Selected pix from my Ecuador trip (11/18-11/25/06)

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This is Maria from Angel’s Paz’s farm. She’s a rare Giant Antpitta and was called in by Angel.

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This amazing Sword-billed Hummingbird gave a demonstration on how to operate the feeder at Yanacocha.

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Booted Racket-tails were common at the Tandayapa feeders.

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And finally the Purple-throated Woodstar will its bee-like humm.

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All in all a great trip with 307 trip species and many lifers.

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Rough-legged Hawks in the Sierra Valley (10/28/06)

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Txell Genesca, Jon Katz and I decided to check out the Sierra Valley raptors for ourselves this morning. Thanks to Deren Ross for his detailed reports!

A plowed field just 0.5mi north of 49 on Heriot was particulary plastered with Ferruginous Hawks. Across the street from this field, we found our first Rough-legged Hawk of the trip. It was an interesting looking bird with clean white chest/belly. Most of the other Rough-legged Hawks were had between 1-4mi north of 49 on Beckwith/Sierra Valley Rd.

Rough-legged Hawk (7)
Ferruginous Hawk (~15)
Bald Eagle (1)
Prairie Falcon (1)
Northern Harrier (2)
Red-tailed Hawk (many)
American Kestrel (2)

A lazy detour to Yuba Pass in the early afternoon yielded a flock of about 20 very active Red Crossbills, and single Evening Grosbeak and Pine Siskin.

Rough-legged Hawk (both pictures are showing Rough-legged Hawks)