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Report 2. Wednesday, September 7, 2016. First Birding Day. Woohoo. We're HERE and we're BIRDING!!!


We are up early, and have breakfast in the Ibis hotel restaurant. {Most meals here are buffets - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lots of cake for breakfast, CAKE for breakfast? The food is good, maybe too many choices. If I eat like this the whole trip, who knows...}Then Kevin heads off to get the rental car while Sharon and I finish re-packing for the road.

Kevin brings the Fiat Doblo into the parking area near the front door, and he loads all out gear into the back {I had asked Kevin whether we should bring one big suitcase for Bob and me to share or two smaller ones, one each. We also have a carryon, Bob's backpack, and a large bag that I bring in the car eveyday with essentials like sunscreen, mosquito spray, and snacks for the road (after CAKE for breakfast?). Kevin has his job cut out for him packing all our stuff but the back of the car is large enough.} I ride shotgun, and Sharon is in the back seat, behind me. Seat belts all around. The red octagonal "Stop" signs say PARE, pronounced PAH-ree, like potty, but a rolled 'r' instead of the two t's.

After an hour or less, Kevin pulls up to what he calls the "Mogi Marshes." We pick up lots of new birds here. This is what it looks like. Very scenic, right? {It's very close to the town but we immediately get all kinds of water birds, lifers all around!}

Actually, we make three different marsh stops, then head out to what I later term as Trashy Road. Here is what THAT looks like. There is a group of maybe 7-8 dogs loose barking and trying to decide whether to come down where we are. They wind up having not much to do with us. Here is Trashy Road. We get a spectacular Streamer-tailed Tyrant, flying out over the meadow. Very cool.


Our next stop is going to be a set of bird feeders at a restaurant, and after a bit, we pull in there. Kevin has the same camera I do (Canon 7D Mark II) but whereas I have a pretty vanilla 18-135 zoom lens, he has a spectacular Canon 100-400 zoom, and he volunteers to swap lenses with me. Wow. What an offer! I jump at it, and here are some of the photos I get with it.

First a Swallow-tailed Hummingbird at the orange feeder. Then a Glittering-throated Emerald, parked on a diagonal branch away from the feeder.


A Blue Dacnis and a Red-necked Tanager on the papaya fruit, then a gorgeous Blue Dacnis on a piece of bamboo. {Can you believe these birds!!? The colors are fabulous and the birds just fly in one after another. All the birders sit at tables close to these feeders and many are taking pictures.} After lunch we travel to a friend of Kevin's - Jonah who has many feeders also.{ Jonah is Brazilian but lived in the U.S. for years working in computers, someway. Now he lives here and attracts the birds in.}


A male Festive Coquette gives us a closeup at the feeder at longtime bird feeder Jonas' home, and he is joined by a (maybe) Sombre Hummingbird.{Jonah made these hummingbird feeders out of soda bottles. You can see that the feeder port is made out of a bottle cap. He says they clean easily and when they are too used, he just buys some soda and makes some more.}


Sharon is camped at one of Jonas' feeders. Later, we check in at our digs for the next three nights - the Ubatuba Palace Hotel. This is the view from the balcony walk outside our room.


Another view. Clearly we are in town. As night closes in, Sharon gets me, perhaps shooting one of the previous two shots.

Kevin has raved about the food served here, and he's right, it's pretty spectacular. There are so many choices. So many. The dining area is right next to the swimming pool and bar.

That's it for today.

Life Birds Today (* - indicates a spectacular bird or sighting):

Brazilian Teal, Rufous-sided Crake, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Ash-throated Crake, Blackish Rail, Common Gallinule, Picazuro Pigeon, and the following hummingbirds: Black Jacobin, Saw-billed Hermit, Black-throated Mango, Festive Coquette*, Brazilian Ruby*, Glittering-bellied Emerald*, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Sombre Hummingbird, Versicolored Emerald), Glittering-throated Emerald, White-chinned Sapphire. More "regular birds" were a spectacular Yellow-fronted Woodpecker*, Campo Flicker, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Wing-banded Hornero, Rufous Hornero (with their spectacular nests - more on that in later reports), Orange-breasted Thornbird, Spix's Spinetail (heard only at this point), White-crested Tyrannulet, Streamer-tailed Tyrant*, Brown-chested Martin, White-rumped Swallow, Black-capped Donacobius, Pale-breasted Thrush, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Masked (Southern) Yellowthroat, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Brazilian Tanager*, Sayaca Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager*, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager*, Green-headed Tanager*, Red-necked Tanager*, Long-tailed Reed Finch, Unicolored Blackbird, Chestnut-capped Blackbird, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Red-rumped Cacique, and Chestnut-bellied Euphonia.

New Non-bird Life Forms Today:

Nutria, Morpho Butterfly

Life Birds Today: 51
Life Birds on Trip: 51
Trip Birds Seen Today: 90
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 90

Note: A Trip Bird is any species seen for the first time this trip. A Life Bird is a bird we have never encountered before. All Life Birds found are also Trip Birds.

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