SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (30th June, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

The next good stop down the road is called Aguas Verdes. There is a bridge of the same name and a restaurant just after this on the left. There is no accomodation but the restaurant people will let you camp in their yard and food is available. At dawn and dusk, Lyre-tailed Nightjar can be seen and more easily heard from in front of the restaurant. Other larger nightbirds flying at dusk were possibly Oilbirds. From the restaurant, walk towards the bridge (from where you can see White-capped Dipper) and turn left on a trail before it. This goes for quite a way and has some interesting birds like Olivaceous Greenlet, Inca Flycatcher and Slaty-capped Flycatcher. Accross the bridge and up the hill you will get to a trail turning left off the main road. This should be good in the morning and one of our group saw Amazonian Umbrellbird. The mainroad is also worth birding and we saw some interesting hummers. We tried another trail down towards Rioja turning right by some houses. The trail goes up through some forest but it was very quiet when we were there. Maybe we were just unlucky. I saw 64 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris Heard only
  • Scaled Pigeon Patagioenas speciosa
  • Plumbeous Pigeon Patagioenas plumbea
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • White-eyed Parakeet Aratinga leucophthalmus
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Lyre-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis lyra
  • Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber
  • Blue-fronted Lancebill Doryfera johannae
  • Blue-chinned Sapphire Chlorostilbon notatus
  • Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
  • Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone
  • Many-spotted Hummingbird Leucippus hypostictus
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
  • Black-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus
  • Little Woodpecker Veniliornis passerinus
  • Montane Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes lacrymiger
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major Heard only
  • Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis
  • Stripe-chested Antwren Myrmotherula longicauda
  • White-crowned Tapaculo Scytalopus atratus
  • Andean Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola peruviana
  • Inca Flycatcher Leptopogon taczanowskii Endemic
  • Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris
  • Golden-faced Tyrannulet Zimmerius chrysops
  • Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus
  • White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • White-capped Dipper Cinclus leucocephalus
  • Black-capped Donacobius Donacobius atricapilla
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys Heard only
  • Scaly-breasted Wren Microcerculus marginatus Heard only
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Olivaceous Greenlet Hylophilus olivaceus
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis Heard only
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Black-faced Tanager Schistochlamys melanopis
  • Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis
  • Ashy-throated Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus canigularis
  • Huallaga Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster Endemic
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
  • Orange-bellied Euphonia Euphonia xanthogaster
  • Paradise Tanager Tangara chilensis
  • Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
  • Spotted Tanager Tangara punctata
  • Blue-necked Tanager Tangara cyanicollis
  • Yellow-browed Sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Venezuelan Troupial Icterus icterus
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Dusky-green Oropendola Psarocolius atrovirens
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse