Another challenging & productive trip for Hans Jörnvall from Sweden (January 2 – 15, 2017).

16 - 01 - 2017

Hans Jörnvall has a life-list over 9,200 species, and in previous trips we have been finding the most wanted species, adding now more than 120 species to his life list.

In this occasion we birded the Anchicayá Valley (along the Old Road to Buenaventura), San Cipriano & Aguaclara, covering a big altitudinal gradient from the high mountains to the foothills of the Western Andes. And we added a quick run to the Central Andes in search of the endemics Fuerte´s Parrot & Rufous-fronted Parakeet, plus the range restricted Gray-headed Dove.

In the first leg of the trip we were joined at different localities by Jose Luna, Anderson Muñoz and Andres Mauricio Henao, all birding guides with great knowledge on the places we were visiting. Our strategy for birding the Old Road to Buenaventura worked very well, achieving thirteen of the much desired targets. At the Anchicaya Valley we had great views of the near-endemics Moss-backed & Golden-chested Tanagers, Lita Woodpecker, near-endemic & near-threatened Choco Poorwill, Tooth-billed Hummingbird, Esmeraldas Antbird, Fulvous-breasted Flatbill, Green Manakin & Pacific Flatbill. At San Cipriano we were rewarded by finding the near-endemics Pallid Dove & Five-colored Barbet, the Black-headed Antthrush and the Stub-tailed Antbird. In spite of much effort and having them really close, the Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail & near-endemic Berlepsch´s Tinamou went into the list as “heard only”.

The second leg of the trip was very productive too. Above Santa Rosa de Cabal we had great scope views of the Fuerte´s Parrot, at Hotel Tinamu we found the Gray-headed Dove and at Los Nevados we met with a group of five Rufous-fronted Parakeets.

Overall, 16 new birds plus 2 birds heard-only for a very large +9,200 life list. A productive trip!

The near-endemic Moss-backed Tanager seen with Hans Jörnvall at El Danubio (low Anchicaya Valley).

This is one of the most wanted birds in Colombia & Ecuador.