Karl Overman: Birds and More


I have fond memories of my early trips to South America with the late Tom Davis who at the time the voice of the Rare Bird Alert for New York and a key cog in the North American birding world.  He was an exceptional birder, keen on both photography and recording birds, though on our tropical trips, he was exclusively into the latter as at the time many neotropical birds were not recorded.  On one of our trips, either 1974 or 1975 (we went to Tinalandia both years) we were at Tinalandia, then the key birding locale on the west slope of the Andes in Ecuador.  Tom wanted to hike uphill to what we called “the  moss forest.”  I declined for some now unknown reason.  Well he got several off the charts birds for his efforts, including this bird.  As tanagers were a favorite of Tom’s, I am sure this was a highlight  of the trip for him. As for me, it took four decades to catch up with Tom on this bird.

Glistening-green Tanager (Chlorochrysa phoenicotis)

Modified December 30, 2018