Ecuador 2011
February 4 - Cerro Blanco and Buena Ventura
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Bird List
We left Guayaquil before dawn (after spotting a Peregrine Falcon on a tower above the hotel) for Bosque Cerro Blanco, located on the outskirts of Guayaquil. It's dry tropical forest, something wewon't see a lot of. Cerro Blanco is an urban park, and as the morning went along it filled up with people and the birding declined.

Then we had a long bus ride to Buenaventura. Along the way, we stopped at Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve and got glimpes, but not photos, of a few Horned Screamers, a bizarre, vaguely goose-like bird with a white "horn." But the real treat was Buenaventura, the first of several Jocotoco Foundation ecolodges we visited. Terrific birding, in tropical cloud forest at about 1,000 meters. Specialties included the Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

A very nice lodge as well, as all of the Jocotoco ecolodges proved to be.

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Southern Yellow Grosbeak

Pacific Parrotlet

Rusty-margined Flycatcher

Saffron Finch

Long-wattled Umbrellabird

Plain Brown Woodcreeper

Tropical Cloud Forest

Spotted Woodcreeper

Ornate Flycatcher

All photos and text © 2011 Jim & Nancy DeWitt / Frozen Feather Images