Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes, Day 9

Day #9

We packed up and began our return to the Quito area, with a stop at Guango Lodge on the way. In dense cloud forest, at an elevation of around 10,500′, this lodge sits right next to the highway and astride an oil pipeline right of way. While the former is noisy, the latter provides a broad and grassy swath to follow. And, there were plenty of hummers at the feeders, including the Collared Inca, which we had not yet seen.

Collared Inca

Collared Inca

Collared Inca

Buff-tailed Coronet

Sword-billed Hummingbird

White-bellied Woodstar

White-bellied Woodstar

White-rumped Hawk

Spectacled Redstart

Papallacta River


House across the river

Bird watching from the oil pipeline right of way


We ate a delicious lunch there, which included this dessert:

While on my own for a few minutes, I got to spend a little time with this fabulous bird – the Strong-billed Woodcreeper.

Strong-billed Woodcreeper

Strong-billed Woodcreeper

We then resumed our drive uphill to Papallacta Pass …

Shrine, Papallacta Pass

… and, over on the other side, made one more birding stop, in search of a cotinga – but to no avail.

Sacha Rose

And then it was on to the Rincon de Puembo, our last night’s lodging, and the official end of the trip. Our count of new species was 275. But, for Kathy, myself and Jim, the birding trip was not quite over. Our flights did not leave until close to midnight the next night, giving us one more opportunity to bird. And, I had, beforehand, searched online and discovered the Puembo Birding Garden.

Saffron Finch, Puembo Birding Garden

Cabañas San Isidro to Guango Lodge to Rincon de Puembo

Link to Day # 10:

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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4 Responses to Birding in the Ecuadorian Andes, Day 9

  1. Charles Loeffler says:

    Thanks again Steve for all of your work on sharing your outstanding photos. I have looked at all of them. Job well done.


  2. believesteve says:

    Thanks again! I just published the final post (#10), from Puembo.


  3. Karen Mickel says:

    All 10 (!) entries were great! In that final batch, I loved the Blue Grey Tanager and the Sparkling Violetear shots. Thanks for putting this all together! It was great being on the trip with you guys. Hugs, Karen


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