LOJA (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (19th, 26th, 28th February, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

I passed this area several times on the bus and birded roadside scrub a little (Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Speckle-chested Wren & Pacific Elania) when it broke down 2 hours before Loja coming from Quito. I also saw several new birds on the bus to Huaquillas on the border with Peru including Peruvian Meadowlark, Gray-breasted Martin & Bay-winged Hawk. I saw 30 species including 4 lifers 

Species seen 

  • Great Egret Ardea alba Seen journey Laja
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Seen journey Laja
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Seen journey Laja
  • Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus Seen journey Laja
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius Seen journey Laja
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata Seen journey Laja
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Seen journey Laja
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris Seen journey Laja
  • (Pacific Hornero) Furnarius leucopus Seen journey Laja
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Pacific Elaenia Myiopagis subplacens Possibly
  • Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus meloryphus Heard
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Seen journey Laja
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea Seen journey Laja
  • Speckle-breasted Wren Thryothorus sclateri
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Seen journey Laja
  • Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus Seen journey Laja
  • Great Thrush Turdus fuscater Seen journey Laja
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Heard
  • Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens Heard
  • Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa Seen journey Laja
  • Yellow-tailed Oriole Icterus mesomelas Possibly

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse