Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, and
the Lima Coast

Day 6: 3 July 2006
Birding again along the Urubamba River


Jay, Lynn, Jean, and I rose early to walk back down to the Puente Ruinas to look and listen for Lyre-tailed Nightjar. We weren't successful with the looking, but were with the listening. Though I was carrying my lucky nightjar gloves, there was no need to attempt to pick up the nightjar. (If you were on Jay's 2005 summer tour of Costa Rica, you'd understand that last comment.)

On the walk back I began to realize that I was a hurtin' puppy, with body aches, chills, and a fever. Nonetheless I managed to walk along the Urubamba River for the morning's birding. For her birthday present, I let Chris carry her scope (she insisted).

The morning's birding was fun. I successfully identified a Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet all on my own as I straggled behind the group. We got to see a group of Andean Cocks-of-the-Rock. We solved the mystery of the Maroon-chested Chat-Tyrant. Most of us (but not me) were able to see the Fasciated Tiger-Heron.

Well, a combination of Lucretia's folk remedy, the "Lucky Beans" so nicely latched on my wrist by Lynn, and a dose of cipro put me back on the mend. Maybe the lucky bulls made me better, too.

I spent the early part of the afternoon resting by the pool at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, watching the Blue-gray and Spangle-cheeked Tanagers, and the various hummingbirds. This chap raked up all the fallen leaves by poolside. Not even ten seconds after he was done, a big wind picked up, and a number of leaves equal to what he had just raked dropped from the trees.

I was happy to be feeling on-the-mend, as we were heading back down to Ollantaytambo to base there while birding Abra Malaga.

On to Day 7: Abra Malaga, west and east slopes

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