Along the first part, the dense understory hosted some great birds such as Goeldi’s and White-lined Antbirds. One wetter swampy spot had a pair of what used to be Spot-winged Antbird, recently split and now called Brownish-headed Antbird.
Other birds we had along the jeep track were a very close Cinereous Tinamou, a group of very noisy Red-throated Caracaras, Fine-barred Piculet, Rusty-belted Tapaculo, and Orange-backed Troupial.
Since I was here only to learn the route (and in part the several birds that I didn’t know already from my travels to Ecuador, Brazil, and Bolivia) — and not to assist Gary Rosenberg as an assistant leader — I was free to linger back, explore trails, and record bird sounds. And of course, photograph the many butterflies and other critters around. Here are a few from the Jeep track and side trails:
A metalmark, Euselasia orfita. This genus is known for habitually perching on the underside of leaves. This one has a distinct resemblance to a satyr, but there is much mimicry involved in metalmarks.
In addition to the hummingbirds I mentioned yesterday, sitting by our rooms and watching the Porterweed hedge and the feeders resulted in Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Blue-tailed Emerald, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Rufous-webbed Brilliant (a good rarity), and a few Rufous-crested Coquettes.