Reference material for the female racket-tail hummingbird doesn’t show a racket ‘tail,’ and the male doesn’t have the white breast… Thanks in advance for a proper ID! When illustrated reference books seem lacking for details, I often check Nick Athanas’ Antpitta site.. Check out his magnificent portraits of Neotropical birds. (Antpitta.com – Booted Racket-tailed Hummingbird)
While updating the bird list for the property, I was pleased to count over 90 species of birds – and the ones that live on the other 95 hectares are still unrecorded!
Calling all birders – can you help with identification for any of these UFBS – Unidentified Flying Birds? I will be offline until next week but look forward to your feedback.
Let’s look at those birds!
Bird #1. Sorry, many of these photos lack for details, but hopefully this and the next image will help with an ID.
Even if you don’t know what bird it is, perhaps you can give it a nickname?
Bird #2. This one reminds me of a bumblebee! The next image is the same bird.
Bird #2 – I think this is the same as the two above?
Linda, (The Task at Hand ) and I discussed the precious Blue & White Swallows last year. Linda, here is a photo (below) from November when the swallows hit the pause button during the rains!
Blue & white Swallows
Bird #3. This bird, however, doesn’t look like the blue-white swallow. Maybe it’s a seedeater? Another photo follows this one.
Bird #3 – Name that bird, please?!
The handsome hermits are some of my favorites, but these next few images don’t quite match any of my reference material for the Mindo cloudforest of Ecuador.
Bird #4 – Which hermit is this?
Bird #4 – What a lovely bird!
Bird # 4 or maybe # 5 — Sometimes a bird slams into a window; most recover and fly away to tell of the human that gave it a close inspection!
There are some birds that are quite patient and give many chances to admire their beauty. This “LBB” little brown bird keeps a close watch over the house and pond.
Bird #6 — That elephant grass gives the LBbirds a place to perch!
Bird # 6 – White-tailed Tyrranulet?
This next beauties up for review might be Red-faced Spinetail and the Ruddy Foliage Gleaner…
Ruddy Foliage Gleaner?
Red-faced Spinetail? (Also in photo that follows)
They are all gorgeous…
Bird # 7
I look forward for your help and feedback! See you next week.
Beautiful, Lisa. Thanks, Keith
Lovely!!! Great captures!!!
Equipping The Saints said:
I love your bird pics, even though I don’t know their names, addresses or phone numbers (lol) Please keep up your good work.
I have no idea what they are, but I enjoyed seeing them!
Barb Seibel aka Hummingbird said:
Another great post Lisa….hope you get some feedback on the names of the UFBS.
Lisa, I think number 4 is a grey – chinned hermit. I found it in our big Birds of Ecuador field guide. What do you think? Happy Easter!
So many little passerines – the mind boggles! Love that long beak on the bird in the hand. And ooo, the tail on the first dandy – makes you want to follow him around until he molts! 🙂
I’m not even going to try to guess, but they’re all gorgeous.
The swallows are gorgeous, Lisa. Ours are back, now, and at least a few nests have been built beneath the floating docks. Clever, those birds! Last year, there were dozens of nests under the roof of a picnic shelter at Anahauc Wildlife Refuge. I’m going to try and get over there and see if they liked it well enough to come back.
Russ Shade said:
You are in need of Robert Ridgely’s Birds of Ecuador – a massive 2 volume tome. Are you in Mindo now? I will be there in early november and can bring a copy for you.
Playamart - Zeebra Designs said:
You are so kind, Russ, and that is so sweet of you to offer. I will be based in Mindo until my friends’ property sells. Yes, the set would greatly enhance my other reference books…