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WINGS Birding Tours – Narrative

Colombia

2017 Narrative

In brief: Another fantastic tour to Colombia! Visiting the three cordilleras, crossing both the Magdalena and Cauca valleys, birding from sea level to 15,000 feet elevation, and even adding a few days in the isolated Santa Marta and Guajira Peninsula, we had an amazing overview of the Colombian avifauna. It’s hard to pick the best birds of the trip amongst hundreds of wonderful species, but here are the top ten as voted by the group: Santa Marta Screech-Owl, Rosy Thrush Tanager, Ocellated Tapaculo, White-whiskered Spinetail, Buffy Helmetcrest, Santa Marta Antpitta, White-headed Wren, Chestnut Piculet, Munchique Wood-Wren, and ex-aequo Dwarf Cuckoo and Blue-naped Chlorophonia.

We also visited more than 10 different hummingbird feeding stations and saw no less than 57 species of these fascinating birds! Obviously, besides the incredible diversity of birds, we were amazed by the incredible diversity of flowers, orchids, grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, etc. Colombia is definitely THE biodiversity country!

In detail: 

We spent our first day at Chingaza National Park near Bogota. Located to the northeast of the Colombian capital, the park’s 75,000+ hectares protect several glacier lakes and provide more than 80% of Bogota’s potable water. The park also protects extensive and pristine cloud forest and paramo habitat, home to a wonderful bird community.

We left the hotel very early (and this was the rule for most of the tour) to reach the park just after dawn for a field breakfast. Birding the cloud forest along one of the access roads, we enjoyed some mixed species flocks that included White-banded Tyrannulet, Superciliared Hemispingus, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, and Masked Flowerpiercer. A male Blue-throated Starfrontlet also perched very close to the group, offering fantastic views! In the understory of the forest, a very responsive Rufous Antpitta (subspecies rufula; several splits to be expected in that species) came immediately to the tape and gave us great looks.

Continuing towards higher elevation, we found a few other flocks, including a group of stunning Rufous Wrens, a few Black-headed Hemispingus, Rufous-browed Conebill, Yellow-fronted (Golden-fronted) Redstart (of the ‘white-faced’ ornatus subspecies), White-throated Tyrannulet, and even a small group of the rare Black-chested Mountain-tanager showed well! The paramo is really a unique and impressive habitat. Among the majestic Espeletia in bloom, we found a few Paramo (Sedge) Wren, and a pair of White-chinned Thistletail. At even higher elevation, a few Bronze-tailed Thornbills were feeding on another species of Espeletia, while a few Plain-capped Ground-tyrants were running in the alpine vegetation.

After birding most of the morning in the fabulous National Park, we headed towards La Cadera for our lunch, and then drove towards the Guasca gravel pit. Unfortunately, some road works (the first of many during our trip…) delayed us a lot and we were short on time during our visit there. Fortunately, we had enough time to see a few Andean Teals, a group of Andean (Ruddy) Duck, an American Coot, and a Spot-flanked Gallinule. We also flushed a Noble Snipe and enjoyed the display of a beautiful male Yellow-hooded Blackbird. After a successful first day, we had headed back towards the Bogota traffic, reaching our hotel in time for dinner!

After leaving early the next morning to avoid the Bogota traffic jam, we birded La Florida Park the next morning. On the main pond, we found a few dozen Bare-faced Ibis, American Coots, Andean (Ruddy) Duck, Blue-winged Teal, two Striated Herons, a few Pied-billed Grebes, and a Spot-flanked Gallinule. A few Noble Snipes were displaying over the reed bed of these remnant wetlands, as were several male Yellow-hooded Blackbirds, and we even found the rare Subtropical Doradito. We also had fantastic view of the threatened Bogota Rail, showing well in the open, and we were extremely happy to find a pair of Apolinar’s Wrens. Both of these species are threatened by the destruction of the wetlands, becoming more and more difficult to find.

After a short drive we arrived at Tabacal Lake where we found plenty of new birds: Bar-crested Antshrike, Streaked Saltator, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, the smart Colombian (Speckle-breasted) Wren, a Red-rumped Woodpecker and a few Red-crowned Woodpeckers, the lovely Chestnut-capped (Rufous-capped) Warbler, and even a few Plain-colored Tanagers. The best find of the morning was probably an adult Olivaceous Piculet feeding a flying chick!

After lunch we visited el ‘Jardin Encantado’, an unbelievable garden full of hummingbird feeders. No less than 34 feeders were attracting hundreds of hummingbirds. We saw 14 species in just one hour, including Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Red-billed Emerald, White-bellied and Gorgeted Woodstar, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, White-vented Plumeleteer, Black-throated Mango, and even a splendid male Ruby-topaz Hummingbird! After that amazing visit we drove to La Victoria for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

We spent most of the next morning at La Victoria. Arriving there for dawn, we enjoyed the morning song of Little Tinamou, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Black-crowned Antshrike, and Golden-faced Tyrannulet. We found a group of five White-mantled Barbets foraging atop a near tree. And soon after that we had great views of a small group of Collared Aracari, as well as a few Black-headed Tody-Flycatchers. In the forest, after spotting a Ruddy Quail-dove walking on the road, we had a pair of Sooty Ant-tanagers (whose beautiful song is the best ring tone ever!) as well as Cocoa Woodcreeper, great views of Black-crowned Antshrike, and a few Ochre-bellied Flycatchers. In more open habitat, we found a few Scrub Tanagers, Golden-hooded Tanager, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Sooty-headed Tyrannulet, Blue and Yellow-tufted Dacnis, and even a pair of White-bearded Manakins made an appearance. But the real surprise of the morning was to attract in the open a Russet-crowned Crake, a species rarely seen outside the dense vegetation!

We then drove to Mariquita for lunch, and after a meal of grilled sausage and local fish, we headed towards El Hato road. While it was very hot during the afternoon, the bird activity was good and we had great views of Velvet-fronted Euphonia, Common Tody-flycatcher, Pearl Kite, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Orange-chinned Parakeet, Spectacled Parrotlet, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Becard and many more. A Barred Antshrike gave us a great show singing in the open, and in the same family, we had a great view of Jet Antbird, Northern White-fringed Antbird, and even a White-bellied Antbird showed well. We also had a stunning view of a pair of Russet-throated Puffbirds, and a Barred Puffbird came close to the tape; two great puffbirds in a row! We then headed towards El Libano for our comfortable accommodation and a great dinner.

The surrounding area is heavily deforested for coffee plantations, but some patches of forest remain, and we spent most of our morning birding these remnants. We quickly had great views on Black-headed Brushfinch, a Colombian endemic, followed by flocks containing Bay-and-blue (Bay-headed) and Black-capped Tanagers, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, White-winged Becard, Rufous-naped Greenlet, and Golden-faced Tyrannulet. A Tolima Dove was heard only, but in the dense vegetation we had great looks at Slaty Spinetail, and brief views of Whiskered Wrens. Finally, two pairs of Yellow-headed Brushfinches appeared and perched atop a tree for all to see.

After birding all morning and a succulent lunch at our hotel, we had a long drive to reach Manizales on the other slope of the Central Cordillera. We departed by night to Rio Blanco Reserve, where we had our breakfast within view of several feeders attracting Buff-tailed Coronet, Long-tailed Sylph, Tourmaline Sunangel, Speckled Hummingbird, Collared and Bronzy Inca. In the garden, we had great views of Slaty Brush-finch, Blue-winged Mountain-tanager coming to the feeders, White-sided Flowerpiercer and even a flock of Golden-plumed Parakeets flew by during our breakfast. The activity at the Antpitta feeding station was fantastic as we had stunning looks at Bicolored, Chestnut-crowned, Slate-crowned and Brown-banded Antpittas. What a show to see these elusive birds coming in the open to get their worms!

Our birding day at Rio Blanco will be remembered as one of the best birding days of the trip. We had amazing flocks that included Blue-and-black Tanager, Golden-fronted Redstart (the ‘yellow-faced’ chrysops subspecies), Barred Becard, Pearled Treerunner, Steaked Tuftedcheek, Black-capped and Northern Black-eared Hemispingus, Montane Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Sharpe’s Wren, Black-crested and Russet-crowned Warbler, Grey-hooded Bush-tanager, and Grass-green Tanager. Between the flocks, we also found an incredible list of rare and stunning species such as Crimson-mantled and Powerful Woodpecker, Black-collared Jay, a group of eight Rusty-faced Parrot, three White-capped Tanagers singing atop a dead branch, a White-rumped Hawk perched inside the forest, Black-billed Mountain-toucan, Ash-colored Tapaculo, Flammulated Treehunter, a pair of singing Slaty-backed Chat-tyrants, Black-billed Peppershrike, Plushcap, and even a beautiful Masked Saltator perched in the open! Our local guide also took us to a known day roost of Stygian Owl. With such an impressive list, it is hard to choose the ‘best bird of the day’, but perhaps the splendid Ocellated Tapaculo seen by the whole group in the dense understory deserves the title!

We spent the next morning at high elevation, birding the paramo of Nevado del Ruiz. We had our breakfast at a small restaurant with a view of the snowcapped volcano culminating at 5,311 m elevation (17,425 feet). We then made our way to our highest point of the day, at 4,400 m elevation (14,500 feet), where two Buffy Helmecrest were foraging on some Espeletia flowers. In the paramo we found a few Andean Tit-spinetails, several Paramo (Sedge) Wrens, a few Stout-billed Cinclodes, Plain-colored Seedeater, Rufous-backed Chat-tyrant, and a few Northern Plumbeous Sierra-finches. A Western Tawny Antpitta and a Many-striped Canastero of the distinctive quindiana subspecies also gave us some excellent looks! While watching a few Viridian Metaltails and a Paramo Tapaculo doing some ‘cliff climbing’, we had a magical moment when a group of nine Rufous-fronted Parakeets perched atop of some bushes just a few meters from us…unbelievable!

The main attraction of the morning was surely the hummingbird feeders at our lunch spot, attracting an incredible variety of usually ‘hard to see’ species: Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Black-thighed and Golden-breasted Puffleg, Great Sapphirewing, Shining Sunbeam, and Buff-winged Starfrontlet! It was hard to leave such a wonderful place, but we had to move on to our next destination, Otun Quimbaya Reserve, arriving there just in time for a bit of late afternoon birding in the garden, and some pre-dinner owling rewarded by an excellent view on Colombian Screech-owl.

After our early breakfast the next day, we drove all the way up above the reserve, and got on a nice flock that had Multicolored and Metallic-green Tanagers, Orange-bellied Euphonia, and Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet. Scanning the Otun River, we found a pair of the superb White-backed (White-capped) Dipper together with a cute Torrent Tyrannulet. The flocks were loaded with plenty of stunning birds, such as Rufous-breasted Flycatcher, Variegated Bristle-tyrant, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant, Black-winged Saltator, Slate-throated Redstart, and Red-faced Spinetail. During our walk through the forest, we also had good looks at Collared Trogon, a few Sickle-winged and Cauca Guans, and several Red-ruffed Fruitcrows. A Rusty-winged Barbtail also showed well, as well as two Azara’s Spinetails  and a pair of Yelow-olive Flycatchers. After a lunch at the reserve, we began our long drive to Las Tangaras Reserve.

After a night at our comfortable lodge, we began our birding day with a beautiful view of the forested slope of the western cordillera. Flocks of birds surrounded us as soon as we stepped out of our jeep: Black-chinned Mountain-tanager, Rufous-throated and Glistening-green Tanager, Ornate Flycatcher, Red-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Red-faced Spinetail, Purplish-mantled Tanager, Black-and-gold Tanager, Choco (Tricolored) Brushfinch, Golden-collared and Indigo Honeycreeper, Uniform Treehunter, Sooty-headed Wren, Masked Trogon, and so many more! In two hours, we did not move more than 50 meters from our parking spot, and were still finding new species! We also had excellent views of both Golden-olive and Yellow-vented Woodpeckers, two Buffy Tuftedcheeks foraging very close to us, and a stunning pair of White-headed Wrens!

We spent part of the morning on a nice trail through the pristine forest protected by ProAves (Colombian NGO leader in bird and nature conservation), along which we mostly heard Yellow-breasted Antpitta and Nariño Tapaculo, and found a fantastic flock with Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner, Fulvous-dotted Treerunner, Choco Vireo, and Saffron-crowned Tanager. We had a great picnic sitting in front of several feeders attracting Empress Brilliant, Violet-tailed Sylph, Purple-bibbed Whitetip, Greenish Puffleg, Brown Inca, Purple-throated Woodstar, and perhaps the most beautiful hummingbird in the world: the stunning Velvet-purple Coronet! After lunch, we walked back along the road, finding a few new birds as well as several kinds of orchids, amazing butterflies, and unique grasshoppers. Back at the lodge at the end of the afternoon, we enjoyed a beer watching hummingbirds and Andean Motmot coming to the feeders.

We spent the following morning visiting ‘La M’, another site protected by ProAves. The first birds we found were a group of four Munchique Wood-wrens, interested by the tape and coming in just one meter from us to sing on exposed branches for at least 10 minutes. What a loud song for such a small bird! We walked down the road through beautiful forest, almost untouched as far as one can see, finding several great birds such as Rufous Spinetail, Yellow-bellied Chat-tyrant, Hooded Mountain-tanager, Richardson’s (Citrine) Warbler, Yellow-bellied Siskin and Grass-green Tanager. Unfortunately, even after a long search, we didn’t find the sought-after Tanager Finch, but did have a prolonged view of a splendid pair of Barred Fruiteaters. After a very enjoyable morning, we returned to the lodge for a nice lunch in front of the feeders attracting Steely-vented Hummingbird, Andean Emerald, and Crowned Woodnymph as well as Bay-and-blue (Bay-headed) and Scrub Tanagers, Yellow-backed Oriole and Red-crowned Woodpecker. We arrived in Jardin in the afternoon, in time to visit a nearby Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek. Four males were waiting for a female, and were displaying regularly. For sure if a female came, she could not resist such beautiful birds and colorful display!

We had an early drive to Las Ventanas above Jardin. We did not have to wait very long to see our first flock of Yellow-eared Parrots, the key species of the local ProAves Reserve. In the same family, we had fly-by of three White-capped (Speckle-faced) Parrots, and a group of 12 Barred Parakeet high in the sky. While having our field breakfast, we also had a wonderful view of two Black-billed Mountain-Toucans. After breakfast, we enjoyed some hummingbird feeders visited by Buff-tailed Coronet, Tourmaline Sunangel, Collared Inca, and the impressive Sword-billed Hummingbird. After that enjoyable start, we spent the rest of the morning walking down the road, finding some more great birds such as Richardson’s (Citrine) Warbler, Golden-fronted Redstart, Streak-throated Bush-tyrant, Sharpe’s Wren, and Lacrimose Mountain-tanager. We even had a pair of Blackish Tapaculos appear in the open, showing well for the whole group. But the best surprise of the morning was to find a responsive Tanager Finch, a stunning species we had missed the previous day at ‘La M’! After our field lunch and a few more species such as Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, White-naped Brushfinch, White-capped (Capped) Conebill, and Inca (Green) Jay, we drove back to our comfortable hotel in Jardin. After some rest we enjoyed a short visit of the beautiful village of Jardin to buy some excellent Colombian coffee.

We left Jardin by night with the idea of reaching our next birding location at dawn… unfortunately we were first stopped by a tree fall blocking the road, and later by a traffic accident delaying us by more than two hours. After a breakfast on the way, we finally reached Bolombolo in the mid-morning. Fortunately, we quickly saw a few Apical Flycatchers and a cooperative Antioquia Wren, both endemic to Colombia, as well as a Slate-headed Tody-flycatcher and a pair of Streaked Flycatchers. We continued onward to Medellín, and then to the Chestnut-capped Piha reserve, making a few stops along the way. We arrived at our charming lodge in the evening, enjoying a nice dinner and a quiet night.

We started the next day birding the trail at the Arrierito or ‘Chestnut-capped Piha’ reserve, another area protected by the Colombian NGO ProAves. We heard several interesting species such as Lanceolated Monklet, Black-tailed (Ruddy) Foliage-gleaner, Central American (Striped) Woodhaunter, and Chestnut Wood-quail, but the understory of the forest was very dark because of menacing clouds. It wasn’t long before a heavy rain began to fall in the forest, and obliged us to walk back to the lodge. That rain would last most of the day, limiting our birding mostly to the lodge feeders where we enjoyed several hummingbirds such as Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Hermit, Purple-throated Woodstar and Andean Emerald, as well as Speckled and Bay-and-blue (Bay-headed) Tanager, a pair of Guira Tanagers, and even a group of eight Colombian Chachalacas! When the rain would stop occasionally, we birded along the road towards Anori, finding some great birds including Yellow-throated Chlorospingus, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Brown-capped Vireo, Golden and Silver-throated Tanagers, and a flock of Blue-fronted Parrotlets. A White-crowned Tapaculo gave us a wonderful show, singing for a while on his perch, allowing scope views for all! But the major surprise of the day was finding a pair of Northern Wedge-tailed Grass-finches of the Andean sphenurus subspecies at a nearby small wetland. Back at the lodge we enjoyed a refreshing beer or fruit juice while a group of four Red-bellied Grackles visited the gardens. Some pre-dinner owling was a fantastic way to end a rainy day – we observed a pair of Stygian Owls flying together at dusk (displaying?) and landing near a small cliff offering great views!

Fortunately, for our second morning at the reserve a blue sky replaced the dark clouds and we had some great birding on the trail. We rapidly found some great flocks, including Olive-backed Woodcreeper, the uncommon Brown-billed Scythebill, Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner, a Streak-capped Treehunter, Beryl-spangled and Speckled Tanagers, Brown-capped Vireo, Three-striped Warbler, and more. In the understory, a male Uniform Antshrike showed well, and a Stile’s Tapaculo performed amazingly, showing well in the open in front of the group. But the star of the morning was without a doubt a very cooperative Chestnut-capped Piha, emblem of the reserve, coming in and singing close to us, offering fantastic views. Mission accomplished!

After returning to the lodge for a morning chocolate and snack, we began our long drive towards Medellin. We stopped on the way, finding new birds such as Bay Wren, Dusky Antbird, and Panama Flycatcher, and watching a singing Yellow-browed Shrike-Vireo through the scope was a wonderful treat.

We had another travel day, flying from Medellin to Riohacha in the far north of the country. After checking in to our hotel, we headed towards the village of Camarones and the nearby Los Flamingos National Park. We first birded some dry scrubland, and even though it was really hot in the middle of the afternoon, the birding was absolutely excellent! We soon found some great ‘Guajira specialties’ such as Vermilion Cardinal, Pileated Finch, Slender-billed Tyrannulet, Bare-eyed Pigeon, White-whiskered Spinetail (definitely the most beautiful spinetail!), a stunning Northern Red-billed Scythebill, a few Northern White-fringed Antwrens, and a few Russet-throated Puffbirds. In a nearby field we also found no less than 22 Double-striped Thick-knee! Then our local guide José took us to his family property where we found a rare Buffy Hummingbird, seen very well.  To end the day we went to a large lagoon, finding several species of shorebirds and terns, Reddish Egret, hundreds of Magnificent Frigatebirds as well as plenty of Green-rumped Parrotlets coming to roost.

It was a long journey to reach our next destination, El Dorado in the Santa Marta mountains, but we found plenty of time for some excellent birding on the way. We first birded another scrubland area near Camarones to look for the last local specialties. One of the first birds of the day was a singing Tocuyo Sparrow coming close to us and giving great views. That very local bird was followed by a pair of Orinocan Saltators, a Pale-tipped Tyrannulet, two lovely Chestnut Piculets, a beautiful Streak-fronted (Black-crested) Antshrike, two Pearly-vented Tody-tyrants, and more views of the splendid White-whiskered Spinetail and Northern White-fringed Antwren. At one of our stakeouts we also had splendid views of no less than five Glaucous Tanagers and a superb male Trinidad Euphonia. On the way to Minca we stopped near a Banana plantation where we glimpsed a Rufous-vented Chachalaca, but had better views of Caribbean (Pale-legged) Hornero, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Ochre-lored (Yellow-breasted) Flycatcher, and our first Bicolored Wren. We arrived at Minca for lunch, which we enjoyed in front of plenty of hummingbird feeders. This time the White-necked Jacobin and Steely-vented Hummingbird were the more numerous, and between those we found a few White-vented Plumeleteers and Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds.

Because of recent rains, the very bad road up to El Dorado was in even worse shape than usual (hard to believe!), and it took us more than two hours to reach the lodge. As soon as we arrived, we enjoyed the stunning surroundings and all the birds coming to the garden: Santa Marta and Sierra-Nevada Brushfinches, a few Band-tailed Guans, a pair of White-tailed Starfrontlets, Black-hooded Thrush, and Lazuline Sabrewing…and the next day we even saw a few Black-fronted Wood-quail coming to the feeders!

With two full days at El Dorado Lodge, we had plenty of time to explore the various elevations of the ProAves reserve, and to find most of the local endemics. We spent our first day here mostly in and around the lodge, finding plenty of fantastic birds such as White-lored Warbler, a nice pair of Golden-breasted Fruiteaters that stayed for a while in the scope, Montane and Santa-Marta Foliage-gleaners, Santa Marta Spotted Barbtail, and Blue-naped Chlorophonia. We also saw a beautiful male Santa Marta Woodstar displaying and showing off his gorget. And a Santa Marta Tapaculo gave us an amazing show, coming in just a meter away, in the open! We concluded our first day at El Dorado with some owling, finding first a Grey-throated Leaftosser at dusk, and later we had the best view ever of the beautiful Santa Marta Screech-Owl, an as yet undescribed species!

We spent our second morning at higher elevation, finding an all new set of species. Before having our field breakfast with amazing views of the Sierra Nevada cordillera, we found Santa Marta and Yellow-crowned Warblers, Rusty-headed Spinetail, Santa Marta Brushfinch, and a few Santa Marta (Tyrian) Metaltails! Birding the San Lorenzo ridge, we met a group of at least six White-tipped Quetzals feeding on a fruiting laurel, and saw a few White-throated Tyrannulets, Black-cheeked Mountain-tanager, Hermit Wood-Wren, and even the rare Santa Marta Bush-tyrant! A Rufous Antpitta of the endemic spatiator (sub)species also showed well, leaving the dense chusquea understory for a few seconds! On our way back to the lodge, we stopped at a Santa Marta Antpitta feeding station, where two birds came in several times so we had excellent views, as well as an elusive Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush! And to finish a wonderful morning, we even had a fantastic view of a Brown-rumped Tapaculo, the last tapaculo of the trip. We enjoyed the afternoon at the lodge, watching the feeders and admiring a wonderful sunset.

On the way back down to Minca, we made a few stops to bird the shade-grown coffee plantation, where we saw plenty of Rufous-capped Warblers, Slate-throated Whitestarts, Bay-and-green (Bay-headed) Swallow, Black-headed and Black-capped Tanagers and Yellow Orioles. We also found a few Santa Marta Antbirds, the unique Mountain (Paltry) Tyrannulet, a few Sepia-capped Flycatchers and the superb Keel-billed Toucan. A Rusty-breasted Antpitta also showed very well. But for most of us, the best bird of the morning was a beautiful Rosy Thrush Tanager, coming to the tape and perching in the open long enough so we all got a great view! After our lunch in Minca, we made our way towards Barranquilla with a few stops to scan the coastal mudflats. Lots of North American migrants where already there, and hundreds of Semipalmated Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Laughing Gulls, and Amazonian (Black) Skimmers were seen together with less numerous Caspian, Common and Black Terns, Willet, Semipalmated Plover, and Western Sandpiper. We made one last stop at the Isla Salamanca NP to bird the mangroves and found a few Bicolored Conebills, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, and no less than five Pied Puffbirds! In no time we reached our comfortable hotel in Barranquilla for a succulent farewell dinner.

On the last morning around Barranquilla, our first stop was to bird the grounds of the Universidad del Norte where we found a nice group of Chestnut-winged Chachalaca, our last Colombian endemic! We then drove to a nearby wetlands for two hours of relaxed birding, adding White-faced Whistling-duck, Snail Kite, Stripe-backed Wren, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, and Spot-breasted Woodpecker to our already impressive trip list. It was finally time to return to our hotel to finish packing and head for the airport for our flights home, with the hope of coming back to Colombia someday soon!

 

-        Fabrice Schmitt

Updated: September 2017