SAN MARTIN (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (4th July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is an interesting area of dry forest about an hour to an hour half's drive from Tarapoto along a poor dusty road. Follow the road towards Juanjui. At the small town of Buenos Aires take the right fork at the gas station and follow the road along for 10km. There are km markers and after the 10km marker, there is a path leading to the right through good dry forest. It is also worth stopping at any points along this road that look good and we saw Huallaga Slaty-Antshrike, Rufous Casiornis and Straight-billed Woodcreeper about half way along this road. At the site itself, follow the trail through forest (with Stripe-chested, White-flanked and Rufous-winged Antwrens, White-browed Antbird and Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant) to the little stream where you can see Buff-rumped Warbler and Hoatzin. Crossing the river the trail passes a couple of houses and along the side of more forest where we saw Grey-necked Wood-Rail, Dusky-billed Parrotlet and Hook-billed Kite. On the way back, the road runs alongside the river. At one point it is very wide with many islands worth checking for Sand-colored Nighthawk, Pied Lapwing and Large-billed Tern. Forest by the side of the road here was the only place we managed to find Ashy-headed Greenlet. Some vehicles pass along this road and it may be possible to come on public transport or hitch. Be sure to get there early and it heats up and the bird activity drops off quickly. I saw 58 species including 6 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
  • Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
  • Pied Lapwing Vanellus cayanus
  • Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
  • Yellow-billed Tern Sterna superciliaris
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Blue Ground-Dove Claravis pretiosa
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Dusky-billed Parrotlet Forpus sclateri
  • Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia Heard only
  • Sand-colored Nighthawk Chordeiles rupestris
  • Black-throated Mango Anthracothorax nigricollis
  • Blue-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon mellisugus
  • Black-fronted Nunbird Monasa nigrifrons
  • Crimson-crested Woodpecker Campephilus melanoleucos
  • Plain-crowned Spinetail Synallaxis gujanensis
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Maranon Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus leucogaster Endemic
  • Stripe-chested Antwren Myrmotherula longicauda
  • White-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula axillaris
  • Rufous-winged Antwren Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus
  • White-browed Antbird Myrmoborus leucophrys
  • Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet Phaeomyias murina
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster Heard only
  • Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus striaticollis
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • Black-tailed Flycatcher Myiobius atricaudus
  • Rufous Casiornis Casiornis rufa
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • White-winged Swallow Tachycineta albiventer
  • Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
  • Moustached Wren Thryothorus genibarbis
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
  • Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  • Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus
  • Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  • Ashy-headed Greenlet Hylophilus pectoralis Rare/Accidental
  • Buff-rumped Warbler Basileuterus fulvicauda
  • White-lined Tanager Tachyphonus rufus
  • Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Purple-throated Euphonia Euphonia chlorotica
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela
  • Oriole Blackbird Gymnomystax mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse