Cabañas San Isidro and Guango Lodge

Our recent trip to Ecuador was booked through Carmen Bustamante of Cabañas San Isidro. Carmen was exceptional and the lodges that her family runs were outstanding (esp. the food!). We booked a private tour, and Carmen arranged the driver, the hotel in Quito and three nature lodges (two belonging to her family and one not), and she made a great choice for our birding guide, Narby Lopez. We highly recommend Carmen and Cabañas San Isidro if you are booking a tour to the Andes of Ecuador. Guango Lodge

First Ecuadorean Photos Posted

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
I just posted the first set of my Ecuadorean photos to my Flickr account. Click on this photo to go to them. These are my Quito pics.

Michael, Stephen, and I flew from Philadelphia to Miami and then on to Quito. During the last days of our trip we toured Quito and visited a cultural museum on Reina Virginia Street, the Quito Botanical Garden, the home of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of Ecuador, the Old City, and an Artisan Market.

The rest of my pictures are from the rainforest lodges where we birded on the western and eastern slopes of the Andes for 11 days.

Different Birds In Your Future

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Originally uploaded by woodcreeper

The Birdwatchers Guide to Global Warming by the American Bird Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation offers a model of how bird migratory and nesting patterns might change with the continued climate warming. There are state by state supplements that predict which birds you might see fewer of in the future and which you might see more of or even begin to see for the first time in any particular one of the 48 contiguous US states.
I think this is an important report but only to an extent. Although I don’t doubt the data and the integrity of the groups which compiled it, such modeling is purely hypothetical and can be no more accurate than a weather or climate forecast for 10, 20, or 30 years ahead. That there will be changes is virtually certain. What the actual changes will be is certainly not. It is however interesting and important to speculate on the magnitude of the changes we have set in motion by our unchecked carbon and pollutant dumping.
(Special thanks to Flickr Pro Woodcreeper for setting this beautiful photo as bloggable)

Mind Boggling Migrations

10,000 Penguins

The fall is marked by migrations of mammals and birds in numbers and distances that are simply mind boggling. Fall migration is an awe-inspiring and fascinating phenomenon. Fall migrations in the northern hemisphere coincide with the equally miraculous spring migrations in the southern hemisphere. The online edition of London’s Daily Mail from Oct. 23, 2007 published the article Amazing pictures as 10,000 penguins come to shore to breed with a truly impressive image of 10,000 peguins, part of a 100,000 colony, coming ashore on the island of South Georgia. It’s spring down there in the neighborhood of Antarctica and these penquins are coming together to mate and molt.