22 June 2012 – Pipeline Rd
This was a day we had been looking forward to and it really did not disappoint. We were happy for a day with more walking and less driving, beautiful scenery, great weather in a peaceful place, and some of the best birds of the trip.
We tallied around 80-90 species for the day including Dusky Antbird, White-tailed Trogon, Black-tailed Trogon, Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo, Spot-crowned Antvireo, Moustached Antwren, Pied Puffbird, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Carmiol’s Tanager, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Semi-plumbeous Hawk and Royal Flycatcher.
The Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo crossed the trail just a few meters behind us and we almost missed it, but it luckily perched and sang back in the forest, allowing us to go in after it. Some stealthy sneaking into the woods brought us within view and we were able to watch it singing from its perch for several minutes. Already one of the highlight birds of the trip, little did we know we’d have an even better sighting while at the lodge, incredible! The day was quite busy throughout and was capped by a pair of Royal Flycatchers on the drive out. Hats off to Alex for keen ears! Fairly non-stop with amazing birds all day long, this was definitely one of our favorite days!