08 September 2011

End game: Back to Quito...ECUADOR (2 September)

After a fantastic mornings birding in the eastern foothills and subtropics along the La Sofia Road (even if a little wet) we reluctantly returned to Quito, and dreamed of getting back to this wonderfully quiet road (we had seen just one motorcycle all morning) on a drier day! Despite our time constraints (we had promised to return someone their car and were a little afraid of their wife's reaction if we turned it in late!), we could not resist stopping for this Cliff Flycatcher, perched of course, on a cliff on the way.

And later on as we drove over a high Andean spot we ran into an unusually high Red-breasted Blackbird, a species more often associated with lowland sweaty Amazonian areas, rather than where we saw it, at a chilly 1815 meters altitude near the Andean town of Baeza!

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