Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hudsonian Godwit en Sarigua, un reporte por Rosabel Miró

El viernes 13 de octubre en la mañana, regresando de de un taller en Volcán, paramos en el Parque Nacional Sarigua y encontramos un Hudsonian Godwit.

Hay muchas camaroneras por el área y varias tinas vacías, con algo de agua algunas.

Habían también muchos Lesser Yellowlegs, 150. No nos había tocado ver tantos.

Camino a Volcán paramos en Aguadulce y allí vimos muchos Stilt Sandpipers: 79, un número grandote. En la entrada de El Rincón de Santa María estaba un tractor removiendo la tierra y detrás del tractor contamos 806 Glossy Ibises, el número más grande que hemos tenido a la fecha. Parece que a esta especie le está yendo muy bien por allá.

Este White-rumped Sandpiper también andaba por ahí...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Detalles sobre el reporte de Eurasian Collared-Dove por Yasmín Cerrud

El día 3 de septiembre del 2017, en la carretera ya próxima a Playa La Barqueta, a unos 200 mts del hotel, divisamos a dos individuos de Eurasian Collared-dove o Tórtola Turca (Streptopelia decaocto)  que caminaban justamente en el pavimento.  La franja negra característica del el cuello y la terminación negra de las alas, nos permitió identificarlas.  El avistamiento ocurrió a eso de las 8:10 a.m. Parecían bastante familiarizadas a la gente.
Posteriormente, al salir del área de playa a eso de las 11:32 am, observamos nuevamente a otro individuo sostenido en los cables eléctricos.
Participaron en la observación tres personas:  Katiuska Cicilia, Emma Patiño y Yasmín Cerrud.

The Carib Grackles are here: a species new for Panama

Yesterday morning, the birding group of Jan Axel Cubilla, Venicio Wilson, Rolando Jordán and Mario Aguirre found a number of Carib Grackles mixed in with the ubiquitous Great-tailed Grackles around the Tanara end of the old road to Chepo. Says Jan Axel:

Mega. New species for Panama if accepted. At least two adult males with distinctive glossy black plumage, conspicuous  yellow eye and short (instead of long) strongly keel-shaped tail.  Seen with Great-tailed Grackles in a marshy, open area, where they feed in the ground (out of sight) and perched atop some low bushes and trees.  Heard once.
Then this morning, Carlos Bethancourt found some other ones at Tortí Abajo.

Raymond VanBuskirk reports:
We've been scrutinizing every grackle we've seen today since hearing about a Carib Grackle near Chepo yesterday. It appears that the scrutiny has paid off. Today while leaving the site known as Torti Abajo we encountered four grackles (two males and two females) that caught our eye when we realized their noticeably small size. They were seen near the houses along the road just before the Río Torti. As they flew up from the roadside Carlos Bethancourt's initial thought was "Bronzed Cowbird". When they perched my initial thought, being from the United States, was "Brewer's Blackbird". This is when we knew we had something different. The birds were noticeably small-bodied, round-headed, and short-tailed. Their bills were also distinctly slender and slightly down-curved (much different in appearance the thicker and heavier hills of Great-tailed Grackle). Another distinct difference was head shape... these birds had small heads and rounded crowns, again, quite different from the blocky, flat-headed appearance of the Great-tailed Grackle. The males plumage was all dark with flashes of blue-green iridescence, not purple like in a Great-tailed Grackles. Certainly this is variable depending on lighting but it was noted regardless. The female plumage was dark brown overall, with the face being the same color as the rest of the bird, more like that of a Common Grackle. As they flew they gave a soft liquid "jeer" call, repeated in sequence about once ever second. We heard about five call notes before they disappeared. It was only after the observation that we realized the males were also the same size as the females, another field mark suggesting that these birds are not Great-tailed Grackles. Here's some back-of-camera shots taken by Michael Retter.  

And then, upon looking at some photos of odd Grackles from Finca Bayano taken on August 15, Jan Axel found this one.

So, one more bird new for Panama, which was probably hiding in plain sight since who knows when. Moral of the story: check every Grackle!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gleanings from eBird: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Playa La Barqueta

En la mañana del domingo 3 de agosto, Katiuska Sicilia y Yasmin Cerrud Henríquez encontaron una Eurasian Collared-Dove mientras

Caminaban en la calle que llega en línea recta al hotel.
Más tarde, vieron otra (tal vez el mismo individuo),
Perchada en los alambres ya en la ruta de salida de La Barqueta. Era clara la raya negra en la nuca y las alas tambien de punta oscura.

Maguari Stork en Finca Bayano, un reporte por Rolando Jordán

Hoy 3 de sept a la 1 pm aproximadamente en un pajonal dentro de la Finca Bayano observe un ejemplar de Maguari Stork. Era un solo individuo. Lo visualice por varios minutos pero empezó a llover fuertemente por lo que tuve que retirarme del lugar.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gray-capped Cuckoo and Large-billed Terns at Finca Bayano, a report by Les Lieurance

Had a nice day trip to the finca today with Cindy and Bill Adsett. Cloud cover made the heat somewhat bearable and the roads were passable. eBird list here.

I taped two Large-billed Terns.

Also found a Gray-capped Cuckoo:

Cuckoo with a long tail, shaped like Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Short black bill, dark eye, dark gray slightly bushy cap and dark gray face and nape, gray extending below the eye. Throat rich rufous, breast slightly lighter rufous. Back and wings rufous. Tail, seen only from below, appeared to be black with white spots, placed similarly to spots on Yellow-billed Cuckoo's tail. Bird was in the mangroves. Mangroves suffering a massive infestation of tent caterpillars - perhaps the cuckoo was there for a feast. Bird was very skulky, often perching deep in the foliage. 

Nazca Booby in Golfo de Chiriquí

Margaret Thompson reports a juvenile Nazca Booby seen flying right by her boat in Golfo de Chiriquí, near Isla Bolaños and bocas pajaros, today. She also reports the continuing presence of the American White Pelican at Panamá Viejo, seen yesterday morning with two Wood Storks.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jabirú en Chanis, un reporte por Mauricio Hoyos

Vi un Jabiru volando más o menos a 8 metros de altura sobre la Calle Alhambra, urbanización Casablanca, Chanis. Iba en direccion este.
Fecha: 12/08/17
Hora: 16:00
No pude tomar foto pero el tamaño, y los colores blanco, rojo y negro eran indiscutibles.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vermillion Flycatcher in the Western Azuero Peninsula, a report by Philip and Julie Pearce

On August 2, 2017, a female Vermillion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) was seen in Mata Oscura, a small community between Torio and Quebro. The location is approximately 200 feet above sea level, but virtually at the rocky coast between Playa Morrillo and Playa Mata Oscura. The Morrillo estuary is very close to this location. The area was formerly cleared for cattle, but has been reforested within the past 8 years with trees and shrubs in an attempt to attract birds and other wildlife. Philip and Julie Pearce saw and photographed the bird.
The bird was acting typically for a tyrant flycatcher. She was perching at the tops of the small trees and shrubs and darting up to catch insects, then returning to the same perch. She did not vocalize. This was at approximately 11:30 a.m., at the edge of a relatively clear area in relation to the surrounding heavier forest.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

White-rumped Sandpipers in Panamá Viejo

Rosabel Miró and WHSRN's Rob Clay were at Panama Viejo for this morning's high tide and they found a total of 7 White-rumped Sandpipers mixed in with the Western Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers. 

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