Birdfinders Trip Report November 2018

Another trip report now complete from the Birdfinders tour in November. A great trip seeing some 279 species, of which 93 were Atlantic forest endemics!
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A few highlights from this tour included Green-crowned Plovercrest, White-bearded Antshrike and Itatiaia Thistletail (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour….

The Birdfinders tour at Itororo Lodge finished yesterday having seen a total of 279 species of which 93 were Atlantic forest endemics! The last few days were very productive seeing many new species including Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Frilled Coquette, Spot-backed Antshrike, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Olive-green Tanager, Spot-breasted Antvireo, White-breasted Tapaculo, Sharpbill, Variegated Antpitta, Sharp-billed Treehunter, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, Black-billed Scythebill and many others. Photos from the last couple of days have included Rufous Gnateater, Yellow Tyrannulet and Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Andy Foster)

More from the Birdfinders tour……

Another day of full on birding on the Birdfinders tour! Today we birded the open country area around Duas Barras and Sumidouro with 114 species being seen! Highlights included Three-toed Jacamar, Gilt-edged Tanager, Black-necked Aracari, Toco Toucan, Serra Antwren, Gray-eyed Greenlet, Curl-crested Jay, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, White-eared Puffbird, Blue-winged Macaw, Streamer-tailed Tyrant and Chestnut-capped Blackbird. Photos from today include White-tailed Hawk, Gray-eyed Greenlet and Chestnut-capped Blackbird (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour continues……

The Birdfinders tour continues….. we spent a full day in the Itororo Lodge grounds, a little frustrating due to strond winds but we did manage a handful of new species including Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Sombre Hummingbird, Cryptic Antthrush, Saffron Toucanet, Blue Manakin, Surucua Trogon and Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper for a couple of the group. Fingers crossed that tomorrow brings calmer weather! Photos from today include Burnished-buff Tanager, White-throated Hummingbird and Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour day 4!

Another great days birding on the Birdfinders Atlantic forest tour. We spent the day birding at Macae de Cima picking up some great birds along the way! Highlights included White-bearded Antshrike, Spot-billed Toucanet, Tufted Antshrike, Pin-tailed Manakin, Bare-throated Bellbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Black-throated Trogon, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Rufous-capped Spinetail, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Plain Parakeet, Half-collared Sparrow, Swallow-tailed Cotinga and Giant Antshrike. Some photos from today include Black-throated Trogon, White-bearded Antshrike and White-crested Tyrannulet (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour day 3!

Now into the 3rd day of the Birdfinders tour and we have just returned from some high altitude birding at Pico da Caledonia. Such a productive day getting some great views of some truly stunning birds including Diademed Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Green-crowned Plovercrest (photo below, Andy Foster), Rufous-backed Antvireo, Black and Gold Cotinga, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Thick-billed Saltator, Large-tailed Antshrike, Red-legged Seriema, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet and Rufous-tailed Antbird.


Birdfinders tour begins!

The Field Guides tour ended very well with the last new bird for lots of the group being a couple of Saffron Toucanets…. a nice way to end the tour! We have already begun another tour with a group from Birdfinders, they will spend 9 days here at the wonderful Itororo Lodge! The tour started well yesterday seeing around 60 species in the lodge grounds despite some rather heavy rain! Today we visited the Regua wetlands and had a good days birding with highlights including Scaled Antbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Brazilian Tanager, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Rufous-capped Motmot and a rather cooperative White-barred Piculet, photograph below (Andy Foster)





Field Guides tour day 7

Day number 7 of the Field Guides tour complete, and what a great day it turned out to be. We birded both the Cedae Trail and Macae de Cima seeing pretty much all of our target species! Highlights from today included Hooded Berryeater, Tufted Antshrike, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Star-throated Antwren, White-throated Woodcreeper, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Olive-green Tanager, Streak-capped Antwren, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Green-crowned Plovercrest, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Spot-billed Toucanet and we topped the day off with a Rusty-barred Owl! Photos from today include Hooded Berryeater, Star-throated Antwren and Green-crowned Plovercrest (Andy Foster)

Field Guides tour day 4

As we continue the Field Guides tour we had a great day with some quality high altitude birding at Pico da Caledonia. A bit cloudy to start off with but the weather soon improved. We saw some super birds today including Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Large-tailed Antshrike, Itatiaia Thistletail, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Diademed Tanager, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Rufous-tailed Antthrush, Thick-billed Saltator, Red-legged Seriema, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Blue-billed Black Tyrant and Velvety-black Tyrant.
Some photos from today include Rufous-tailed Antbird, the very localised and endemic Itatiaia Thistletail and Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Andy Foster)