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Nature Reserve & Biological Station

  • Silja S.

Mashpi

Soon after the Bird Counts in Chical and Mindo we got invited to participate in another Bird Count, this time in Mashpi. It did not take long to agree that all of us were totally up for another count, so early in the morning of the 26th December we drove to Mashpi. On the road we met with three other participants and divided into two groups, one of which, including Wilo, took a route through the forest, while the other group was going to follow the street.

Birdwatching with jungle paint

As bird vocalization is strongest just after sunrise, this second group, including Nicole, Jens, Mees, Roel, Pablo, Frances and Silja, was able to identify many birds by sound on the first part of their way. But being on an open road rather than in the forest, we could not only see the amazing morning landscape, but also many birds such as Moss-backed Tanagers, which are typical for the region, a White-tipped Sicklebill and a Streak-capped Treehunter just flying into its nest.

Crimson-rumped Toucanets at feeder

The common but beautiful Golden Tanagers

Nicole's favourite Tanager in Mashpi, the Golden-naped Tanager

After a while we reached Reserva Amagusa, where we had a little break and could observe lots of birds on both banana- and hummingbird feeders. We saw a total of seven Crimson-rumped Toucanets just about two meters away sharing bananas with various tanagers, while the hummingbird feeders were surrounded by Velvet-purple Coronets, Empress Brilliants and other beautifully shimmering hummingbirds. One highlight was definitely the Glistening-green Tanager, as well as the Golden-collared Honeycreeper, for which we waited a while – but then it came as a whole family of male, female and young.

Flame-faced Tanager enjoying the banana fro breakfast