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A Snake In The Grass

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 | Views [187]

CONNIE AND I PLAYED HOOKEY TODAY.  We slept in and spent the moring at the Ramada Hotel in Guayaquil while Dusan and the rest of the group traveled more than 100 miles away looking for shorebirds and estuarine species.  I, for one, have had ... Read more >

Umbrellabird Lodge

Saturday, 23 Mar 2019 | Views [361]

IT RAINED FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, STOPPING JUST in time for yesterday’s 5AM breakfast.  We needed an early start for the six hour drive to Buenaventura with birding stops in Zapotillo and Almora.       Crimson-breasted ... Read more >

Urraca Lodge and Bosque de Hanne

Thursday, 21 Mar 2019 | Views [199]

IF CASA SIMPSON IS A SKI CHALET, URRACA LODGE IS summer camp.  The simple, yet comfortable cabins are spaced along a forest trail — ours is 150 meters from the open-air dining area.  This habitat is called “tumbes,” a new ... Read more >

Casa Simpson and the Jocotoco Antpitta

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 | Views [269]

THE FIRST OF THE JOCOTOCO LODGES, CASA SIMPSON is back up at 8000 feet in the Andean foothills Reserva Tapichalaca.  It is a simple and cozy chalet with both wi-fi and a much needed laundry service.  It owes its existence to the Jocotoco Antpitta ... Read more >

Podocarpus National Park

Thursday, 14 Mar 2019 | Views [178]

THE JOCOTOCO RUN LODGE AT COPALINGA is a gem.  Secluded on a forested hillside, you can easily forget you are only minutes from town.  The cabins are clean, well-lighted and have plenty of hot water.  Maria and her staff make wonderful ... Read more >

Bird Talk

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 | Views [189]

BIRDERS HAVE THEIR OWN LINGO.  THEY toss around words like gorgets, lores and superciliaries like salt on french fries.  Today’s word was mega or mega bird — one you never expected to see.  AKA a “Super Lifer.”... Read more >

The Rarest Bird

Monday, 11 Mar 2019 | Views [221]

THE BLUE-THROATED HILLSTAR MAY BE THE RAREST BIRD on the planet.  It is certainly the rarest hummingbird with only an estimated 200 individuals.  It lives at 12,000 feet elevation and feeds exclusively on the chuguirrigua plant which is being ... Read more >

Saraguro and Reserva Yunguilla

Sunday, 10 Mar 2019 | Views [154]

IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT A SMALL, NON-DESCRIPT BIRD could cause a conservation movement.  But that’s just what the Pale-headed Brush Finch has done.  Once believed extinct due to habitat destruction and predation by shiny cowbirds, ... Read more >

Cajas National Park

Saturday, 9 Mar 2019 | Views [137]

WE MET UP WITH OUR FELLOW TRAVELERS AT DINNER last night.  Kathy is a California native, Stan is from Long Island with an accent to prove it and Laurie — ♂️ — hails from Australia, mate.  Dusan — the ‘h’ is ... Read more >


Friday, 8 Mar 2019 | Views [184]

GUAYAQUIL, ON THE WEST COAST OF ECUADOR, lies on the Pacific Ocean.  Fort Lauderdale is on Florida’s Atlantic coast.  So in what direction should JetBlue fly from Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil?  Wrong!  Actually, Guayaquil is ... Read more >

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