(October 7.) Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the highest capital city in the world at about 9,000 feet. An urban area isn’t an ideal place to look for birds… Read more »
(Otcober 8.) The reason that Ecuador has so many types of birds (some other countries have more species, but none come close to the number of species per square mile)… Read more »
(October 7) An outstanding lunch at an Argentine-style steakhouse. The Nonomindo Road features subtropical forest at an altitude of around 6,500 feet.
(October 8) As always, click on the photos to see a larger view. I was able to get a few birds at the entrance… Capped Conebill
(October 8 & 9) The Sachatamia Lodge and Rainforest Reserve, altitude approximately 5,500 feet. Another Rufus-collared Sparrow. (These are basically trash birds, found everywhere.) Viridian Metaltail.
(October 9) This is tropical forest at around 1,000 feet.
(October 10) The Paz de las Aves Reserve features subtropical forest at about 6,000 feet. The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock is a large brightly-colored bird with an oddly-shaped head. It gets its… Read more »
(October 11.) The Artisana Ecological Reserve extends high above the treeline, almost 19,000 feet at its highest point. (I think we only got to about 12,000 feet.) This presents a… Read more »
(October 12-14.) Subtropical forest on the eastern slope of the Andes, around 6,000 feet. (As always, click on the pictures to see a larger version.) Cinnamon Flycatcher. Montane Woodcreeper.
(October 14) The Guango Lodge is on the eastern slope of the Andes at about 8,800 feet and features humid temperate forest.