95 species today!

Today we spent the day birding open country areas around Duas Barras and Sumidouro. We had a very rewarding day seeing no less than 95 species! Species of note included Wing-banded Hornero, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Bran-coloured Flycatcher, Common Thornbird, Red-legged Seriema, Double-collared Seedeater, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Black-capped Donacobius, Blackish Rail, Serra Antwren, Crescent-chested Puffbird (which showed incredibly well!), Hooded Siskin, Rufous-headed Tanager, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Gilt-edged Tanager, Southern beardless Tyrannulet, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Scaly-headed Parrot, Firewood Gatherer, White-tailed Hawk, Crested-black Tyrant and a White-rumped Monjita.

After so much activity during the first couple of hours we stopped in Duas Barras for a coffee and cake and then continued on towards Sumidouro taking a dirt road across country. Our first stop was very productive, we picked up Ferruginous Antbird (the last of our Drymophila Antbirds of the trip, 6 in total!), Scaled Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Golden-crowned Warbler, White-barred Piculet, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Black-Hawk Eagle, Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher, Cliff Flycatcher, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Chestnut-capped Blackbird and shortly afterwards several Guira Cuckoos and a couple of Campo Flickers.

After lunch we saw a couple of Ultramarine Grosbeaks and then drove directly to the Three-toed Jacamar spot, after some playback 3 of them landed in the tree above us, great views! We also had Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Chestnut-vented Conebill and Hooded Tanager. On the way back to the Lodge we made another stop and had 2 Whistling Herons and a Crested Oropendola.

After dinner we set off to try and find some owls a short distance away from the Lodge. Firstly we had a distant Tropical Screech Owl calling that refused to come in to playback, we then tried some Rusty-barred Owl, within about 5 minutes we had one perched above us, beautiful!

Crescent-chested Puffbird on todays excursion (© Andy Foster)