Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cinnamon Teal at Chame, a report by Euclides Campos.

On November 25, a male Cinnamon Teal was seen near Playa Caracol with 13 Lesser Scaups at the shrimp farms located in Punta Chame. The group included Alexis Guevara, Jorge Portillo, Ileana Benitez and myself.

Also, a female Ring-necked Duck was at Gorgona.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reddish Egret at Aguadulce, a report by Howard Laidlaw

On the way back from Pedasi stopped at Aguadulce on 23rd November 2014. Found a white morph Reddish Egret, photos attached. Was with George Angehr, and Jan Axel Cubilla joined us later. There were also 33 Lesser Scaup on one of the ponds.

Northern Pintails at Farfán, a report by Jennifer Wolcott

Also Northern Shoveler. Blue-winged Teals too, of course, but maybe some other dabblers as well. But here are a couple of Northern Pintails—I counted at least three Thursday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk en Tortí, un reporte por Siu Generis

El domingo 16 de noviembre Guido Berguido observó un rapaz sobrevolando justo sobre nosotros en el Hotel Avicar en Tortí, mientras el grupo de observadores terminabamos de almorzar, alrededor del mediodía. Ante el aviso de Guido alcancé a tomarle esta foto para poder identificarlo y documentarlo como un Red-tailed Hawk.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mixed bag, a report by Euclides Campos

White-rumped Sandpiper seen at Punta Chame on October 30th.

Two white morph Reddish Egrets were observed at Punta Chame on November 6th.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) seen at Costa del Este on November 10th.

American Avocets at Panamá Viejo, a report by José Tejada

These are a male and female nonbreeding plumage American Avocets found around the mudflats at Panamá la Vieja behind the museum on November 12. The female has a more upturned bill than male.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Patos en Gamboa, un reporte por Rafael Luck

Por un reporte realizado en el dia de ayer por nuestro colega, José Tejada, fuimos hoy en la mañana Jan Axel Cubilla y Rafael Luck a Gamboa para encontrarnos con Rafael Lau y Jose Soto del Gamboa Rainforest Resort en el muelle del Resort. Gracias a la cortesía de José Soto en una embarcación vimos muchas aves, entre ellas American Coots y 7 patos: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Muscovy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal y Northern Shoveler.

Migratory ducks galore in Gamboa, a report by José Tejada

November 8: Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup (no valid picture of Lesser Scaup as they are all blurry cause I was doing a cruise ship tour and didn't have my spotting scope; so I TOOK THE PICTURES THROUGH MY BINOCULARS!!!!!). All the ducks were located in front and to the right of Los Lagartos restaurant at Gamboa.

Night birds in Chanis

José Tejada reports his backyard in Chanis was visited by a Striped Owl on October 27 and by a Chuck-Will's-Widow on the 28.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pelagic trip off Pedasí (including a species new for Panama), a report by Jan Axel Cubilla

Report by Jan Axel Cubilla
Photographs by Rafael Luck
Date: October 25th, 2014.
Participants: George Angehr, Rafael Luck, Euclides Campos and Jan Axel Cubilla (plus captain Jeff Hopkins and crew member “Lito”)
We departed at 6:30 am from El Arenal beach, close to the town of Pedasi aboard a 30 ft sport fishing boat and headed directly to the south. Our intention was to chum a mixture of fish oil (kindly donated by Fulo Motta and Laly Vallarino) and bait plus popcorn at two different seamounts (at N 7º 14’ 52.0’’, W -80º 1’ 0.2’’ and 7º 18’ 31.7’’, W -79º 39’ 43.1’’, this last one surrounded by 1000-meter depths). We planned a 8-hours long trip, spending at least one hour at each seamount. The top speed of the boat was 12 nm, and we reached the farthest point from land at 27 nm approximately.
In total, we recorded 19 species (plus three taxa), including eight tubenoses (petrels, shearwaters and storm-petrels), five jaegers and terns, and three suliformes (frigatebirds and boobies). The remaining consisted of common migratory species (Chimney Swifts, Cliff and Barn Swallows). Of course, many individuals remained unidentified due to field conditions.

The highlights included three Tahiti Petrels at both seamounts. We managed photographs of these individuals, thus confirming its presence in Panamanian waters after the first reported sighting in september 2010. At the first seamount we also recorded three storm-petrel species (Wedge-rumped, Black and Least Storm-Petrels), and a Pomarine Jaeger that approached closely to the boat.

On route between both seamounts, we saw several Galapagos and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, including one dark-phase individual of the latter, and flocks of Sooty Terns as well.

Apart of the Tahiti Petrel and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels at the second seamount, we also saw our first (of two) adult Nazca Booby. This bird ignored us completely as it flew far away from us, allowing only some record shots.

Around 12:30 pm, in the way back to port (N 7º 23’ 38.5’’, W -79º 37’ 56.7’’, we found a huge mixed flock in a feeding frenzy over a school of tuna (according to Lito). We saw many individuals of the two shearwaters species already recorded plus a definitve Sooty Shearwater (certainly more since we were not able to inspect the whole group due to lack of time). We also saw another Pomarine Jaeger and a Nazca Booby that flew over the boat twice, allowing great views this time. In the middle of the frenzy, three unidentified shearwaters flew close to the boat, allowing some shots. About the same size and pattern of the pale-phase Wedge-tailed Shearwaters recorded elsewhere, these birds looked stockier and not as long-tailed It was not until we reviewed the photos that we realized that these birds were in fact Pink-footed Shearwaters, a species never recorded in Panama before, although expected considering the several recent reports from nearby Costa Rica.
 [Ed. note: We are flirting with the idea of heading out in november, perhaps on Saturday the 22nd. If you're interested in joining, let us know!]