- Reported Mar 28, 2017 13:25 by Angela Dillingham
- Rio Torti, Panamá
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35506340
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posted by Darién - 7:10 AM
[Firstly, the editor apologizes profusely for sitting on this record, which sat forgotten in my inbox for two months. Now back to our programming.]
I believe it was an adult male.
The bird had a black throat, which I believe indicates a male, white underparts with no streaks, a yellow face with a slight indistinct dusky postocular mark. When first seen the evening of Jan 3 I could not note the back color. The next morning it popped up in the hillside scrub, later moving to a nearby pine, where better views were obtained.The back was gray with some dark streaking, and there was some black spotting on the crown. There were 2 white wing bars, and the in flight there were notable white flashes in the tail.
The vent did not have the yellow wash typical of Black-throated Green Warbler. Both Black-throated Green and Townsend's warblers were ruled out based on face pattern - yellow mostly unmarked face - and lack of streaking on the underparts. Golden-cheeked was ruled out by the lack of a black eyeline and again the unstreaked underparts.
The morning of Jan 4 the bird was observed for about 5-10 minutes both at eye level in hillside scrub, and in lower branches of a nearby pine, and for about 5 minutes the evening of Jan 3, when it stayed in the pines.
Craig Bennett and I were along a stream on their property when I heard the distinctive song of Northern Parula warbler in the treetops. It was the song that is ascending, ending with an abrupt note. There is an alternate Parula song with several repeated "rolling" ascending trills, but that song was not heard. The bird was heard singing for about 5 minutes. I had the Sibley call on my smartphone and played it, and it was an exact match. After about 5 minutes it stopped singing. I played Tropical Parula and the song was very different. I am not very familiar with Tropical Parula vocalizations, although I've seen many in many countries, but the recordings on the Panama bird app were quite distinct from Northern Parula.
posted by Darién - 10:15 PM
On February 3rd, a Forster's Tern was observed near the mouth of the Changuinola River, resting with a group of Royal Terns on a birding tour organized by Let's go Birding and Wildside Nature Tour, led by Glenn Crawford, based at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge. Photos by Brooke Miller.
On the morning of October 10th, during a birding trip to the Bocas del Toro mainland, with a group based at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, we observed a Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) in the Chiriqui Grande area.
That same day we observed a hawk migration, several thousands of Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platipterus) and Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) and a few hundred Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura).
This Asian shorebird is related to our Pectoral Sandpiper, and like that species is it a long-distance migrant, traveling from Siberia to Australia and New Zealand. A few reach North America every year, mostly fall migrants in Alaska and the Pacific northwest; a casual stray in other areas, rare in spring.
en los campos semi inundados en el camino detrás de las instalaciones de mantenimiento y de la pista de aterrizaje
*mega. If accepted, first report for Panama (and Central America). Similar size to nearby Pectoral Sandpiper but more pot-bellied and short-necked. Contrasting chestnut crown and white eyebrow. Buff breast, white throat... just very few and non-contrasting streaks on sides of the breast and a thin necklace under the throat in the upper breast. White belly and vent. The vent with black streaks. Yellow-green legs.But that was not the only highlight of the day:
posted by Darién - 10:57 PM
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