4 July 2016

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 4 July

So exciting waking up at REGUA for the first time on a trip. This morning I awoke to the sound of Rufous-capped Motmots calling at dawn from the forest outside our window of the luxurious room 1 at the lodge! Highlights of a quick look at the lodge garden this morning were a Rusty-margined Guan on one of the feeders at dawn, 1 Blond-crested Woodpecker on the feeders, 1 Yellow-eared Woodpecker, 2 (1m, 1f) Chestnut-vented Conebill, 1 Rufous-breasted Hermit, 1 Palm Tanager and several Blue Dacnis.

Caught up with our good friend Adilei (REGUA's quite frankly bloody awesome bird guide) who drove us to see one of his friends in the nearby village of Estrieto who has built a huge and quite remarkable bird feeder from an old plastic crate, lots of branches and a thatched roof. Located at an elevation of 186 m, the feeder here was attracting a slightly different suite of bird species to the feeders in the lodge garden at REGUA (43 m), including a small flock on Olive-green Tanager (generally rare at feeders and certainly the best views of this species I've ever had), a few Azure-shouldered Tanager, several Blue-naped Chlorophonia, several Green-headed Tanager, 2+ (1m, 1f) Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, along with 1m Yellow-backed Tanager, several Violaceous Euphonia (both sexes), several Blue Dacnis (both sexes), a small flock of Maroon-bellied Parakeets, a Buff-throated Saltator and a Sayaca Tanager.

Olive-green Tanager Orthogonys chloricterus, Estrieto, 4 July 2016 - bonkers views of this Atlantic Forest endemic today

A couple of hours night-birding at dusk at an area of pasture and scrub near REGUA produced 2 Giant Snipe (1 in flight and superb views of another in torch-light on the ground down to about four metres (that I might add we didn't flush despite approaching so close), 1 Scissor-tailed Nightjar, 1 Common Potoo (with another probable, very distant), 1 Tropical Screech-Owl, 2 Burrowing Owl, 1H Spot-tailed Nightjar, 2 Chalk-browed Mockingbird, 1H Blackish Rail, a few H Ash-throated Crake, and 1H Striped Cuckoo. A magic end to the end complete with a dramatic backdrop of the Milky Way blazing across the night sky - fantastic!

Giant Snipe Gallinago undulata, near REGUA, 4 July 2016 (no flash) - this difficult nocturnal species is 20% larger than Eurasian
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

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