After an hour of waiting I gave up and drove on up to Papallacta Pass and took the rocky road that parallels the highway. Several Stout-billed Cinclodes braved the rain and I got a shot through the windshield.
Found a couple of Plumbeous Sierra-Finches. The female is the streaked one.
Here's a Glossy Flowerpiercer. The similar Black Flowerpiercer lacks the pale shoulders. I saw both in small uncooperative flockes.
I watched a bank of tubular flowers that are the favorite of the Sword-billed Hummingbird. A large dark hummer with white tail tips nectared on the hill above. It had be be Rainbow-bearded Thornbill by the tail, a species I've seen before. Here's the flowers without a hummer.
Finally I saw a White-throated Tyrannulet, one of the most common birds of the high Andes. I saw many on my previous two trips.
My first lifer on the trip was a Red-crested Cotinga ten days ago. Another one came to say goodbye to me.
My last bird of the trip was a common Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle.
It started to rain again so I decided to head on down to the airport. I returned the car with no problems and Budget took me to the airport where I had a long wait for my overnight flight to Houston.