Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another Painted Bunting, this time at Old Gamboa Road

Carlos Bethancourt photographed this male Painted Bunting at Old Gamboa Road on March 16:
The bunting was about 60 meters past Summit Ponds where the canal grass is on both side of the trail... There were one male and three females...
Are we witnessing an invasion?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Painted Bunting at El Valle, a report by Bridget Spencer

On March 20th, 2015, a group of 6 birders (myself included) birded Valle Chiquito, from a tour from Canopy Lodge. We found an adult male Painted Bunting in the forest a little bit, just off of the road that goes through the valley. I'm not from the area, so I don't have an exact location - I hope this will do. The eBird reviewer for this area asked me if I could send in this report to you. I have also attached one of my photos.

Long-winged Harrier, Painted Buntings at Juan Hombrón

Venicio Wilson found this Long-winged Harrier at Juan Hombrón on the morning of Saturday, March 21. Also present was a male Northern Harrier and two male Painted Buntings.

Monday, March 9, 2015

White-eyed Vireo at San Lorenzo, a report by Howard Laidlaw

While we were birding along the road to San Lorenzo on the 6th March, Peter Boesman found a White-eyed Vireo. The bird was just before the bridge by the guard station. Bird was singing after playback and voice recorded. Bird seen very well, photo above.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Masked Booby in Galeta

Matías Díaz forwards this photo taken in Galeta on February 6. The bird in question, a Masked Booby in its third winter plumage (fide Google Images), came in a weakened state in the morning and voraciously ate the sardines it was fed. By the afternoon it was looking better and took off. It hasn't been seen since.

Elegant Terns at Amador, a report by Howard Laidlaw

Peter Boesman and I had 2 Elegant Terns at Amador Causeway late afternoon 24th February. They were on a floating dock at the back of the Mi Ranchito Restaurant.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Masked Booby off Colón, a report by Iván Hoyos

El viernes pasado, 20 de febrero, vi dos Masked Boobies que acompañaron el barco en que estoy trabajando entre la costa arriba de Colón y El Porvenir.  Es primera vez que las veo acompañando a los Brown Boobies y me llamó la atención.

Bicolored Wren update, a report by Les and Cindy Lieurance

A little update on that pair of Bicolored Wrens: On Sunday morning, 22 February 2015, Les and I and our friend Jim Danzenbaker stopped at the Yaviza cemetery on our way out of town. Along with the continuing pair of adult Bicolored Wrens, we saw a dependent chick following them around. It was very cute, with a stubby bill and yellow at the gape.

Here's some video of the birds, shot on January 9.

And some bonus Spectacled Parrotlets, shot on January 8.

Carnavales in Darién

Darién and Camilo Montañez and César Trejos spent a few days of Carnaval birding the Canopy Camp and environs. Highlights follow.

  • Feb. 15. A Streaked Xenops was seen calling insistently at the Río Mono bridge, perched suspiciously near a cavity in a dry branch that seemed just right for a nest hole. Also seen was Black Antshrike, plenty of White-eared Conebills, and an eye-level Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher
  • Later that day we went to the Yaviza Cemetery to try for Bicolored Wren, to no avail. We're blaming the noise from the Domingo de Carnaval festivities. The forest just before town had Barred Puffbirds and lots of Yellow-breasted Flycatchers.
  • Just before dusk we stood guard by the right verbena bush and, just as promised, got a Ruby-topaz Hummingbird. Unlike the adult male seen more frequently, this was a young male: generally female-plumaged but with a broad dark stripe down the center of the throat that, when seen from the right angle, glittered a greenish gold. Also present were Pale-bellied Hermit lots of Blue-throated Goldentails.
  • Feb. 16. The morning was spent walking up Quebrada Félix, that traverses the pristine forests of Reserva Hidrológica Filo de Tallo. Birds of the day were a female Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, a flock of 4 White-fronted Nunbirds, three Speckled Mourners and a male Royal Flycatcher flashing its crown to a nearby female. A Louisiana Waterthrush was also seen.
  • Late in the afternoon we visited El Salto Road, where we saw three Crane Hawks (two calling at dusk from the tops of the trees) and heard Gray-cheeked Nunlet, but the most unexpected finding was a Striped Woodhaunter poking around a dark tangle in the understory.
  • Feb. 17. In the morning we walked the Nando Trail through the woods at Canopy Camp and heard (and later saw) Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon and Golden-headed Manakin.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mixed bag of records, a report by Rosabel Miró

Enero 30, 31 y 1 de febrero
Un macho Lesser Scaup y lo que parece ser una hembra Ring-necked Duck fueron observados en un laguito ubicado en el centro de la isla Contadora, archipiélago de Las Perlas. Durante los 3 días que observamos estos patos, siempre estuvieron juntos, como si fueran parejas (¿será una híbrido?). Eran los únicos patos del lago, donde habían no menos de 30 Least Grebes. Observadores: Rosabel Miró y Karl Kaufmann. En otro lago, en un costado de la pista de aterrizaje, cerca del antiguo hotel Contadora, escuchamos tanto el 31 de enero como el 1 de febrero a los White-throated Crakes, en varias partes de ese lago. (Foto de Rosabel)


Sábado 7 de febrero
Antes del Censo Centroamericano de Aves Acuáticas
Una Whistling Heron en la arrocera de Santa María, Herrera, cerca de la entrada del pueblo de El Rincón. Esta garza estaba junto con otras garzas locales. Observadores: Yenifer Díaz, Alberto Bethancourt, Roxana Alveo y Stephany Carty. (No sacamos fotos).

Durante el Censo Centroamericano de Aves Acuáticas
Un Mangrove Cuckoo observado en la Ciénaga de Las Macanas. Al poco rato de verlo nos sobrevoló un Peregrine Falcon. Ya hemos visto, por amplia evidencia (de picos y alas en sitios de roosting), que su dieta favorita en Panamá son los Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Nos quedamos pensando si ese día este Mangrove sería parte de su dieta diaria. Observadores: Alberto Bethancourt, Yenifer Díaz, Roxana Alveo y Stephany Carty. (Fotos de Rosabel)


Un grupo de 214 Lesser Scaups con una sola Northern Shoveler entre ellos. (No sacamos fotos, el viento fuerte no nos permitió hacerlo).

Luego de terminar el Censo
Fue interesante observar en una de las cercas de Las Macanas un grupo de 6 Barn Swallows mudando su plumaje, no me había tocado ver estas especies así. (Fotos de Rosabel)


Un grupo de 567 Glossy Ibis en el campo de arroz que está a mano izquierda cuando uno sale del pueblo de El Rincón a la vía principal de la carretara que lleva a Chitré. Observadores: Rosabel Miró, Yenifer Díaz, Alberto Bethancourt, Héctor Escudero, Stephany Carty, Roxana Alveo, Karl Kaufmann. (Foto de Rosabel. Algunas no salieron volando, se quedaron en el campo de arroz)


Domingo 8 de febrero
Una Foster’s Tern  y uns Elegant Tern entre Sandwich Terns. Playa de El Retén, Monagrillo, Herrera. Observadores: Rosabel Miró, Yenifer Díaz, Alberto Bethancourt, Héctor Escudero y Stephany Carty. (Foto de Rosabel)

Un Playero Occidental con bandera panameña, código XKV, anillado en febrero de 2014 en las playas de Costa del Este fue observado en la playa de El Retén, Monagrillo, Herrera. Observadores: Yenifer Díaz, Alberto Bethancourt, Roxana Alveo, Stephany Carty, Karl Kaufmann y Rosabel Miró R. (Foto de Karl, video digiscoping alimentándose en You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZfZnOaI2Nk)

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