For our last banding session this year, Nelson W. from Hong Kong joined our team for about three weeks. Although the early start of the rainy season didn’t allow us to complete our schedule as planned (apparently it‘s an El Niño year), we still had a few exciting days outside in the forest and caught an interesting array of bird species. The highlights were several Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks that were caught in the last two days of banding, a pair of Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers, a Broad-billed and a Rufous Motmot. We could also confirm the existence of a fairly rare bird species in the reserve, as we caught a pair of Orange-crested Flycatchers. So far this species had only been seen once.
During our monitoring counts on the road, Nelson was very excited to find three male Long-wattled Umbrellabirds and I registered another fairly rare bird species, a Broad-billed Sapayoa. A new record for our reserve’s list!