Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Birding in Ecuador: Part 7 - Wildsumaco Lodge

We made several stops during our drive from Cabañas San Isidro to Wildsumaco Bird Lodge including several along the well-known Loreto Road. When we arrived at the lodge, it started pouring and we figured that our afternoon would be rained out. Even with the rain, we decided to go ahead and see if the antpittas would come in to be feed at their usual afternoon feeding time. After sitting in the rain for well over an hour, the Plain-backed Antpitta finally come in!

Although we didn't get a picture of the Plain-backed Antpitta, this Ochre-breasted Antpitta did pose nicely.
We started early the next morning and spent nearly all day out hiking on the incredible trails at this lodge. We tallied 131 species on the day with highlights including, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Military and Chestnut-fronted Macaws, White-backed Fire-eye, Chestnut-crowned Gnateater, Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant, Scarlet-breasted and Fiery-throated Fruiteaters, Gray-tailed Piha, Paradise Tanager, and Golden-eared Tanager.

Spotted Tanagers were one of the more common species at Wildsumaco.
While I was out birding with Edison, Brian spent the day working with his multiflash setup and the many species of hummingbirds that visit the lodge. These are a few of the incredible images he captured that day.

Booted Racket-tail might be common but it's extremely impressive!
On the eastern slope, this species has orange boots but on the western slope, they're white.

This Green Hermit was very shy but Brian's patience paid off.

With a hummingbird this is a little more drap, like this Many-spotted Hummingbird,
having a beautiful flower for additional interest in the photo is key.
The next day we were headed back to Quito and just about finished with our trip. Check back soon to see what we did on our final two days in Ecuador.

Black-mantled Tamarins were common around the lodge.


Unknown said...

Dear Rob,
I'm planning a trip to Ecuador and have looked into staying at this lodge. Do you have a preference between birding the cloud forests near Quito or the lodges on the Eastern slopes,like Wildsumaco. Although we don't want to be just constantly on the move, would a week here be too long?
Your response to these questions would be greatly appreciated!!!
Shelley Ross

Rob Ripma said...

Hi Shelley,

Both of the locations you mentioned are wonderful for birding. WildSumaco has incredible diversity but I probably wouldn't spend a whole week there. I would suggest staying at Cabanas San Isidro and then WildSumaco. That would make for an awesome week!