After a few days in high elevation habitat we awoke well before the dawn at Tandayapa lodge. Awoke to the gentle soft chirps of frogs. To the pattering of rain. To a variety of moths fluttering about the walls. Did I mention the rain?
We spent much of the morning working the porches of the lodge in attempts to stay dry (or dry-ish). The birds didn't mind the rain though and activity was fairly steady in little fits and starts.
There was a large blacklit sheet just off one of the porches that attracted moths and other insects. The birds were also interested in them. This is a Montane Woodcreeper
Flycatchers started appearing as well, this is Golden-bellied
Followed by the tiny Ornate.
Warblers were a familiar shape though.
But this being South America there were more unfamiliar shapes too. This is a (decidedly subpar) shot of a Streak-capped Treehunter.
Book study paid off when a couple more furnarids appeared for a couple of us.
This is Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
followed by Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner.
Foliage-gleaners were as active as a gnatcatcher or chickadee, but the size of a catbird and not easy to get good looks at as they dove about the leaves in the wet gloom.
Crimson-rumped Toucanet was a little easier to ID.
There were barbets and tanagers about as well, but they stayed mostly high and I'll save their pics for when they came a little lower later in the trip.