Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nerdy Birdy: Quito City Birds

While in Quito touring the city with our Celebrity Expedition itinerary I also kept my eye out for birds. Although following a tour through a very busy city like Quito isn’t the best place to bird watch there are opportunities if you keep your eyes open. I of course spotted the obvious characters, the rock doves, banded tailed pigeons and sparrows but I was looking for some good local birds. At last we managed to skirt a pretty large park and were given a half hour to shop the street vendors. My husband decided to skip the shopping and I instead scan the trees.

With luck in the first few minutes I found a flycatcher with his red behind flashing flitting about. I was only able to get a few shots before it flew off and had no idea what bird it was but was thankful to see a new bird. Then I got home and realized that this is not a new bird, it is in fact the female Vermilion Flycatcher. I was really sad when I didn't spot this bird in the Galapagos Islands, what a great surprise.


Instead of chasing it off into the distance I followed the sound of another bird. AHH HA we found a city hummingbird. We spend a good majority of the remaining time chasing this particular hummingbird from tree to tree. Even though it was a cloudy day I managed to at last get some good shots before heading back to the bus. Although the tour guides knew this particular hummingbird no one seemed to know the official name. I had to wait two weeks before getting home and searching online to figure out what it was. After thirty minutes of research I finally found its name, the Sparkling Violetear. I think it aptly named. What a beautiful bird it was.


The last bird was a pleasant surprise. We were just about to board the bus when my husband spotted a few orange necked sparrows grazing in the grass. Now I can add the Rufous Collared Sparrow to the birds I have seen!


Three new birds in a city in just under thirty minutes... I would call that excellent birding.


lilmansworld said...

you're the rachel ray of birding haha

E Squared and Mui said...

I'd be skipping the shopping too ... nice captures.

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