14 March 2014

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 14 March

An hour photographing moths and bugs at the moth wall found a much greater number and diversity of moths than yesterday (pics to follow). 7 Channel-billed Toucan, a few Swallow Tanager, a few Palm Tanagers and a Banaquit (uncommon here) were also kicking around the lodge garden first thing.

Spent the rest of the day birding the first 2.5 km of the Waterfall Trail. March is a very quiet time of year at REGUA, but we still recorded a lot of birds, including a male Giant Antshrike (very unusual at such a low altitude), 2 Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, 1 Scaled Woodcreeper, 1 Saw-billed Hermit, 1 Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, 1 Dark-billed Cuckoo, 1 Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, 1 Star-throated Antwren, 1 Yellow-throated Woodpecker, 1 Southern Antpipit, 2+ Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, 1 Thrush-like Schiffornis (my first record on this trail but unfortunately heard only), 2 Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, 1m White-shouldered Fire-eye, a huge flock of White-collared and Biscutate Swifts, 1 White-eyed Foliage-Gleaner, 1 Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, 3(2H) Black-cheeked Gnateater and a Rufous-headed Tanager.

Non-avian highlights included a flyby Amalia Helicopter Mecistogaster amalia - a giant spider-hunting helicopter (Pseudostigmatidae) damselfly which is endemic to Brazil's Atlantic Forest, and lots of White Morpho Morpho laertes butterflies.

The dirt track to Casa Pesquisa produced a long overdue lifer in the form of 2 (1 ad. male and an imm. male) Lined Seedeater, 4(2m, 2f) Black-legged Dacnis, 1m Sooty Grassquit, 1 Burrowing Owl, 1 Lemon-chested Greenlet, 1 Dark-billed Cuckoo, 1+ Red-necked Tanager, 1 White-thighed Swallow, 2 Grey-breasted Martin, a nest-building Double-collared Seedeater, 2 Cattle Tyrant, 5 Guira Cuckoo, 1 Yellowish Pipit, 1 Capped Heron, 1-2 Common Thornbird, 2 Common Tody-Flycatcher, 7 Blue-winged Parrotlet. No Fork-tailed Flycatchers though, so perhaps they have migrated north already?

Immature male Lined Seedeater holding territory by the Guapiaçu River today

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