Birding the Lodge grounds

Just finished a very productive day birding the Itororo Lodge grounds. In the morning we birded the Blue Trail and the afternoon was spent on the White Trail. A challenging but rewarding day with many highlights including 2 Swallow-tailed Cotingas perched close to the Lodge, Lineated Woodpecker, Half-collared Sparrow, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Green-backed Becard, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Pallid Spinetail, Rufous Gnateater, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Planalto Woodcreeper, Blue Manakin, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Grey-bellied Spinetail, Giant Antshrike, Bare-throated Bellbird, Surucua Trogon, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Bertoni’s Antbird and a Drab-breasted Bamboo Tyrant.

In the afternoon we spent some time looking for Variegated Antpitta with some great results and after a lot of effort everyone got good views of this elusive species! We also had great views of a pair of Chestnut-headed Tanagers, Scaled Woodcreeper and Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner. The hummingbird feeders at the Lodge were very busy this afternoon with plenty of White-throated Hummingbirds, Versicoloured Emerald, Brazilian Ruby, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph and Scale-throated Hermits paying regular visits.

White-throated Hummingbird (Andy Foster)