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 Birding Lomas de Lachay and surroundings (Lima).

 

Lomas de Lachay in the lower mountains has, surprisingly as it looks, a lot of vegetation in the middle of the desert during parts of the year. The mist that rolls in from the sea gives enough moisture to enable a lush habitat during the wet time of the year. During the dry season it looks more like a desert. The site is 105 kms north of Lima along the PanAmerican highway. You pass a big roundabout and soon the entrance road is on the right. Along here you can look for Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel and Raimondi´s Yellow-finch. There is an entrance fee and a visitor centre and trails around the area. Along these look for Thick-billed Miners, they like areas with big boulders. Peruvian Sheartails and Oasis Hummingbirds can be seen here too.

If you turn right in the roundabout you get to the back side of the park which is drier and here is where you have the best chance of finding Peruvian Thickknee, Cactus Canastero, Coastal- and Grayish Miner.

Continuing north along the highway for another 30 kms takes you to the Paraiso lagoons which you see from the road and is sign-posted. This is an excellent site to see various shorebirds and migrants from North America. Thousands of gulls, terns and waders can be seen here. The threatened Peruvian Tern is resident here and during migration rare migrants for Peru like Hudsonian- and Marbled Godwits and Gull-billed Terns have been seen. Coastal Miners, Blackish Oystercatcher and Great Grebes are residents and Tawny-throated Dotterels are often seen. There is also a large colony of some 200 Chilean Flamingos that over-winter here

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii
2
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
3
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
4
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
5
White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
6
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
7
Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea
8
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
9
Great Grebe Podiceps major
10
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis
NT
11
Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi
12
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
13
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
14
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
15
Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
16
Great Egret Ardea alba
17
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
18
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
19
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
20
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
RR
21
Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
RR
22
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
23
Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
RR
NT
24
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
25
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
26
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
27
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
28
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
29
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
30
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
31
Harris´ Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
32
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
33
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosoma
34
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
35
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
36
Andean Coot Fulica ardesiaca
37
Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris
38
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
39
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
40
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
41
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
42
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
43
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
44
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
45
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
46
Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis
47
Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus
48
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
49
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
50
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus
51
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
52
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
53
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
54
Western Willet Tringa semipalmata inornata
55
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
56
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
57
Surfbird Aphriza virgata
58
Red Knot Calidris canutus
59
Sanderling Calidris alba
60
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
61
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
62
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
63
Baird´s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
64
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
65
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
66
Wilson´s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
67
Band-tailed Gull Larus belcheri
RR
68
Gray Gull Larus modestus
69
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
70
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
71
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
72
Franklin´s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
73
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
74
Elegant Tern Sterna elegans
NT
75
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
76
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
77
Peruvian Tern Sterna lorata
RR
EN
78
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
79
Inca Tern Larosterna inca
RR
80
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
81
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
82
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
83
Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
84
Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
85
Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
86
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
87
Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons
88
Gray-capped Cuckoo Coccyzus lansbergi
89
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
90
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
91
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
92
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
93
Pacific Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris decussatus
94
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
95
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
96
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
97
Amazilia Hummingbird Amazilia amazilia
98
Oasis Hummingbird Rhodopis vesper
99
Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora
100
Purple-collared Woodstar Myrtis fanny
101
Coastal Miner Geositta peruviana
E
102
Grayish Miner Geositta maritima
103
Thick-billed Miner Geositta crassirostris
E
104
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
105
Cactus Canastero Asthenes cactorum
E
106
Tumbes Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma obsoletum sclateri
107
Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
108
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
109
Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
110
Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus
111
Short-tailed Field-Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda
112
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
113
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
114
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
115
Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris
116
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
117
Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens
118
Southern House Wren Troglodytes musculus
119
Long-tailed Mockingbird Mimus longicaudatus
120
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
121
White-faced Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea bilineata
RR
122
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
123
Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
124
Black-lored Yellowthroat Geothlypis aequinoctialis
125
Marañón Yellowthroat Geothlypis (auricularis)
126
Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum
127
Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
128
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
129
Collared Warbling-Finch Poospiza hispaniolensis
130
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
131
Drab Seedeater Sporophila simplex
RR
132
Chestnut-throated Seedeater Sporophila telasco
133
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
134
Dull-colored Grassquit Tiaris obscura
135
Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola
136
Raimondi´s Yellow-Finch Sicalis raimondii
E
137
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
138
Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa
 
 
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