20 Feb 2018

20 Feb 18 - Colombia: Laguna Pedropalo & La Mesa

We had enjoyed a good morning, but there was still some time for a bit more Birding as we walked back along the main track at Laguna Pedropalo for another hour. 
Birding along the track
The main track lead past a few hotels with nice gardens, as well as, fields & scattered patches of trees, which had a good selection of species.
Spectacled Parrotlet: I won't win any competitions with these photos, sitting in an isolated tree
Black Phoebe
Golden-faced Tyrannulet: Clements lumps this with Coopmans's Tyrannulet: the latter occurs in the Santa Marta Mountains and nearby Venezuela
Golden-faced Tyrannulet: Whether it is lumped or not is academic from my viewpoint as it was Tick
Black-billed Thrush: This is a common South American species which occurs from Colombia to Venezuela and South to Peru & Bolivia
Streaked Saltator
As we were in open grassy fields & hedges, then it was no surprise we also saw a few junk habitat species.
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Shiny Cowbird
One of the endemic species we had been unsuccessful in seeing during the morning was Black Inca: a West slope of the Eastern Andes endemic Hummingbird. By this point, the minibus caught us up & Janos decided to try another Black Inca site near to La Mesa. This turned out to a track between a lot of small farmsteads and houses with large gardens and was probably only a shadow of its former self. Unfortunately, we didn't see any Black Incas. The highlight was some closer views of Spectacled Parrotlets, but otherwise a selection of more junk habitat species. We only spent about an hour here, before moving on.
Spectacled Parrotlet: A pity it isn't sharp
Great Kiskadee: A large and widespread Tyrant-flycatcher that is worth getting to know, given there are a few similar looking species. It occurs from Texas to Central Argentina
Social Flycatcher: Another smaller & less colourful common Tyrant Flycatcher which occurs from Mexico to Central Argentina
Palm Tanager: This is always a sign of degraded habitat
Saffron Finch: Male. This must be one of the most intense yellow species
Saffron Finch: Female. There are far more subtle coloured, but still a nice-looking species
Summer Tanager: This species from the United States winters as far South as Amazonian Brazil and Bolivia
Butterfly sp.
These red berries look like they will be nice & poisonous
It was time to move on. We had a two hour journey as well as, a food stop before we reached our final destination, Payande, for the late afternoon.