As we headed back to Quito, Jose pulled us off onto a little side road to pick up a few last dry scrub birds. (We'd have gone farther but the bus got stuck. We ended up pushing it out at one point!). We learned a batch of seedeaters, this one was new for the trip; look at the tail's underside for the identity of this female
Not all the birds were completely new, a few Vermillion Flycatchers enjoyed their winter haunts.
Though there's fewer Tufted Tit-Tyrants in our Southwest.
Golden Grosbeak was a bird I saw a few times flying up from the roadside from the back of the bus; here the whole group got to see them, if somewhat distantly.
We saw a few Blue-and-yellow Tanagers here as well.
The final birds I'll leave you with? A pair of Peregrines, what else.
And speaking of which, maybe that makes sense for birders too ... give it a few months ... stay tuned.