We've just returned from a quick trip to the Tandayapa Bird Lodge on the western slope of the Andes in Ecuador. Although we were planning on staying longer, my bad knees betrayed me and we decided to cut our visit short.
However, we still really enjoyed the birds at the lodge and I figured I'd share some of the pictures from that quick visit. Because there were so many crazy birds around, this particular post will only be devoted to the hummingbirds.
I know several of you have been to Tandayapa and know these little gems quite well but for the rest, let me start out by saying that the hummingbird spectacle at the Tandayapa feeders is world-renowned. The lodge can have 100+ hummers at the feeders at once and that usually consists of 10-20 different species. Although I'm not sure I saw 100+ at once during my short stay (numbers can vary seasonally), I can attest to a really fun diversity! After only 3 days, we had tallied 15 different species.
I'll run through the species roughly from most abundant to least abundant...
First up, and probably the most abundant species at the feeders, was the PURPLE-THROATED WOODSTAR. Although these guys were tiny, they weren't bad looking at all. Here's a male perched on a leaf near the patio:
During our entire stay we only saw one WESTERN EMERALD, a small species found only in Colombia and Ecuador. The male, who would visit daily, was covered in glistening greens that literally sparkled. Here it is on the left side of the feeder (Fawn-breasted Brilliant on the right):