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Report 9. Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

A nice sunrise finds us already on the hunt. At right, a stand of trees that this area is famous for - Parana Pine or Araucaria Pine - also known as the Candelabra Tree.{Here we hear the morning "Dawn" chorus of the birds and spot the Aracaria or Grey-Bellied Spinetail on top of the named tree. How conventient. While standing here waiting for birds to fly in, Bob makes up a joke that is so funny (so he said) that he cracks himself up and for 2-3 minutes he tries to tell us the puchline but starts laughing so hard that he can't get the punchline out. I take a video becuas he is so funny in the telling of it. I don't remember the joke as being that funny.) Bob: Oh, it was funny.


We are birding across the road from this scene. At right is the smooth gray of the Sooty Tyrannulet.


I marvel at the normality of the upside down world that is that of the Sharp-billed Treehunter. At right is a gorgeous Buff-breasted Warbling-Finch.


This village is famous for its European/Swiss architecture. {Kevin says many people come here to be up in the mountains and away from the coastal heat. They have built up these Swiaa-looking hotels and houses over time.}At right is a curious Black-capped Piprites.


This is a bee hive, but these bees have tiny knees, and entire bodies for that matter. It is a hot day, and they are sitting on the outside of the hive, fanning their wings as fast as they can, to cool off the hive. That's the story we get. Fascinating. At right, I get a shot of Sharon looking through the scope at a bird that Kevin has set up for us.


Both photos below are of Swallowtail Tanagers. {We actaally see this pair copulating which lead to Bob's joke. Maybe he'll remember it and be brave enough to try to tell it.} Bob: Nah, not NOW!

Below left, a chocolate store. Everything you see on this counter has some chocolate in it. {I buy a lot of chocolate here, am rescued from buying something I think looks like fudge which turns out to be some fruit concoction. Some of the chocolate gets eaten by us over the next few days, some is brought home for gifts and some gets too hot in my suitcase over the next weeks and has to be eaten by Bob when we get home. So sorry, Bob.} At right, Kevin goofs around by sticking a flower in his hair. Forgetting the flower, he goes into the office and pays for our stay here, comes back out, realizes what he did, and asks why we didn't stop him. Stop you? Not on your life! That was too good.


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

Red-legged Seriema (heard, will see tomorrow), Vinaceous-breasted Parrot, Gray-bellied Spinetail, Sooty Tyrannulet, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet (heard only), Brown-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Shear-tailed Gray-Tyrant, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Black-capped Piprites*, White-winged Becard (heard only, will see in a few days), Lesser Grass-Finch.

Upgrades Today:

Araucaria Tit-Spinetail (heard yestreday, saw today).

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today: Six horses loose on the open road

Life Birds Today: 11
Life Birds on Trip: 194
Trip Birds Seen Today: 11
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 290

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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