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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Amistad Front Porch List (cumulative 2010-11)

Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Roadside Hawk
Harris Hawk
Black-Chested Buzzard Eagle
Broad-Winged Hawk
Croaking Ground Dove
Eared Dove
White Tipped Dove
Rock Dove
Pacific Parrotlet |
Groove Billed Ani
Striped Cuckoo
Pacific Pygmy Owl
Blue and White Swallow
Amazilia Hummingbird
Sparkling Violet Ear
Green Kingfisher
*male and female
Cinnamon Woodpecker
Pacific Hornero
Chiguanco Thrush
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Blue-Gray Tanager
Golden Tanager
southern yellow grosbeak
Rufous Collared Sparrow
Scrub Blackbird
Peruvian Meadowlark
Saffron Finch
Yellow Tailed Oriole
Long-Billed Starthroat
Hooded Siskin
House Wren

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Latest sightings at Hacienda Amistad de Tobachiri:

Black Chested Buzzard Eagle
Pacific Pygmy Owl
Eared Dove

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More birds at Yunguilla

This week -- March 22, 2010 -- we have seen these:

Golden Tanager
croaking ground dove
Saffron Finch
Southern yellow grosbeak
rufous collared sparrow
yellow tailed oriole
scrub blackbird
blue and white swallow
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Blue Grey Tanager
Great Thrush
Longbilled starthroat
Crested cuckoo
Hooded Siskin
Peruvian Meadowlark
black Vulture
Pacific Hornero
Groove-billed Ani
Rock Dove (!)
House Wren
an unidentified small bird with black head and black belly (not in the Birds of Ecuador Field Guide)

Monday, September 14, 2009

The casita is nearing completion. It is quite nifty and we are digging a pond in the back yard ... for the birds.

We also added a new sighting: a little flock of Hooded Siskins, very much like goldfinches, fluttered about the mandarin trees below the big house.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Work continues on the casita. The tile roof will be returned to its former "glory." A new door has been cut between the two rooms and the bathroom replaced. The walls are about two feet thick and the restoration is being done with fresh adobe and rough timbers.

New addition to the "life list" is the Golden Olive Woodpecker.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hacienda Tabachiri -- Asuncion, Azuay, Ecuador

Reconstruction of our 70 year old adobe complex has begun.

-building the puerta


-sunset over the Andes (from our front porch)

We are restoring La Casita first which will be our living quarters while working on La Casa Huespedes--the guest house.

new roof, adobe wall restoration

Meanwhile, we are sighting birds from the front porch including:

  1. Pacific Parrotlet
  2. Pacific Hornero
  3. Vermillion Flycatcher
  4. House Wren
  5. Tropical Kingbird
  6. Peruvian Meadowlark
  7. Groove Billed Ani
  8. Turkey Vulture
  9. Chiguanco Thrush
  10. Great Thrush
  11. Amazilia Hummingbird
  12. Blue-Gray Tanager
  13. Green Kingfisher
  14. White-Tipped Dove
  15. Scrub Blackbird
  16. Croaking Ground-Dove
  17. Gray-backed Hawk (?)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pacific Parrotlet

Peruvian Meadowlark