Monday, 20 August 2012

Cusco to Northwest Peru

It was only 11.00 am when we arrived back at our hotel in Cusco.  We were all exhausted from our Amazon trip and needed a couple of days of R & R.  Apart from going up to San Blas, the hippyish part of Cusco for lunch, we did nothing all day and went to bed early.

Our second day was also very lazy, except this time we went to the Cross Keys Pub (owned by the birder Barry Walker) for lunch and an afternoon watching the closing ceremony of the London Olympics with ex-pats.  We had been following the Team GB results and enjoyed getting some part of home after this long away.

Birdgirl watching closing ceremony of Olympics

Monday 13th August, our flight to Chiclayo (on the northern coats) was not until 11.40 am and so we managed to have a second late start. We were ready for the last two weeks of our birding trip to Peru.  Arriving in Chiclayo, we were picked up by a driver and taken to our hotel, close to the central Plaza.  We decided on Pizza near the Plaza followed by an early night.

The next day, we were picked up Gunnar in the Hyundai H1 and driver, Horacio.  First stop was Bosque de Pomac, where we also had breakfast.  This was dry forest.  Here we saw the endemic Tumbes Tyrant, Rufous Flycatcher, Peruvian Plantcutter and Cenereous Finch without too much trouble.  What a start.

Birdgirl in her new Kolibri Expeditions cap
Birdgirl at the 1,000 year old tree

Chris and Birdgirl at Bosque de Pomac


Rufous Flycatcher taken by and copyright Gunnar Engblom

Last was a site for the endemic and rare White-Winged Guan, at San Isidro.  We drove along the Querpon river bed, which was dry and pebbly but realised we missed a turning and that was why it had become impassable, with the vehicle getting stuck in the stones.  A little more manoeuvring and we were back on the right path.  We did not see the Guan here, probably because there had been a lot of illegal logging, but highlights of other birds seen were Harris’ Hawk, Peruvian Thick-knee, Tumbes Hummingbird, Tumbes Sparrow, Sulphur-Throated Finch, Chestnut-Throated and Parrot-Billed Seedeater and Lesser and Scrub Nightjar.

We stayed the night in Olmas in quite a nice hotel for such a small town.  An egg and chips later we were off to bed all feeling pretty tired.

In the morning we had a sucessful stop for Peruvian Screech Owl and then went onto Quebrada El Limon, the main Guan site where we did see a number of White-Winged Guan really well. We also saw Ochre-Bellied Dove, Elegant Cresentchest, White-Tailed Jay, Collared Warbling-Finch and Gray-and-Gold Warbler.

Birdgirl also managed to grip us off with a Sharp-Shinned Hawk for her Peru list.

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