ABOUT THE BIRDING
The Catamayo Valley is an agricultural region that is a good mid-day birding stop while transferring from Macara toward Loja or Tapichalaca. There are some roadside areas where one can stop and bird the scrub habitat for open country birds. It's a good place to find Long-tailed Mockingbird, a southern Ecuador/northern Peru specialty that is common in the area. Croaking Ground-Dove is also common in the area. Target birds one hopes to find include the endemic Loja Hummingbird, Elegant Crescent-Chest, Drab Seedeater, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Band-tailed Seedeater, Tumbes Sparrow, and Peruvian Meadowlark.
LOCATION OF SITE
The Catamayo Valley is a largely agricultural area about mid-way between Macara and Loja. It is reached via the main highway beyond the Utuana Forest Reserve when driving north from Macara.