Ecuasal is one of the stranger birding destinations in Ecuador. Located right behind Salinas, a coastal resort which is a trip in itself, these salt and fresh water ponds were once used for producing salt. Now, they are a major attraction to migrating shore birds from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Birding this industrial wasteland is not for the timid though, as the only real access is from a coastal road heavily trafficked by lorries most of the day.
With our expensive optical equipment Aimee and I failed to blend seamlessly into this environment, but we made the best of it and saw some great birds in the ponds and on the neighboring beach. In addition, at dusk we stumbled upon a large group of Anthony's Nightjars feeding in a vacant lot near town; using our car's high beams and fog lights we had great views of this local night bird.
Notable birds seen: Kelp Gull, Royal Tern, Black-Necked Stilt, American Oystercatcher, Chilean Flamingo, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Stilt Sandpiper, Red Knot, White-Cheeked Pintail, Wilson's Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Gull-Billed Tern.