Arrival to Bogota
We sould find most of the Eastern Andean highland (near) endemics here, and the scenary its incredible. Interesting birds are: Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rufous wren, Rufous-browed Conebill.
Chicaque provides an ideal introduction to subtropical birds and can be an easy, productive site for those. Interesting birds are: Glowing Puffleg, Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Black-collared Jay, Moustached Brush-finch.
The long covered bridge leading to the Urania community and the second growth patches around will be usually fairly productive. The best birds here are Amazonian Tyrannulet, Black-chinned Antbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Versicolored Emerald, Black Caracara, Red-necked Woodpecker, Paradise Jacamar, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Bronzy Jacamar, Green Oropendola, Slate-colored Hawk and Red-fan Parrot.
One main trail and numerous side trails lead through tall forest that is a mixture of second growth and what is purportedly primary forest. The target birds species are Musician Wren, Ruddy Spinetail, Variegated and Cinereous, Tinamous, Mouse-colored Antshrike, Ringed Antpipit, Banded and Silvered Antbirds, Thrushlike Antpitta, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Ocellated Woodcreeper, Wing-barred Piprites, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-stained Woodpecker, Black-eared Fairy, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Buff-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Rufous-tailed Xenops and Lemon-chested Greenlet
We starting to drive one hour from mitu, making the first stop on “Puente Lata” to look for the Fiery topaz hummingbird, around the bridge you can also see the Chestnut-capped Puffbird, exploring some trails later you can register species such as Black-bellied Thorntail , Gray-bellied Hawk, Pavonine Quetzal, Gray Antbird.
We will spent the day exploring an area with impressive rock outcrops. One of our main targets its the impressive Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, here at its most westerly distribution. We will have some time to get some nice pictures before heading on along the trails. We then climb onto the rocky outcrop for our picnic lunch and enjoy the marvelous views over the forest. Another interesting birds are Purple- breasted Cotinga, Cliff Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Lemon-chested Greenlet.
We make an early start to the Bocatoma trail where we manage to catch up with the cracking Grey-bellied Antbird; we all enjoy fantastic looks at this localized speciality. We will found Black-bellied Thorntail and a colony nest of Red-rumped Caciques.
This location its on the onother side to the Vaupes river, 25 minutes by boat to explorer the secondary forest, birds we found along this trail are: Grey-legged Tinamou, Orange-cheeked Parrot, Azure-naped Jay, Brown-banded Puffbird, Plumbeous Euphonia.
We start our journey from the Sibundoy valley, we take the road towards the Pasto city; One hour away from this route is the Bordoncillo páramo, a wonderful place and home to species such as: Barred Friteater, Chesnut-bellied Cotinga, Masked Mountain-Tanager, Raimbow- Bearded Thornbill, Black-backed Bush Tanager, Agile Tit-Tyrant, Spectaclet redstart, White-Chinned Thistletail, Mountain Avocetbill, Purple -backed Thornbill, Glowing Puffleg, White-browed Spinetail, Crowned Chat-tyrant, Golden-breasted Puffleg, later we continue to the La Cocha lagoon located 15 minutes from the páramo, we have lunch and in the afternoon we take a boat tour to the la Corota island fauna and flora sanctuary, where we can find species such as: Yellow-bellied Pintail, Andean Coot, American Coot, Andean Gull, Ruddy duck.