While waiting for the trail to cleared/found a few birds appeared at forest's edge. A Lettered Aracari was probably the toucan class bird I was most looking forward to.
There's a number of Oropendolas that the book lists as rare. I didn't learn many of the rare birds, so when the guides noticed an oropendola that one called Green and one called Olive-backed I wasn't in much position to figure the answer out.
And with that we disappeared into the forest. It was muggy and still and we worked to find any birds at all. Jason impressively identified a fairly non-descript high-pitched note as a Dwarf Tyrant-manakin, and then even more impressively found the tiny green bird amidst multi levels of dark green foliage.
Fito and Jason tried to tape out a couple antbirds with limited success, but the frantic pressured calls of a pair of White-fronted Nunbirds (imagine a pair of cardinals singing after doing a few lines of meth) drew our attention to a big open dead tree that actually had birds!
We struggled to find flocks on this trip so a trio of Paradise Tanagers (they were joined by a larger Opal-rumped for a bit) who appeared next were very much a relief.
On the opposite side of the color spectrum a Grayish Mourner had none of the black, green, azure, or scarlet of the Paradise Tanagers.
A Female Green-backed Trogon split the difference between the mourner and the tanagers color-wise.
Finally a couple woodpeckers, first Lineated, a bird widely distributed in the tropics...
and finally Yellow-throated. There's a few yellow or yellowish woodpeckers in Ecuador and we saw a couple, but this was the only one that was even semi-cooperative.
We spent probably 30 minutes just watching the birds come and go from this tree given how hard we'd been working to see a bird here or a bird there in the forest interior. Someone commented the tree should be an eBird hotspot. Fito thought the name could be "tree in the Amazon." He maayyyyybe was unconvinced.