SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (2nd July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is an excellent spot within easy reach of Rioja. We accessed it by car but you could take public transport the 10-15 minutes along the road towards Moyobamba then walk the final 4km. You could even camp up there. We left Rioja about 4:30 am and got there about 5am nice and early for nightjars. Follow the signs from the main road and park at a big clearing where there is a small house. From here, a poor road continues up through forest and here we saw Paraque, Rufous and Blackish Nightjars. Another evening we saw Common Potoo just behind the house and Spot-tailed Nightjar flying over open fields on the way back down to the main road. 

From the clearing, a trail goes down another way which has excellent birding in the early morning. Mishana Tyrannulet and Napo Sabrewing are also possible here although I didn't see them. There is a nice view accross the forest on the left. Further down is a fork. Here we had an unidentified juvenile male coquette. I saw 71 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Blue Ground-Dove Claravis pretiosa
  • Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum Heard only
  • Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus
  • Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  • Rufous Nightjar Caprimulgus rufus
  • Spot-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus maculicaudus
  • Blackish Nightjar Caprimulgus nigrescens
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis
  • White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
  • Spangled Coquette Lophornis stictolophus
  • Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
  • White-tailed Trogon Trogon viridis
  • Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona Seen on river nearby
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana Seen on river nearby
  • Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum Heard only
  • Gilded Barbet Capito auratus
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari Pteroglossus castanotis
  • (Yellow-ridged Toucan) Ramphastos culminatus
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Cinereous-breasted Spinetail Synallaxis hypospodia
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Fiery-capped Manakin Machaeropterus pyrocephalus
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • White-winged Black-Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus
  • Short-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus ferox
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
  • Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Thrush-like Wren Campylorhynchus turdinus
  • Black-billed Thrush Turdus ignobilis
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Huallaga Tanager Ramphocelus melanogaster Endemic
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
  • Green-and-gold Tanager Tangara schrankii
  • Black-faced Dacnis Dacnis lineata
  • Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
  • Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
  • Swallow-Tanager Tersina viridis
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Orange-backed Troupial Icterus croconotus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse