Lifers come thick and fast in Northwest Colombia

Our guides took us to a small community in remote area on the edge of the Guajira desert. The habitat here was dry thorny scrub, not much to look at but home to some very special birds, including Tocuyo Sparrow, a species restricted to a small area of Northern Colombia and Venezuela. Lifer!

Tocuyo Sparrow. Maybe not a great photo, but a very special bird to connect with!

How appropriate that on our all-ladies tour of Colombia, it was our female local guide who found us the bird!

We also visited a wonderful garden for some easier birding. Just sit in the shade and wait for the birds to visit the well-stocked feeders! First up, Vermilion Cardinal: lifer!

Adule male Vermilion Cardinal, red as red can be!

A whole family of Vermilion Cardinals came to the feeder, another lifer!

Yellow Cardinal,

This was the regionally-restricted subspecies icterus nigrogularis nigrogularis, and another lifer! Orinoco Saltator was another bird visiting the feeders, and yes, another lifer! It was nice to see a familiar face, Bananaquit, though!

But in case all that riotous colour was getting to be too much, another more subtle lifer was also visiting the garden: Buffy Hummingbird lived up to its name and gave great views!

Buffy Hummingbird, a more restful colour after all that bling!

We're planning on running a Birdwatching Trip to Colombia in early 2021, so please email us on

for more information. We look forward to sharing lots of exciting birds with you!

Contact us

* * *



Our Tweets

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.