Dipper
Tropical Mockingbird
Andean Solitaire
Chestnut-throated Solitaire
Spotted Nightingale-thrush
White-necked Thrush
Ecuadorian Thrush
Great Thrush
Glossy-black Thrush
House Sparrow
Orange-crowned Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia
Golden-rumped Euphonia
Fulvous-vented Euphonia
Orange-bellied Euphonia
Andean Siskin
Hooded Siskin
Yellow-bellied Siskin
Black-striped Sparrow
Dusky Bush-tanager
Yellow-throated Bush-tanager
Chestnut-capped Brush-finch
Grey-browed Brush-finch
Orange-billed Sparrow
Choco Brush-finch
Yellow-breasted Brush-finch
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Peruvian Meadowlark
Pacific Cacique
Giant Cowbird
Shiny Cowbird
Scrub Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Olive-crowned Yellowthroat
Tropical Parula
Buff-rumped Warbler
Choco Warbler
Russet-crowned Warbler
Three-striped Warbler
Slate-throated Whitestart
Spectacled Whitestart
Dusky-faced Tanager
Golden Grosbeak
Lemon-spectacled Tanager
Ochre-breasted Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Scarlet-and-white Tanager
Scarlet-browed Tanager
Guira Tanager
Swallow Tanager
Purple Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
Blue Dacnis
Yellow-tufted Dacnis
Streaked Saltator
Buff-throated Saltator
Black-winged Saltator
Slate-colored Grosbeak
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Blue-black Grassquit
Rufous-crested Tanager
Flame-crested Tanager
White-shouldered Tanager
Tawny-crested Tanager
White-lined Tanager
Lemon-rumped Tanager
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Thick-billed Seed-finch
Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater
Western Hemispingus
Eyebrowed Hemispingus
Stolzmann's Tanager
Blue-backed Conebill
Ochraceous Conebill
Plain-colored Seedeater
Masked Flowerpiercer
Glossy Flowerpiercer
White-sided Flowerpiercer
Golden-crowned Tanager
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Green-mantled Tanager
Hooded Mountain-tanager
Blue-capped Tanager
Masked Mountain-tanager
Grass-green Tanager
Black-chested Mountain-tanager
Blue-winged Mountain-tanager
Black-chinned Mountain-tanager
Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager
Glistening-green Tanager
Moss-backed Tanager
Golden-chested Tanager
Rufous-throated Tanager
Golden-naped Tanager
Grey-and-gold Tanager
Blue-grey Tanager
Palm Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Scrub Tanager
Blue-and-black Tanager
Beryl-spangled Tanager
Metallic-green Tanager
Blue-and-yellow Tanager
Bay-headed Tanager
Rufous-winged Tanager
Flame-faced Tanager
Golden Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager

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