More Andean endemics with magnificent birding crew from USA, UK & Canada (Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013).

06 - 01 - 2013

From December 28th (2012) to January 5th (2013) we birded the Western & Central Andes for endemics & specialties with Wendy Money and daughter Trina Warren (USA), joined by Pauline Horton & Graham Leach (UK). After birding the Lomalinda Nature Reserve & Chicoral area above Cali, we visited the very nice hummingbird feeders of Juan José Arango & wife Anabelle in Cali. Then, we birded El Vínculo Nature Serve and Sonso marshes in Buga, after which we drove to Otún-Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary for a 2-night stay. Our route continued with a very productive stop at Cameguadua marsh in Chinchiná, Río Blanco, Los Nevados & Jardín, finishing in Medellin airport with a farewell to Wendy & Trina. Here, Eva Froese from Canada joined Graham and Pauline for an extension into the Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve in the Anorí area, Río Claro in the Magdalena Valley, Bellavista forest in Victoria and forest fragments at El Líbano, with a final visit to the hummingbirds at Recinto del Pensamiento in Manizales before driving back to Cali for Pauline’s & Graham flight back to the UK. Eva Froese stayed a bit longer, birding Río Blanco and Los Nevados before returning back to Canada.

Bird count totaled 462 species (23 species heard only). Endemics & specialties seen included, but were not restricted to, the following: Northern Screamer, Cauca Guan, Colombian Chachalaca, Yellow-eared Parrot, Bearded Helmetcrest, Black-thighed Puffleg, Golden-breasted Puffleg, Purple-throated Woodstar, White-Mantled Barbet, Grayish Piculet, Bar-crested Antshrike, Parker´s Antbird, Brown-banded Antpitta, Stile´s Tapaculo, Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Apical Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Piha, Sooty-headed Wren, Multicolored Tanager, Black-headed & Yellow-headed Brush-Finch, Sooty Ant-Tanager, Golden-fronted Redstar and Red-bellied Grackle, among others.

From left to right: Trina, Wendy, Graham & Pauline at the Yellow-eared Parrot Reserve above Jardin (Western Andes).

From left to right: Eva Froese, Graham Leach, Pauline Horton and Daniel Uribe, birding a trail at Chesnut-capped Piha Reserve.