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Best Time for visit (21st-22nd March, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a safer site for the White-winged Guans. I coordinated my visit with Asociacion Cracidae Peru and was lucky enough to get a lift to Limon as they had business there. In Limon I got a local guide (Lino) to show me up to the site less than an hour's walk away. We followed the trail up towards the valley then along the dry riverbed. After a big cliff on the left, there was a left turning that takes you up to the site. It is a raised piece of land between 2 dry streams. Previously it was used to grow maize and other crops but it seems to be being left to regenerate now. I stayed the night there and heard several owls and potoos at night. The guans were relatively easy to see despite it being the most difficult time of year due to all the leaves on the trees. I saw one bird perched in a tree on the way up around 8am, a pair in the late afternoon, and a few pairs early the next morning. The guans rustle their wings before first light and also call quite a bit between 6-7am. They are silent for most of the day after that, but get a bit vocal again in the afternoon. Other good birds seen in this area were Ochre-bellied Dove, Black-and-white Seedeater (very common and vocal), Pale-browed Tinamou, White-headed Brush-Finch, Black-and-white Becard and King Vulture. It seems that a truck goes to Olmos some or most days leaving at 1 or 2 in the afternoon. It is possible to catch a ride in this for 5s. Unfortunately most of its cargo is wood from mesquite trees in the area. I saw 57 species including 5 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Pale-browed Tinamou Crypturellus transfasciatus Near-threatened
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa Photographed
  • Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • White-winged Guan Penelope albipennis Endemic Critically endangered Photographed
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
  • Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Ochre-bellied Dove Leptotila ochraceiventris Vulnerable Photographed
  • Red-masked Parakeet Aratinga erythrogenys Near-threatened
  • Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • West Peruvian Screech-Owl Megascops roboratus Heard
  • Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum Heard Recorded
  • Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus Heard
  • Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis Heard
  • Scrub Nightjar Caprimulgus anthonyi Possibly seen
  • Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
  • Black-tailed Trogon Trogon melanurus Heard
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota Possibly heard
  • Scarlet-backed Woodpecker Veniliornis callonotus
  • Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
  • Guayaquil Woodpecker Campephilus gayaquilensis Near-threatened Possibly seen
  • Pale-legged Hornero Furnarius leucopus
  • Collared Antshrike Sakesphorus bernardi Photographed
  • Elegant Crescent-chest Melanopareia elegans Heard
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant Euscarthmus meloryphus
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Short-tailed Field-Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
  • Sooty-crowned Flycatcher Myiarchus phaeocephalus
  • Baird's Flycatcher Myiodynastes bairdii
  • Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
  • Black-and-white Becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
  • Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris
  • Speckle-breasted Wren Thryothorus sclateri
  • Superciliated Wren Thryothorus superciliaris
  • Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
  • Plumbeous-backed Thrush Turdus reevei Recorded
  • White-tailed Jay Cyanocorax mystacalis
  • Masked Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
  • Black-and-white Tanager Conothraupis speculigera Near-threatened Recorded
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina Seen near Limon
  • Parrot-billed Seedeater Sporophila peruviana
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • White-headed Brush-Finch Atlapetes albiceps Photographed
  • Tumbes Sparrow Aimophila stolzmanni
  • Golden-bellied Grosbeak Pheucticus chrysogaster
  • Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • White-edged Oriole Icterus graceannae

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse