TICLIO BOG, LIMA
Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl
Best Time for visit (29th March, 2006)
Birding Site Guide
Ticlio Bog can be birded in a day trip from Lima using public transport. Valqui wrote that the Ticlio Pass was at km133 but they seem to have changed the markers and it is now at km131. This takes about 3 hours by bus from Lima but maybe quicker using a colectivo heading towards Huancayo. Buses and colectivos leave an area of Lima called 'Yerbateros'. This is apparently a very dangerous area but if you get a taxi to 'Terminal Terrestre' and get straight on a bus there should be no problem. Some buses leave from offices on Luna Pizarro but these stop in Yerbateros anyway. The fare is 15s. Colectivos leave from across the street. An alternative to going to Yerbateros would be to catch a bus to Chosica (e.g. from Paseo Colon) and flag down a bus on the Panamericana there. Ticlio Bog is at the km129 marker before the pass on the left-hand side. Look for a point in the road where it runs next to an overhead electricity line. I saw White-bellied Cinclodes right up to the road. They seemed fairly tame and you could get quite close. I also saw Andean Lapwing, Puna Snipe, Andean Flicker and White-winged Diuca Finch here. I checked the other side of the pass but there was not too much of interest, only Crested Duck and Streak-throated Canastero. Sierra-Finches were common at the pass. The pass is above 4800m. Take it very easy. I saw 15 species including 1 lifer.
- Crested Duck Anas specularioides Photographed
- Puna Hawk Buteo poecilochrous Possibly seen
- Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens Photographed
- Puna Snipe Gallinago andina
- Andean Gull Larus serranus Photographed
- Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola Photographed
- Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
- White-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes palliatus Endemic Vulnerable Photographed
- Streak-throated Canastero Asthenes humilis
- White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons Photographed
- Peruvian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus punensis
- Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor
- Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus
- White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera Photographed
- Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
A total of -- species of mammals.
There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles.
Author: Charles Hesse