I was in Ecuador for 10 days of birding, and I’ve finally gotten my recaps of my days there together, so here I go!
We arrived at about 6:30 last night, to a completely pitch dark, Ecuador. We met with our guide Rob Ripma, from Sabrewing Nature Tours, and got on a bus to the hotel. I don't think I slept at all! I was up at about 4:45 the next morning, trying to get my first lifer of the trip. Sadly enough, the sun doesn't rise until six. My first bird was at 5:30am, an Eared Dove. After breakfast, I went out and saw my first good birds, such as Rufuos-collard Sparrow, Fawn-breasted Tanager, and Black-tailed Trainbearer. We then headed to Yanacocha reserve at about ten thousand feet, with Rob and our Ecuadorian guide, Edison Buenanos. We saw Blue-winged Mountain-tanager,
Andean Condor, Variable Hawk,
and Shining Sunbeam on the walk along with a few other birds. From there, we continued on to Tandayapa Valley where we saw birds like Golden Tanager, Golden-naped Tanager, Golden-crested Flycatcher, Flame-rumped Tanager, Smoke-colored Pewee and many more. We headed for the lodge that we were staying at, called Septimo Paraiso, near the town of Mindo. Upon arrival we had Palm Tanager, Flame-rumped Tanager, Gray-breasted Wood-wren and the best bird here, was a Wattled Guan, that we heard when we pulled up.
After taking our stuff to the room, we headed in the direction of the Wattled Guan. It was calling from some trees very high up and a ways back. Edison got on it very quickly. It was just sitting and calling every few minutes. We watched it for a few minutes, before it moved on. We checked some of the Hummingbird feeders and found Brown Violetear, White-necked Jacobin, Lesser Violetear, and Fawn-breasted Hummingbird. Other than that, nothing else happened.
Eddie/kidbirder who is trying to keep up with his blog