19 March 2014

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 19 March

After checking out the moth wall, we set off to bird the selectively logged primary forest along the Grey, Red and Green Trails in an attempt to find three of REGUA's top five avian specialities: Shrike-like Cotinga - REGUA's flagship species, Russet-winged Spadebill and also Salvadori's Antwren - these two both being endangered Atlantic Forest endemics restricted to primary forest. Along with Shrike-like Cotinga, REGUA is the most reliable site in the world for Russet-winged Spadebill.

After a close encounter with a South-eastern Common Opossum Didelphis aurita on the lodge driveway early this morning, we drove our trusty Toyota Hilux along the dirt road to Casa Pesquisa, changed to 4WD mode (much to Mr Alfrey's amusement) before heading up the Waterfall Trail to the Grey Trail.

The trails were very quiet and we failed to find any of our target birds, but we did see a good number of species including many Atlantic Forest endemics. Highlights from the day - Grey Trail: 1-2m Scaled Antbird, 1m Black-cheeked Gnateater, 1 Rufous-capped Antthrush, 1 Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, 1 Planalto Woodcreeper, 1 White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, 2 White-throated Spadebill; unmarked trail from Grey to Red Trails: 1 White-necked Hawk (perched up briefly), 2(1H) Saw-billed Hermit, 1m Spot-billed Toucanet, 1 Yellow-throated Woodpecker, 1 Spot-backed Antshrike, 1+ Pale-browed Treehunter, 1m Black-capped Becard, 1m Black-goggled Tanager and 1 Red-crowned Ant-Tanager; Waterfall Trail: 1 Rufous-tailed Jacamar, 1m White-shouldered Fire-eye, 1 White-throated Spadebill, and 1 imm. m Blue Manakin. Finally, the dirt road back the lodge from Pasa Pesquisa produced 1 hoped for White-rumped Monjita.

Stand-off with a South-eastern Common Opossum/Brazilian Common Opossum/Big-eared Opossum Didelphis aurita (choose your
preferred English name) on the lodge drive early this morning - puffing up it's fur and gently hissing at us for several minutes before
running off into the trees.

Pachylioides resumens at the moth wall this morning

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