12 May 2010

Ringing at REGUA

Spent the day on the Waterfall Trail at REGUA assisting a group from Rio University mist netting for hummingbirds. The aim of the study is to determine hummingbird diversity at different altitudes in the Atlantic Forest and this was the first day of ringing. Saw-billed Hermits and Violet-capped Woodnymphs were the most common species caught, a Scale-throated Hermit was processed before I arrived (a very low altitude record for this species), but best of all was a Dusky-throated Hermit (first photo). This tiny hummer can be very tricky to catch up with and was a new bird for me. Other birds ending up in the nets included Plain-winged Woodcreeper (second photo), Grey-hooded Flycatcher, Blue Manakin and several Black-goggled Tanagers. We even had a recovery - a pair of Star-throated Antwren (third photo). It will be very interesting to see what else turns up in the nets during the course of this study.

Other birds seen on the Waterfall Trail today included Brown Tinamou, Scaled Antbird, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, White-thighed Swallow and Red-crowned Ant-Tanager.

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