Cedae and Theodoro Trails

Today we had planned to bird the higher elevations of the Tres Picos State Park but unfortunately the cloud was very low so we decided to bird the Cedae and Theodoro Trails instead! What a great day we had! As soon as we got out of the minibus at the Cedae Trail the action started with great views of Red-necked and Green-headed Tanagers followed by 3 Black-throated Grosbeaks! Highlights from the morning on the Cedae Trail were many and included Mantled Hawk, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Plain Parakeet, Saw-billed Hermit, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Pale-browed Treehunter, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Star-throated Antwren, Streak-capped Antwren, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Oustalets Tyrannulet, Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Olive-green Tanager, Green Honeycreeper and Red-crowned Ant-Tanager!

After lunch we birded the Theodoro Trail and used playback in a few spots for Black-billed Scythebill, on the third attempt we got a response and within a couple of minutes we were having great views of this extraordinary bird! We continued along until we got to an area where we hoped to see Sharpbill. We used playback a few times and had one respond, then David spotted some birds flying into a nearby tree, upon closer inspection they turned out to be 3 Green-chinned Euphonias, a very difficult bird to see in the local area! Minutes afterwards a Sharpbill appeared next to them, we couldn’t believe our luck!! Further along the trail we used playback for Rufous-breasted Leaftosser and had success with one showing well for a short time. We started to make our way back towards the minibus and had great views of a Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper in the middle of the path, what a great way to end a fabulous days birding!

Black-billed Scythebill (© Andy Foster)