Monday, 18 December 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
NAPO SABREWING 2 males
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
GORGETED WOODSTAR 2
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

Sunday, 17 December 2017

19th November 2017 Wild Sumaco Lodge

The dawn chorus was dominated by a pair of duet-ting Black-billed Toucans in a Cecropia tree off the lodge viewing deck and a male Black-throated Brilliant was seen at the Hummingbird feeders. On leaving the lodge grounds we saw an Ecuadorian Piedtail and a Golden-faced Tyrannulet both feeding alongside the parking area. We walked to the start of the F.A.C.E trail and it was the turn of White-throated Toucans to serenade us! We hadn't ventured far along the trail before seeing at least 2 male Black-faced Antbirds that were briefly joined by a Black-billed Treehuinter and a female White-backed Fire-eye. Next up was a male White-backed Fire-eye with a second individual being seen along the loop trail where we enjoyed seeing some lekking male White-crowned Manakins. After a long dual with a vocalisng Short-tailed Antthrush, one of two calling at the time, we managed only the briefest of views as it quickly walked across the trail leaving us disappointed. On our return along the trail we found a mixed-species flock favouring the canopy and successfully found a Grey-tailed Piha among the flock. On emerging from the forest a Short-tailed Swift was circling overhead. We walked the Coopmans Trail in the afternoon that proved quiet but returned for another session at the Antpitta feeding station at 3pm where a Northern White-crowned Tapaculo made several appearances, and after much trying, the young lad successfully whistled-in a Short-tailed Antthrush for us that showed well - brilliant! One last surprise was finding a Grey-cheeked Thrush being only the fourth record for Wild Sumaco.

Turkey Vulture 1
Swallow-tailed Kite 1
Squirrel Cuckoo 1
Short-tailed Swift 1
Green Hermit 1
Sparkling Violetear 6
Wire-crested Thorntail 1 male
Golden-tailed Sapphire 6
Many-spotted Hummingbird 2
ECUADORIAN PIEDTAIL 1
BLACK-THROATED BRILLIANT 1 male
Collared Trogon 2
Gilded Barbet 1 male
Red-headed Barbet 1 female
Black-mandibled Toucan 4
White-throated Toucan 5
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker 1
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner 1
BLACK-BILLED TREEHUNTER 1
Streaked Xenops 1
Plain-brown Woodcreeper 2
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper 1
Black-faced Antbird 2 males
WHITE-BACKED FIRE-EYE 2 males, 1 female
SHORT-TAILED ANTTHRUSH 2
Plain-backed Antpitta 1
Ochre-breasted Antpitta 1
NORTHERN WHITE-CROWNED TAPACULO 1
GOLDEN-FACED TYRANNULET 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Tropical Kingbird 1
GREY-TAILED PIHA 1
Andean Cock-of-the-Rock 2 male, 1 female
White-crowned Manakin 4
Inca Jay 2
Grey-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 3
Black-billed Thrush 1
White-breasted Wood-Wren 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Blue-necked Tanager 1
Summer Tanager 1 male


 Black-mandibled Toucans at Wild Sumaco Lodge


 White-throated Toucan at Wild Sumaco Lodge

 Female Collared Trogon at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Golden-faced Tyrannulet at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Sumaco Volcano from the start of the F.A.C.E. trail

Male Black-faced Antbird at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Male White-crowned Manakin at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Grey-tailed Piha at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Short-tailed Swift at Wild Sumaco Lodge


Male Wire-crested Thorntail at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Butterfly at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Plain-brown Woodcreeper at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Northern White-crowned Tapaculo at Wild Sumaco Lodge





Short-tailed Anttrush at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Ochre-breasted Antpitta at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Plain-backed Antpitta at Wild Sumaco Lodge



Grey-cheeked Thrush at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Saturday, 16 December 2017

18th November 2017 San Isidro Lodge and Guacamayos Ridge then drive to Wild Sumaco Lodge

From soon after dawn I concentrated on the bamboo stands along the Tapir Trail hoping to find an East Andean Long-tailed Antbird that proved quite straightforward. We then chose to have another look at the White-bellied Antpitta, that took its time to appear, but eventually showed well. We then decided to try the Guacamayos Ridge trail again, but despite better weather, the birding there actually proved quieter. We made the drive to Wild Sumaco Lodge - initially in heavy rain. On arrival we were asked if we would like to walk from the Lodge to the Antpitta feeding station at 3pm. In the meantime we watched the Hummingbird feeders that added a Many-spotted Hummingbird and were thrilled to find 2 male Wire-crested Thorntails nearby. At 3pm we joined a nice lad working at the Lodge who was armed with a small pot of earthworms. As we entered the Coopmans Trail we flushed a male Maroon-chested Ground-Dove off the ground from beneath some seeding bamboo that flew right past us much to our delight and also that of the lad from the lodge. We enjoyed an excellent session at the feeding station that produced Plain-backed and Ochre-breasted Antpittas and a Spotted Nightingale-Thrush. We remained after the lad left and all three species were seen several times. On our walk back we stumbled across a pair of Spot-backed Antbirds and, right at dusk, a pair of Sickle-winged Guans emerged to feed in a Cecropia tree that rounded off a very pleasing start to the birding at Wild Sumaco with several of our main target species seen.

Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 1
Roadside Hawk 1
Andean Guan 3
Sickle-winged Guan 2
MAROON-CHESTED GROUND-DOVE 1 male
Green Hermit 2
Brown Violetear 2
Green Violetear 4
Sparkling Violetear 6
Black-throared Mango 1 female
WIRE-CRESTED THORNTAIL 2 males
Fork-tailed Woodnymph 2
Golden-tailed Sapphire 15
MANY-SPOTTED HUMMINGBIRD 1
Violet-fronted Brilliant 1
Bronzy Inca 2
Collared Inca 2
Chestnut-breasted Coronet 6
Peruvian Racket-tail 2 males
Long-tailed Sylph 2
Strong-billed Woodcreeper 2
EAST ANDEAN LONG-TAILED ANTBIRD 1
SPOT-BACKED ANTBIRD 2
BARRED ANTTHRUSH h
Plain-backed Antpitta 1
White-bellied Antpitta 1
OCHRE-BREASTED ANTPITTA 1
Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant 2
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant 1
Handsome Flycatcher 1
Cinnamon Flycatcher 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Smoky Bush-Tyrant 1
Tropical Kingbird 2
Inca Jay 3
SPOTTED NIGHTINGALE-THRUSH 1
Mountain Wren 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 2
Slate-throated Whitestart 2
Three-striped Warbler 1
Golden Tanager 2
Beryl-spangled Tanager 1
Blue-and-black Tanager 1
Hooded Mountain-Tanager 2
Grass-green Tanager 2
Blue-grey Tanager 2
Black-and-white Seedeater 10
Scarlet-rumped Cacique 2
Russet-backed Oropendola 4

East Andean Long-tailed Antbird at San Isidro Lodge

White-bellied Antpitta at San Isidro Lodge

Strong-billed Woodcreeper at San Isidro Lodge

Guacamayos Ridge

Grass-green Tanager at Guacamayos Ridge

Andean Guan at Guacamayos Ridge

Handsome Flycatcher at Guacamayos Ridge


Butterflies at Guacamayos Ridge

Golden-tailed Sapphire at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Male Violet-fronted Brilliant at Wild Sumaco Lodge





Wire-crested Thorntail at Wild Sumaco Lodge




Spotted Nightingale-Thrush at Wild Sumaco

Ochre-breasted Antpitta at Wild Sumaco Lodge



Plain-backed Antpitta at Wild Sumaco Lodge


Male Spot-backed Antbird at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Sickle-winged Guan at Wild Sumaco Lodge

Fork-tailed Woodnymph at Wild Sumaco Lodge
Almost glowing at dusk!