5 July 2016

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 5 July

Got quite of lot of work to get done at REGUA on this trip and therefore I won't have a huge amount of time for birding. Managed to catch up with one of the Sungrebes at the wetland this morning (the male) - the second I've seen at REGUA, and it's very noticable how birds associated with mature forest are becoming more regular at the wetland - a testament to the success of the reforestation work we have been carrying out over the last ten years, with 2 Black-goggled Tanager, 1H White-necked Thrush and 12 Azure-shouldered Tanager (over towards the lodge) all being my first records at the wetland.

Other birds seen on a walk around the Wetland this morning with Rachel, Sue and Adilei include 1 Fuscous Flycatcher, 1 Swallow Tanager N, 1 Anhinga, 17 Neotropic Cormorant, 3-4 Black-capped Donacobius, 6 Greater Ani, 1 Wing-banded Hornero, 1 Amazon Kingfisher, 1 Ringed Kingfisher, 2-3 Southern Lapwing, 2 White-faced Whistling-Duck, 2 Blue-winged Parrotlet, 2 Scaly-headed Parrot over, 1 Capped Heron, 2 Rufescent Tiger-Heron (1 ad, 1 imm), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Striated Heron, 2 (1 ad, 1 imm) Black-crowned Night-Heron, 7+ Muscovy Duck, (only) 2 Brazilian Teal, 2 Yellow-chinned Spinetail, 1H Lemon-chested Greenlet, 2 Purple Gallinule, lots of Wattled Jacana, Common Moorhen, 1 Southern Caracara, 1m White-headed Marsh Tyrant, 3 Masked Water-Tyrant, 1 Southern Rough-winged Swallow, 1 Broad-snouted Caiman, and lots of Capybara.

The Forest Trail was very busy with bird activity and again, several species associated with mature forest were noted including 2 Ruddy Quail-Dove, 1 Grey-hooded Attila, 3 Black-goggled Tanager, 1m Surucua Trogon, 2 Yellow-throated Woodpecker, 4+ (3+m, 1f) Yellow-legged Thrush, 1 Greyish Mourner, and best of all a female Sooty Grassquit - only my second record at REGUA and my first in the lodge area. Also along the Forest Trail were 1+ Green-backed Becard, 1 Chestnut-crowned Becard, 1m White-winged Becard, 1 Rufous-browed Peppershrike, 2 (1m, 1f) Orange-bellied Euphonia, 1 Lesser Woodcreeper, 1H Plain-winged Woodcreeper, 1 Yellow-eared Woodpecker, 1 Sepia-capped Flycatcher, 1 Moustached Wren, 1f White-bearded Manakin, 1f White-flanked Antwren, 1m Yellow-backed Tanager, 1H Bananaquit, 1H Yellow-olive Flycatcher, 1H Channel-billed Toucan. 2 Brown-throated (Three-toed) Sloth were seen along the trail, but no sign of the 2 Red-ruffed Fruitcrow reported by a visiting birder two days before.

A quick try for Shrike-like Cotinga along the tower hide loop failed to produce any, but 1m Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike (good to know this scrub-loving species is still here despite the forest maturing), 1 Grey-hooded Flycatcher, 1 Grey-hooded Attila, 2 (1, 1f) Unicoloured Antwren, 1m White-flanked Antwren, 1H White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, 1H Plain Xenops, and 1H Euler's Flycatcher were noted.

Spent the afternoon giving a demonstration on the new REGUA website and working on building the Brazilian site. Hopefully I can complete the essential pages of the Brazilian site before I return home.

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