ANCASH (Compass)

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Best Time for visit (25th March, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Pueblo Libre is a spot for the 'Ancash' Pale-tailed Spinetail. The directions in Valqui are quite sufficient to find it. I stayed in Yungay where there are several hostels and restaurants. I stayed in Hostal Yungay (15s). Colectivos pass the plaza for Caraz 12km away. After 7.5km is the turn off for Pueblo Libre at a place called Puente Grande (2s). Cross the bridge and check the scrub on the right side straight afterwards. I saw Giant Hummingbird and Golden-billed Saltator here. From there it is 2km along the road to the town of Pueblo Libre through agricultural land with Blue-black Grassquit, Drab Seedeater and White-collared Swift. The road winds up through the town and a short distance after the very small plaza (Hooded Siskin and Greenish Yellow-Finch) there is a gravel road to the right. Valqui says go 2.5km along this road to the best spot for the canastero but I found them in scrub on a hillside in a small, dry valley less than 1km along. The road continues through dry scrub with some areas of cactus over a river. This area had Band-tailed Seedeater, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch and Collared Warbling-Finch. I saw 31 species including 3 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species Seen in Yungay
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana Photographed
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Possibly heard
  • White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii Endemic Photographed
  • Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas Photographed
  • Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
  • Pale-tailed Canastero Asthenes huancavelicae Endemic Vulnerable
  • White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
  • Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
  • Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus meloryphus Possibly seen
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon Photographed
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco Photographed
  • Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
  • Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis Possibly seen
  • Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
  • Collared Warbling-Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Photographed
  • Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  • Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
  • Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
  • Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica Photographed

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse