We're just back from a lovely trip to Peru, in three phases: Three days in Lima, guided by Mario Cabrejos [[email protected]]; four days in the Abra Patricia area, guided by Julio Tellos, arranged through Gunnar Engblom's Kolibri Expeditions; and five days with a group of orchid enthusiasts attending the orchid festival in Moyobamba. We only ticked some 220 species - I must be too lightweight at birding, since there are so many reports of many more in the same amount of time. Perhaps it's lazyness - not putting a name to every tyranulet that flicks by in a mixed group could reduce the list a bit.
Highlights included seeing Marvelous Spatuletail at Pomacochas, hearing a pair of Long-whiskered Owlets and the lodge by that name, and seeing my first actual wild penguins at Pucusana, and so much more!
On the 29th of October Mario and I visited sites north north of Lima, including Lomas de Lachay and the port of Callao.
The Lomas were incredible, such an interesting place. The fog came and went, and we managed to avoid the hordes of school children most of the time. Many good birds, including:
Coastal and Thick-billed Miners
Raimondi's and Grassland Yellow-finch
Many others - I'll see if I can attach a list later.