New trip reports now online!

We have just added two new trip reports to our “Trip Report” page. Both tours were as usual based at the wonderful Itororo Lodge, the first is from a tour we led for Birdfinders between the 26th September – 4th October 2017 and the second for a tour we led for Rockjumper Birding from 5th – 12th October 2017, further details below:

Trip reports

Rufous-headed Tanager, found in the grounds of Itororo Lodge (Andy Foster)



Half-collared Sparrow

Unfortunately its a rather rainy day here at Itororo Lodge! This does however make the feeders very busy indeed, one very regular visitor today is the endemic Half-collared Sparrow, previously quite a tough bird to see well is now a daily visitor to the feeders!
Half-collared Sparrow on the lodge feeders (Andy Foster)

Birding the lodge feeders

Today was spent around the feeders with free time in the lodge grounds. Lots of birds about today on the feeders including Dusky-legged Guan, Burnished-buff Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Crested Oropendola, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Grey-fronted Dove, Great Kiskadee, Half-collared Sparrow, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Plain Parakeet, Magpie Tanager, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush, Bananaquit, Brazilian Ruby, Violet-capped Woodnymph, White-throated Hummingbird, Scale-throated Hermit and Black Jacobin. Tomorrow we start a 10 day break before our next group arrives from Wise Birding!

Yellow-browed Woodpecker on the Cedae Trail yesterday (Andy Foster)

Olive-green Tanagers!

Today saw the last full guided day of our private tour. We had a great week finding 65 lifers for our guests, who have over 7000 on their life list, so a very productive weeks birding! We spent the day looking for just 3 species on the Cedae and Theodoro trails, it was a tough days birding and we managed to find 1 new bird, Olive-green Tanager. We heard them calling some distance away and used playback and got some fantastic results with 14 Olive-green Tanagers coming in incredibly close! During the day we also had great views of Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Plain Parakeet, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Violaceous Euphonia, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Mantled Hawk (third time in two days!), Sharpbill, Lesser Woodcreeper, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Streak-capped Antwren, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Star-throated Antwren, Black-capped Foliage-gleaner and White-necked Thrush.

Olive-green Tanager on the Cedae trail today (Andy Foster)
Red-necked Tanager on the Cedae Trail today (Andy Foster)

Birding the Cedae and Theodoro trails

Just returned from a full day birding the Cedae and Theodoro trails. Once again we had a short list of target birds and managed to get a total of 6 new birds, all tricky birds and we worked hard for them! We started off on the Cedae Trail, a trail that runs through primary forest at an altitude of 550m. It was a slow morning bird wise but we managed to get good views of a male Black-cheeked Gnateater, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner and a very nice perched Saw-billed Hermit. Other birds we picked up along the way included Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Spot-billed Toucanet, Tropical Parula, Plain Parakeet, Planalto and White-throated Woodcreeper and better views of Streak-capped Antwren. We arrived back at the minibus around 11.30 and took a short drive back up to the Theodoro Trail at an altitude of 1100m. We stopped briefly on the way to scan the forest for raptors, as soon as we got out of the minibus a Rufous-thighed Kite came over the top of us and perched in a nearby tree, giving great views through the scope, another new bird! We then started to scan the surrounding mountains and I picked up a distant perched Mantled Hawk, another great new bird! Very pleased with ourselves we drove on up to the Theodoro Trail and managed to get Eared Pygmy-Tyrant as our last new bird of the day!

Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner taken on yesterdays trip (Andy Foster)


Birding the Bamboo Trail

A slightly overcast morning saw us setting off for a full day on the Bamboo Trail. This is a trail we rarely do as its very narrow and overgrown, but the birding can be excellent. Once again we had just a few targets and despite the cold weather we did well picking up Saffron Toucanet, Variegated Antpitta, Slaty Bristlefront, Pale-browed Treehunter, Rufous-tailed Antthrush, Hooded Berryeater, Lesser Woodcreeper, Bare-throated Bellbird, Yellow-legged Thrush, Streak-capped Antwren, Brassy-breasted Tanager, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, Rufous Gnateater, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner, Blue Manakin and Green-winged Saltator.

Hooded Berryeater on the Bamboo Trail this morning (Andy Foster)


Birding the Lodge grounds

Today we spent a full day birding the Lodge grounds. Once again we had a specific target list for today that had a total of 8 rather “tough” birds to find! We had a great mornings birding despite very low temperatures of just 12 degrees centigrade today, unusually cold for this time of year! We picked up 5 out of the 8 targets before lunch time, these were Star-throated Antwren, White-breasted Tapaculo, Spot-billed Toucanet, Scaled Woodcreeper followed by Brazilian Antthrush! We also picked up some nice views of various other species throughout the morning including Surucua Trogon, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Planalto Tyrannulet, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Brazilian Ruby, Black Jacobin, White-throated Hummingbird, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet and Dusky-legged Guan with 2 chicks!

We returned to the Lodge for lunch and then set off onto the White trail in search of Variegated Antpitta and Spot-winged Wood-Quail. Unfortunately it had now started to rain lightly together with a cold wind and there was no bird activity at all apart from good views of a White-collared Foliage Gleaner. Hopefully the weather will improve for tomorrow!

Scaled Woodcreeper photographed from the deck by the Lodge(Andy Foster)
Two female Brazilian Ruby’s having a disagreement! (Andy Foster)



More lifers today!

Today we spent a full day birding around Duas Barras and Sumidouro. Once again we had a few target birds for today and did really well with good views of Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Blue-winged Macaw, Serra Antwren, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Blackish Rail, White Woodpecker, Southern Antpipit, Grey-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Grey-hooded Attila, Black-billed Scythebill, Three-toed Jacamar, Black-necked Aracari, White-eared Puffbird, Lesser Woodcreeper and Crescent-chested Puffbird!

Grey-hooded Attila photographed today (Andy Foster)
The elusive Southern Antpipit photographed on todays trip (Andy Foster)



Birding Macae de Cima

Our private tour continued today birding the forest around Macae de Cima. For this tour we have a specific list of species to look for as the participants are very well travelled and have seen the majority of the species in our area apart from some of the harder to find endemics. Today despite some very windy conditions we did well and saw the following species; Plovercrest, White-bearded Antshrike, Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner, Bare-throated Bellbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Spotted Bamboowren, Such’s Antthrush, Half-collared Sparrow, Plain Parakeet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Shear-tailed Gray-Tyrant, Grey-hooded Attila and Azure-shouldered Tanager!

Last night we also managed great views of Short-tailed Nighthawk, Long-trained Nightjar and Rusty-barred Owl.

Rusty-barred Owl at the Lodge last night (Andy Foster)
Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher on Macae de Cima trail today (Andy Foster)


Pico da Caledonia

Just finished the first day of a private 9 day birding tour. We spent the day birding at Pico da Caledonia and had a very successful day seeing all of our target birds! When we arrived at the base of the peak at around 1700m in altitude there was thick cloud and light drizzle, not the best of starts! However, as the day progressed we started seeing some great birds including Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Itatiaia Thistletail, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Thich-billed Saltator, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Velvety-back Tyrant, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Brazilian Ruby, Rufous-capped Antshrike and Large-tailed Antshrike! We arrived back at the minibus around 15.45 and took a short drive to a spot where we saw Swallow-tailed Cotinga and Red-legged Seriema! An exhausting but great days birding!

Brassy-breasted Tanager photographed at Pico da Caledonia today (Andy Foster)
Green-crowned Plovercrest photographed at Pico da Caledonia today (Andy Foster)