Though the unpacking from my marvelous trip to Ecuador isn’t even close to done and I have about five million things that need doing I thought it would be remiss if I didn’t share at least the tiniest of tastes of the trip with you wonderful 10,000 Birds readers who, I am sure, have been awaiting my return with bated breath. What’s that you say? I’m superfluous and you didn’t even notice my absence because of the amazing beat writers who have been putting up superb posts? I suppose you’re right but I’m going to share anyway. Read this or not, see if I care…
At the restaurant and hostal known as Mirador Rio Blanco the hummingbird feeders and the view are undoubtedly the main attraction. It is rightly a nearly mandatory stop for birders exploring northwestern Ecuador and well worth a visit, for the food and drink as well as the birds (try the cinnamon pork chops for a wonderful blend of flavors). I was taken by the banana feeders, however, especially when Golden Tanagers and Silver-throated Tanagers came in to gobble down some fruit.
Though the two shots above were taken through the window of the restaurant and are certainly not my best pictures I thought that having two birds named for precious metals at the feeders simultaneously was emblematic of the kind of place Ecuador is for a birder. Stay tuned because there is much, much, much more to come! Hopefully, Renato will not get upset at my taking over his beat…
Corey: It is good to hear from you and especially good to hear about your precious metal perception of Ecuador.
WOW Corey…you are so lucky to have been to Ecuador!How many bird species did you see or are you still adding them up and quietly gloating!?Are there any dull coloured birds?!
Oh, bring it on, Superfluous One. These make my heart sing! Was Desi happy to see you? 🙂
I am SOOOO ready to hear all about it (and especially see your pics) before I go to live it myself.
@Renato: It was great meeting you in person…thanks so much for everything!
@Clare: Amazingly lucky! And the total for birds that I personally saw well enough to count was 280 species and something like 215 of them were lifers. Not bad for a total of 8 birding days…
@Julie: Desi was ecstatic. Though if it was because of me or the stuffed Wattled Umbrellabird he got as a gift is up in the air.
@Christopher: You will have a great trip…Ecuador is freaking awesome!
You caught and stuffed a Wattled Umbrellabird? Wow.
We’ve been waiting with bated breath! Bananas- What a wonderful bird feeder idea! What is your review of the Mirador Rio Blanco? I will be in that area in March. Excited!
Ah, so Ecuador is rich in precious metalls?
Okay, “silver” and “gold” is pretty darn near cool, I’ll have to give you credit for that. By the look of those Bananas, you had your namesake tool with you, Mr. Cutlass?
Oh yeah, it was the stuffed bird that had Desi all excited. Whenever I come home from a trip, it’s the model tractor for my son. Wait until i get back from a trip around his 18th birthday and bring him a real (non-model) tractor. That’ll freak him out…
@Donna: I’m very quick when I want to be. 🙂
@YourBirdOasis: The restaurant is great, the staff is nice, and the birds and view are outstanding!
@Jochen: Thank you for using my proper title. 🙂
And I feel like an idiot for forgetting to include to the Andean Emerald in this treasure post…
I don’t think I can bring Desi a real umbrellabird for his 18th birthday but maybe a trip to Ecuador?