Pat O’Donnell over at Costa Rica Living and Birding maps out a potential hummingbird-only big day route that could net the ambitious birder forty species of hummingbird in one day in Costa Rica (and potentially more). That made me wonder – what is the single day record for seeing the most species of hummingbird?
The answer, apparently, is a whopping 41 species! Nick Athanas, Iain Campbell, Paul Coopmans, and Richard White set the record back in March of 2002 in Ecuador and I can find no record of someone having topped that mark since.
This does beg the question – what is possible in terms of a hummingbird big day? And who will try to top the record?
With luck and a lot of scouting, we could get 42 in Costa Rica but I think that would be getting every possible species. I bet a more concerted, scouted attempt in Ecuador could turn up 50 or more. Maybe there are routes with similar numbers in Peru and Colombia?
I like the idea of doing this and getting a new record. There are some 126 species in Ecuador and we should be able to get more than 50 in one day, and probably close to 60 with some scouting.
Jon and Anne King saw 26 hummingbird species at one site (Wildsumaco) in two days: http://calyptura.com/colombia__ecuador. While fewer than 40, it must be a record for a count in such a small area and elevational range.
Ok, I will provide free transportation for those who are interested in setting this new record! I have space for five comfortable seated birders. Will have to set a date.. any takers?
Only if you are providing transportation from the US… 🙂
Are you not getting enough freebies Corey?
Wish I could… Maybe Redgannet can bring in the luggage 🙂