Birding the Cedae and Theodoro Trails

Today we were to go down to the Cedae Trail and then onto the Theodoro Trail. By 07.30 we were at the start of the Cedae Trail at an altitude of 550m. Almost instantly there was action with both Red-necked and Green-headed Tanagers, Yellow-browed Woodpecker and a Grey-hooded Flycatcher. Next up were good views of Grey-hooded Attila, Black-throated Grosbeak and a Black-cheeked Gnateater. Then it was onto some Spot-breasted Antvireos, Streak-capped Antwren and Chestnut-bellied Euphonia. Once we got down to the clearing in the bottom of the valley we picked up both Sick’s and Grey-rumped Swift and a Black Hawk-Eagle,

Further down the trail we had good views of Rufous-capped Antthrush, this was followed shortly afterwards by  a perched Saw-billed Hermit, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Flame-crested Tanager and Red-crowned Ant-Tanager.

By 12.00 we had departed from the Cedae Trail and took the 15 minute drive back up the mountain to an altitude of 1100m to the start of the Theodoro Trail. We were soon picking up new birds, first off we used playback to call in a Pale-browed Treehunter, this was followed shortly afterwards by an Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Plain Antvireo, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Black-billed Scythebill and strangely enough a Magnificent Frigatebird flying over very high heading inland! Next up we used some playback for Sharbill and after about 10 minutes the bird finally made itself visible, much to everyone’s relief! In the same fruiting tree as the Sharpbill we also had some Brassy-breasted Tanagers, Yellow-legged Thrush, a male Pin-tailed Manakin and a Blue-naped Chlorophonia. On the way back to the minibus we also had good views of a Brown-throated three-toed Sloth! Another very productive day!

Yellow-throated Woodpecker (©Andy Foster)